Monday, 21 October 2013

Scandi Interiors and Design Classics

As of Friday, I am jetting off to my motherland Finland for a brief visit and wanted to shed some light on scandinavian design and interior style, as I know it.

The beautiful landscape is an inspiration to many and as we have the full on four seasons on the weather front, most of us still need to be practical. We try and make our homes feel open, cosy and energised at all seasons. 
What sums up scandi style for me is it's simplicity, minimalism and functionality.

Image pinned via Eighty Ate

As apartments are hugely popular in scandinavia, space is often tight. Natural light and clever use of artificial lighting is vital, especially in the dark winter months.
White is often used as a base colour, and a choice of accent colours are usually carefully chosen to create interest.
Natural materials are favoured and texture added by accessories.
Old and restored tiled stoves can still be found in many buildings and make a great statement piece.

Image pinned via Anne-Claire Roberts

This is a gorgeous office space.
Very eye catching. Monochrome palette used to the full stylish scandi way.
Ikea pieces mixed with high end Eames classic chair to the maximum effect.

Scandinavia benefits from a vast heritage of internationally recognised designers. From Alvar Aalto and Arne Jacobsen to todays big names Harri Koskinen and Klaus Haapaniemi, only to name a few.

A classic Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen, would not look out of place in any scandinavian interior.
I love the simplicity, look and form of the design. It still, after all these years, takes my breath away.
(Unfortunately, over used and copied in places, but still strongly on my list)

Image by Katja Kapulainen

One true beauty I fell in love as a child, is the Artichoke pendant by danish designer Paul Henningsen.

The Artichoke was originally created in 1957 for the Langelinie Pavillion in Copenhagen.
The design was developed extremely quickly as only very few rough sketches exist from before installation in the Pavilion. The design evolved by PH experimenting his various designs into one.

Today, the Artichoke is manufactured and available in various sizes and finishes. 
 Personally, I find the brushed copper shades with weak pink colour on the inside, a total overall favourite. 
Subtle, calming elegance and in this seasons trendiest interior finishes. Bonus!

Image by Katja Kapulainen

Last but not least, scandinavian interiors are not necessarily all white, wood and classic masterpieces.
far from it....

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As it happens, this image is from my nearest and dearest friend's apartment in Helsinki.
She has an impeccable taste, especially when it comes to mixing vintage quirky finds and colour with contemporary classics.
A brave and strong statement with Farrow and Ball paint on the walls, vintage sideboard themed with an antique candelabra and a classique white Diptique  candle.
(See you Sunday, Helsinki way!)


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