Editor's Picks

Lovely Nordic patterns with vintage feel

Published: 03/06/2022

As you might already know, the three pattern concepts are the base for our collection of ready-made patterns. As the concepts change once a year to follow the most recent interior design trends, it is good to take a closer look at them one at a time. This time we will take a look at the lovely Nordic patterns with romantic style, and the way how the designers interpret this concept. This helps you to estimate the outcome when working with our designers to add lovely or romantic, floral or exotic patterns in Scandinavian style into your home textile collection.

This concept is called ‘Bohemian Garden’, and the design brief has been as follows:

Bohemian Garden reach out a hundred years back to the 1920s. Bohemian feel with a lot of greens, gardens, and exotic flowers and animals. Idle summer days in the garden, having an inspiring talk with fellow bohemians, goofing off with friends, having a fresh mocktail or tea, and an overflowing brunch in the garden or in the bed, having a night out in a luxurious nightclub, or having a holiday in exotic locations. All those things we have missed out since the year 2020.

You catch the essence of this concept by watching this short interview video.

As for the colors, trendy colors were defined for this concept, so that each pattern would have two to three different color versions. In the outcome, it was essential to create some lovely rarities.

A selection of lovely patterns in a romantic vintage feel

The first three patterns are within the sub-theme of vintage florals. The first of these three is Ammi Lahtinen’s ‘Holiday’. She drew this pattern during a snowy spring season in Helsinki. Yep, you read right, a snowy spring. The strange weather made her spend more time in the Kaisaniemi Botanical Garden and the Winter Garden. There, for a moment, you can feel like you are on a summer holiday even though it is snowing outside.

The ‘Hibiscus’ pattern is a luxurious pattern with painted hibiscus flowers. The designer Tiina Taivainen was a child her family had a big hibiscus as a house plant. She always thought it was a rather mysterious and noble plant. It was both bold and fragile at the same time.  When she was drawing and painting this pattern I wanted to capture the feeling of this mysterious flower. The colors are muted and soft and take the memories, even more, backword to the history.

Designer Hanna Ruusulampi‘s ‘Tulppaani’ pattern is an old-school ornamental pattern with tulips. It is designed with an iPad Pro and can be scaled also larger. It suites for many purposes from disposables to wallpaper and textiles.

The second set of three patterns is abstract patterns. The first of them is designed by Tiina Taivainen. Tiina’s childhood memories from Lappland inspired the ‘Betula Nana’ pattern. Betula nana is the Latin name for dwarf birch that is more like a shrub than a tree. It has small rounded leaves that form abstract figures in this pattern.

The pattern ‘Kujerrus’ is a perfect abstract pattern for this mood. It is designed by Miira Zukale . ‘Kujerrus’ (Engl. cooing) means the sound of pigeons. It is a hand-painted floral surface pattern with a slightly nostalgic feeling.

The pattern after that is Anna Kuukka‘s ‘Helmitaulu’ (Engl. abacus), which is a simplistic design that nicely complements both bolder prints and solid-colored textiles. With hand-painted artworks and a little irregularity in its rhythm, the print has a subtle playfulness in its character!

The third set of three patterns is about animal details. The first pattern of them is the pattern ‘Odette’. It is a perfect pattern for this mood: almost abstract yet representative. It is designed by Noora Hattunen. ‘Odette’ is about a delicate moment of summer. The heat of the sun on the skin, the butterflies playing around.

Ilana Vähätupa designed a pattern called ‘Sulka’ for this mood. Peacock feathers are so light and bold at the same time. Studying the feather´s details was the start of this freehand drawn motif. It is a part of The ‘Tanssisali’ pattern family that is inspired by long nights of dancing in old-fashioned surroundings that take you to a different era and make you lose track of time.

The last of all patterns is a pattern called ‘Höyhen’ designed by Hanna Ruusulampi. This pattern has a bit more modern touch with its feather motifs. It can be scaled larger. It is designed with an iPad Pro and suites for many purposes from disposables to wallpaper and textiles.

Editor’s Picks are curated patterns designed by Finland-based textile and surface designers. The editor chooses a theme, makes a search in our digital pattern library, picks some of the best matches to the theme, and presents the patterns for you. These patterns are available for licensing in various product groups and markets. Get in touch for more information!