clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

The 12 Best Places to Find Scandinavian Design

New, 2 comments

Sources to shop to satisfy your Scandi crush

It's no secret around here: We love the clean lines and natural material palette of Scandinavian design. To coincide with our feature on the meteoric rise of Scandinavian design in the U.S. and internationally, we're bringing you the 12 best sources of Scandinavian (and Scandi-inspired) design across the 'net. Take a look.

1. Artek

The Finnish furniture company hawks wares by designers like Alvar Aalto, Arne Jacobsen, Eero Aarnio, Eliel and Eero Saarinen, and others. If you're looking for authentic Finnish chairs, tables, lighting, and more, Artek has you covered.

2. by Lassen

The Bauhaus-inspired Kubus candleholder, designed by Danish Functionalist Mogens Lassen in 1962, put Copenhagen-based retailer by Lassen on the map. The appealing geometric simplicity of the design, and a variety of offerings in the helped keep them there. Offerings include bowls, bookcases, sideboards, and more.

3. Form Us With Love

Founded in 2005, Form Us With Love is a Stockholm-based multidisciplinary design studio. At this year's Stockholm Design Week, the firm showcased work completed in collaboration with Danish company +Halle, a collection of furniture, called Nest, that includes seating and tables.

4. Design Within Reach

Retailer Design Within Reach is one of the best consumer-facing American sources for quality Scandinavian sofas, lounge chairs, beds, and more, including work by Eero Saarinen, Norm Architects, Jens Risom, and the criminally under-heralded Greta Grossman.

5. Iitala x Issey Miyake

For a collection that debuted at Stockholm Design week in early February, Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake and Finnish housewares company Iitala unveiled this gorgeous line of cups, platters, bags, and more featuring Miyake's signature pleats and a color palette inspired by Japan's cherry blossom season.

You can purchase items from the line online at the New York Museum of Modern Art's web shop.

6. Ikea

Ah, yes. Ikea. The Scandi Crush gateway drug. The Swedish powerhouse has had the U.S. market cornered not just on Scandinavian design for the masses, but inexpensive, assemble-it-yourself furniture in general, for years. If you're budget-conscious, Ikea is a great place to start, as it won't break the bank.

7. Jasper Morrison

Morrison, an English designer known for creating furniture and household products, is not Scandinavian, but his work has the simplicity of form you probably dig if you're into Scandinavian design. Check it out.

8. Muuto

This company Helsinki-based company, known for simple, sleek furniture with slightly off-kilter shapes, takes its name from the Finnish word for "perspective."

9. Normann Copenhagen

This furniture and accessories retailer ships worldwide. Get on it!

10. Norsebox

For those who love subscription boxes and Scandinavian design, this quarterly service, run by Cincinatti-born Elise Kubicki from her new home in Åre, Sweden, is a godsend. In some design corners, it's been hailed as the successor to Skandicrush, a monthly subscription box that was discontinued in March 2015.

11. Olivia Öberg

Swedish upstart Olivia Öberg is relatively new to the design scene, having graduated only recently from the Carl Malmstein Furniture Design program. With work recently exhibited at the Stockholm Furniture Fair, Öberg is definitely one to watch.

12. Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

The Belleville collection, designed for @vitrafurniture

A photo posted by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec (@ronanerwanbouroullec) on

French designers—and brothers—Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, may not be Scandinavian, but their idiosyncratic, playful work certainly owes a stylistic debt to work by Nordic design minds like Alvar Aalto and Eero Aarnio.

Scandi Crush Saga: The Rise of Scandinavian Design [Curbed]

Scandinavian Design Lovers Rejoice! Here's a Subscription Box For You [Curbed]

3 Scandinavian Design Talents to Watch in 2016 [Curbed]