Scandinavian design promotes the modern Scandinavian way of living: simple, functional and inspired by nature and the Nordic climate. The trend is popular worldwide with the driving force of powerhouse brands such as Marimekko and Ikea, and the Danish furniture and accessories brand Muuto.

What is Scandinavian architecture?

Nordic homes have clean lines and basic shapes. They incorporate nature into their architecture by using timber and other natural materials. In response to the Nordic climate, uninhabited large-scale windows are important as they bring in natural light. Open-plan layouts also help make Scandinavian homes feel lighter and brighter.

What is Scandinavian interior design?

Functional minimalism is the core to Scandinavian interior design. Scandinavian furniture is comfortable and low-key, artwork is soothing and the colour palette is muted. Scandinavian style is often built on a refreshing white canvas – white walls and white floors – with pops of colour added through furniture and (minimal) accessories. Spaces are clutter-free but full of rich textures and warm timber tones.

What is Scandinavian furniture?

Scandinavian furnishings are highly functional and feature simple, straight lines. They are easy to use and have a distinctive purpose in the home. Most Scandinavian furniture is made from timber, but leather and natural materials such as cotton and linen are also popular. Some popular Scandinavian furniture designers include Kai Kristiansen for his #42 dining chair and Hans Wegner for ‘the chair’.