Scandinavian Style

The Top Five Features of Modern Scandinavian Style

By Scandinavian designer furniture we don't just mean all design emerging from Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. Modern Scandinavian style refers to a precise historical moment and stylistic approach. That approach is defined by modern attitudes to furniture design that focused on beauty, function and availability. In the post-war period each of these countries were dealing with issues of social upheaval, cultural and social change and expanding populations who demanded high-quality homes and furniture.


Addressing these issues modern Scandinavian style incorporates distinctive variations from each region, but there are also core shared traits and attitudes. It relies on low-cost, sustainable materials, technical innovation and balanced, deceptively simple aesthetics. Organic forms influenced by nature and sculpture were combined with the ideal of mass-production and high-quality factory manufacture.


These designs were revolutionary and they were also hugely popular successes. There were several waves of designers who identified with the movement and in recent decades there has been a critical revival of the style that has become incredibly widespread. This isn't difficult to believe. The influence of designers such as Alvar Aalto, Hans J. Wegner or Arne Jacobsen never disappeared within design fields and their ideals for urban living have only become more relevant in the twenty-first century.


Here are the key elements of Scandinavian style and some of our favourite designs:

 

Natural Materials

The most important aspect of modern Scandinavian designer furniture is the attitude towards materials. Craftsmanship, strength and sustainability were key, so wood is the dominant material. Wood was not only widely available in post-war Scandinavia, but offered the natural and organic forms the designers were after. It allowed for easy construction so products could be transported easily and a range of grains for colour variation. The finest woods were often paired with bold cashmere upholstery, such as in Arne Jacobsen's work. Wood offered the designers an exciting and versatile material, but is also connected to their belief in careful craft and the patient art of carpentry.

  • Hans Wegner Y-Chair

    Hans Wegner Y-Chair

    Inspired by Hans J. Wegner

    Price for original: 583 €

    VOGA price: 258 €

    Now: 179 €

  • CH327 Dining Table

    CH327 Dining Table

    Inspired by Hans J. Wegner

    Price for original: 5,393 €

    VOGA price: 1,882 €

    Now: 1,129 €

  • The Chair

    The Chair

    Inspired by Hans J. Wegner

    Price for original: 3,114 €

    VOGA price: 525 €

    Now: 369 €

  • Oirschot Chair

    Oirschot Chair

    Inspired by Michael Thonet

    Price for original: 4,673 €

    VOGA price: 358 €

    Now: 215 €

Neutral Colour Scheme

Winter, and sometimes summer, can be very dark across Scandinavia. To make the most of the light, Scandinavian style always emphasises white tones and simple colour schemes. Pure white lets the light in and matches warm wooden floors perfectly. Finn Juhl was particularly fond of using primary colours matched to golden wood tones. Cooler, muted colours are used to create brightness, but also versatility in a decor. Neutral hues such as grey can create a calm and distinctive feel whilst extending natural light as long as possible.

 
  • PK22 Chair

    PK22 Chair

    Inspired by Poul Kjærholm

    Price for original: 3,228 €

    VOGA price: 798 €

    Now: 479 €

  • AJ Floor Lamp

    AJ Floor Lamp

    Inspired by Arne Jacobsen

    Price for original: 739 €

    VOGA price: 282 €

    Now: 195 €

  • Swan Table

    Swan Table

    Inspired by Arne Jacobsen

    Price for original: 1,890 €

    VOGA price: 632 €

    Now: 439 €

  • Egg Chair

    Egg Chair

    Inspired by Arne Jacobsen

    Price for original: 9,452 €

    VOGA price: 1,598 €

    Now: 799 €

  • Swan Chair

    Swan Chair

    Inspired by Arne Jacobsen

    Price for original: 4,610 €

    VOGA price: 948 €

    Now: 475 €

  • Wegner GE-290 Sofa 3 seater

    Wegner GE-290 Sofa 3 seater

    Inspired by Hans J. Wegner

    Price for original: 4,764 €

    VOGA price: 1,358 €

    Now: 815 €

  • Barcelona Chair Replica

    Barcelona Chair Replica

    Inspired by Mies Van Der Rohe

    Price for original: 5,303 €

    VOGA price: 1,158 €

    Now: 695 €

 

Ambient Light

However white you paint your space those dark winters will inevitably catch up with it. So Scandinavian style also excelled in designing sophisticated lamps and lighting solutions to keep things bright. Alvar Aalto, Greta Grossman and Poul Henningsen set the Scandinavian mood by designing beautiful lamps which embodied the ideas of modern mid-century design and the unique features of Scandinavian style. These elegant lamps provide a glare-free glow that matches the white colours and make stunning focal points for a stylish interior. The light is never intrusive, but subtly enhances a décor and sets the mood.

  • Artichoke Lamp

    Artichoke Lamp

    Inspired by Poul Henningsen

    Price for original: 6,493 €

    VOGA price: 615 €

    Now: 369 €

  • PH 3/2 Table Lamp

    PH 3/2 Table Lamp

    Inspired by Poul Henningsen

    Price for original: 734 €

    VOGA price: 325 €

    Now: 229 €

  • Grasshopper Floor Lamp

    Grasshopper Floor Lamp

    Inspired by Greta Grossman

    Price for original: 825 €

    VOGA price: 348 €

    Now: 245 €

  • Beehive Lamp A331

    Beehive Lamp A331

    Inspired by Alvar Aalto

    Price for original: 1,278 €

    VOGA price: 532 €

    Now: 369 €

  • WG 24 Table Lamp

    WG 24 Table Lamp

    Inspired by Wilhelm Wagenfeld

    Price for original: 397 €

    VOGA price: 192 €

    Now: 135 €

  • Verner P. Panthella Table Lamp

    Verner P. Panthella Table Lamp

    Inspired by Verner Panton

    Price for original: 537 €

    VOGA price: 248 €

    Now: 175 €

Clean Lines

One of the most distinctive features of Scandinavian modern style is clean geometry. Parallel forms, straight edged finishing and minimal detailing are all combined. Clutter or excess was all rejected to create precise silhouettes. The complexity of the designs and the demanding manufacturing processes involved are concealed by what at first looks like formal simplicity. For example, in Hans J. Wegner's chairs formal balance is combined with exact angles and uncluttered joinery to lovely effect. This is also why Scandinavian style incorporates so many storage solutions; beautiful furniture needs to be kept clear and minimal.

 
  • Wing Chair

    Wing Chair

    Inspired by Hans J. Wegner

    Price for original: 3,441 €

    VOGA price: 865 €

    Now: 519 €

  • Wing Chair Stool

    Wing Chair Stool

    Inspired by Hans J. Wegner

    Price for original: 508 €

    VOGA price: 198 €

    Now: 139 €

  • Super Elliptical Table

    Super Elliptical Table

    Inspired by Piet Hein

    Price for original: 3,115 €

    VOGA price: 1,225 €

    Now: 859 €

  • Panton Chair

    Panton Chair

    Inspired by Verner Panton

    Price for original: 969 €

    VOGA price: 165 €

    Now: 115 €

  • Wire Chair

    Wire Chair

    Inspired by Harry Bertoia

    Price for original: 771 €

    VOGA price: 342 €

    Now: 239 €

  • Platner Style Stool

    Platner Style Stool

    Inspired by Warren Platner

    Price for original: 1,666 €

    VOGA price: 465 €

    Now: 325 €

 

Functional and Versatile

Although formal and aesthetic issues are very important in Scandinavian style, function and purpose is always considered equally. The pieces must be versatile, comfortable and tough enough to be passed through different generations and uses. They were designed to be directly related to the demands of the Scandinavian home, but also timeless designs that will last far into the future.

  • Series 7 Chair

    Series 7 Chair

    Inspired by Arne Jacobsen

    Price for original: 408 €

    VOGA price: 192 €

    Now: 135 €

  • Shell Chair CH07

    Shell Chair CH07

    Inspired by Hans J. Wegner

    Price for original: 2,352 €

    VOGA price: 715 €

    Now: 499 €

  • Valet Chair

    Valet Chair

    Inspired by Hans J. Wegner

    Price for original: 1,693 €

    VOGA price: 565 €

    Now: 285 €

  • No. 45 chair

    No. 45 chair

    Inspired by Finn Juhl

    Price for original: 7,875 €

    VOGA price: 815 €

    Now: 569 €

  • 209 Chair

    209 Chair

    Inspired by August Thonet

    Price for original: 744 €

    VOGA price: 198 €

    Now: 119 €

  • Tulip Chair Upholstered

    Tulip Chair Upholstered

    Inspired by Eero Saarinen

    Price for original: 1,216 €

    VOGA price: 392 €

    Now: 275 €

Modern Scandinavian Style

Arguably the greatest aspect of Scandinavian style is accessibility. These designs were meant to be experienced by all and they were meant to be affordable. High-quality construction and materials were always matched with the lowest possible prices. These pieces were designed for the people and to address the needs of the masses, whilst looking unforgettable as well. They were designed to be appreciated by all. With VOGA.com these striking pieces of mid-century furniture can once again brighten up your home.

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