Scandinavian design as it is known, became known at the beginning of the 20th Century. It originated from Nordic countries north of Europe like Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
Scandinavian design is a concept of “beautiful things that make your life better.”
Breaking this down, Scandi design focuses on the functionality of a space whilst not compromising the aesthetic appearance.
It is a very democratic style of design, in the way that it appeals to a lot of people through products that are popular, easily accessible and affordable, and creates out-of-the-box ideas for the user by utilising elements that are usually forgotten or not used as a design element!
Scandi design is bright and can either be extremely minimal or very eclectic. A lot of black, white and grey is used throughout the design, usually as base colours. When colour is introduced it is usually pops of very bright colours or pastel colours. Scandinavian design combines retro and industrial elements in its décor along with contemporary pieces. A lot of designer pieces are also used, for example, Eames chairs and coffee tables.
There is a lot of texture used like timber, glass, plastic, metal, metallic, fur, leather, concrete and textiles, just to name a couple!
Scandi office spaces can be found inspiring in their eclectic capabilities for those who are extremely creative and thrive off inspiration surrounding them. This happens by the combination of different textures and a “beautiful mess” appearance, e.g. clusters of photos, greenery, piles of magazines and books, featured artworks and the light and bright atmosphere.
On the other hand, for those who are very structured in their work ethic, Scandi can also be appealing in its more minimalist design with clean lines, lots of storage options and structured decorating techniques. When this is combined with the light and bright atmosphere of a Scandinavian designed office space, you have a very inspiring and structured environment.
The standout features of the inspiring photos of the Scandinavian office spaces for me are the chalkboard walls, the photos hanging on strings or that are taped onto the wall, corkboard walls, the wire lattice with inspiration pegged strategically into place and the layering of the decorating on the open shelves.
What are your favourite elements of these Scandinavian inspired work spaces?