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Scandinavian Design and Mid-century Modern Style Elements

Our range showcases design elements typical of Danish and mid-century modern styles. Why and how did these trends develop?

A mixture of craft, traditional materials and techniques, and an emphasis on functionality gave rise to some of the most influential designs of the 20th century in the Scandinavian countries of Finland, Sweden and Denmark.

The British Arts and Crafts movement was a major influence on the designers and architects of the time. Architects had an interest in industrial design, and these ideas of mass manufacture were applied to the furniture domain, giving rise to Swedish Modern design.

Swedish Modern was a style that successfully married utility with traditional craft, with designers such as Gunnar Asplund and Carl Malmsten at the forefront. The ideas spread to Denmark, with an increasing emphasis on functionality co-existing with beauty. The star designers of the time, including Arne Jacobsen and Hans Wegner contributed to the popularity of Danish design spreading worldwide in the 1940s and 1950s.

Nils Sideboard

Our very own Nils owes a lot to Finn Juhl design.

Finn Juhl Sideboard 1955

The appeal of the Scando or Danish modern look is perhaps down to the handcrafted and durable beauty of simple and usable furniture items. The fact that utility and craftsmanship came together in the mid-century was largely due to the size of the Scandinavian countries and the fact that they were not well industrialised. This meant collaboration between designers, architects and manufacturers was a necessity - and gave rise to a style that is perennially admired!

You can see the key modern design elements of craft and utility in our roomshaped range.

Cover Credit: Finn Juhl Sideboard 1955 By Tjalland - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25026102