Signs of nature show up everywhere in Scandinavian design, but usually with a twist. On this cotton blanket, familiar shapes like leaves and flowers feel fresh in an unconventional blue and copper palette that’s right in line with the dusty pastels that have defined Scandinavian style for a while.
Lack of ornamentation is the ornamentation on many furniture pieces in this style. This oak console by modern Danish icon Skagerak is a textbook case. It’s so pared down, it doesn’t even have back legs; the table mounts on a wall and, at just over a foot deep, is perfect for small spaces like hallways. Or, pull up a seat and use it as a slim desk. (Seat sold separately.)
Josef Frank is synonymous with Scandinavian design and no wonder: He injected his detailed illustrations of flowers, plants, and fauna with energizing colors that, though bold, are somehow eminently livable. Cover a wall in this paper and we dare you not to smile every time you look at it.
In case you think Scandinavian decor doesn’t have a sexy side, may we present this table lamp from Ikea? A marble base supports a hand-blown colored glass globe that rotates to direct light where you want it. Add this to a room and it will give all the dusty colors and folksy pillows a welcome edge.
Hygge is the art of creating cozy, indulgent experiences that feed your soul. The Danes have it down to a near science, filling their homes with items that promote their well-being. This faux shearling seat packs plenty of hygge comfort in one stunning accent piece. Slip it into a bedroom corner for a just-for-you spot to relax.
Folk art from the Nordic countries is high on charm and often features animals or plants like the Swedish dala horse or the floral motifs in Norwegian rosemaling. These designs are in some ways the predecessors to Josef Frank’s signature prints and still mix in well with contemporary pieces, thanks to their simple shapes.
The new wave of Scandinavian design is led by Danes (and married couple) Mette and Rolf Hay. Their furniture, lighting, and accessories—designed by a collective of next-gen Scandi icons—hearken back to the '50s and '60s. And good news: They have a line with Swedish home giant Ikea (of course!) so everyone can get a piece of their spot-on style. This sleek little table is one of our favorites from their Ikea collection.
Though designed by an Italian (fun fact: the same one who designed the NYC subway system’s graphic identity), the iconic Stendig calendar has been adopted by lovers of the style. It certainly fits the Scandi ethos: minimal, straightforward design that turns a utilitarian item into a museum piece.
This matte, lidded jar is the essential piece for giving your kitchen a Nordic makeover. Decant anything that comes in a branded bag (nuts, sugar, your favorite candy) into these and march them across the countertop. You’re done. Or, use it as a planter for kitchen herbs.
What could be more hygge than a bed with built-in shams? These cushions hang from leather straps attached to a slatted birch bed frame. The headboard’s silhouette flares slightly at the top for that soft Swedish country look.