The beloved Scandinavian design style
The Scandinavian aesthetic design style is known and loved worldwide. The modern Scandinavian design is the epitome of minimalist aesthetics and detailed functionalism inspired by nature’s organic shapes. The style was developed in the 1950s and 60s, where it among others, were Danish designers such as Poul Henningsen, Arne Jacobsen and Hans Wegner, who were the front figures. Many of the designs that appeared at this time, have become timeless classics, which have only become more popular over time. The Nordic tradition of good craftsmanship combined with the postwar hunger for light and simple shapes provided a good base for the modern Scandinavian design culture, which already at the time it started, were given great attention. The style has evolved over time, but it is still the same classic features that characterise the style that is called “Scandinavian design” worldwide. If you would like to decorate your home in this style, you can here get an insight into which elements that form the basis of the unique Scandinavian aesthetics.
#1: Nature inspires
Nature is an important component of the Scandinavian decoration style. There is a strong focus on sustainability and wood is, therefore, one of the most used materials. The wood is used innovatively, as seen in Hans Wegner’s Wishbone Chair, where the wood in the backrest is steamed to get just the right shape. The natural look and the sustainable materials fit perfectly into the modern tendencies to get back to nature and getting more nature indoors. It is not only the materials that are natural in the Scandinavian design style. Nature has also inspired the design style with organic shapes and soft curves. The design of classic chairs such as the Swan, the Egg and the Ox, has been directly inspired by the nature. This contributes to creating the organic expression which this design style is well known for.
#2: Sophisticated colour scheme
When you think of Scandinavian design, it’s probably not bright colours like pink, green and yellow that leap to mind. The style is known for being underplayed, delicious and sophisticated – including the colour selection. The grey and white tones help to promote the light and make it all the more spacious. But even though there are not much bang on the colours, it is definitely not boring. The light expression where there are air, light and elegance, deliver a super stylish and sophisticated style. With the strong focus on light, the lighting also becomes an important element. Therefore, some of the truly classic lamps, such as PH and Verner Panton’s lamps, are also an expression of the popular style. There is a focus on clean lines and a natural and welcoming light, which contribute to creating the bright and airy spaces. When winter hits, it is also important to focus on bringing light into the rooms. This is among other things, done by using bright and reflective colours!
#3: Stylish, harmonious and simple
One of the major characteristics of “The Scandinavian style” is the clean lines. The style is known for its simplicity and its harmonic characteristics. But do not let yourself be fooled by the simple lines because the execution is anything but simple. There is attention to detail and the execution of the furniture, causing them to come into their own. Nothing is left to chance in the Scandinavian furniture tradition, and this causes the simplicity to be unique and interesting without being boring or ordinary. The simple lines are also the reason that this style last decade after decade. You can combine the different elements of the modern Scandinavian style with an abundance of other furniture and decor objects. In this way, the furniture keeps getting a new life and provide the basis for a wide range of design options.
#4: Detailed functionality
In addition to the great design, it is also a hallmark of the world-famous Scandinavian design that the functionality is top notch. It is a balance that is difficult to accomplish, but it is precisely this ability to achieve this unique balance that makes the style so popular. An example of how functionality and design are joined in a higher unity is found in the beloved series 7 chair by Arne Jacobsen. The design of the chair is beautiful and elegant in itself, but with the comfortable seat and the possibility to stack the chairs, the functionality is eminent. The same can, among others, be found in the PH-lamps where in addition to a stylish design, there is also focus on a balanced and glare-free lighting. Furniture inspired by the Scandinavian design style will be classic and elegant for decades to come. They can help provide bright, simple rooms and create a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere.