Scandinavia Design scene
Scandinavia engages in an innovative and highly modern approach.
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With CRYSTALLIZED™ – Swarovski Elements we are able to reconstruct this balance of two unique expressions, reflecting forms of an historic past of arts and craft, while simultaneously developing an ever-growing contemporary vision.
A VIVID EXAMPLE OF THE BEAUTY OF LIFEThe portrayal of Scandinavia’s geographical contrasts is undoubtedly a very extensive endeavour. The vegetation zones reach from snowpeaked mountains down to grassy flatlands, constantly allowing a rich and lively population of wild animals to prosper.
The uniqueness of this environment is a definite balance between various entities, for example cold and warmth or shade and light. One can almost feel how its colours and complexions are related, permanently affected by natural conditions and ever-changing seasons. Wild forests and untouched regions dominate this staggering scenery, only to be described as truly harmonious and breathtaking.
When drawing the connection to Scandinavian jewellery, accessories and home decoration designs made with CRYSTALLIZED™ – Swarovski Elements, it is important to realise the amazing quality of influences that Scandinavia may provide. There is a very rare, natural authenticity present in this area, reflected by an enormous variation of wildlife and untouched terrain. This perfect coexistence and harmony within a region may definitely serve as a valuable source of inspiration for aspiring artists.
MODERN DESIGN, INSPIRED BY A HISTORY OF ARTISTIC MASTERYArt, design and handicraft. The region boasts a booming contemporary arts scene that ranges from Swedish street art to landscapes, portraiture and the fashion creations of the Young Norwegian Design Collective to the work of Alvar Aalto, the father of modern Scandinavian architecture.
During the 19th century the vagabond craft Luffarslöjd was developed, an ancient weaving technique in which baskets, candlesticks, bowls and other home décor objects are woven with metal wire using an ancient Swedish technique. Its name derived from Luffare (vagabonds) who walked from place to place bringing metal wire, producing and selling household items as they went. Scandinavia is also home to the Sami, an indigenous people of northern Europe. Today, many Sami lead modern lifestyles in cities within their traditional Sami territory and beyond. With many holding “normal” jobs, some ten percent still practice their traditional reindeer herding.
Their original handicrafts, which include wooden bowls, beads, knives from reindeer horn, fur and leather products, provide aspiring personal designers with a wellspring of ideas, inspiration and insight. Artefacts fuse the visual language of Viking ornaments with the look and feel of the Far East.
THE PERFECT BALANCE BETWEEN UNIQUE DESIGN AND COMMON MATERIALSScandinavia’s combination of geographical breadth and amazing depth of culture with its very richness promises ample reward to those seeking inspiration for creative design. The notion that beautiful and useful everyday objects should be available not to the wealthy alone, but to everyone, is central to modern Scandinavian design. This concept was born during the 1950s, partly in response to social reforms introduced in Scandinavian countries at that time, as well as to the growing availability of affordable materials and mass production techniques. Not only in object design, but in architecture and the arts as well, Scandinavian design makes much use of materials such as plastic, form-pressed wood, aluminium and pressed steel.
Land and language. Scandinavia comprises the countries of Sweden, Denmark and Norway, and often also refers to Iceland, Finland and the Faeroe Islands. Together with Greenland and the Åland Islands, these areas constitute what is called the Nordic countries and are home to more than 24 million people. The numerous languages of Scandinavia, including Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Finnish and Faeroese, form the foundation of the region’s rich literary tradition, which spans from the Sagas of 13th-century Iceland to contemporary authors like Selma Lagerlöf and Harry Martinson.
Ecology and climate. While climates vary widely from north to south and from east to west, seasons in Scandinavia are characterised by extremes, with long winters that alternate with short summers and longer transitional seasons. Cold winters in the northern regions, which can last nine months or more, have taught the populations to live in harmony with nature and to appreciate the beauty of nature’s “Northern Lights”.
Culture and history. The vibrant cultural heritage of Scandinavia ranges from regal royal treasures, ruins, castles and other historical sites to modern art galleries and folklore festivals such as Midsummer – and who could forget to mention the Vikings? These famous seafarers sailed east as far as Constantinople and the Volga River in Russia, and west as far as Newfoundland. The Vikings in Leif Eriksson’s charge even made it to North America – around 1000 AD.
Music. The Norwegian composer and pianist Edvard Grieg almost single-handedly secured Scandinavia’s place in European classical music history. In the 1970s and early 1980s, the region’s pop powerhouse ABBA conquered the international pop charts, selling more than 350 million records worldwide.