What is Scandinavian minimalism?

Natalia Kolomiets

Posted on March 15 2020

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For many people, when asked to visualize a Nordic house designed in the traditional Scandinavian style, a quiet image emerges.

Perhaps what they envision is a log cabin on the edge of a fjord, containing some beautifully designed pieces of Scandinavian furniture.

It refers to a minimalist place in the sense that each piece would be included for a reason, but also to create a comfortable space. Cozy. Fun With an innate feeling of warmth, but avoiding clutter. That is Scandinavian minimalism.

While Scandinavian design still features clean lines, calm and clarity epitomized by traditional 60s American minimalism, this one has a softer focus. So it is Scandinavian minimalism, not American or Japanese.

 En el ejemplo del  color, los esquemas monocromáticos estrictamente adheridos por los minimalistas japoneses se han añadido en el hogar nórdico. Los tonos pastel sutiles son clave. Los azules, las cremas y los grises ayudan a aportar higiene, suavizan los bordes e invitan a los visitantes a sentirse cómodos, no solo a admirar.

 This is because the traditional Nordic house is a product of its environment. The Scandinavian design is inspired by functionality, the result of the harsh climate of Northern Europe. Temperatures and rugged terrain have made quality and durability central to Scandinavian minimalist styling, but without sacrificing comfort.

Minimalism comes from necessity, not aesthetics. It has substance. Scandinavian design offers efficiency, which creates beauty in its simplicity.


 Minimalism for the masses?

 The introduction of a major Scandinavian furniture brand in cities around the world meant that many thought they had direct access to a Nordic home.

However, there is no easy minimalism to achieve. There is no way to achieve the characteristic 'scandi style ' through flatpack single.

Scandinavian minimalism is about buying quality, comprar poco y conseguir que cada objeto cree un impacto. No quiere decir que no se pueda encontrar calidad en las tiendas de mercado masivo, todo lo contrario, pero un verdadero hogar nórdico no se trata de elegir entre estantes y estantes del mismo artículo en diferentes colores. Se trata de pasar tiempo y esfuerzo para encontrar la pieza perfecta para ti y para tu hogar. Mercantilizar esto es ideológicamente opuesto a los principios que muchos están tratando de emular.


No mess

Nothing should fill the space in the Nordic house. It's about letting objects speak by placing them on clean, high-quality, unadorned surfaces. Built to last, be appreciated, and tough.

Light is also essential. Huge windows and a bright palette allow the Nordic home to make the most of warm summer days and try to attract and maintain as much light as possible before the long polar nights.

Scandinavian minimalism is all about simplicity, purity, and calm. About buying less and buying better. Let objects speak while staying functional and comfortable.

It sounds very simple. But if you don't have it in your blood, this may be impossible for some to copy.

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