New Nordic Design: The Modern Scandi Look

The fabled Oslo Design Fair 2017 introduced designs and colors the reconfigured and refreshed traditions without losing their touch for excellence. Somethings were strikingly simple, and others introduced bold colors.
Nordic always starts with whites, bleached woods, and durable fabrics. Any color palette will arise from those blanched pale neutrals.
Colors rich in the sea-washed driftwoods or sand dune grasses give character to walls.
The modern Scandinavian lighting motif offers core comfort that still has room for daring highlights in fabrics, rugs, accents, and lighting. The light and soft hues of the Scandi canvas need contrast, but the canvas is also a discipline demanding careful and thoughtful selection of the contrast.
Think colors like olive, cranberry, and black. Think sculpture, ceramics, and artworks for their proportion. And, think of shapes, drapes, and rugs that add without overtaking the space. In the Scandi tradition, there is no room for a statement-making element. Rather, the whole context is the message.
There are two ways to go with Scandinavian light fixtures. For example, the Alleta is stunning innovation for a high-ceilinged room. An engaging cluster of glass hangs 57-inches from the ceiling. Its long stem is wrapped in burgundy leather, a perfect but subtle addition to your neutral environment.
There’s something retro, something industrial and minimalistic about its architecture. And, everything leads to its four slim golden arms that support its cloud of multiple crystal globes. Each arm also holds a single bulb that bounces light through and among the globes.
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There’s something retro, something industrial and minimalistic about its architecture. And, everything leads to its four slim golden arms that support its cloud of multiple crystal globes. Each arm also holds a single bulb that bounces light through and among the globes.
The Lamont is another example of a lighting fixture that integrates well with the Scandi sensitivity. A geometric globe, this pendant measures 15.75 inches wide by 18.75 inches high. You can place it singly where it will define an area or in sequence at the same or random heights. White acrylic and satin brass, this fixture is modern but retro, too. It's simple and clean design, an example of less being more.
The Lamont is a mood piece, soft enough to highlight a corner or cool enough to light a kitchen counter. The New Nordic is a layered look. Modern Scandinavian lighting creates a warm, bright, and comfortable environment out of a cool bleached space. But, it does so carefully. Design becomes a matter of choice and placement to evoke just the right image without surrendering the comfort.

 

 

 



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