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Organic design is the trend

From the 1950s onwards, soft rounded shapes inspired by nature conquered rooms all over the world from Scandinavia and are now in great demand again. The style of organic design also includes design with natural colours, materials and motifs.

Jun 21 2022

Cloverleaf by Verpan (Design: Verner Panton) 

Individual cloverleaf: The name of the Danish designer Verner Panton is closely associated with the concept of organic design. Many of his iconic designs resemble forms from nature, including the sweeping Cloverleaf modular sofa from 1969, which is inspired by shamrocks. 

It combines high functional quality with the possibility of creating individual seating landscapes. The version for indoor and outdoor use is made entirely of recyclable and weather-resistant polyethylene. Cloverleaf is available in a wide range of colours and can be equipped with an integrated power charging station on special request. 

Bee Hive lamp by Le Klint (Design: Thomas Harrit and Nicolai Sørensen) 

Beehive as inspiration: The organic form of the Bee Hive lamp collection by Le Klint is reminiscent of wooden boarding, as it is attached to beehives. The small light sources with shades made of hand-folded paper are modelled on traditional Japanese lamps and are intended to radiate natural calm in the room. 

Sustainability played a major role for the designers Thomas Harrit and Nicolai Sørensen in the design: the filigree yet striking frame made of light oiled oak wood does not require any screws. In addition, very little material is used for the Bee Hive luminaires, which are designed for durability. They are carefully handcrafted in the Danish manufacturer's own factory.

The Bee Hive lamp is based on a beehive © Le Klint

S 661 Chair by Thonet (Design: Günter Eberle) 

Elegant curved shape: inspired by the beauty of the naturally grained wood material and the joy of organic design, designer Günter Eberle created his S 661 chair. The characteristic moulded wood seat shell of the reissued seating furniture from 1954 describes a curve that fits the body and is produced in fine beech, elegant walnut or warm-looking oak. 

The sculptural design was already awarded international design prizes when it was first created. With its versatile uses and material efficiency, the seating furniture with the slender tubular steel frame proves to be just as contemporary today as it was then.

S 661 chair made of moulded wood curved to fit the body © Thonet

Elbow Chair by Carl Hansen & Søn (Design: Hans J. Wegner) 

Rounded backrest: A prototype of the stackable Elbow Chair was already created in 1956. At that time, its production was too complicated, but with today's technology it is possible to form the steam-bent backrest from a single piece of solid wood as the Danish carpenter, architect and designer Hans J. Wegner envisioned it. 

Its organic curvature provides optimal support for arms and back and enables a variety of comfortable sitting positions. The upholstered seat of the wooden chair is made of curved, moulded veneer and seems to float on its curved frame. The surface of the chair is so finely finished that it has the feel of something soft to the touch.

Elbow Chair with organically rounded backrest © Carl Hansen & Søn

Ice Sidetable by KARE (Design: KARE Design) 

Icy look: When you think of organic design, you first think of materials with a warm radiance such as wood or textiles made of soft fibres. The Ice Sidetable, on the other hand, is inspired by the cool look of arctic ice floes. Its table surface is made of solid clear glass and is produced purely by hand. 

The cast glass hardens in a highly individual way, creating unique structures modelled on nature. The glass surfaces of the charming individual pieces have rounded corners that emphasise their natural look. They are supported by a minimalist frame made of black lacquered metal.

Organic design times cool in the form of the Ice Sidetable © KARE

Andes armchair by Wittmann (Design: Luca Nichetto) 

Organically shaped cushions: the lush seat cushions of the Andes armchair are handmade with great attention to detail and seem to rest almost weightlessly on their filigree metal structure. The contrast of the two design elements is what makes the elegant and comfortable upholstered furniture so appealing, and it can be customised with a variety of covers and materials. 

Like the sofas in the Andes range, the armchair is available in two different seat heights. The use of a high-quality pocket spring core enables the special seating comfort, which is characterised by a feeling of gentle support.

Andes armchair with lush organically shaped upholstery © Wittmann

Jungle carpet by Jan Kath (Design: Jan Kath) 

Green of the tropical forests: The carpets from the Jungle collection, hand-knotted in Nepal, match the trend of organic design. The collection shows abstracted treetops from the tropical rainforest, which is why the colour green with its harmonious gradations determines the expression of the carpets. 

In order to make the complexity and fascinating diversity of the vegetation tangible in the design, Jan Kath has his Jungle collection knotted with a very high pile - so that the carpets appear organic, opulent and lively.

He uses a mix of hand-spun Tibetan highland wool, delicate Chinese silk and the robust Asian mountain nettle. The three materials are dyed in up to forty natural colours. Because each material takes on the colour differently, different nuances of the same shade of green emerge.

The Jungle carpet convinces with its motif and material mix © Jan Kath

Sage Green by Little Greene (Design: Little Greene) 

Natural wall paint: The environmentally friendly Sage Green colour from the Intelligent collection is a water-based matt paint with fantastic colour depth that goes well with interiors in organic design. Like all the shades in the range, it is suitable for wall and ceiling surfaces in high-traffic areas such as hallways, kitchens, living rooms and children's rooms. 

Little Greene's Intelligent Matt Emulsion Paint can be used on a wide variety of surfaces, including plaster, wallpaper and wood. In addition to natural organic pigments, it also contains synthetic pigments that are environmentally friendly and ensure lower resource consumption. 

Furnishings in organic design are in vogue and are currently in high demand. They are characterised by curves and curves that are reminiscent of shapes from nature. They are usually designed with natural materials, colours and motifs. 

Umweltfreundliche Farbe im Farbton Sage Greene © Little Greene

Author: Heike Edelmann 

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