January 18 2011
Scandinavian design is perennially popular. But it’s not always easy to find alternatives to, at one end, well-loved vintage icons such as Arne Jacobsen’s Egg chair and, at the other, contemporary Ikea flat-packs. Scandi Living’s cheerful, easy-to-navigate website addresses this challenge, and meets it with good-looking, practical and mainly contemporary pieces that are well suited to modern living.
All the big names are here – Boda Nova, Orrefors, Linum, Kosta Boda, Menu, Holmegaard, EvaSolo, Ferm Living, Normann Copenhagen. Or you can select from a product list that includes soft furnishings, glassware, lighting, kitchen accessories, rugs, fabrics and wallpaper.
Scandi purists may find it hard to resist icons such as Verner Panton’s aluminium Flower Pot table lamp VP4 (£249), originally created in 1969. And any fan of good design will appreciate an updated classic such as the 1.5 litre glossy-red stoneware teapot (first picture, £74.99, including wooden coaster and strainer) designed by hip Swedish design studio Front, and made by the century-old Swedish company, Höganäs Keramik.
Still, most of the site’s designs are thoroughly contemporary, and effortlessly combine chic simplicity with homely practicality in that evergreen Scandinavian way. Typical homewares include Linum’s Dot cushion (£40), Kosta Boda’s elegant Line champagne flute (£28), and Linum’s cotton Neo rug (second picture, £52), striped in soothing colours.
Inspiration for children’s rooms ranges from bed linens to lampshades and mobiles, plus eye-catching rugs such as Mairo’s circular Elephant rug in hand-tufted wool (£99). And if you’re gift-hunting, check out the Top Ten Gifts list for not-obvious suggestions such as Eva Solo’s hanging hurricane lamp (£54) or Himla’s polished-brass Copenhagen napkin ring (third picture, £6.50), which looks as stylishly cool as a designer-jeweller’s cuff.