Design notes from the Barcelona Chair: Scandi (I/II)

One of the most popular design trends in the last decades, Scandinavian is a classic reference for any enthusiast of Interior Design nowadays, and its main figures like Jacobsen, Alto or Wegner and his Hans Wegner Shell Chair, are not only praised around the world as figures of the Scandi movement but as figures of the Mid Century Modern movement too, due to their common approach on design principles.

Nevertheless, Scandinavian has its very own identity, and it’s much more than the aesthetic of Ikea. Scandinavian is a thoughtful and delicate combination of beauty, simplicity, and functionality, with deep links to a balanced relationship with nature, something that gets it closer to Eastern styles, like Japanese, too.

Where Scandinavian Style comes from?

Scandinavian is recognized since the 1940s as a response of certain figures to the rise of Modernism and the decadence of Art Deco. Jacobsen and other figures took inspiration from the past movement of Art Noveau, and the traditional craftsmanship techniques of the Scandinavian styles. In America, the House Beautiful magazine had a great role in spreading the virtues of Scandinavian Style for the great public. One international award, the Lunning Award, recognized since 1951 the work from Scandinavian creators and take them to the public’s eye.

Scandinavian, Danish, Sweden, Norway…Are they all the same?

Yes and no. Scandinavian is a label to cover the work of great figures of Nordic countries like Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. Nevertheless, other Nordic countries like Finland, Greenland, and Iceland are included eventually. Eero Saarinen, a remarkable figure of Modernism was born in Finland, though he naturalized American later.

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