Interior design consultant and designer Stefan Frylinck of Space for Life is a guest designer at Decorex Cape Town.

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Why mid-century Scandinavian furniture?
Because everything about it simply works. The simplicity and functionality of mid-century Scandinavian design, and the amount of iconic designs from that era, still popular today, has always fascinated me.

Are you a furniture designer or an interior designer or a furniture vendor – or all three? Which do you prefer?
All three. I enjoy design the most. Design in all its elements and the challenge of creating spaces and objects to fit a specific brief; ideal in the function it needs to perform; visually an extension of the personality and character of its owner.

Is there a difference between mid-century and modernist design?
Yes, the modernist movement started long before the 1950’s, at the turn of the century in fact, with the advent of a socially progressive trend of thought that affirms the power of human beings to create, improve and reshape our environment.

The modernist era is popular amongst design aficionados. Why do you think this is?
There are so many examples of design excellence from the modernist era, which has stood the test of time, still being produced today. It’s not surprising then that we keep on looking at the past masters of design for inspiration and guidance and to set our own standards today. They certainly got a lot of things right.

Why do the Scandinavians do the mid-century thing so well?
Out of necessity, the Scandinavians always had to be clever with compact, light design for small spaces, using limited natural resources sparingly in creating items of value and longevity.

Are there any secrets to successfully combining mid-century designs with contemporary furniture?
A: Midcentury design integrates well into any contemporary environment, keeping in mind its design with history, strong character and personality; never in competition with any contemporary design. As such, it needs to be given a special position, subtly separated from the rest. Select your mid-century pieces carefully, not too many, and let them shine like the stars that they are.


If you could visit any house on earth, what would it be?

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Falling Water in Pennsylvania by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright believed in designing structures that were in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture. This philosophy was best exemplified by his design for Falling Water

Look out for Stefan Frylinck at the Belgotex Trend House at Decorex Cape Town that takes place over the Freedom Day weekend, 25th to 28th April, at the CTICC.