It's been a while since the London Design Festival took place, and this year I headed over to the London Design Fair in creative heart of East London. The fair included what has previously been known as Tent London and Super Brands London and was held in the Old Truman Brewery. The building itself is fascinating and I'm sure you'll spot it in future posts, and it's likely it will have its own post too.
But before we get to that I want to share more about this Swedish wallpaper company, who I saw quite early on. But I was so keen on one of their wallpapers that I carried a sample of it around for the rest of the day. MOH was worried I think because he could see how taken with it I was, and because he knew we had nowhere suitable for it. I knew that too, but I also knew I wasn't leaving without a sample, even if I'm banking the wallpaper for a future project and house.
But it was this wallpaper that caught my eye and drew me over to the Sandberg stand.
The yellow version of the wallpaper inspired by the songbook ”Våra visor” with the sort of pattern that the more you look at, the more you see. MOH wasn't keen on this one, but I could see this working in either a child's room or a playful part of the house.
While looking at the yellow and grey Våra visor I couldn't help but notice the wallpaper that captured my heart, and that's this striking and boldly patterned wallpaper. While it has yellow in it, I wouldn't look at this and say it's yellow and that troubled me, as I rarely go for blue. The lady said it came in a yellow colourway and briefly wondered which room we'd redecorate to accommodate it.
But when I found the yellow version I was disappointed, it was more lemon than bold yellow as I'd hoped and the plans to redecorate where immediately shelved. There's a red version which was back in the bold range, but not for me. Which left the blue which had caught my attention, and that I was unable to stop looking at.
I've decided that for me the pattern is thistles and that's some of the attraction, along with the bold lines and colours. I've since read that the lines have been softened, and more worryingly that the blue is also available in a fabric. At the moment, having this somewhere at some point is inevitable, but I just don't know when or where.
I'm hoping that the sample which I left clutching goes some way to fill the need for this pattern, that I didn't know existed. That's not going to wallpaper me anything, it might just about cover a book - remember those days when you used to cover your schoolbooks in wallpaper? - yes, me too. I do have a plan for it and that's as part of a craft project that's underway at the moment. My challenge there is to use enough of the wallpaper to capture the elements I like, but to save enough so I'm not without it.
Although I guess I could send for another sample if it comes to it.
When I looked at the Sandberg site to check the names of the wallpapers I've shown here I found myself browsing the site and finding lots more boldly patterned wallpapers and some more subtle ones too. But the thing that I liked the most was the Sandberg wallpaper personality quiz.
I've taken it twice now, on different days, and both times it's made me a Nowstalgic, and both times the Tistlar wallpaper has been shown in the results (admittedly the red version) but that confirms my feeling of inevitability, doesn't it?
Apparently as a Nowstalgic I love "products and patterns that have stood the test of time" and enjoy exploring new techniques that fit in with "relaxed and aged style of the home." That feels right, it also says that auction sites and flea markets are a favourite, that's not so true. But it is true that items featuring favourite colours become must-haves, and the bit about mixing my finds with teak furniture is also partly true. Of course, it's quite general but at least some of it rang true.
What's your wallpaper personality type? Take the quiz and let me know in the comments.