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Book Review: Scandinavian Design

One day I realized how my house had started to fill up with Scandinavian design, especially my kitchen and dining area. I have a dining room set, china hutch, and ceiling light from Denmark. I collect enamelware from Norway and wooden toys from Denmark. Those wooden toys I collect are sitting on the shelves from Sweden. As my love for Scandinavian design grew, I needed an all-in-one guidebook I can go to when I wanted to learn more about the design and/or designer – “Scandinavian Design” (TASCHEN’s 25th anniversary special edition) by Charlotte & Peter Fiell proved to be “the one” for me.

“Scandinavian Design” is a 704-page guide that showcases a detailed look at all areas of design including furniture, glass, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, metalware, and commercial product design from 1900 to the present.

The book first explains what Scandinavian design is all about and then covers designs of Scandinavian countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden). The book continues with over 160 detailed entries of Scandinavian designers (such as Verner Panton, Arne Jacobsen, Alvar Aalto, Timo Sarpaneva, Hans Wegner, Tapio Wirkkala, Sigvard Bernadotte, Stig Lindberg, Ingeborg Lundin, Finn Juhl, and many others) and companies (such as Fritz Hansen, Artek, Le Klint, Gustavsberg, Iittala, Fiskars, Volvo, Saab, Orrefors, Royal Copenhagen, Holmegaard, Arabia, Marimekko, Georg Jensen, and many more) with ample photographic images in alphabetical order.

I am amazed how well “Scandinavian Design” covers the subject by offering wide variety of information with beautiful images. This book has been my “go to” guide and I am sure anyone who is interested in Scandinavian design will feel the same.

Book Summary:
Hardcover: 704 pages
Publisher: Taschen (June 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3836544520
ISBN-13: 978-3836544528

About the Auther:
Charlotte & Peter Fiell have written many books, including 1000 Chairs, Design of the 20th Century, Industrial Design A–Z, Scandinavian Design, Designing the 21st Century, Graphic Design for the 21st Century, 1000 Lights and Contemporary Graphic Design.

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