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Travel destinations can change your life and offer new perspectives on how you view design. Inspiration is abound everywhere in the world, and this post is the first of two showing the design influences of other cultures. I have chosen European countries in this installment: France and Scandinavia. Both are vastly old yet offer very different inspiration when it comes to interiors.
While France is certainly a modern country, their design sensibility has remained a touch more formal and rooted in tradition. The revolution did very little to sway the classic lines of a delicious bergère chair or Versailles-inspired opulent mirrored side table, and for that we should be glad. There is something truly elegant in everything they do, whether it’s pastries or an ornate crystal chandelier.
Shopping List: 1. Antique Flemish and Clear Glass Taper Candelabrum 2. Set of 4 Idyllic Bridges Framed Prints Wall Art 3. Avril Font Noir Accent Chair 4. Andre Eiffel Tower Table Lamp
Northern European countries that make up Scandinavia are just as old as France but have historically had a more modern approach to interiors. Even as early as the 18th Century, Scandinavian design has had a simplicity of form and color as can be seen in the above image.
Perhaps it’s due to the long, dark winters that have resulted in Scandinavian’s love of brighter, stark white decor and simple but elegant lighting. Regardless, there is a freshness to Nordic homes that seem unencumbered by the past. I love that the traditional Scandinavian exteriors mask a “shock of the new.” Don’t be fooled though - this minimalism can still reflect beauty and craftsmanship.
Shopping List: 1. Couture Polished Chrome Black Pendant Light 2. Robert Abbey Rico Espinet Buster White Globe Table Lamp 3. Set of 2 Azzo White Plastic Side Chairs 4. White Finish Beveled Rectangular Wall Mirror
These two travel destinations in Europe - France and Scandinavia - just barely scratch the surface of the design inspiration that's bursting from overseas countries. If you need a new perspective on design, may I suggest hopping on a plane?
Image Credits: Habitually Chic, Style Saloniste, Victor Blogg.
Rob is a Los Angeles-based designer who has a background in art history and was an expert at Sotheby's auction house. Formerly the host of "Inside The Auction" for the Fine Living Network, speaker for The Learning Annex and contributing editor for Valley Magazine and LA Bride Magazine, he has spent years bridging the gap between the world of design and the general public.
His design sensibilities are varied and can work in both traditional and contemporary styles. His interiors have most recently been published in Renovation Style Magazine.