Monday, April 18, 2011

BP 13: Scandinavian Design

Scandinavian design has a legacy of clean lines, simple designs, functionality, and its affordability; it is a design style that can be found almost everywhere, including buildings, objects, clothing, etc. It was after WWII that Scandinavian design became more evident. Taking advantage of the technologic advances and new materials, designer often use form-pressed wood, plastics, anodized or enameled aluminum or pressed steel.
Scandinavian designs can often be closely related to nature, for example, above is the Superstructure chair by Björn Dahlström. It is described as a “masterpiece” of modern Scandinavian design. The leaf-like form of the frame demonstrates the use of clean lines but the skillful craftsman ship is still relevant.

The designs are affordable and adaptable, products can easily be paired with other design styles or not. I appreciate Scandinavian design because of its simplicity and availability to many people.