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While the term Scandinavian Design technically refers to the countries of Denmark,
Sweden, and Norway, it is used in a general sense to include the countries of Finland
and Iceland.  The commonality of this region is the climate of long dark winters and
the value placed on natural light and light colors that reflect light.  Natural materials
such as wood, both painted and stained, large windows that allow plenty of natural
light, eco-friendly materials, use of white paint and textiles, and a comfort conveyed
by the choice of furnishings are all part of the design style.
think of as Scandinavian design centered on several highly valued components, that of
the functionality of furniture and household items in small homes, the gathering spaces
of dining tables in cultures where eating together was customary, and the idea that you
r lives are improved if we select beautiful, as well as practical, objects with which to
cohabit.  The core cultural message of Scandinavian Design is that we do not need
to sacrifice beauty, style or practicality when living in a small space.
The approach of simplicity, minimalism, and functionality, fused with the availability,
post-World War II, of democratic materials such as plastics, anodized or enameled
aluminum, form-pressed wood and pressed steel all underscored the idea that style
should be available to people regardless of budget constraints.
IKEA comes to mind.
the opportunity for excessive embellishments is eliminated and controlled. The materials