Scandinavian Interiors and Inspiration

From neo classical Gustavian to Mid Century Modernism, Scandinavia has always been at the forefront of interior design. Pioneering high quality materials, manufacturing excellence and functional furnishings, the likes of Arne Jacobson, Eero Saarinen and Hans Wegner democratised beautiful design. Today, their iconic pieces have become an integral part of the global landscape - benchmarks of quality, classic design.

Over half a century later, we still look to the region for all things décor and interiors. Over the past few seasons the Danish term ‘hygge’ has exploded in popularity, becoming a buzzword to live and breathe by. Hygge roughly translates to ‘cosiness’, but means so much more. In essence, hygge means the enjoyment of simple pleasures and a feeling of calm togetherness. The warm glow of light is hygge and, with over 60 polar nights per year, is integral to Scandinavia’s interiors.

We visited Stockholm earlier this month and took part in their largest design show, showcasing our collection of British-made lighting. Our lights have been sold in the region for more than 20 years and we’re always so flattered to see them in Scandi schemes on Instagram and Pinterest, sitting comfortably alongside home-grown design classics. “Original BTC lights have a timelessness and longevity that works so well with our most iconic furniture designs,” explains our Norwegian distributor, Studio Kvanum. Our Hector and Drop ranges are particularly popular due to their many Scandi qualities: stripped back, honest, organic forms crafted from pure bone china. Hand-cast at our Stoke-on-Trent factory, the translucent shades emit a beautifully ambient glow that perfectly fits the hygge way. 

Hot on the heels of hygge, we look to Scandinavia yet again for its latest décor trends. Another Scandi word of the moment is ‘lagom’ which means ‘to find the right balance’.  Combining clean, pared-back lines with a refined simplicity, our Box Light range and Diner pendant from our heritage marine lighting brand Davey Lighting do just that. Elegant and robust, each light is handmade from the finest quality materials at our Birmingham metalworks.

Paying homage to the Mid-Century design movement, Modern Minimalism focuses on achieving maximum style for minimum effort – a comfortable and clean aesthetic with luxe materials bringing the look up to date. Our Walter range captures this perfectly, blending sleek copper or brass bases with opal or anthracite glass shades, hand-blown at our glassworks using centuries-old techniques.

Visit one of our flagship showrooms in London, New York and Paris or one of our many stockists worldwide for Scandi style inspiration, and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for more lighting ideas.