Design and architecture

Nordic Design and architecture are known throughout the world for its simplicity, minimalism, and functionality.

Nordic architecture and design became influenced by the Modernist aesthetic combined with minimal structures with simple interiors and raw materials in the 1950s and 60s.

Nordic design is often associated with furniture and glass, and through time the Nordic countries produced a lot of world-famous designers.

The likes of Alvar Aalto, Arne Jacobsen and Bruno Mathsson are all foreground figures for the traditional Nordic design with its functionality and practicality. Their inspiration often comes from Nordic nature and the design is more than just design; it is a whole concept be it furniture, textile or glass, the products all have one thing in common- rigour and simple design.

Nordic design is not just limited to museums and galleries. It can be found everywhere, as in restaurants, hotels and private homes and many Nordics have a designer lamp of furniture.

A new Nordic trend is “democratic design”, which means the prices for design must be affordable for most people can buy it. A good example of this is the big furniture chain IKEA, who often works with young talented Nordic designers. Another example is H&M with collaborations through the years with world-leading fashion designers like Stella McCartney and Versace.

The idea that beautiful and functional everyday objects should be affordable, not only to the wealthy, but to all – is a core theme in the development of modernism and functionalism.

  • Famous Nordic design brands
  • Babybjorn – Sweden
  • Arabia – Finland
  • Bo Concept – Denmark
  • Design House Stockholm – Sweden
  • Bang & Olufsen – Denmark
  • Iittala – Finland
  • Royal Copenhagen – Denmark
  • Ikea – Sweden
  • Georg Jensen – Denmark
  • Marimekko – Finland
  • Fjallraven – Sweden
  • Orrefors Kosta Boda – Sweden
  • Stokke – Norway
  • Varier Furniture – Norway
  • Ecco – Denmark
  • Filippa K – Sweden
  • Helly Hansen – Norway
  • Lindeberg – Sweden

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