With last weekend’s Scandinavia Show celebrating all things Nordic (everything from cider to sausage to travel to furniture) and a never-ending dedication to Scandi style among home owners, it seems that everyone should have a little of Northern Europe’s cool factor in their life. There’s more to this evergreen northern style than Arne Jacobsen’s Egg chair and Ikea, and all of it is perfectly suited to practical and contemporary living. Having first created a splash in post-war Britain, Scandi style has been perennially popular every since. Clean-lines, timeless and ergonomic designs, natural materials, sky-high quality – what’s not to love? Here are a couple of my faves...
BoConcept is a Danish export and stocks unfussy furniture and accessories – I love how they add a hint of rawness with their industrial and architectural designs and I plan to take a leaf out of their book in the decluttering stakes – Scandinavian interior styling always looks so clear, organised and open!
BoConcept’s brand new Carmo sofa takes modern, casual lounging to a new level – a voluminous and masculine design at first glance, with a refined sense of detail that softens the piece upon closer inspection. The modular sofa can be put together in many different ways, allowing you to create different looks and layouts.
For the coolest (literally) holiday experience, head to the Ice Hotel. Visit Swedish Lapland and experience a real-life winter wonderland, sleeping on ice, living in a very luxurious igloo and gasping in awe at the Northern Lights.
The Ice Hotel is built from scratch every year by top artists and melts each summer. The Art Suites are unmissable, sand the chapel is a popular choice for unforgettable weddings (and out-of-this-world wedding photos!). A bizarre concept maybe, sleeping on an ice bed at the rather bracing temperature of –5oC, but when you add in fine dining, mesmerising sights and a whole host of activities and experiences, I need no more convincing!
With a number of Scandinavian brands featuring in ACHICA promotions this week, you can grab a slice of Scandi chic at an exclusive price. Feast your eyes on these beauties...
Quirky home accessories, gifts and lighting from Design House Stockholm – on promotion until 8 a.m. on Wednesday 20th October 2010.
Be as snug as a bug in a rug with Danish Elvang’s throws, blankets and cushions, all made from super soft and cosy Alpaca wool. Visit the promotion between the 13th and 15th of October.
Adorn sofas and beds with cushions and pillows from Sweden, courtesy of Himla – head to ACHICA in the 48 hours following 8 a.m. Thursday 14th.
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Nina Fitton, Writer, ACHICA
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