Tundra x Brume
Studying the rugged, minimalist interiors and natural, organic lines offered up by this season’s Form Follows Fashion trends, we’ve found these design elements everywhere, especially in one of the major sources of our season’s inspiration: Brume, A Poetic Approach To Furniture.
One of our favorite American Pacific Northwest interior furnishings showrooms, Brume blends strikingly well with our design themes inspired by a sparce, earthy tundra. Brume, founded by artist|designer, Renate Ruby, is an old English and French word that means “mist” or “fog”, inspired by the spirit and aesthetic that embodies the Pacific Northwest. Thus, the pieces and compositions of Brume reflect that meaning with minimal color palettes and raw materials, just like our forecast this fall.
Gathering inspiration from companies like Verellen and Amadi Carpets, Renate and her curators at Brume support interior designers in creating visual poetry, offering beautiful elements for us to utilize in our compositions to express good design in the simplest form possible.
When inhabiting the tundra, you need a good coat… it’s COLD out there. These are the times when substance is paramount and what is simply on the surface becomes expendable. It’s the quality that matters. Consequently, Brume demonstrates a focus on quality as they go back to the basics and tap into that special characteristic about the Pacific Northwest. It is an ethic rooted in integrity, paring down to only the essentials and honing in on fineness. Likewise, rather than participating in a culture where beauty and quality are present merely at the surface, Brume emphasizes the bones of every object and furnishing they provide. And just like us, they believe in people, in beauty, and in community.
Telling stories of quality materials built by people treated fairly is the next new game in industry excellence, and this is Brume’s specialty. Incite passion, celebrate beauty, inspire people and truly meaningful interior environments are a sure result. Team Brume, we love what you do!
Likewise, Brume’s curators find substance in well-made textiles and luxury fabrics. A clean line with a nubby bouclé fabric offers textural contrast that captures your attention by look and feel. A heavy, warm linen is a wonderful textile for the aesthetic and the function, whether it be bedding or upholstery. Belgium’s Libeco Linen is the go-to.
The Hudson chair from Verellen has become a favorite at Brume, as well as the perfect piece to incorporate into the tundra style. Wrapped in shearling with a dark wood support, this soft chair displays a minimal color palette while drawing the focus with its functioning quality.
Light bounces off the tundra snow, creating subtle highlights and dramatic flashes. Light itself can be a powerful accent in a minimally rugged interior, a concept well understood by our friends at Brume. The soft glow of a gorgeous lamp transforms a space.
Lumination is a catalyst for the eye to embrace the detailed textures of the materials at hand. The low light of a fixture allows one to appreciate the movement, lines, and forms of a room. The Brume showroom demonstrates this with its assortment of fixtures and lamps placed throughout the space.
From the organic colors and minimalist lines to the substantial materials and strategic light, Brume style embodies our tundra trends. The tundra is a harsh environment, making it necessary to pare down to the essentials in Pacific Northwest modernism. The form, the lines, the pure simplicity focus succinctly on the connection between the maker and the materials.
It is this connection that gives worth. An object without context has no meaning, nor does a color or furnishing. This is why relationships between each design element create a space that has purpose. Relationships create the magic of art. For example, there is a relationship among aesthetic choices. Likewise, a relationship between the materials and the maker. Or the relationship between the inhabitant and the space. No matter how minimal or harsh a space may be, art is created where there is connection.