With our Swedish heritage, the summer always reignites our passion for the simplicity of the Scandinavian lifestyle and design.
When considering Scandinavian design, whether it be textiles, furniture, household objects or glassware – you’ll find the same practical, aesthetic, natural and increasingly sustainable approach to design. In Sweden, design is synonymous with ‘lifestyle’.
Here are some of our favourite Scandinavian ideas for the home.
RVW (which is short for ‘review’) is a design and production company based in Malmö, Sweden, which — as the name suggests — pays careful attention to every aspect of their design process. According to designers Johannes Herbertsson and Jonas Nordgren, a piece of furniture should live forever, connote emotions, and be appealing to both head and heart from many perspectives. This includes considering everything from how materials meet and interact with each other to social and environmental aspects of their production, which is why they work exclusively with local collaborators in their region.
Hus & Hem offers a Smörgåsbord of Scandinavian design. Here are a few favourite that can be found on-line or in their shop in Ledbury, Gloucestershire.
Lapuan Kankurit's striking turquoise and grey blanket will keep you warm in all seasons. Made from 100% lambswool, this elegant turquoise blanket will suit both modern and traditional interiors, simply throw over the sofa or chair to add a little cosiness to your room.
Clara Bergman's stunning trays are inspired by the traditional craft of paper marbling, and are made by hand using Swedish birch ply.
Dorte's Danish grandmother knitted dishcloths. When she was no longer there to knit for her, and the last of her dishcloths were worn out, Dorte picked up a pair of knitting needles and knitted them for herself. Importantly they still have the qualities of the original dishcloths - effective and functional, just like the ones grandma used to knit.
Yard hand soap is made with natural ingredients including rapeseed oil, aloe vera and birch extracts. The woodsy fragrance is balanced with green floral notes, taking you on nice walk in a lush forest.
Elsa Beskow was born in southern Stockholm in 1874. Her father died when she was 15 and her mother took the children to live with her unmarried siblings who shared the same household. Elsa’s aunts and uncle became the models for Aunt Green, Aunt Brown, Aunt Lavender and Uncle Blue. From 1892 to 1895 Elsa studied to become an art teacher and it was at this time that she started illustrating children’s stories. Her stories and her illustrations were a dominant influence in the world of children’s books for more than 50 years. Her books have been translated into more than 20 languages and many of today’s children’s authors and illustrators have been inspired by her art.
Catharina Kippel has been collaborating with Design House Stockholm since the beginning, and is the designer behind much of our bestselling dinnerware. She has studied pottery and glassblowing in Sweden as well as ancient ceramic firing techniques in Japan, and has a master’s degree from Konstfack, the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. Since 1995, Catharina runs her own studio in Gustavsberg’s old porcelain factory, and her work is represented at Nationa lmuseum in Stockholm and the Porcelain Museum in Gustavsberg.
The candle holder Nordic Light has become a design icon thanks to its simplicity and flexibility; unfold the arms and shape it at will. Jonas Grundell has combined smooth wood surfaces and matte varnish with a black iron loop that connects the different parts. When the lights have burnt down one can fold up the candle holder which then takes up a minimum of storage space.
A bold and striking design by Klippan at the Swedish Fabric Company, featuring the much loved Shorebirds in a bright and colourful orange, deep yellow and grey. This is an amazing mix of colours and patterns sure to be an eye catching and prominent feature in any scheme! Perfect for blinds, curtains and other furnishings.
Swedish Interior Design in West Sussex offers a full re-upholstery and repainting service of Swedish antique and 1900's Gustavian, Biedermeier and Art Deco dining chairs.
Sandberg is a Swedish design company passionate about craftsmanship. They believe in sustainability, people and that the home is the starting point for well-being. They design and manufacture wallpaper and accessories with an unique expression in their own factory in Ulricehamn, Sweden. The love of craftsmanship is evident at every step of the way, and is a crucial component in what they call Swedish wallpaper art.
The Vita Eos lampshade is made from approximately 1,800 natural goose feathers, each carefully positioned on a paper shade.
As the lamp is shielded, the Eos radiates a soft and cosy glow, making it ideal to be hung from any height. Eos has a beautiful mesmerising elegance, even when not illuminated.