As you navigate the world of design and architecture, you are likely to encounter different styles unique to various regions. One style that has gained global acclaim is Scandinavian design. To understand the soul of this renowned design form, Aritco Lifts had a stimulating conversation with Sanna Gebeyehu, a seasoned concept developer who has been conveying the essence of Swedish and Scandinavian design to the world.
The Intricate Simplicity of Scandinavian Design
When asked to define Scandinavian design, Sanna made it clear that drawing rigid lines between styles is complex. The globalized world of art, design, and architecture means that creators can work anywhere, thus integrating various influences into their work.
However, Scandinavian design, in its broadest sense, can be seen as a celebration of simplicity, quality, and innovation. It thrives on exploring new materials and production methods, often leading the curve in these areas. More importantly, it stands out for its commitment to sustainability. The transparent, eco-friendly footprint of most Scandinavian furniture producers is a testament to this principle.
Sanna elaborates that while Scandinavian designs are often perceived as ‘simple,’ this simplicity actually results from rigorous attention to detail. In its purity and minimalism, there’s hardly any room for errors, requiring utmost precision from both designers and producers.
A Global Affair: Scandinavian Design Around the World
Scandinavian design has carved a niche for itself in various corners of the world. Interestingly, about 70% of furnishings produced in Sweden are exported. The main markets for these exports include Germany, Norway, Denmark, and Finland.
However, one unique bond that stands out is the one with Japan. Despite the stark cultural differences, the mutual attraction to each other’s design aesthetics has forged a special relationship between these two regions.
The Perception and Evolution of Scandinavian Design
How does the rest of the world perceive Scandinavian design? According to Sanna, the design form is widely recognized for its high-quality designs that heavily emphasize sustainability. Many associate it with stylistically pure designs, blonde woods, and limited colors.
However, a delve into the history of Scandinavian design reveals a much more colorful canvas. As examples, Sanna points out to the traditional Swedish Allmoge, Kurbits, and the vibrant folk costumes that punctuate the region’s history.
Even in modern times, this spirit of color and tradition continues to inspire. As Sanna notes, the red houses with white corners and ‘snickarglädje’ – a term indicating the joy of carpentry – of the House of Carl Larsson are still influencing new design interpretations.
Companies like Aritco lifts who manufacture a range of our home platform lifts are maintaining this legacy, intertwining the core principles of quality, sustainability, and stylistic purity in their products, thereby carrying the rich traditions of Scandinavian design forward to future generations.
Scandinavian design is much more than meets the eye. Its seemingly simple exteriors hide a profound appreciation for quality, sustainability, and the continuous exploration of innovative materials and production methods. It’s a design philosophy that respects the past, embraces the present, and enthusiastically looks towards the future.
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