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The celebrated brands of Scandinavian design

| Designbest editorial staff


candinavian brands are known around the world for their timeless aesthetics, which in time has become an accurate depiction of their style. In fact, a large portion of firms that churn out top quality furniture like chairs, lamps, sofas and homeware are based in countries like Sweden, Denmark and Finland.

Brands that since the fifties have played a crucial role in revolutionizing furniture design include: Artek, Carl Hansen & Son, Fredericia, Fritz Hansen, Iittala, Louis Poulsen and Normann Copenhagen. Subsequently this list has grown to include &tradition, Hay and Muuto, firms who have made a name for themselves for bringing out accessible quality pieces. Iconic designers like Eero Saarinen, Alvar Aalto, Verner Panton and Arne Jacobsen have designed pieces which have never ceased to captivating the general public, continuing to inspire new generations with their clean silhouettes and cutting edge technology.

Scandinavian design is so distinct that we can deduce a few set rules: nature as a prime source of inspiration, manufactured chiefly out of timber, a neutral colour palette, simple organic silhouettes, function and iconic aesthetics. However, its main source of inspiration still remain the famous saying: form follows function, a principle which was never been betrayed by Scandinavian brands.

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