Celebrating Scandinavia

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In this report


  • Brand on the run

    Thanks in large part to IKEA and the desire to modernise our homes, Scandinavian design has become so well known as to have effectively become a brand in its own right. But, asks Hanna Nova Beatrice, editor of the Swedish magazine Plaza Interior, is it a brand past its sell-by date?

  • Thinking anew

    Scandinavian design has long been in the doldrums, dependent on its august past. But, thanks to an international perspective and a fresh playfulness, a new generation of designers is now coming to the fore, writes Nick Compton

  • Easy pieces

    London, Paris, Milan... Stockholm and Helsinki? Scandinavia has no international reputation for its fashion. But as its high quality and simple - yet contemporary - style finds new fans during the recession, all that looks set to change, as Josh Sims discovers

  • Beyond blonde

    The Scandinavian architectural tradition has long had tell-tale traits without ever being obvious. Jonathan Bell explains how they still inform the most progressive work of the region’s architects today - and how they go well beyond the blonde-wood and white-wall stereotype

  • Choosing for a cruising

    Some parts of the world are as well experienced from the sea as they are on dry land. The Caribbean may be warmer, but the Scandinavian coastline has charm and drama in equal parts, writes Glyn Brown