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Shopping for homewares ‘the Scandinavian way’

An online store of stylish, witty (mainly) Danish design

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Shopping for homewares ‘the Scandinavian way’

April 28 2011
Nicole Swengley

Anyone looking to inject their living quarters with a flavour of contemporary Danish design will find some witty and practical ideas at the new online shop, Skandivis. “The name loosely translates as ‘the Scandinavian way’,” explains Toni Kay, a London-based Dane who launched the site earlier this year.

Although the focus is on designs from her homeland, including classics such as Verner Panton’s Flowerpot lights (pendant, from £177; table, £252), it also embraces stylish homewares from other countries, such as a carafe and glass set (£19.95) from France. And there’s a particularly strong emphasis on the natural world. This comes through in terms of graphics, such as cushions with photoprints of deer, owls (first picture), sheep, eagles, foxes or trees, £77 each, and the use of materials (Icelandic sheepskin cushions (£202), as well as designs such as the slightly eccentric Raven clothes hanger (second picture, £39).

Fresh ideas that caught my eye during a recent trawl included Nord’s bed linen with a bear photoprint (single duvet, £89) whose accompanying pillowcase is printed with a short history of the animal (in Danish on one side and in English on the other). I think the cushion with a photoprint of book spines (£77) would be perfect for a home office or library, while Birds on a Wire clothes-pegs (£9.99) add humour to a humdrum chore.

Family-friendly designs include brightly coloured magnetic chalk boards (£67, and for which Skandivis is the sole UK distributor), Happy Cat beanbags (£165) and cushions for children’s rooms decorated with animal graphics including Aristo Cat and Mr Frank Fox (£29 each). Big bone-shaped dog-beds (£85), meanwhile, provide the perfect posing site for a four-legged friend.