Scandinavian design is a design movement that has emerged from the Nordic countries of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland.
is at the heart of Scandinavian design.
It is simple yet not boring, it is minimalist yet not cold, it is cozy yet uncluttered.
Though often mistaken for minimalism, Scandinavian design differentiates itself and avoid being cold or sterile through the Danish concept ‘hygge’ (pronounced: hoo-guh).
Merriam-Webster defines hygge as a cozy quality that makes a person feel content and comfortable. Think: Curling up with a blanket and a hot cup of tea, reading a book at your favorite spot on the couch or spending Sunday morning in a cafe filled with the smells of coffee and freshly baked pastries.
Scandinavian design infuses hygge into their interiors and architecture by integrating materials, textures and colours that are warm and comforting. Hygge could also be embodied in terms of function, such as through the crafting of intimate nooks or private corners that offer moments of repose.
[Check out this informative article by The Spruce to learn more about the history behind the development of Scandinavian design.]
In balance with nature
Kang Choo Bin Walk by TE-EL
Light, neutral tones
off-whites, beiges, creams, greys
Muted or natural accent colours
muted blues, greens or pink; tan or black
Natural material palette
pale woods, wool and linen textiles, leather
Dawson Apartment by TE-EL
Richness in textures
Bright, open spaces
relaxing and approachable
The Archipelago House by Norm Architects