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Scandinavian Design – Feel the Hygge!

Scandinavian design wasn’t fully recognized until the 1950’s, but since then we have seen a rise in the Scandinavian inspired home, perhaps originating from the introduction of Ikea, and the popularity of a minimalistic look.

To many of us our homes are a haven – for relaxation, quality time alone, or family time.  And we are really investing in the concept of this in both monetary ways and lifestyle changes.

Bring in the “Hygge”. The term “Hygge” comes from a Norwegian word meaning “wellbeing”, and first appeared in Danish writing in the 19th Century.  It has since evolved into a cultural ideal of being “kinder to ones’ self”.  There doesn’t seem to be an exact definition of the word Hygge but instead it is a feeling that people experience, which resonates with others. What is it that gives people that feeling of Hygge?

Whilst it can be anything, from watching a candle burning, to eating with friends, from a design perspective, it can be something that is really inspiring.

Scandinavian design may look very easy, but in fact there is quite a difficulty to this craft characterized by simplicity, functionality and minimalism.  Although the use of a neutral colour palette is often preferred, the impact of the designs is quite staggering.  Not an easy thing to master whilst still maintaining tranquillity in your home.  Scandinavians also tend to embrace the use of anything eco-friendly, which can be a challenge.  Here are some lessons you can learn from Scandinavian interior design:

And it doesn’t look like the trend is settling down any time soon.  In fact, there was an article in the Standard this week about home makers and their desire to make a comforting and relaxing home:

A clever new website called Homewings has been created where customers (along with experienced interior designers), will create a concept — complete with a shopping list and instructions on how to bring it to life — for as little as £199 per room.

Dutch founder Cornelia De Ruiter explains, “We can’t automate design — the designs can’t feel cookie-cutter — so it was about providing a platform that enables designers to focus time on actually designing, as well as collaborating and interacting with clients.”

De Ruiter, demonstrates with a project she did for a Danish client looking for a modern lounge in grey hues.

The pair refined the brief and swapped ideas using social media and within a fortnight, De Ruiter produced a to-scale visualisation for her client to approve, plus a foolproof construction guide and a list of where to buy components online.

So, a challenge for you!  See if your students could indeed create a Scandinavian design concept using a mixture of DrawPlus, PagePlus MoviePlus or anything else from the Serif Design Suite.  Challenge them to choose some furniture and interior products online, and using the dimensions they fine build a room with a design flow – then get the class to pick their favourite! We look forward to seeing your ideas.