Here at mydeco.com we are excited to introduce you to a host of new European designers coming on board – we’re going global! The first of these is the lovely Louise Roe – an interior and clothing designer from Denmark. Louise creates products with combinations of textures, and muted tones set against bright monochrome colours to make an impact without being too bright. Subtle and stylish, her pieces are sure to become modern classics – the sort of purchases to keep for ever. We caught up with her to ask about her designs, inspiration – and how different it is designing in Denmark compared to England.
How would you sum up the style of your home collection?
‘The ground element in my style is that the items are aesthetic, good quality, functional, usable and I like to tell a story with my designs. Especially my photo prints often have some sort of story or symbolic. On top of that I like to play with balances between opposites like masculine/feminine – I like to blend leather with soft knitwear and prints of a full-blown cherry branch or a light feather with an overview of NYC’s massive buildings.’
Where does your inspiration come from?
‘My surroundings, my daily life, the city life.’
Do you feel that interior design in Denmark is the same as in the UK? Do you have a favorite UK interiors trend at the moment?
‘I think that UK designers use more colors and maybe they even dare to have much more humor in the designs. In Scandinavia or Denmark we are more reluctant on using strong colours. My favorite UK designer at the moment is Tom Dixon. I find him very interesting and his designs are an inspiration to me.’
We love your ‘stairs to heaven’ cushion design – it’s so unusual! Where did the idea for it come from?
‘I like to look ahead and up, and be positive – when I saw this staircase I fell in love. It sums up colours, materials, and represents balance between the soft evening light and the steel the stairs are made of. It was a symbolic and aesthetic “must have”.’
You are a qualified clothing designer. What prompted you to start designing for interiors?
‘I am very interested in interiors as well and I think it became natural to me. I design clothes in a “home wear” style and have my focus on” feeling good” at home. That also means surrounding yourself with a beautiful interior – it is all about feeling good, being happy, being in balance with yourself and your surroundings.’
Do you feel there is a connection between clothing and interiors trends?
Yes, very much so. Though my clothes are essentials and not so much dictated by fashion but designed with focus on good quality and classic with a twist of something sporty. My knitwear and my cardigans are designed in the same pattern and quality. I like to see my collection in a holistic view where all my items support each other.’
You can browse Louise’s full interiors collection at mydeco.com.
I'm the Editor of the mydeco.com blog, writing about the interiors that inspire me most. I love bright colour against neutrals, and have a soft spot for themed rooms. Quirky accessories are my favourite and I love nothing more than finding something bold and beautiful to make a room really stand out! Read more posts by Laura.