“Many foreigners have asked me how we made the Danish style. And I've answered that it...was rather a continuous process of purification, and for me of simplification, to cut down to the simplest possible elements of four legs, a seat and combined top rail and arm rest.” - Hans Wegner, on the art of the chair

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Our sharp neighbors to the north have not only given us some great explorers, playwrights, musicians and artists over the years; but they’ve also led the way in exciting interior design trends for your home or office.

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Arne Jacobsen’s egg chair, Horn section not included.

 

Many decorators are incorporating elements from this particular region because of the practicality in function over appearance, and the simplicity of ideas. Neutral colors (like blues, greys), organic materials, and an airy simplicity, are key in Scandinavian decor. Leave all the excessive details, ornamentation and extras at the door.

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Painted wood floors, furry fabrics, multi-use furniture, and a white-space backdrop are often seen in these kinds of interiors. Lighting is also important, because Scandinavians come from a part of the world where daylight can be scarce for months at a time. Ambience, and lifting mood is necessary to offset the seasonal affective disorder often seen in the world’s northernmost climates. We recommend candles and wall sconces, to provide just the right glow in all the right areas. If that’s not enough...than a few sips of the sauce probably won’t hurt.

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Scandinavian designers who you should highly consider for future projects are Danish-born Hans Wegner,  Arne Jacobsen, and Eero Saarinen. Jacobson was an architect, AND a furniture designer, making his mind for craftsmanship/knowledge of mathematical balance evident in his works. The Danish-modern movement produced a handful of others honored for their contributions to, well..sitting down, at the Danish Design Museum, in Copenhagen.

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Wegner, arguably one of the most prolific furniture minds of all time, conjured up over 100 types of chairs. His role was an paramount in the mass production, and affordability of furniture. His world-famous hoop chair, shell chair, wood sawhorse chair, and  wishbone chair, are omnipresent in the culture of luxury furniture, and have been replicated time and time again.

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Eero Saarinen, from Finland, is another big name worth mentioning. His work was a little more animated than Wegner’s, incorporating more curves into his designs, but the elegance, and cultural hints are still very evident. His style has more of a mid-century modern feel, using more plastics, less wood, and brighter colors.

Any of these can look absolutely delectable in your Scandinavian-influenced decorations.


Source: Jen Stanbrook