November 5, 2015
When I was a young girl one of the most wonderful parts about visiting my Mormor was when she opened her beautiful curio cabinet and let me play with all of her most fragile dishes. Not only did I feel a tremendous amount of excitement that she allowed me to use all of her beautiful cups and saucers for a little girl’s tea party, but I adored the colors and designs of them all. I can’t tell you how many cups of tea and kiksekage (chocolate biscuit cake) were consumed sitting around Mormor’s dining room table.
As with most memories it is the visual aspects that have made the most impact on me. I remember the swirling bright blues, reds and yellows; the curved and elaborate fugl (bird), blomst (flower) and hjerte (heart) designs on her plates, dishes, tea set and on her beloved cookie jar. Just seeing those “folk art” designs today brings back that joy I felt as a child. It is a welcomed bit of nostalgia.
I’m not the only one to feel this way, I have realized, because Scandinavian design and influence is everywhere I look lately! From the clothes we wear to the furniture we decorate our homes with and the television shows we watch (i.e., Mad Men) whilst lounging on said furniture. It is also evident in the movies we see (Frozen, Bridge of Spies, The Imitation Game, and any Bond movie) and the restaurants we dine in. It’s clear that we are drawn to the simplicity, functionality and minimalism of Scandinavian design. (Visit our Pinterest board for more folk art design inspiration!)
In Katrín Eyþórsdóttir’s article The Story Of Scandinavian Design: Combining Function and Aesthetics and the article Why The World Is Obsessed With Midcentury Modern Design the aesthetics and importance of Scandinavian design is discussed at length. The articles explain that this art movement grew out of the desire to defend and praise nature in art, human creativity and faithfulness to traditional materials, and uphold folk tradition in all manner of crafts. Collectively maybe we are looking to be inspired, touched and moved by the nostalgic relics of our past to feel that childlike joy once again in adulthood.
Did you know that Swedish-American immigrants John W. Nordstrom and Carl Wallin founded retail giant Nordstrom? Or that Walgreens drugstore chain started in Chicago in 1901 by Swedish-American businessman Charles Rudolph Walgreen? Think you’re a Scandinavian whiz? Take this quiz and find out. Leave us a comment and tell us how you did!
It’s November Giveaway time!
In the 1980s America was introduced to Swedish home furnishings store IKEA. Since then IKEA has enriched our lives in so many fun, creative and colorful ways (not to mention those meatballs!). Just take it from this Buzzfeed article 21 Reasons IKEA is Heaven On Earth. This month we are giving away a gift card to everyone’s favorite Swedish furniture store. So make like the Swedish Football team IFK Norrkoping and win!