What should you know about Scandinavian Design?

White walls, wood floors, modern furniture, and minimalist decor are all hallmark traits of a Scandinavian aesthetic. Scandinavia refers to the northern European countries of Norway, Sweden, Denmark (and its territory Greenland). Depending on the context, some also include close neighbor Finland and Iceland, an island nation just to the North. While there are several historical and cultural similarities between these nations, there are also more than a few notable differences. The way in which they became united under the banner of home decor is a matter of marketing as much as history, beginning with changing social philosophies at the end of the 1800s.

This new approach to Scandinavian design was a combination of beauty, simplicity, and functionality. The element of functionality had been influential for some time in Scandinavian architecture, as seen in the Bauhaus Movement. The harsh climates of northern Europe (particularly during winter) had long influenced Scandinavians to prize utility and simplicity above decoration.
The formulation of a specifically Scandinavian style of modernist design may have begun during the '40s, but it was not until the beginning of the 1950s that it began to take shape as a recognizable entity. The midcentury modern style was heavily influenced by the appearance of Scandinavian design on the world
stage in the early '50s.

One of the first major steps for widespread recognition occurred with the establishment of the Lunning Prize, otherwise known as the "Nobel Prize" of Scandinavian design. The award was named for Frederik Lunning, a New York-based importer of Danish designs, and was awarded for the first time in 1951 and every year thereafter until 1970. Shortly after the institution of the prize, Scandinavian design gained a champion in Elizabeth Gordon - editor-in-chief of House Beautiful magazine during this era.

Gordon described Scandinavian design as an alternative to Nazi-era design fascism, describing it as democratic, natural, minimal, intimate, and focused on the home and family, not the state. In 1954, Gordon arranged "Design in Scandinavia," a traveling exhibition of the best designs the collective
nations had to offer. Rooms designed in the Scandinavian style tend to boast white walls to emphasize light, a neutral-heavy palette with pops of color, natural textures such as wood and stone, a lack of window treatments and carpets, and simple, no-fuss layouts that emphasize an elegantly minimalist

In a Scandinavian-designed room, you can also expect bare wood floors and white painted brick walls that add a rough texture while maximizing the light streaming in through large windows.

Have a look at some of our Scandinavian décors.


Source: www.thespruce.com