Inspired by the garden and its seasons,designer Hanna Wendelbo creates a world of natural beauty
Like a Garden
There are times when wallpaper can transform a room into a veritable garden. Pattern and colour adds fussiness but when it depicts natural scenes, it is also calming and serene. This is what Swedish designer Hanna Wendelbo-Hansson consistently achieves with her designs. Her collections are intrinsically related to her Nordic sensitivity and reflect her love for nature and the changing seasons. She also displays a childlike enthusiam and marvel for the natural world so she never ceases to seek those moments of beauty that looking at nature gives us. As she did with the Stola wallpaper (for the ‘Tradition collection’ by Sandberg), a floral design inspired by a 18th century pattern, flowers and leaves appear prominently in most of her work. Birds and butterflies are sometimes also present as the equally beautiful inhabitants of the floral paradise.
Two of her most recent collections - Morgongåva and Blomstermåla (for Midbec) - are inspired by the influence of the changing seasons in our daily lives. The Morgongåva collection is a tribute to the light and growth in all forms and each wallpaper is a snapshot of a flowering month. The designs ensure that the cheerfulness of spring and summer can be enjoyed indoors throughout the winter.
As Hanna explains, “to walk out into the garden when the dew still lies as a shimmering quilt and breathe in the peace is a true gift. I greet the sparrows who are already chattering in the trees and I pick up and create a bouquet of flowers. A morning gift. The garden is the place where everything begins. Seeing things grow from the earth means as much and is as important to me as seeing patterns emerge on the paper with pens and brushes. To sow my seeds and see them grow, compared to watch the brush strokes on my watercolor block take shape, are two very similar processes”.
In Blomstermåla, Hanna's aim was to create a calm and peaceful home where seasons come and go, but inside cozyness prevails. Harmony and warmth are essential for wellbeing. The colour scheme is soft and sentimental inspired by the Nordic nature and the seasons as we look out from the window.
'Vera' wallpaper, Morgongåva collection, Midbec
'Maj' wallpaper, Morgongåva collection, Midbec