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Style of 2009
September 24, 2008   
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Danish furniture and interior design specialists BoConcept unveiled their 2009 collections Sept. 11. The company has switched focus to the not-so-fair sex under a Long Live Men banner after years of deferring to women. All aspects of BoConcept's interior design have adopted a more masculine mien. The colors are dark and dramatic, the furniture is large and solid, the surfaces are metallic and break with convention, and the accessories have been contrived to create understated, yet sophisticated and elegant interiors.

The new collections have also clearly been inspired by cultures from all over the world. There has been something of a homecoming to dark wooden tones and refined leather, but not necessarily in classic colors. Handmade, wooden decorative elements and modern materials make for some excellent combinations here. Dark, forest tones complement oceanic hues that traverse pale blue, radiant sapphire, verdant tinged turquoise and deep navy to underscore the warm browns of wood and lend a fresh, mellow character to the whole.

Nor have geometric designs and shapes been overlooked. Large and tastefully spaced geometrical designs are a hallmark of the Dimension Delight collection. But the piece de resistance for the upcoming season is the multifunctional pouf. This can double as a coffee table, a home office desk or a magazine rack. It can even serve as an additional chair for an unexpected guest. The upholstery likewise comes in a wide array of designs and colors that can be made to offset or blend in with the rest according to taste, be it classic or modern, simple or extravagant, plain or decorated.

Multifunctional furniture is de rigueur in today's home where the function of a room is in a state of constant flux. The Lecco storage unit is exceptionally versatile and allows you to create an individual, functional storage system with a choice of fronts and colors, shelves of varying depth, side units of varying height, and designs that can meet all manner of needs and requirements, not least esthetic ones. The Lecco system has a lot of new elements, including a wine rack, a magazine shelf, a computer cupboard and modules for storing books, toys and other small items. The popularity of flat-screen TV sets has limited the need for deep shelving and given designers more options to play with. The additional space is a godsend for people living in small city apartments.

The Fermo storage system has been designed to benefit from the latest advances in technology while meeting storage and organizational requirements. Items can either be stored in drawers or tilting door cupboards, depending on need. This is a simple, functional storage system with geometrical legs, rounded edges and smooth, white surfaces.

The new Como sofa range is the brainchild of designer Anders Nørgaard. The spacious shapes and characteristic stitching give off an austere yet refined look that is also a little futuristic. "The inspiration for the characteristic seams came from tight clothing and car upholstery," says the designer. Como, like other BoConcept sofa ranges, is a simple, modular system that allows you to create a sofa that meets your own esthetic and functional requirements. The modules can be moved at will, having been upholstered on all sides. The sofa can be split into armchairs for a party and then rejoined into a corner sofa in the morning.

The best thing about the new armchairs is that they come in a variety of shapes, materials, sizes and finishings. They can fit large and small spaces, the style can be classical or avant-garde, the material can be leather or fabric, and the elements can be wooden, metal or plastic elements.

But none of this would be complete without the panoply of accessories, materials and lighting that bring it all to life. Colors, designs, details and materials all come together in harmony or counterpoint. There are pillows in different shades of the same color, decorated with handmade decorative elements made from beads, stones and buttons, and prints, larger designs and printed lettering made of leather, fabrics, fur, felt, tapestry and velvet in a never-ending variety of color combinations and beautiful designs.

Lamps make an essential finishing touch to any interior and this year the idea is to set the mood. Carved bases, large shades and stylish detailing make them decorations in their own right. These lamps can imbue a room with a special atmosphere by dint of their rich detailing and choice of materials.

Elżbieta Wrzecionkowska
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