If you’re looking for fantastic prints, bold colours and out-of-the-ordinary designs to adorn your home, office or workspace, look to your friends in the north. Scandinavian designers have been at the forefront of combining unique styles and textures with functionality for decades. Thanks to big box giants like Ikea, Scandinavian design has been featured prominently in the global stage. Below is a list of notable Scandinavian designs you don’t want to miss.
Poul Henningsen-inspired lighting
Poul Henningsen achieved international icon status with a series of lighting fixtures in the 1920s when the electric light bulb was still considered a new technology. He is most famous for the PH lamp, The Artichoke Lamp, and The Snowball Lamp, which are still manufactured nearly a century after they were initially designed. Incorporating a bold and beautiful light fixture, such as this Henningsen-inspired fixture will impart a minimalist vibe to any room.
Josef Frank-inspired textiles
Austrian-born architect Josef Frank became a Swedish citizen in the 1930s. He became renowned for his colourful fabric designs for the Swedish company Svenskt Tenn and his fabrics are still highly sought-after on the design scene today. The Maidstone in East Hampton, NY, features many of his fabrics and wallpapers. Add a touch of fun and colour to a sofa or chair with a throw pillow or kitchen curtains inspired by this design mogul.
Arne Jacobsen-inspired seating
Architect Arne Jacobsen was quite possibly one of the most prolific Scandinavian modernist designers of his time. His bent plywood Ant Chair sold in the millions. He was influenced by Mies Van Der Rohe, Le Corbusier, and Charles and Ray Eames, and many of his chair and lighting designs are still sold today. To channel his design influence, consider picking up a set of brightly coloured bentwood chairs.
Greta Grossman-inspired lamps
Despite Greta Magnusson Grossman spending the last 50 years of her life in California, she initially established herself as a young designer in Sweden, her home country. Marrying Scandinavian and Californian modernist aesthetics, she opened her second shop on Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles, selling Swedish designs to notable personalities like Greta Garbo and Frank Sinatra. Why not include a Grossman-esque minimalist lamp in your home or workspace?
Finn Juhl-inspired comfort
Finn Juhl, a highly influential modernist designer for his time, is credited alongside other well-known designers for introducing Danish design to North America. He made his American debut at the MoMa in New York in 1951. The iconic sensual shapes of his designs have won him many awards, some of which were awarded postmortem: His Baker Sofa won Best Reissue in the Wallpaper Design Awards in 2010. His home was turned into a museum that can still be visited near Copenhagen today. Choosing an armchair with sensuous curves and built for comfort is the perfect way to bring a little Juhl home.
Whether you’re looking for a peppering of Scandinavia or a full-on conversion to Swedish, including Scandinavian design influences in your home is a great place to start. Including modern minimalist pieces will give your space a streamlined look, while adding pops of colour and texture to your cushions, throws, and other textiles will keep your space fun and bright.
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