An A-Z Guide to Nordic Design


After such a great response to our first A-Z Design Guide, we thought we’d make it a regular fixture in the Flavorwire feed. This week’s post is inspired by one of our favorite Tumblr’s of the moment: Stiknord. An ongoing project started by the Kolding School of Design in Denmark, they wanted to build “a collection of texts and imagery dedicated to the aesthetics of the North to ease the often repetitive, time and money consuming process of constructing tactile inspirational material for each and every project.” Yup, that’s why we use Tumblr too.

From King Frederik’s trend-setting tattoo aesthetic to art pottery to the most stunning chairs ever made, click through to check out our offbeat guide to the original antler worshipping design culture.

Arne Jacobsen

The town hall in Aarnus, Denmark. Image credit: Tectonica


Peder Vilhelm Jensen-Klint’s Grundtvig Church in Copenhagen, Denmark. Image credit: seier + seier

Crux blankets

Pia Wallén’s cross-adorned wool blanket — a staple in the North country. Image credit: Door Sixteen

Dahlskog, Ewald

Making his mark on the Swedish art pottery circuit in the 1930s, Ewald Dahlskog was the creative leader of the famous Bo Fajans porcelain factory that created the Scandinavian look in art pottery. Image credit: The Wolfsonian


Image credit: Telephone Archive

Falun red

Image credit: Stiknord

Grass roofs

Image credit: Stiknord

Humble objects

Hygge — a Scandinavian concept that can apply to “people, things, or surroundings that give a sense of joy and well-being. It is probably most closely related to cosy, with a little good cheer thrown in for extra warmth.” Image credit: Stiknord

Inventive outdoor theatre

An open-air theatre in Tampere, Finland that “tackles the problem of scene setting in the open in a new way. While the audience watches a scene on one side, the new scene is set behind them. When the time comes, the entire auditorium is spun round on a turntable to face the new scene.” Image credit: Stiknord

Juhl, Finn

Finn Juhl’s gorgeous home filled to the brim with the furniture he designed. Image credit: The North Elevation

Kitchen gardens

Image credit: The Intercontinental Gardener

Little cabins

Image credit: Stiknord

Marine flora and fauna

Image credit: Swedish Interiors

Naïve floral prints

Image credit: Swedish Interiors

Organic modernism

Image credit: Stiknord

Poul Volther

Image credit: Furniture Design 24

Quistgaard, Jens

Image credit: Teak Pepper

Royal Copenhagen dinnerware

Image credit: Stiknord


Image credit: Stiknord


Image credit: Jon Nordstrøm


Image credit: Stiknord

Verner Panton

Image credit: COLOURlovers


Image credit: Stiknord

(a)Xel Salto

Image credit: 18 Kerut

Yngve Ekström

Image credit: The Style Files

Zany DIY knick-knacks

Image credit: Stiknord