Three days jam-packed with impressions, the heartbeat of a great city and fantastic details in everything from a cup of warm chocolate to facades with shells in bas relief. Those days in Paris with our wicked creative team went a little too quickly, but recharged as with energy and enthusiasm. With the image of Versailles in the evening sun burned into our retinas, pencils and brushes glowed in the studio.
Finally, we will have the pleasure of unveiling our beautiful Villa Dalarö collection! We have really been looking forward to this! With its pastoral aesthetics, this is the ultimate spring and summer collection, and our stylist, Mari Strenghielm and photographer Anna Malmborg, has done an absolutely fantastic job of capturing this. The collection is named after Maris home, and the pictures show us the rooms, the residents and the walls, all of them saying, “Welcome to Villa Dalarö!”
When we created the RAND collection, our aim was to produce a crisp, Scandinavian look which will work well as a base in many homes. The light, clean expression is a common theme, and we have used colours as effectively as possible. Stripes can be used anywhere, from narrow hallways to spacious living rooms. It’s a look where the elegant touch meets modern colourways in tune with the zeitgeist.
My pattern portfolio is growing all the time, and some of them mean more than others to me. The very first wall paper I produced as a designer at Sandberg will always hold a special place in my heart. It was a new start, a new adventure and an opportunity to take on a new challenge. Of all the patterns I have created, Siri has become my personal favourite.
It is the time of year when the peonies are coming into flower, and I’m visiting my parents’ home where the buds are just starting to open and the flowers are emerging in all their amazing glory. My parents have a mature garden, which thrives in the Swedish summer and is full of fruit trees, current bushes, vegetable patches and Dad’s latest project: a stand of hops from which will be used to brew beer in the future (right now, it’s just the odd plant, so it may take some time before we get there – but it’s the thought that counts). Among all these plants, the ones that draw my eye most are the peonies which provide an annual focal point in the middle of the garden. There is something mesmerizing about their impressive colour and size. As is they are standing there in the garden, demanding attention.
The cherry trees are in bloom and just like every other year, I feel happy and full of energy. Yesterday, it snowed in many parts of Sweden, but the cherry trees remind us that summer is not far away! I love spring and the promise of light, emerging plants and the return of life.
Let me introduce a brilliant design colleague of mine, Sara Bergqvist, giving her insights on the theme Essence from Sandberg Wallpaper Trend Report FW2015. Enjoy! /Hanna Wendelbo-Hansson Creative Director Sandberg Wallpaper