Material with a common thread

A group of strong individuals who love working together and who become even stronger collectively. That's how Kinnarps' range of materials could be described. ”It functions like a base wardrobe where the different garments can always be combined with each other and varied with exciting accents,” says Christina Wiklund, head of colours and materials at Kinnarps.

Kinnarps Colour Studio brings together all the materials that Kinnarps uses to manufacture its furniture – including fabric, wood, plastic and metal. Each part is developed with meticulous care, but equally as much care is put into ensuring that the whole is perfectly balanced.

 ”Our entire range has a common thread, so that all materials, colours and expressions can be mixed and matched in different ways. As we have a well thought-out base which we renew and develop with accents, the opportunity to produce creative individual solutions is unlimited,” Christina Wiklund says. 

Trends in Kinnarps' way

Her work largely involves discovering new trends and implementing them in a way which suits Kinnarps. In turn this means that she works cross-culturally both inside and outside Kinnarps in order to obtain as many angles of approach as possible.

    ”The new fabrics we are launching in 2017 have been produced in conjunction with architects, interior designers and representatives from Kinnarps' eight focus markets, and it has been an extremely creative task,” Christina says.  

Art deco coming round again

One of the trends or styles which is current right now is a contemporary version of classical art deco from the early 20th century.

   It involves geometric patterns in combination with both light pastels and darker colours. Perhaps best known is the style in the designer and fashion icon Coco Chanel's version.

”Art deco is chiefly based on mixing different patterns and colours, and we have utilised this in our range. It might involve mixing a herringbone pattern with round shapes and pink or yellow accent colours with black-and-white,” Christina says. 

Nature and retro

Green is another fashionable colour, as is brown, which  Christina calls ”the new black”. This is in line with the current renaissance in the circular pattern in the form of second hand, retro and a return to earlier classics.

   ”We are also continuing to make reference to and gain inspiration from nature, which can be seen, for example, in the fact that untreated wood and wool fabrics are increasingly in vogue. It is also evident that people are increasingly valuing quality and handicraft. Products which bear the mark of the human hand are a luxury.”

   Being innovative and forward-looking is also about new materials such as hemp, bamboo, jute and cellulose. It is all based on the fact that Kinnarps conducts systematic business intelligence and collaborates with external players to identify forthcoming trends.   

   ”We must always think in terms of both the cutting edge and breadth, so that we have exciting individual materials and simultaneously a totality where colours, patterns and expressions work together. The result is that we have hundreds of sustainable, creative and attractive materials in Kinnarps Colour Studio which can be combined in a personal way.”

Kinnarps Colour Studio

The range in our inspiring Kinnarps Colour Studio has everything you could wish for when it comes to creative and attractive materials (fabrics, leather, laminate, veneer, metal, acrylic, plastic and glass). This sustainable collection with a wide range of colours and patterns combines classical elegance with the latest trends. Here is everything you need to find the look that suits your environment.