Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Scandinavian Design

I've developed a love of Scandinavian design as of late. There's something about the clean, round forms that seems both modern and inviting. Unlike strict, stark modern surfaces, Scandinavian design seems softer, more accessible, and easliy integrated into an eclectic decorating style.
Ever since I missed out on scoring a Malm wood stove on Craigslist, I've been in search of one for our covered porch at Potic Cottage. The mid-century design seems to fit the ski lodge aesthetic perfectly. Perhaps it is the nostalgia of it that adds another level of attraction. Author and humorist David Sedaris wrote about his parents' Scandinavian dining room set as one of their most coveted possessions. To them, it meant grown-up sophistication, but Sedaris remembers wondering how long the Scandinavian designers plotted against knobs.
I'm not alone. The blog world is abuzz with contemporary decor derived from this style. Modernemama had an entry today comparing a flower to the Egg Chair-- and Style Files shared some recent Dutch finds. Design Within Reach and Hivemodern are both really great sources for new Scandinavian pieces to readily add to one's current decor. I may just get that Malm stove yet.


Chessa! said...

I love the modern look and clean lines.

Nadine @ BDG said...

I just got confirmation from James that I can spring for both the chair and the fireplace when we do our upstate addition. Now that's an effective blog entry!

modernemama said...

The question is: which colour will you pick for the Egg chair?

Nadine @ BDG said...

I just found a brown leather one on craigslist... I like the wool in a vibrant color but I'm thinking long term leather might hold up better. and the price is right... any thoughts? Is brown too rustic looking for the design?