Scandinavia's contribution to modern architecture and design is colossal, with Norway taking a critical role. From the modfathers of yesteryear like Pritzker-winner Sverre Fehn to the new crop of designers like Lars Beller Fjetland, who we check in with in our young designers story in the May issue, Norway continues to lead the charge.
A sleepy capital perched by the sea, Oslo is in the midst of an architectural surge. The old port and the new opera house are just two examples of why Norway’s capital is pointing the way fjordward. Photo by Jens Passoth.
In this city guide, peruse hot spots in the ice-cold Finnish (and 2012 World Design) capital of Helsinki.
Step inside Helsinki-based Marimekko’s printing factory for a look at how its iconic textiles come to life. Photo by Alex Subrizi.
In our September Designers' At Home issue, we traveled to the Copenhagen residence of Kristina May Olsen and Morten Bo Jensen—a study in the contrasts of black and white, natural and refined materials, and new and old. To celebrate the great tradition of design in Denmark—the Scandinavian country that brought us the likes of Arne Jacobsen, Finn Juhl, and manufacturers Fritz Hansen and Muuto—we share architecture from the sovereign state.
Stack it, store it, fold it, and hang it all with yet another Scandinavian design company we love. Nomess Copenhagen specializes in easy-on-the-eyes storage solutions.
Monica Förster takes a hands-on approach to furniture design. In her Stockholm studio, she whips up a flurry of tiny paper models—”3-D sketches”—that rival their full-scale progeny for beauty and craftsmanship. Click here for a tour of her workspace and to see more designs.
Once a blue-collar industrial port, Malmö, Sweden, now aims to be a premier design destination. Tour the seaside city here.