Sampling – please note that we are only able to send out pattern cards, binders and loose fabric samples at this moment in time where it is urgent. As we are working with a skeleton team, these won't be sent out daily unfortunately. Any non-urgent samples will be sent out at a later date once the time is right to return to work fully. Please specify at time of order or contact our customer services team for more information.

Nordic Simplicity

Following on from our Memphis Brights blog, the fourth trend we explore in our Global Traveller series is Nordic Simplicity.

 

Nordic is the trend that keeps on giving. This popular look has eternal charm because it combines simplicity with comfort so seamlessly. Light, natural elements and an abundance of neutral colours typify the Nordic look. A harmonious blend of styles from Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark capitalize that look of functionality and aesthetics.

 

 

As Craig Ritche, Ikea’s Communication and Interior Design Manager, puts it; “Scandinavian style is characterised by three key components – functionality, simplicity and beauty. Although simple in design, clean lines are often incorporated with understated elegance and warm functionality, which creates a very homely feel.”

 

 

The environment in the Nordic countries was largely responsible for the design that evolved. Winters were long meaning there was little daylight, and people often had very small houses, causing the need for bright and airy, yet cosy, homes.

 

 

COLOUR PALETTE

The colour palette is typically very light and simple. White is often used as the main colour but doesn’t make the room look sparse because natural materials, such as wood, bring warmth and texture.

White is also a great blank slate to introduce any colour combination, from soft pastels to black accents. Cool whites work well in south-facing rooms since they receive the best of the warm, summer daylight. Warmer whites, on the other hand, work well to warm up north-facing rooms, since they receive lower levels of cooler, natural light.

Greys can also be used to create a beautiful, serene interior. When deciding on warm or cool shades of this neutral, look to the same rules for white – cool for south-facing rooms and warm for north-facing rooms.

Incorporating pops of colour are a great way of brightening and lifting a room. Classically, function was placed above over aesthetics so colour would be kept to a minimum. Over time, though, other styles have been combined with the ‘standard’ Scandi approach to create unique style and personality.

Black is regularly used too, helping to anchor the room and define and highlight the features of choice. While the Scandinavians are known for their clean white interiors, dark shades are regularly introduced and balanced with light and dark accessories. (Source: Nyde.co.uk)

 

 

TEXTURE & MATERIALS

Mixing textures and materials, such as unfinished wood pieces, fur rugs, and soft linens, brings nature into the home; adding that restful vibe the decor is so famous for. Plants, for example, are a great way to integrate colour and texture and add interest without feeling cluttered.

The Scandinavians are well known for their use of wood throughout their homes, largely due to an appreciation for readily available natural materials, but also for the way in which it adds warmth to the space. Wooden flooring is a staple in Nordic interiors; the wood is often light in colour and used in all rooms.

 

 

LIGHT

The Nordic winters are long and dark so it’s very important to maximise the natural light and ensure a fresh crisp interior will keep the spirit up throughout this period. Typically, windows will be dressed with sheers and linen materials allowing the light to flood in as much as possible.

 

 

Next, we will delve deeper into the global trend of Tribal African.


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A message to our customers #4

As a team, we are busy working from home; processing your orders and responding to your enquiries.

 

  • We are still shipping across the UK & internationally – our warehouse is open and we are working safely to get your orders out to you.
  • You can still contact us to place any orders or discuss any queries on our usual phone number and email – +44 (0)1706 717070 and sales@edmundbell.com
  • The Edmund Bell website is available to place orders and manage your account online 24 hours a day. You can find more information and download our "How to" guide here.
  • Sampling – we are only able to send out samples where it is urgent. Please specify at time of order or contact our customer services team for more information.

 

We continue to review things on a daily basis in line with government guidelines and will keep you informed of any changes via our website and social media.

Thank you very much in advance for your support and co-operation. Our thoughts are with you all and we hope you and your families keep safe and well.

 

With best regards

John Atherton
Managing Director

 

(Updated 9.00am, 13th May 2020)

 


A message to our customers #3

As we enter another week and continue to adjust to this 'new normal' way of life, I wanted to keep you informed of our current service levels:

 

  • Continued shipping, UK & international – we may need flexibility on dates of goods leaving our warehouse, as we are working with a skeleton team.
  • We are here to answer your calls and emails – our customer service team are working from home taking any enquiries and orders as usual.
  • We've had lots of enquiries from customers who are manufacturing PPE products to support the NHS and other healthcare environments – we are supplying fabrics for this purpose so please contact us for more information.
  • Sampling – we are only able to send out samples where it is urgent; these won't be sent out daily unfortunately. Any non-urgent samples will be sent out at a later date once the time is right to return to work fully. Please specify at time of order or contact our customer services team for more information.
  • Our warehouse and home offices will be closing for Easter weekend - the last day of shipping will be this Thursday 9th April until we re-open on Tuesday 14th April. We wish you all a lovely safe Easter weekend.

 

The Edmund Bell website is available to place orders and manage your account online 24 hours a day. If you’re not already using our online service, you can find out more information and download our "How to" guide here.

We continue to review things on a daily basis in line with government guidelines and will keep you informed of any changes via our website and social media.

Thank you very much in advance for your support and co-operation. Our thoughts are with you all and we hope you and your families keep safe and well.

 

With best regards

John Atherton
Managing Director

 

(Updated 4.30pm, 7th April 2020)

 


A message to our customers #2

Things are changing day by day, minute by minute and we think it is important to keep you informed of our service levels during this time.

Following our update yesterday evening, it is clear that a large number of our customers are still able to keep working and many are making products for the NHS and Healthcare environments and continue to require fabric and other products. We want to reassure you:

 

  • Continued shipping, UK & international – we have made the decision based on feedback from customers, that we keep some staff available to deliver goods next week, commencing 30th March.
  • We may need flexibility on dates of goods leaving our warehouse, as we are working with a skeleton team.
  • We are here to answer your calls and emails – our customer service team are working at home taking any enquiries and orders as usual (we will confirm delivery dates).
  • We will do everything we can to support the Healthcare market, so please contact us to see how we can help you were product is needed.
  • If you require fabrics urgently to support you through this crisis, we are able to ship goods and will confirm delivery dates once we receive your order.
  • If you can’t get through, please email sales@edmundbell.com and we’ll call you back as soon as possible.
  • The Edmund Bell website is available to place orders online.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

Our sister company Redwood TTM in Skelmersdale is continuing to manufacture medical equipment and mattresses for the NHS and Healthcare requirements at the request of the Government. Please let us know if they can help you with any medical products.

Call us or alternatively Redwood TTM on 01695 553 830 or email: sales@redwood-ttm.com

 

We intend to review things on a daily basis in line with government guidelines and will keep you informed of any changes via our website and social media.

Thank you very much in advance for your support and co-operation. Our thoughts are with you all and we hope you and your families keep safe and well during this difficult period.

 

With best regards

John Atherton

Managing Director

 

(Updated 4pm, 27th March 2020)