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The minimalist style of Scandinavian design emerged during the 1930s within the five Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The term “Scandinavian design” originated from a design show with the same name that traveled through the United States and Canada between 1954 and 1957. It promoted simplistic ways of living and showcased various works by Nordic designers. (Smith Brothers Construction)
The minimalist philosophy emphasized clean lines and simple designs that were inspired by nature and climate to create the Nordic design. It promoted beautiful designs and quality, sustainable products that were affordable and easily accessible to people in all walks of life. (Smith Brothers Construction)
Combining beauty, simplicity and functionality
In Scandinavian interiors, there’s always a strong relationship between design elements and nature. It’s often seen in the stark contrast between abstract and natural shapes, as well as hard and soft surfaces and materials. Natural materials like stone, wood, leather and hemp are used sparingly in most home interiors. (Smith Brothers Construction)
The main purpose of Scandinavian design is to improve daily life. To accomplish that, designers focused on interior design style with furniture, lighting, textiles, accessories, and everyday utilitarian items like dishes, silverware, cooking utensils and linens. (Smith Brothers Construction)