If you’ve ever caught yourself wishing you could bleach your wood floors, toss a sheepskin over a dining chair, or paint your space in a minimalist-approved color palette, chances are you've been wooed by Scandinavian design. The Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden) are currently having a major impact on the global design scene. But where exactly should you shop for Scandinavian décor?
From a brand that expertly blends masculine and feminine design to a textiles-focused manufacturer that uses 100% hemp to produce cheekily patterned pillows, these are the Scandinavian furniture stores that should be on your radar. Ranging from the affordable to the splurge-worthy, there's a shop on this list that'll fit any admirer of Nordic design's budget. Forgo a trip to the big blue box store and scour these sites instead.
Menu describes its aesthetic as “soft minimalism,” and we support that claim. Its furniture and décor are the perfect blend of masculine and feminine, all done with Scandinavian simplicity.
It’s not just the playful shapes that make Muuto’s designs desirable, but also its expert use of both classic and unexpected colors. The combination of the two makes its pieces unlike any others.
Vintage charm is in ample supply at Ferm Living. The Danish brand puts a fresh spin on the best of yesteryear. Shopping its site is sure to make you feel like a kid again.
It’s somewhat ironic that Josef Frank’s designs are seen as quintessentially Scandinavian, as he was actually born in Austria. But he went on to adopt Swedish citizenship and create vibrant and dynamic designs that are still in production today. Familiarize yourself with his colorful botanic prints, and you’ll start to notice them everywhere.
It seems you could add Scandinavian flair to just about every area of your home using Skagerak’s inventory. Take a peek at its site, and then check the list of retailers for buyer’s satisfaction.
It may not seem worth it to order brushes all the way from Sweden, but a good brush is hard to find. Whether it’s for bathroom, kitchen, or cleaning purposes, Iris Hantverk's handmade brushes are worth the shipping.
Originally designed in 1949, the String shelving systems are proof that Scandinavian design is timeless.
The Lassen brothers, Mogens and Flemming, may not be around anymore, but their designs live on thanks to by Lassen. The iconic Kubus 4 candelabra is just the tip of the iceberg that is their genius.
Saana ja Olli
It doesn’t get much more quaint than a designer couple in Finland locally manufacturing 100% hemp textiles (especially with patterns like these) with a brand name like Saana ja Olli.
Each year Broste Copenhagen releases two collections including everything from tableware to textiles, lanterns to décor. Get your hands on a few of its pieces and your home is sure to feel much cozier.
You’ll instantly recognize Verner Panton’s “Flower Pot” lights in &Tradition’s inventory, but shop around a bit more and you’ll find more items to lust over.
Showcasing items from various decades of the 20th century as well as contemporary, cutting-edge designs, Gubi is the ultimate source for sophisticated design as only Scandinavians could curate.
The global mega-brand that is H&M may not seem like a special place to pick up Scandinavian décor, but the Stockholm-based company designs pieces that stay true to the aesthetic at prices that can’t be beaten.
Founded in 2002, HAY made it its mission to channel the great design in Denmark during the ’50s and ’60s in a modern way. With its streamlined furniture and minimally fresh accessories, we’d say they’re succeeding.
If you want to know what modern living is like in Scandinavia, take a look at Norman Copenhagen. Its designs are simple but not lacking a healthy dose of charm.
This story was originally published on January 12, 2015, and has since been updated.
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