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The advertising campaigns implemented by Swedish furniture brand IKEA usually rank high in creativity, but wait ’till you see the company’s latest “stunt”! IKEA climbing wall is a vertically designed apartment that anyone with proper feet muscles and a soft spot for adventure can discover. This colorful installation near the massive Gothic Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral is meant to promote the retailer’s 30th store opened in France and it was developed in collaboration with local communication agency Ubi Bene. Joyfulness of playing is released through vibrant colors, powerfully contrasting the black lava monument behind.
Just like on a regular climbing panel, adventurers can ascend by using various grips for hand and feet. Only that in this case, these climbing milestones are also chunks of real furniture: lockers, tables, shelving units and even beds. The coolest advantage is that if you feel tired, you can relax in some of the seating units on display. Each climber is helped along the way with safety gear and advice from professional staff. This IKEA installation is one of the most intriguing showrooms we’ve seen- we can’t think of a more inviting way to convince passers-by to test a furniture product.
Scandinavian design is modern and minimalist with plenty of natural views. Image Source: Jeffers Design Group
You may be surprised to hear that the beauty of the Scandinavian design movement wasn’t fully recognized until the 1950′s. Since then, this minimalist European design has brought acclaim to many prominent and noteworthy Scandinavian designers who have made a global mark by creating unique furnishings and housewares.
While some may immediately think of the primary blue and yellow buildings of Ikea, there is so much more to Scandinavian design than this iconic chain store. Scandinavian design extends to the countries of Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland—offering a vast and eclectic taste that personifies this design movement and is characterized by simplicity, functionality and minimalism.
What can we learn from these simple, yet unique European designs? How do they differ from North America’s minimalist designs?
We can gleam a lot of great design ideas from Scandinavian interiors. Image Source: Gerstner
1) Neutral Colors in Scandinavian Designs
The calm, muted tones of pale blue, cool grey, white and cream are seen everywhere in Scandinavian interiors. This color scheme has almost become the trademark of Scandinavian design and seems to be one of the main draws to its global mimicry. These colors are unique to Scandinavian minimalism—especially the pale blues; they are not commonly seen in North American minimalist designs.
However, not all Scandinavian designs are muted and calm—in fact, there are some noteworthy designers who preferred a much bolder design statement, such as the popular Marimekko; a Finnish design company that prefers bold, graphic and colorful arrangements.
Whether you prefer bright, bold interiors or a more calm serene quality—you can achieve a distinctly Scandinavian style in your home.
A neutral color palette is favored in Scandinavian design. Image Source: Studio-Revolution
2) White Wood Floors
Unlike North American homes, carpet is not a common occurrence in European homes. Scandinavian designers have always seemed to prefer the use of simple, white wood from floor-to-ceiling.
It is easy to understand why this is so popular when one looks at rooms designed in this manner— white wood floors make a room seem open, airy, clean, and draw much-needed attention to the interior craftsmanship of a rooms architecture and furnishings.
If the flooring is not white wood, then it still remains light in color with wood such as birch or pine, or a cool grey stone tile. Mimic this clean design by using light wood wherever possible—it is certainly an interior design that you will not grow tired of.
White wood is very common in Scandinavian designs. Image Source: Tim Clarke
3) Let in the Light
With upwards of 60 days of Polar Nights, lighting can become essential and revered. This is what most Scandinavians deal with every winter, depending on their location within the Polar Circle.
The site, My Little Norway, offers unique tips to surviving all those cold, dark days, but also points out that Scandinavians love summer to the fullest, and while they may have many dark days they also have summer days where the sun remains high in the sky until midnight!
What better way to let in the much-loved light than large windows? Floor-to-ceiling windows are common in Scandinavian designs for this very reason.
Most Scandinavian rooms have large windows, allowing natural light to stream in. Image Source: Jeffers Design Group
4) A Love of Nature
Scandinavians have a deep-rooted love of nature. With past-times revolving around outdoor activities such as biking, hiking and swimming—they take every possible opportunity to be in the great outdoors.
Of course, during those cold winter days and nights, it can be easy to forget the natural beauty of their much-missed summer world, so they bring nature indoors as much as possible, beating the winter blues.
Interiors reflect this by bringing in numerous natural plants, and furnishings that mimic nature through their rustic wood grain. Also, most Scandinavian homes have some sort of balcony where natural views can easily be enjoyed.
5) A Touch Of Elegant Country in Scandinavian Homes
This is the look that has iconicized Scandinavian Design—white walls, Swedish antique clocks, crystal chandeliers, curved rustic white wood furnishings, white linens, and simple flower arrangements—it is a marriage of down-to-earth attitudes with understated elegance (see image below).
It is easy to see why this design has been copied time and time again—it personifies the definition of grace. If this is the Scandinavian look you love, then you will need to do a little antique shopping. In fact, it can be easy to replicate this style by simply painting some rustic furniture pieces white, and adopting this relaxed yet elegant feel in your home.
So, loosen up; open your windows, letting in the cool breeze and natural views—this is a look that says relax and stay while.
It may not be common knowledge, but saunas are part of the Scandinavian lifestyle. These are not typical American saunas that one usually finds in a fitness center, rather Scandinavian saunas are ingrained in the culture and have their very own etiquette.
An article by, This is Finland, aptly points out that visitors need to go with the flow and follow the “bare facts” that saunas involve taking off all your clothes—yes, you go naked in the sauna and sit with a group of other naked people to sweat in 100 degree temperatures!
It is estimated that there are two million saunas in Finland alone, so hop into this relaxing cultural pastime by incorporating a sauna within the privacy of your own home—maybe you will even dare to go bare.
Sauna’s are the epitome of Scandinavian culture. Image Source: Prestige Saunas
7) Form and Function of Scandinavian Homes
Functionality reigns supreme within these minimalist Scandinavian designs. Homes are meant to be open, airy and have a flow that allows easy living.
This is not to say that art and romanticism doesn’t have a place in these designs—culture and art play a large role in Scandinavian life, it is only natural for this to show up in their home interiors, as well.
Smashing Magazine offers an interesting reason for this minimalist design—Survival in the North required products to be functional; they didn’t need heavy decorative elements, only what was functional and useful. Maybe we should all take a cue from this simpler lifestyle and get rid of some of our un-required clutter.
While modern Scandinavian furniture takes advantage of innovative textiles, these textiles were not available to the early craftsmen. Amazing craftsmanship can still be seen in today’s Scandinavian homes via antiques and current designs.
No matter what decade their furniture is derived from, one thing is certain—attention to detail and high-quality materials will always show-up in Scandinavian furniture designs. A simplistic, yet artful, approach reveals itself in all their furnishings through simple straight lines combined with understated ornateness.
Quite literally, their furniture is like an object of art, and it will last for a lifetime. This is the reason that there are still some great antiques that remain on the market. If an antique is out of your price range, then consider looking to many of the modern Scandinavian furniture designers who are making an impact in this market.
Scandinavian furniture is modern and features simple, straight lines. Image Source: Baan Design
9) Simple, Yet Cozy Corner Fireplaces
It’s a long winter, so a fireplace is a must! Unlike North American homes, Scandinavian fireplaces do not usually take center- stage in the middle of one wall. They were never meant to be ornate centerpieces with mantles to decorate.
Rather, these fireplaces were functional and meant to provide warmth and a place to cook. Of course, modern homes do not need to worry so much about this functionality, so the fireplace design has become a bit more of an artful focal point, yet they usually still remain in the corner of a room.
There are plenty of online sources that offer unique Scandinavian-style fireplaces, so take a look and see if you can find one to add this warm eclectic touch to your home.
Add a cozy, yet modern, corner fireplace to your Scandinavian home. Image Source: Marica McKeel
10) Eco-Friendly Interiors
Along with their love of nature is a desire to nurture it. Modern Scandinavian homes feature world-leading green technologies that are exported around the globe.
Through political movements and a strong desire to save nature, Scandinavians have helped to lead the eco-friendly design movement. Scandinavians not only preach this lifestyle, they live it — with 99% of Norway’s power being derived by hydropower.
The entire world could stand up and take notice of the Scandinavians love and respect for nature— and we could all mimic this lifestyle and save a tree or two.
Are we all ready to hop on a place and move to Norway, Finland, Denmark or Sweden? It certainly is tempting when you see all the beautiful homes and natural views that Scandinavia has to offer!
Since most of us are stuck in place (or don’t want to suffer through their dark winters), we should try to mimic the Scandinavian design within our own homes. It is as easy as following these 10 design lessons outlined above. So go ahead, paint your walls a lovely muted grey or blue; throw some white slipcovers over your furniture and maybe pick up an antique or two. Scandinavian culture and design is achievable no matter where you live.
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Situated in a residential area of villas on the northern bank of Revnice above the Berounka valley in the Czech Republic, House Revnice is a modern family retreat offering a healthy lifestyle. The residence- envisioned by Jarousek.Rochová.Architekti- is composed of a lower level embedded into a green garden and an upper volume which seems independent from certain viewing point. For privacy reasons, the street facade is relatively closed, while the southern part the house opens into the greenery of the garden and makes use of an intimate terrace.
According to the architects, the residence is structured as follows: “The living section consists of the main living space, dining room and a kitchen with exits to the terrace. This living area utilizes along its’ whole length the transparent curvature of the southern facade, with continuous contact with the garden and the house itself. The northeast of the building comes with a beautiful view and a section with a continuing curvature oriented to the patio. It is here that the bedrooms and a hallway with a dressing room are situated”. Enjoy the virtual tour! [Photography: Filip Slapal]
Do you remember this height-adjustable desk that was featured on Freshome a while back? It seems that working while standing gains more and more popularity, as people are facing the dangers of sitting on a chair for hours in a row. Clearly, the lack of inactivity leads to various health hazards and it is believed that standing up may partially fix the problem. LIFT is the newest adjustable smart desk on the market, promising to improve posture and efficiency. Envisioned by the creative team at iSkelter, it features a sleek wooden design, making it easy adaptable to a variety of interiors.
The idea behind this design is relatively simple: users can stand for most of the day, and when they feel like resting, they can just adjust the level of the desk. After project funding on Kickstarter, personalizing the LIFT surface with any of the following features is possible: Phone and Tablet Display Docks, Dry Erase White Board, Drink Holder, and MousePad. Plus, select from either Natural (light) or Hazelnut (dark) Bamboo. Have a look at the video below to find out more information about the product and tell us what you think!
A play of two volumes stacked one on top of the other was the design proposal forwarded by Dietrich Untertrifaller Architects for LK House in the town of Hard, Austria. The “boxes” are partially wrapped in concrete, a rough material contrasting the extensive glazing and wooden shading panels. A feeling of lightness is unleashed throughout the residence, despite its imposing exterior. The architectural solution offers a chance for the inhabitants to enjoy various perspective of the surroundings without compromising in privacy.
As you step inside, you will notice a powerful contrast between the immaterial white ceilings and dark floors in smoked oak: “The entrant immediately sees the spatial layout as it emulates the form of the building on the outside. From the entrance at the intersection between ground floor and the upper story placed in an orthogonal direction one floor above, a cross-shaped corridor layout can be distinguished on two levels”. The ground floor accommodates living spaces, with the dining area projected towards the garden, in line with the upper story that juts out of the building. The bedrooms in the upper level offer a panoramic view of the nearby lake. [Photography: Bruno Klomfar]
This is the second timei29 Interior Architects collaborates with VMX Architects, this time to develop a bold office design for MediaXplain, a media agency in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. VMX took full advantage of the powerful features of the location– with views over the old Port of Amsterdam– and implemented a completely open facade with inclined glass panels. The interior refers to the industrial origin of this area. Following the building’s skeleton with it’s raw concrete walls and open layout, i29 proposed an interior with matching materials such as rough oak wood, black surface walls and furniture, custom designed concrete carpets, gray acoustic ceilings and a large industrial staircase to connect both office floors.
Large desks made of rough oak wood accommodate the employees overlooking the port at the front. A strip of private offices, meeting rooms, print area and pantry is placed at the back. Along the full width of the building a corridor finished in black walls, ceiling and floor connects the different areas. Seen from the main office area, this corridor operates as a cinema with large projection walls for the display of digital work, referring to the clients activities as a media agency. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by i29 Interior Architects]
Elegance if the defining trait of the soothing Ibirapuera Apartment – an inviting home where hardwood floors and Carrara marble fit perfectly. Designed by one of Brazil’s prominent interior architecture and decoration designers - Diego Revollo – this inviting home in São Paulo’s Ibirapuera neighborhood bears the name of its location while spreading over 350 square meters. Within such a spacious collection of rooms, the illustrious designer Diego Revollo used classic elements to define a contemporary lifestyle. Imagined for a middle-aged couple with grown children, the apartment parades the owners’ love for art with every chance. In search for a design that would appeal both to owners and younger sons, Diego’s work embedded delicate traditional elements in the clear-cut contemporary design, balancing the technological additions with feelings of sophistication and belonging. The result: an inviting home in the busy city.
The designer describes the work done to improve the style and lifestyle resulted from his attentive work: “The project started based on the big windows and the high headroom (around 3 meters) of the space choosing materials that could valuate the natural light and its amplitude.” Using light to enrich furnishing and art pieces, the designer turned a pure white apartment into a cozy art gallery and inviting home with contrasting black elements and beige, gray and raw tones in the furnishings: “The style of the furnishing is a variation of Italian modern design and classical design composing an elegant and balanced mix of styles.” Doors that close perfectly and walls coated with acoustic foam then covered by a silk fabric create a high-tech sophistication. According to the designer, “the choice of the furnishing reflects the personality of the owners of the apartment and their appreciation for Italian design and also traditional and delicate decorative items.”
In such a scenic apartment, every detail was meant to add to the overall feeling of home – a customized space for love, peace and relaxation.
The new façade of Louis Vuitton Matsuya Ginza in Tokyo is said to be inspired by the history of Ginza, the city that used to be known for its Art Deco design. According to renowned Japanese Architect Jun Aoki, the creative mind behind the new development, Ginza was the entrance of Tokyo, adjacent to Shimbashi, from which the very first railway station of Japan stretched to the port and led to the foreign Country. The geometric cladding of the building is inspired by Louis Vuitton’s Damier logo in relationship to edo-komon, the pattern of traditional Tokyo.
Depending on the moment of the day, this massive store in Tokyo will offer several sights to passers-by: “Gentle bulges and dents elaborate the façade of opal beige reliefs. With these pattern, the façade reveals various appearances in sunlight, and also during the night, the LED lights behind the reliefs lit the façade to render another expression reminiscent of Louis Vuitton’s monogram”. The building’s distinctive silhouette combined with its pattern cladding make it easy to spot from far away in the crowded streets of Tokyo. How would you comment on the overall design of this new LV store? [Photography: Daici Ano]
Seatoun Heights House sits on a steep site above Seatoun Heights Road, New Zealand, perched above the harbor. When planning the development of the residence, Parsonson Architects took advantage of the spectacular views and the existing established vegetation. Clad in dark vertical corrugated iron, the project is intended to form a relationship with the established trees on the site. The distinct color palette of the house and its irregular shape imprint a sober feel, yet this initial vibe wears off, as one steps inside.
Two distinct volumes can be clearly delimited, according to the architects: “The bedroom level is excavated back into the hillside forming a base to the upper more, open and light, living level. The bedroom level undulates in and out, allowing light in and views out, giving each bedroom a different character and aspect. The lighter form of the living level above flows across the bedroom level wrapping around an existing small flat lawn and garden to the northwest of the house. The floor level steps down towards the lawn and allows views back through the house and out to the harbor beyond”. The interiors are friendly and welcoming, due to extensive use of wood, an abundance of color and floor-to-ceiling-windows framing harbor views.
First impressions are the building block you can use to erect an inspiring world of beauty around you. When someone first visits your home, they see the front door. And the door handle as they get closer. Imagine a door handle so beautiful, it would immediately receive the admiration of your guests. These stunning handmade door handles and door knobs were carefully crafted by Haute Déco, a London-based company specializing in luxury contemporary door handles. They will provide the “WOW” factor to a detail usually forgotten. Every door you face has a handle of some sort and you interact with it through sight and touch.
The signature collection of Haute Déco’s contemporary door-handles are handmade by British craftsmen in the UK and explore a luxury door handle design with a distinctive style. Designing and manufacturing high-quality door handles, the company imagined their Signature Collection as encompassing coordinated door knobs, lever handles, cabinet knobs and center knobs. Available in many metal colors - polished for a mirror effect or satin for a soft glow – these precious handles have been seen in up-scale London residences, as well as luxury yachts in customized versions that inspire.
The fabulous Signature Collection “epitomises Haute Déco’s distinctive style of understated contemporary glamour. Bringing together bronze elements and Cristalle glass, the concept behind the collection is to play on the reflection of light on polished or satin metal, refracted through glass for a sensational blend of radiance and sheer translucency. The concept and proprietary processes that have been perfected over time to achieve such extraordinary radiance were developed at the company’s artisan workshop in Hampshire where the collection is produced. Bronze elements, plated and polished to a variety of metal finishes, are cast into Cristalle glass, an alternative material to crystal specific to Haute Déco: as translucent as the purest crystals yet extremely durable so that it will not chip, it can, unlike glass, be cast around metal; the secret to its soft glow is in the multi stages of the polishing process, which is done by hand.”
Call them door jewelry if you like, simply because they are.