February is an exciting month in the world of Scandinavian design. If you’re heading out to experience Stockholm Design Week and the Furniture and Light Fair, you’ll no doubt be on the look-out for new trends, products and innovations from the most forward-thinking region in Europe.
Emerging from a post-war era, the Scandinavian founders of Modernism were well and truly making names for themselves creating solutions for a new world, where design was simplistic, functional and most importantly for everyone.
Designers such as Alvar Aalto, Hans J Wegner, Arne Jacobsen and my personal favourite Børge Mogensen continue to influence the way we utilise our homes with many of their designs still in production today - take a look at the Wishbone chair and the Stool 60 for example. With signature clean lines and simple forms, it’s hardly surprising then that its versatility continues to lend itself so well to other styles, be it Japanese Wabi-Sabi, Bohemian or eclectic.
So what lessons can we learn from Scandinavian design that we can translate into our own projects and at home? I’ve highlighted five key pointers that just scratch the surface of this rich design heritage…