We need to go back in time a little bit to understand where Scandinavian design originates from.
Scandinavian design is a design movement characterized by simplicity, minimalism and functionality that emerged in the 1950s in the five Nordic countries of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Finland.
In Ireland and the UK Scandinavian design has only recently influenced the furniture market. Whilst Europe have experienced the presence of modern mass retailers, including Ikea since the 1950-1980s.
Let’s start with the basics. The style emerged in the 1950s as part of a modern movement in Nordic design. Function and affordability were prioritised over preciousness and luxury.
natural materials (wood, rattan, linen)
neat furniture, clean lines
light and bright, practical interiors
greenery and natural light
cozy, natural textiles
Best characteristic of Scandinavian design is simplicity, there is simply no fuss. Practical and functional ideas are always prior, and with that the decluttered minimal space becomes the look. The look becomes the lifestyle. Clean lines and simple silhouettes are so popular that they’ve become mainstream. It is also easy to bring your own personality into the look with mix and match as you can see on some photos above ⇑⇑⇑
“It’s as much a lifestyle as it is a look”