Scandinavian interior is one of the most popular interior concept that is very favored by many people. Her simple, elegant appearance makes people siege to apply this design style in their homes.
The popularity of Scandinavian-style promotion is also in harmony with the increasingly popular IKEA as one of the largest producers and retailers of these Nordic furnishings.
Regardless, there are still many who have not known in depth what exactly the Scandinavian design style really is.
Let’s start from what Scandinavia is.
What is Scandinavia?
Scandinavia actually refers to a peninsula in the northern European part. Citing Wikipedia, Scandinavia itself includes countries such as Sweden, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Svalbard, Denmark, and also Norway.
These countries are also known as Nordic countries. They are famous for their extreme climate, high quality of education, and as a country with the best level of happiness in the world.
In the field of education and quality of life, these Nordic countries have a principle that makes them can stand out while maintaining and maintaining the qualities and characteristics they have.
One of the distinguishing Scandinavian countries with other countries is the principle of life that they are living or trust. The main principle of life in question is less is more.
Less is more emphasis on choosing quality versus quantity. Quantity can be lost, but the quality should be the number one.
If we try to compare with other countries, such as the United States, for example, the principle of Scandinavian countries is quite a difference. Where most United States citizens are more trusting that more is more, which is also one of the most adopted principles in Indonesia. They believe that quantity is everything.
Let’s try an analogous in a case.
When faced with the option to buy three medium quality garments with one high quality clothes, with relatively the same price, the citizens of Skandinavian will have a tendency to buy one piece of clothing, whether it’s a shirt, T-shirt, pants, or jacket that has high quality. Although the price bandwidth is quite high compared to the price of three pieces of medium quality clothes.
Other than citizens of the United States or generally citizens in Indonesia, they will tend to choose to buy three medium quality garments rather than one high quality garments at more expensive prices.
Well, the strong principle of the less is more philosophy is what you can finally find from the concept of Scandinavian interior design. The utilization of limited resources to obtain the maximum results is one of the most important elements of the typical Nordic style of the country.
The beginning of Scandinavian design concept
The Scandinavian design style first appeared in the early 20th century and then spread out in the 1950’s. In that period, designers from different countries in Europe had the same goal of innovating and modernizing the design ideas to become new trends later in the day. This is where Scandinavian designers began to develop design ideas that put more emphasis on function but without neglecting the aesthetic aspect of a design product.
Not long after that, the concept of Scandinavian architecture began to be introduced in various design exhibitions. One of them was at the Design in Scandinavia exhibition organized by the Brooklyn Museum in 1954.
… Scandinavian designers held many exhibitions in the United States and Canada in the range from 1954 to 1957.
In addition to the exhibition in Brooklyn, Scandinavian designers also held many exhibitions elsewhere, especially in the United States and Canada during the range from 1954 to 1957.
One of the important things that is continually being promoted by them is the way of living Scandinavia, which prioritizes beauty, simplicity, and clean design ideas.
This exhibition has finally played a significant role in introducing and popularizing the Scandinavian design concept and influencing the development of design in North America and Europe.
Starting widespread around the 1950s, in fact Scandinavian designers have contributed greatly to the development of this design style since the 1930s. Some of the most famous names deserve to be called Alvar Aalto, Arne Jacobsen, Borge Mogensen, Hans J. Wegner, Verner Panton, Poul Henningsen, and Maija Isola. They all have provided model drawings and value principles that still inspire the current Scandinavian design idea of durability, functionality, dependability, and simplicity.