September 9, 2021
Despite the name, Scandinavian design aren’t just products that are designed and produced in Scandinavian countries. This type of design is a huge sub-category in it’s own that is extremely popular due to its simple designs, and versatility in suiting a variety of households.
While these products aren’t usually cheap, you’re getting true value out of craftsmanship, material choices, and a sense of timelessness that will allow you to truely “buy it once” and proudly display them in all your future home (or office) to come.
You’ll also notice a certain sense of consistency when it comes to these Scandinavian designs, even though there are many companies producing them. They all have a certain sense of simplicity and thoughtfulness that allows you to mix and match between a variety of producers without having to overthink the cohesiveness of the style.
Hay has been a lasting staple of the Scandinavian design scene, and for good reason. The Denmark based company has been around since 2002, and their goal from the start has been to provide well-designed, thoughtful objects to a wide, global audience.
Each product begins with a design phase overseen by co-creators Mette & Rolf Hay, whose primary design influences range from architecture, to art and fashion. Their focus is wide, and their product ranges from large items like furniture, shelving and seating, all the way down to smaller accessories in the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom.
Muuto is a Copenhagen based company founded in 2006 by Kristian Byrge and Peter Bonnen. They work with designers all over the world for their products, but if you look through their catalog, there is a sense of consistency to everything they produce. Muuto means “new perspective” in Finnish, which makes perfect sense considering their forward thinking ethos, and focus on creating items with interesting materials and color choices.
They focus on entire product ranges from the home, going all the way from seating, storage and lighting, but some of my favorite products are in the outdoor category.
DWR are one of the leaders in the space, focusing on amazing customer service, beautiful showrooms, and a vast collection of items on their online store. Like other brands on this list, they strive to create pieces that not only fit in well in a scandinavian themed space, but are meant to last a lifetime.
If you’re looking for a ton of product variety from some of the most profound designers of the last century, Design Within Reach should be one of the first places you visit.
MENU collaborates with a select group of worldwide designers to apply their sense of minimalistic simplicity for a huge variety of objects. Menus Flagship products like their Bottle Grinders, designed by long-time collaborators Norm Architects, exemplify their commitment to crafting product and functionality (just don’t place them too close to the stove like I did, they melt easily).
Scandinavian brand &Tradition juxtaposes classic and modern design to create a range of high quality homewares. Oftentimes, they have re-imagined ways in which certain materials can be used – such as using marble for lighting, for example. The use of colour and interesting materials is a focus in many of their designs.
The simplicity of Normann Copenhagen’s products is one of their most endearing traits. From home decor to homewares, all of their pieces exude a subdued elegance that fans of minimalist design are bound to love. The Danish brand embodies the very characteristics of Scandinavian design, and their vast range of products make for a perfect home or office redesign.
Ferm Living is a fast-growing homewares company that has been around for about ten years. Its product line is immense and includes more than just homewares - it also has beautiful textiles and interior design accessories available in an array of colors. The brand bases its designs on the Nordic aesthetic which is all about warm, clean lines, sleek forms and natural materials. Ferm Living takes this design philosophy to heart and applies it to everything from furniture to clothing racks with beautiful results.
Swedish design-led brand New Works presents honest aesthetics through traditional artisan methods dating back to 2015 from their founders Nikolaj Meier and Knut Bendik Humlevik. With a strong sense of Scandi minimalism combined with forward thinking designs that revolve around art and fine craftsmanship, the New Works’ values focus around 3 additional values — Natural materials, experimental designs, and designs that beg to be touched.
Stelton is one of the most well-known Scandinavian brands for design that continues to inspire people around the world 50 years after it’s beginnings. Their DNA focuses on highly functional home products that aren’t just well designed and functional, but are affordable as well.
BoConcept has been making beautiful home and office furniture in Denmark since they opened their doors in 1952, and now have around 300 stores in over sixty countries across the world. They work closely with experts around the world to masterfully produce furniture that will last you for years to come. Many of their products are also modular and can be customized in numerous ways so that each piece you buy is a reflection entirely of your own style and tastes.
BoConcept is also one of the few scandinavian furnitures companies on this list that offer interior design services for your home.
The Lassen Bros twentieth century roots may begin start at furniture, but extend to ornamental objects for the home ranging from centerpieces to kitchen accessories. The two brothers were born into a design-loving family, and the role of architects and designers were almost inevitable from the start.
Danish founders Mia and Torben Koud established Woud in 2014, birthing a high quality, functional brand, paying special attention to small details. Their timeless design reaches for emotion and inspiration, and grasps tight, all the while remembering the beautiful simplicity of the heritage of Danish design. The Would range includes original designs of furniture, including tables and seating, along with lighting, and storage solutions.
Design House Stockholm are set apart as a publisher of design, rather than a traditional producer, collaborating with French, German, Australian, American and Chilean designers to bring their individual ideas to life. The collection includes furniture, home textiles, lighting, kitchen, fashion, and design objects. The Design House Stockholm vision is to publish a library of classic design that outlasts temporary trends, allowing us to appreciate good design for years to come.