Scandinavian Design

Everything you need to know about the origins of Scandinavian design.

Hygge-Mania may have swept across the globe a few years ago, but there is so much more to Scandinavian design than cosy fireplaces and scented candles. It embodies a philosophy that is recognised for clean lines, functionality and longevity. Bringing one closer to his/her environment is what lies at the core of this design movement. Designed with comfort in mind, Scandinavian design appeals to the homebody in us all and adds light to our living spaces, even in the depth of winter. 

RAMSIGN has its origins tightly rooted in Scandinavian design, especially Danish design

How Did Scandinavian Design become so popular?

A New Era for Scandinavian Style

Scandinavian design is an old art movement that is still popular today.

The History of Scandinavian Interiors


Scandinavian design is characterised by craftsmanship and skill

Furniture

The Ultimate Guide to Scandinavian Furniture Design

Across Denmark, Sweden and Norway, furniture became a staple part of Scandinavian design with designers choosing to focus on clean lines and practicality. Nature and the long harsh winters that drove people into their homes for months on end heavily influenced how furniture was designed. Scandi furniture suffered heavy usage and had to be very durable while being chic and fuss-free all at once. Designers like Arne Jacobsen saw the beauty in everyday objects and revolutionised our daily lives with their wild and wacky creations. The 1950s was a peak era for Jacobsen whose famous designs the ‘Ant’ ‘Swan and the ‘Egg’ chairs took the design world by storm. 

“One might, in fact, argue that much of what the modern movement stands for, would have been lost or simply forgotten if Scandinavian designers and architects like Arne Jacobsen would not have added that humane element to it.”

 - R. Craig Miller, author of the famous book ‘Design 1935-1989’

The egg chair is an iconic work of Scandinavian design

Furniture

Arne Jacobsen, a Pioneer of Scandi Style


Furniture

Børge Mogensen, Designer of Stylish Mid-Century Scandinavian Furniture


Furniture

Børge Mogensen, Designer of Stylish Mid-Century Scandinavian Furniture

Scandinavian design was influenced greatly by the Scandinavian way of living

Architecture

Discover Everything About Scandinavian Architecture

With the outburst of new and exciting art movements across Europe, traditional design concepts were being shaken to their core. While none of the movements promoted the same message, they all contributed to establishing new forms and functions that celebrated the modern age. Due to geographical isolation, Scandinavian designers were used to being resourceful with the limited amount of supplies available to them. Due to films becoming available of European designers working on new design concepts, Scandinavian designers of the 20s and 30s were able to build a new style. One that would have a global effect. 

Architecture

Edvin Engström and Swedish Interior Design

The Bellevue theatre is a prime example of Scandinavian design in architecture

Architecture

Arne Jacobsen’s Scandinavian Modern Architecture


Scandinavian design is characterised by minimal design and natural materials

Home Furnishings

Scandinavian Home Furnishings

With the two world wars overshadowing daily life in the 20th century, opportunities for career expansion for many Scandinavian designers were altered. Many architects like Arne Jacobsen had to flee the occupation of their countries and leave behind their careers. This led to a huge burst of creativity with people finding new ways to express their ideas in smaller formats such as textiles, Scandinavian style furniture and other home furnishings. 

Home Furnishings

Poul Henningsen’s Scandinavian Lighting

Design Materials

Scandinavian Design Materials

The Scandi look can be defined as being fresh and functional. Clean lines and a minimal style are reinforced by the use of natural materials. This helps to make this a practical design trend. Wood, like teak, oak or beech was a popular material of choice, adding warmth to interiors. Metals such as stainless steel or copper were also a modern and practical choice for designers as they not only provided strength but it added to the contemporary design aesthetic. Many materials were combined with textiles or glass to add a soft sophistication.

Charlottelund enamel signs are inspired by the work of Engelhardt and from the base of the Engelhardt collection

Design Materials

The Use of Enamel in Danish Interior Design


Scandinavian Design

Scandinavian Furniture - UK


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