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Scandinavian Design : A lookbook

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.]




Simple comfort







In balance with nature


Cozy minimalist

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


Clean lines


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