So this next installment of Design Styles Explained is one I am a bit intimidated to blog about since one of my childhood friends married a Swedish designer who does fabulous interiors (Hi, Jessica!). I don’t for a second pretend to know anything at all about Scandinavian design and it’s history, I just know what I love about the interior images I find. I did find some interesting tidbits of history on it, too.
What struck me as the cornerstone for a proper, cozy, airy Scandinavian room is the gorgeous kakelugn stove. This stove is genius. There was an exceptionally cold winter in the mid 1800’s with also a shortage of timber. The Swedish government wanted to protect the existing forests, so it mandated that Carl Johan Cronstedt and Fabian Wrede invent a more efficient wood-burning stove. This is the kakelugn stove.
I found some great historical pictures of the kakelugn stoves. They are so beautiful!
Here’s a modern image of one done in stunning green tile.
… And one in pink.
– A Little Scandinavian Interior Design History –
Scandinavian interior design got noticed during the 1947 edition of the Triennale di Milano, a big design exhibition in Milan. *
The term “Scandinavian Design” comes from the Design in Scandinavia exhibition that grew out of it’s popularity found in the 1947 Italian exhibition. It hit the road in 1954 promoting the “Scandinavian way of living,” with furniture, glassware, ceramics and crafts made by Scandinavian designers. It “established the meaning of the term that continues to today: beautiful, simple, clean designs, inspired by nature and the northern climate, accessible and available to all, with an emphasis on enjoying the domestic environment.” *
Part of the Design in Scandinavia exhibition, which ran from 20 April to 16 May 1954. *
– Iconic Scandinavian Furniture –
Jacobsen’s iconic 7 chair, made of form-bent wood and chromed steel legs
Wishbone chair, Hans Wegner, 1950
Left: Globe Chair, Eero Aarnio, 1963–65
– My Favorite Scandinavian Rooms –
– My Interpretation of Scandinavian Style –