Europe's architecture and design is varied, rich in history and tradition, and has some of the continent's greatest names among contemporary architects.
Moreover, the small size of the countries that make up the continent and the relatively short distances between them make it possible to visit several of them in a short time.
"L'espressione" was born as a movement to recognise the styles of design and architecture that are reflected throughout Europe, characterised by its multitude of languages, cultures, traditions and predominant colours.
Architecture and interior design have become very important in recent times. They help us to create spaces and promote our well-being, both physically and emotionally, as well as being a key part of any project.
Which styles are the most characteristic in Europe?
Nordic style: As Andreas Engesvik says, "Norwegian design makes life better". Norwegian designers have a broad concept of freedom when developing new projects. The Nordic style is present in every field of decoration from visual art to typography and of course, in interior design. It moves away from the richness and complexity of traditional styles and focuses more on contemporary elements. The ideal Nordic style comes from its focus on functionality, pragmatism and clean, minimalist aesthetics, with cool tones combined with natural materials.
Mediterranean style: Modern architecture paired with industrial-style interior design, also known as loft, is their predilection. It is a decorative style originating from a typical industrial and unpretentious architecture, whose visual appeal comes mostly from its bricks structure. Emphasis is placed on the free use of exposed steel combined with wooden elements. In addition, a more modern variant includes touches of copper for contrast, creating an overall cool and somewhat rugged look. Other sub-styles to highlight within the Mediterranean style are the vintage, minimalist and rustic styles which, despite being more traditional, they do not leave anyone indifferent.
French style: A model of constant innovation and a rich history of emblematic building design. One of the latest great examples and exponents of what the French style represents is the glass pyramid that gives access to the Louvre Museum. In a way, this is the essence and the most accurate definition that can be made of the French style in architecture. A way of thinking, designing and building which goes beyond the tradition proposing to take a step further into the future. What are the characteristics of houses of this style? Mouldings and balustrades are notorious elements that make an impact at first sight in a building or home with this essence. It is imposed as a fine and complex house, with just the right distributions to achieve a balanced facade.
Italian style: Italian culture has always been closely related to design and taken as a reference by neighbouring countries. Italy is the birthplace of the great designers of fashion, furniture and many other elements. This style in decoration is a way of bringing both classic and contemporary Italy into our homes. It integrates Tuscan, Mediterranean and Spanish-Italian decorations that complement each other to achieve warm, simple, elegant and above all functional spaces.
German style: It is characterised by three main elements: a careful design down to the smallest details; a harmonious minimalism achieved through simple and reduced means; a smart composition based on the needs and behaviour of the user as well as on innovative technology. Today, several globalised trends can be observed in architecture. Since deconstructivism, a kind of neo-expressionism has developed through the increasing use of new technologies in the design phase. The result is individual sculptural structures designed to give artistic expression to their contents and, in part, to the building itself.
British style: Among the different English styles, the Tudor style was one of the most widely used in buildings at the beginning of the 20th century. It is notable for the use of round arches and large entrances to buildings with wide entrance halls. In the decoration of Tudor interiors, stone or wooden floors are prominent. Dark wood panelling is often seen inside these houses, and wooden interior doors are a common feature. A large number of tapestries, thread weavings, and carpets are characteristic elements in the decoration that bring warmth to the home and to the different rooms.
Netherlands style: Modern architecture in the Netherlands is characterised by a variety of forms, practicality, environmental orientation and originality. The Dutch style has a quality that distinguishes it from other architectural and design styles: the ability of the designers not to take themselves too seriously. The result is unique designs and spaces, full of personality and where a sense of humour is evident from every angle. Visually this style is eccentric, whimsical and playful. The distribution and balance of empty spaces and furniture sometimes remind us of Scandinavian design, while certain materials have an unmistakably industrial imprint. All of the above achieves really interesting and aesthetically rich ensembles. Controlled chaos and flexible design create complex spaces that are at the same time strangely harmonious.