Scandinavian interiors aren’t just about clean lines and natural lighting. Chris Ong talks to the Swedish sisters retailing antique homeware from their homeland that make for quality living right here in Singapore.
Think Scandinavian design and, for many, the first thing that comes to mind is likely to be the spare yet cosy interiors that look right out of the pages of Kinfolk. That or Ikea – its latest tag line, “Designed for people, not consumers”, also underscores the focus on modest, purposeful design.
It’s a concept that can be traced back to the 1947 edition of La Triennale di Milano expo in Milan, where the understated wares from the Nordic countries were said to have first gained global recognition. Then came the ’50s, the era of mass-produced furniture (Ikea was founded in 1943). Closer to now, the birth of the design hipster (fact: Kinfolk was started in Portland, Oregon – by a Canadian).
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