What do you think of when you hear the term "Scandinavian design"? Light colours, pale wood, geometric shapes, a little pastel thrown in for good measure? Well, you are of course partly right, but when I was at TopDrawer, I visited three Danish companies which interestingly each have a completely different take on design. This is the first one and I was happy to see them as one of my favourite brands exhibiting at Home London at the beginning of the week: Day Birger et Mikkelsen. This Danish company, whose head designer Marianne Brandi is the person behind all the beautiful and elegant designs, has the kind of timeless pieces that will remain favourites for a long time.
The designs are influenced by cultures from around the world and feature natural materials like wood, wicker, stone, leather and ceramics. There are hints of shiny metallics on natural linens, heavy velvets and some stunning black leather accessories which I could have taken home on the spot. Most of the things I saw would fit absolutely perfectly against the white backdrop of my home and with my style in general. They have the kind of bohemian feel that is grown up which I really like. They have a beautiful simplicity about them and remind me of far away destinations of which I would like to take a little bit home. Who said Scandinavian design is all white and cool?