Despite its distinctive features, Scandinavian design was not immune to the influence of the swinging sixties. Danish designer Verner Panton was responsible for some of the most innovative interiors and psychedelic furnishings for hotels and restaurants, often in a variety of glossy materials and bold colours. Particularly notable are his spectacular ‘Visiona’ interiors for the Cologne Furniture Fair. During Simply Scandinavian, visitors can step inside the undulating landscape of ‘Visiona II’, a partial reconstruction of the installation from the Vitra Design Museum in Germany. Reflecting the decade’s Space Age aesthetic, Finnish designer Eero Aarnio imagined futuristic furniture like the fibreglass ‘Ball Chair’. Also from Finland, the home furnishings company Marimekko became known for its vibrant printed fabrics, such as Maija Isola’s famous poppy pattern.
Scandinavian design in the 21st century
Today, Scandinavian classics from the 1950s are coveted vintage objects, and many are still being produced, mainly by the Danish furniture manufacturer Fritz Hansen. Companies that were established between 1940 and 1970, such as IKÉA, Marimekko and Kvadrat, have become leading players in furniture and interior design. More recently, newcomers like HAY, founded in Denmark in 2002, have delighted design fans with furniture that is both stylish and affordable. Scholten & Baijings, which designed Simply Scandinavian, have produced a wide array of furniture, textiles and accessories for HAY, leaving an obvious mark on the company’s products with their clean lines and subtle palette.
Commissioned by the TextielMuseum, Scholten & Baijings designed a 3D-printed chair covered with various textile layers, partly produced in the TextielLab. They took their inspiration from the Scandinavian design tradition, in which craftsmanship, aesthetics and nature play a major role.