In­spired by the gar­den and its sea­sons,de­signer Hanna Wen­delbo cre­ates a world of nat­u­ral beauty

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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

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