Last week, I had the chance to participate in the world of design during Design Trade CPH, which was held in Bella Center, Copenhagen. Bella Center is well-known for its exhibition halls, holding trade fairs throughout the year. If you ever attend Copenhagen Fashion Week, that is where the fashion trade will be held.
It was a Wednesday morning and the program started early for the members of the press, including journalists, photographers, bloggers and stylists. The program started with some breakfast and the necessary coffee. This was followed up by a trend presentation by a Swedish Trend Expert, Stefan Nilsson from the Trendgruppen, who brought us the trends of 2014 in the design field. This refreshing presentation was exactly what made us extremely excited about the whole trade fair and we were wanting more and more.
Our trip continued to few stands, where the companies presented their new collections and concepts. The first stop was the Danish fashion label, Aiayu, which is respected for being strongly engaged with sustainability, treating not only the environment with respect, but people as well.
Up next was the Italian stand entitled “Tempo Italiano” presented by the Embassy of Italy that put together Italian designs for the Scandinavian market. This included the classic cars of Italy: Fiat and Alfa Romeo, Italian chairs and the speed-bike, Bianchi, which is popular in Denmark.
The tour was continued to the Copenhagen-based, Aperie, a material design company that combines ethics and unique expressions in one. They design materials like leather, organic cotton and fine alpaca wool.
Next stop was Danish Muubs, an indoor and outdoor furniture company, that mixes the inspiration found in raw nature and Nordic expressions. For the Spring/Summer 2014 collection, Muubs has particularly focused on the combination between concrete and teak.
Last presentation was by Danish ceramicist, Anne Black, who’s work includes a rich variety of decorations like vases, bowls, cups and jewellery as well.
After this little intro trip, the trade fair officially started and all of us, could walk around, from stand to stand, absorbing the creativity, colours, shapes and lines from the different companies. What I love about these trade fairs is the refreshingly new things that pop-up from stand to stand and there are so many of them that you just wish you could take home with you.
During the trade fair, the trend expert group, Trendgruppen, presented their trends for 2014 in four different trend zones in the form of a small exhibition followed by a short description of the trend. Later that day, I participated in the extended presentation of the 2014 trends by Stefan Nilsson, because I find it fascinating to see the stories behind a trend and at the same time, you get so inspired by them.
The Design Trends for 2014 according to Stefan Nilsson, Trendgruppen are:
Anne Black – Spring/Summer 2014 collection
Anne Black presenting her new collection
Forest 2.0 Design Trend 2014 Exhibition
Muubs – Spring/Summer 2014 collection
Talisman Trend 2014 Exhibition
Aiayu – Spring/Summer 2014 collection
Tags: copenhagen, danish, design, exhibition, Interior design, nordic
Katalin Horváth is a young recent fashion design graduate. She is Hungarian from Romania and she grew up in a city surrounded by mountains. To complete the Bachelor degree, Katalin moved to Denmark, where she fell in love with Scandinavia. Completely passionate about design, fashion and big city life, her dream is to have her own fashion label one day. Katalin is a dynamic individual, enthusiastic and appreciative towards art and supports the sustainable lifestyle.
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