Blog/The Language of Scandinavian Living

Soft Seating couch and armchair in Hemp, price upon request, Oliver Gustav. Photography by Heidi Lerkenfeldt. 


Beetle chair, Grossman desk, Cobra lamp, price upon request, Gubi 


Scandinavian aesthetic is typically characterised as minimalist, simple and functional. This is a design language that is now spoken worldwide. 


The Danish concept of Hygge roughly translates as ‘cosiness’, but it really means a lot more than this. It is connected with creating a warm and welcoming environment, in which good things are enjoyed with good people. Copenhagen-based Oliver Gustav is known for creating spaces that are quiet and yet dramatic.


Lagom is a Swedish word that can be taken to mean ‘just the right amount’, not too much and not too little. It’s also often widely translated as ‘in moderation’ or as ‘in balance’. While not specifically an interior design expression, in the home Lagom would be the practice of only selecting homeware that is functional as well as beautiful and avoiding clutter in favour of a simpler and more curated scheme. Follow the example set in this beautifully balanced bathroom (below) and select a palette comprising only a limited number of complementary colours.


Denmark is often celebrated as the happiest country in the world. Meik Wiking, author of best-seller The Little Book of Hygge, is CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and therefore well-placed to comment on Lykke. His new book focuses on the topic and addresses six different pillars. But, for the Danes, Lykke is perhaps most closely associated with hope and optimism, finding enjoyment and beauty in simple things. A powerful message for us all.

Handsoap, bodywash and body lotion, from £15, Meraki Shop