Where do you start to get your interiors inspired by nature? We talked about it with Alessandra Baldereschi, designer

They call it natural style but what is it?

Natural style is the practice that involves the use of furnishings that declare their bond with nature: through the material with which they are made or the colors with which they are defined.

Furnishing the house according to these principles is a custom for those who live facing the sea, in the countryside or with windows overlooking the mountains, but it is also a style of furniture that is often considered a stretch for those who live in the city.

A natural-style house in the city: does it make sense?

If we look at the latest trends in terms of interiors and well-being, furnishing the house in a natural style is definitely a 'healthy' desire, to be indulged even by those who live in the city.

In fact, surrounding ourselves with objects that remind us of our bond with nature is a way to reconnect to our origins and rediscover serenity.

Once again - we wrote about it here - the need is to create the atmosphere of a welcoming nest at home, a refuge capable of making us feel safe and protected.

Furnishing a house in a natural style: the basic principles

The levels on which one can operate to satisfy this need are various.

From the more demanding operations concerning the choice of materials and colors of the fixed structures - floors, walls and windows - to the insertion of themed decorative elements.

Exposed wood and natural stones, together with soft-toned finishes, will therefore be the protagonists of any renovations, but also the recommended solutions for large containers such as wardrobes and kitchen furniture.

One of the major strengths of giving the house a natural style is its versatility: it adapts very easily to both larger homes and small apartments and, regardless of the living context to which it is combined, it is a way of furnishing that stands out for its simplicity and authenticity.

Natural style and decoration: the advice of designer Alessandra Baldereschi

As far as decorations are concerned, one enters a decision-making field dictated by personal tastes.

In this regard, we asked the designer Alessandra Baldereschi a few questions who demonstrate a close link with the aesthetic language of nature.

Your objects help people bring nature into their homes with delicacy, how are they born?

Alessandra Baldereschi: "It's a question I too often ask myself: why is nature the first thing I think of when I approach a project?

The answer I gave myself concerns nostalgia. I grew up in the countryside, in the Monferrato hills, and then moved to the city at the age of 24 and stayed there.

When I start a new job, the first images that cross me are the plants, flowers and leaves that have represented my visual horizon for so many years.

Is the need to give nature a voice in our homes still in your opinion?

Alessandra Baldereschi: “It is a real necessity. It had already been in place for a few years and, following the experience of the pandemic, it experienced an acceleration that we see concretely with the great success of the outdoor world.

Obviously it is a need felt more by those who live in the city and who, during periods of forced closure, have experienced the anguish of a denied contact with nature.

It's not just about marketing, you can be as good as you want at proposing products, but in the end it's the customers who decide and in recent years the request has clearly been aimed at furnishings capable of living indoors as well as outdoors, to exploit the outdoors even for short periods of the year, without wasting space.

As regards objects, your language interprets nature with a poetic note. Do you find yourself in this definition? Who do you think it's aimed at?

Alessandra Baldereschi: “When a person chooses an object for his spaces, he usually identifies himself with the world he sees represented, in that narration. I prefer, due to my attitude, to remain evocative.

In fact, I tend to represent the vegetable world, rather than the animal world which is more easily figurative. For Ichendorf, for example, the Greenmood collection is based on a subject formed by two leaves on a twig. I enclosed everything in those simple three elements.

I find it a language suitable for dialogue and to be understood by all, without distinction of gender or geographical origin.

Then there are projects where I can express my imagination to the fullest, in absolute freedom: I am thinking of the exhibitions created by Dilmos. A few years ago I had created armchairs produced with natural musks, this year, on the occasion of the FuoriSalone, the theme proposed to me and two other designers was precisely that of presenting a room, where the protagonist was a table, which reflects one's identity.

My Robin table, made of brushed brass in collaboration with De Castelli, recalls the flora and fauna of the woods".