The One (1) Key to Happiness in Design

Originally published on Medium.com, November 1, 2015

by Marianne Møllmann

When I started Kær a little under 8 months ago, the idea behind it was clear though somewhat personal. I had just been back to Denmark for a much-too-short visit to get married, and the experience of joyous celebration with family and friends in beautiful surroundings inspired me to want to project some of that sentiment back into the world.

My mother’s converted barn in Denmark brings modern and tongue-in-cheek original design elements together for a natural and warm feel.

My mother’s converted barn in Denmark brings modern and tongue-in-cheek original design elements together for a natural and warm feel.

To be honest, I didn’t think too much about how and if the homewares we produced were “in vogue.” I didn’t even really know what that would mean in terms of interior design. My spouse and I had a camera, a love for color and light, and there was a whole lot of inspiration in my mother’s home and surroundings.

“Kær” means village pond in Danish (or it could mean beloved or valuable). This is the original “kær” our brand is inspired by: we saw it during a walk on a chilly December afternoon, the day after our wedding.

“Kær” means village pond in Danish (or it could mean beloved or valuable). This is the original “kær” our brand is inspired by: we saw it during a walk on a chilly December afternoon, the day after our wedding.

We chose the most amazing shots from our winter sojourn and put them into production as soon as we came back to Brooklyn: a hydrangea adorned with frost, a chili plant boldly emerging from the snow, a naked bush with bright orange-reddish rose hips against a winter blue sky.

Little did we know that it has been scientifically proven that being with and in nature improves health and contributes to happiness. And because of this, it has long been a challenge to figure out how to bring the outdoors inside in a harmonious and integrated manner.

Three of Kær’s most popular pillows, bringing the great outdoors — like driftwood and lacy leaves — inside.

Three of Kær’s most popular pillows, bringing the great outdoors — like driftwood and lacy leaves — inside.

Perhaps it is this age-old truth that contributes to Kær’s success. Whatever it is, this much is clear: beautiful linens and silks, projecting natural beauty, never seem to go out of style.