Modern himmeli maker Samantha Leung shares how to turn cold angles into soft, Southwestern design
What exactly are himmeli?
Himmeli are traditional Finnish ornaments, a mobile made out of straw. They are typically extremely ornate and suspended above the dinner table during the holiday season. It is thought that the larger the himmeli, the larger the rye crop will be in the coming year. My designs are a modern take. I have designs that are on one end extremely stark, minimalist and modern, and on the other end, incredibly ornate, layered and traditional.
What’s the allure of geometric design in the Southwestern home?
Geometric design is sleek, cool, modern and timeless. And it’s so easy to incorporate into any home or office. Design is cyclical, and this pull toward the modern and simplistic is a relief from the shabby-chic trend.
Stylistically, what materials lend themselves to geometric designs?
I am partial to metal, wood and pottery. All of these materials feel so natural and organic, which balances out the structure and hard lines of all of the angles and sharp edges.
It seems like too many right angles may make a home feel stark. How can you soften the look?
When you couple industrial and monochromatic color schemes with angular furniture, it can start to feel extra masculine and cold. A modern update to these traditional mobiles is to incorporate air plants. I love how the bright green and wild leaves look when they are paired with angular and structured himmeli.