Iconic Danish design gifts

Posted on May 20, 2018 by Scandi Interiors | 0 comments
Design is key

Whether for a wedding, graduation, confirmation or birthdays - finding the right gift can be hard.  When looking for inspiration why not turn to high-quality designs and products associated with Danish design icons such as Kay Bojesen, Arne Jacobsen or Rosendahl.

Kay Bojesen Monkey

Who's a cheeky Monkey?

The wooden monkey of Danish designer Kay Bojesen is classic Danish design and no household should be without.  No matter where you look you will find these cheeky chaps hanging from picture frames or lamps, sitting on desks or peering at us with their sneaky smile. Variations are created in Teak and Limba, Oak, Oak and Maple.  Owning one of Kay Bojesen's Monkey's represents a tribute to our inner kid.

The Monkey first captured the imagination of children and adults alike in 1951, but this was not Bojesen's first creation.  Kay Bojesen trained as a silversmith with Georg Jensen and designed wooden toys from the 1920s onwards. Since 1990, the entire collection of Bojesen wooden animals has been manufactured by the Rosendahl Design Group in collaboration with the Bojesen family.

Kay Bojesen didn't stop his playful creations with the Monkey and has been continuing to capture our imagination in his collection - dachshund, rabbit, hippo, bear, elephant and many more.

Time waits for no man

Arne Jacobsen City Hall Clock

Balance and precision in a simple case are the qualities that characterise the Arne Jacobsen City Hall Clock, a new edition of which was launched by Rosendahl in 2017 and developed for SAS Hotel Royal. Jacobsen originally created this elegant and stylish anodised aluminium clock for Rødovre Town Hall; with the new version  in Jacobsen’s Royal Blue.

The simple yet timeless style of the wall clocks and table clocks pay tribute to the designers skill in combining classic patterns and colours in a contemporary collection including – Bankers table, City Hall table, LK table and Station wall.

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Making that perfect cup off coffee over and over again

Posted on March 31, 2018 by Scandi Interiors | 0 comments

In greater Copenhagen, Scandi Interiors has its own little home office. It’s a place where we can make as much mess we want to and work in a calm environment.

The upside of the home office is easy access to coffee, which we often need. To reduce the walking back and fourth, we brought a Grand Cru Coffee Press and all new Grand Cru Soft Thermo cups by Rosendahl to give that perfect kick of energy throughout the day; a moment all to ourself.

The Grand Cru Coffee press is perfect for the office, as it runs on human power, that means no cords and it has an integrated glass insert that is made from temperature resistant borosilicate glass for the perfect cup every time. The partnership with the Thermo cups, creates a pretty amazing cup of coffee all day. The perfect setup for the office.

Grand Cru Coffe Press

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How many of us practice Hygge?

Posted on January 15, 2018 by Scandi Interiors | 0 comments

Search for Hygge on Google and you will find over 8 million hits. But what is hygge?  First of all it is a word that cannot be directly translated into English. The closest word often used is coziness, but it has also been described as the art of creating a nice atmosphere. It’s been called the pursuit of everyday happiness. It’s about being together with the people you love. It’s about relaxation. It’s about indulgence.  It’s about good food. It’s about gratitude.  It’s about equality.  All of those things mixed together is hygge.

To Danes, hygge is part of their culture and scandi design is often an expression of the feeling of hygge. Danes’ burn more candles than anyone in Europe and they eat a lot of candy per capita, all in pursuit of hygge. Indulgence is key in terms of hygge, and perhaps also something sinful. Hygge is taking a break from demands of healthy eating, so it is about cake, it is about candy, it is about hot chocolate, it is about alcohol. All of this hygge seems to work, as Danes are known for they’re happiness and Denmark consistently places first in the UN’s World Happiness Report. 

Danish scandi designed homes play a huge part in the practice of hygge. Here are some ways to hygge in your home to ensure your coziness level staying high.

  1. Lighting.  Switch off your bright harsh lights and replace with soft low lights. An excellent way to achieve this is with candles and lanterns. Not only is candlelight the most flattering light but it also creates a relaxing atmosphere it tells your mind to unwind and get comfortable.
  2. Blankets and cushions.  No scandi home would be complete without an excessive amount of soft, fluffy blankets and cushions, especially in the living room on the sofa.
  3. Coffee.  Sit back, relax and enjoy that nice warm coffee in your favourite mug.
  4. Snacks.  Those guilty pleasures, whether that be a bowl of chips with dips or candy. It is all about being sinful and taking a break from healthy eating without any of the guilt.

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Scandi Design

Posted on December 30, 2017 by Scandi Interiors | 0 comments

Scandinavian interiors are a balance of functionality and aesthetics. Although simple in design, clean lines are often incorporated with understated elegance and warm, which creates a very homely feel. A blend of styles from Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland, the design results in spaces filled with light, heavily utilising natural elements, neutral colour palettes, and clean lines. Scandinavian style is often characterised by three key components – functionality, simplicity and beauty.

Colour is one of the key scandi design principles, with the colour palette being typically very light and simple. White is often used as the main colour, but doesn’t make the room look sparse because natural materials, such as wood, bring warmth and texture. White is also a great blank slate to introduce any colour combination, from soft pastels to black accents. Greys can also be used to create a beautiful, serene interior. Incorporating pops of colour are a great way of brightening and lifting a room. Function should be placed above aesthetics so colour is often kept to a minimum. Patterned accessories can work well – but remember simplicity is key for Scandi interiors, so avoid unnecessary clutter. Using multiple shades of the same colour helps to create interest and depth. Black is regularly used too, helping to anchor the room and define and highlight the features of choice.

Another key scandi design feature is mixing textures and materials, such as unfinished wood pieces, fur rugs, and soft linens, brings nature into the home, adding that restful vibe that the decor is so famous for.A great way to integrate colour and texture and add interest without feeling cluttered is to incorporate plants into the design. The Scandinavians are well known for their use of wood throughout their homes, largely due to an appreciation for readily available natural materials, but also for the way in which it adds warmth to the space. Light Scandinavian homes often feature large windows to make the room feel bright and open. Windows are usually dressed in a soft, light material, such as cotton, allowing privacy without preventing natural light from entering.

Scandi style puts a huge emphasis on efficient use of space, making maximum use of any area, however unusual. A large importance is placed on giving furniture ‘space to breathe’. Unique, bold pieces are regularly used and should be allowed to do all of the talking– there’s no need to over-decorate. Scandinavian style has a strong focus on practical living and exposing everything for all to enjoy.

Winters are long, meaning there is little daylight, causing the need for bright and airy, yet cosy, homes. There isn’t just one Scandinavian style, but there are certain elements that are well-recognised as typically Scandi. Where does Scandinavian design originate? The environment in the Nordic countries is largely responsible for the design styles which have evolved. Not everything has to match, and many homes mix vintage and traditional elements with the notorious simple and clean lines that we all know and love. It seems the principles of functional and simple, yet beautiful and elegant, sits quite well all over the world. The 1990’s saw a huge rise in popularity of Scandinavian design, when designers began creating bold, unique statement pieces as individual units of design. There are many to incorporate your own style and personality with scandi design.

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