Should we all be adopting the principles of Swedish design?
Following our recent article on ‘lagom’ – the Swedish way of living, we thought it was an ideal opportunity to explore a bit deeper into Swedish and Scandinavian design principles and architecture.
According to Wikipedia, Scandinavian design is a design movement characterised by simplicity, minimalism and functionality that emerged in the 1950s in the five Nordic countries of Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Denmark.
It’s clear that in the UK we’ve been a fan of Nordic design for some time – the first IKEA store selling Swedish designed furnishings opened in the UK in 1987 and now has 20 stores nationwide. Alongside this, the internet has opened up a wealth of opportunities to explore the Scandinavian lifestyle, with items for our homes, such as sofas, furniture, lamps, cushions, rugs and tableware. We can even purchase Swedish fashion from online retailers shipping to the UK.
In fact, Sweden is the birthplace of many other successful innovative companies, including Volvo, Electrolux, Ericsson, H&M, Skype and Spotify to name a few. It is also the origin of many important inventions, such as the three-point seatbelt and of course, The Nobel Prize is the legacy of Swedish inventor, Alfred Nobel.
Many homeowners in the UK are now embracing the Swedish style and ethos in the homes they create, often working with companies such as our partners at Scandia-Hus – the largest designer and supplier of Swedish energy-saving homes in the UK – to create their own Scandinavian inspired, energy efficient homes. www.scandia-hus.co.uk (See a picture of their show home, featured bottom right).
Some of the Scandinavian design principles are highlighted in this item on the Real Homes website, that explores Scandinavian inspired homes, with a balance of comfort and style. www.realhomesmagazine.co.uk/completed-projects/scandinavian-style-interiors/
Scandinavian style interiors can be adopted in any room in your home, by using clean, simple lines, stylish yet practical storage, large windows that let in the light, combined with natural materials, such as wood and wool to add warmth and texture. Furthermore, you can also embrace the Swedish respect for the environment which is reflected in their passion for efficiency, sustainability and recyclability of their materials and design – only 1% of Sweden’s waste goes to a rubbish dump and 52% of their energy comes from renewables.
When creating a Scandinavian inspired home it’s clear that you need a balance of clean lines, simple style, energy efficiency and lots of light. Westcoast unique bonded construction composite windows and doors provide these elements in abundance. Offering some of the best energy efficiency and thermal insulation ratings on the market, their high quality, low maintenance aluminium exterior and warm, wood interior bring the light in, but keep the elements out.
The Westcoast Design series of composite windows, doors and sliding doors offers a contemporary feel, suited to modern architecture with a deeper glass unit creating a minimal step between outer glass and frame for maximum light, a flush finish and simple, elegant lines. The deeper triple glazed unit not only looks good, but provides greater efficiency – the larger glass cavity increases the windows thermal performance, giving you a U-value of 1.0 W/m2k for opening and 0.9 W/m2k for fixed windows.
For more ideas on how to create a Swedish look for your home visit our Pinterest board.
For more ideas for your new-build project, visit our INSPIRATION page on our website: www.westcoastwindows.com/inspiration
Scandia-Hus showhome image (bottom) reproduced with the kind permission of Scandia-Hus. For further information about Scadia-Hus Swedish Energy Saving Homes visit: www.scandia-hus.co.uk