Formex - Trade Fair for Design-led Gifts and Interior Accessories

Formex Stockholm, open 17-20 January at Stockholm International Fairs, will be jam-packed with the latest in furnishing trends and inspirational ideas. Among other things, the Swedish Fashion Council will be bringing together various Formex themes under such titles as Rosarium, Circus and Library. Rosarium is a warm, pastel theme with contrasting overtones of dark red; it's all about enjoying life, about taking things easy, about relaxing in shady summer pavilions and indoor winter gardens. The Library theme offers comfortable, personal environments furnished with collector's items and newly produced classics set among curtains, drapes and good thick carpets.

Circus, meanwhile, is a dramatic, theatrical theme putting good humour and the burlesque to the fore. Here the emphasis is on getting lots of function from limited resources. In Hall B, the Fashion Council will be presenting the Circus theme at the trend show, which will also be the site of the Rose Garden Caf�.

"There'll be lots of humour and lots of colour. Welcome to the Big Top, " says Lotta Ahlvar, managing director of the Swedish Fashion Council, who will be giving talks on the new trends every day of the fair.

Designer Ann Charlotte Ridderstolpe of Mingla Design is doing a Design for Kids exhibition to a unisex theme. Everything on show at the exhibition will be popular with boys and girls alike.

At Formex, visitors can also let themselves be inspired by Paula Malm's pied-�-terre, an urban pad that's a stage setting, exhibition and personal space all in one. Here, antiquities, art, souvenirs and design objects mingle at will. The feeling is up-market, international and creative with a touch of the bohemian thrown in. The colours are mute, as if patinated with age and experience.

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