The Scandinavian Design List: November 2020

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The Scandinavian Design List is a tribute to all the inspiring design work that is coming out of this region. In this new series, we put the spotlight on some of the most interesting latest Scandinavian design releases.

The November edition features a fair share of lighting, which should come as no surprise to anyone who has spend some time in Scandinavia during winter. As the days are getting shorter and at times it feels like there isn’t a day at all, the right light truly transforms your home – and mood – from depressing to hygge.

This edition also includes flexible solutions for working from home, plus a new take on outdoor benches and an exciting new player in the Scandinavian design world.

These are the best new design releases from Scandinavia this November, including lamps and lighting, benches, and tables:

List Marker: Number 1Vestre: Coast bench

Earlier this year, Norwegian manufacturer of urban furniture, Vestre, joined forces with Ogoori, a company focused on recycling plastic marine waste for use in furniture design. Now, Vestre is launching Coast, a bench made from marine plastics gathered by Ogoori at Norway’s beaches as well as powder-coated steel.

The bench, which is the first of its kind in the world, is designed by Allan Hagerup, whose previous work for Vestre includes the Kong and Dialog series. Supporting the clean up of plastic marine waste by turning it into furniture is an approach that is becoming increasingly popular among Nordic design companies. Previous examples include Snøhetta’s S-1500 chair, Wehler’s R.U.M. chair, and Mater’s Ocean Collection.




List Marker: Number 2MENU: Torso Table Lamp

If MENU’s new lamp causes you to daydream of Fika at a Scandinavian grandma’s home, then it’s no accident: Mads Sætter-Lassen and Emil Krøyer from design studio Krøyer-Sætter-Lassen took inspiration from the homes of their own grandmothers and the atmospheric objects from bygone eras that fill them.

The Torso Table Lamp combines materials as diverse as ceramic, linen, and brass, resulting in the perfect balance between hard and soft. Add the newest technology and you’ve found the perfect companion for the upcoming dark months.





List Marker: Number 3Ferm Living: Bell Table Lamp

Inspired by glass lamps from the 70s, Ferm Living’s new Bell Table Lamp is just what we all need on dark evenings. Made of milk glass with a sleek glossy finish, the lamp consists of two simple geometric forms placed on a chrome base.

Use it to draw attention to your favorite objects or to brighten up a dark corner, it even works as a decorative element in its own right as it looks just as beautiful when turned off during the day.





List Marker: Number 4GUBI: Candlestick Collection

GUBI is introducing the new Candlestick Collection of three modern candleholders by Danish design studio Space Copenhagen. The Candlestick combines industrial steel with dark antique brass and sets the stage for colorful as well as classic white candles.




List Marker: Number 5Normann Copenhagen: Turn Table

In need of a small functional table to place your coffee cup and book while lounging? Normann Copenhagen’s Turn Table has you covered. The height of the round tabletop is adjustable making it easy to pair up with different pieces of furniture all over the apartment. The ash veneer tabletop is lacquered in the same color as the steel base – choose between black, dark gray, and a lighter, warm gray.





List Marker: Number 6David Thulstrup: Landscape

In times in which we are spending more and more time at home, furniture that adapts to our changing habits is key. David Thulstrup’s collection Landscape blurs the line between living, working, and socializing.

Home office during the day, dinner table at night, the table DT.013.01, for example, can be transformed within seconds. Simply open the discrete drawer, put your work utensils inside, grab a plate, and you are ready to go. The table pairs satin-polished steel with FLUX®, a new type of protected leather that resembles nubuck and was developed in close collaboration with Sørensen Leather. FLUX® has a matt look akin to neoprene, featuring a velvety-soft surface with a muted effect.




List Marker: Number 7Nordic Tales: Barocco

The word “Barocco” describes a pearl of irregular shape. Nordic Tales reimagine this pearl as a pendant lamp: perfectly imperfect and hand-blown, each Barocco lamp is unique and comes with a certificate and a personal signature of the glassblower. The lamp is the founding member of a new series of lamps that seeks to explore the tension between our perception that something is unique versus that it is flawed.





List Marker: Number 8Bernadotte & Kylberg and Nordic Nest: NJRD

With NJRD, Bernadotte & Kylberg and Nordic Nest launch a new design and lifestyle brand that strikes a balance between Scandinavian minimalism and global appeal. The name “NYRD”, pronounced “Njord”, is a nod to Norse mythology and gods. With a focus on Scandinavian design heritage, minimalism, functionality, and graphic details, NJRD’s first collection consists of tufted and woven rugs, a series of tableware, and soft throws made of recycled cotton. Sold exclusively through Nordic Nest, the collection of design objects will reach over 70 countries from the very start. If that isn’t good news, then what is?




List Marker: Number 9Stilleben Architects: Stilleben Table

Stilleben Architects is launching its first table: whether you are working from home or enjoying a long breakfast on the weekend, this table has you covered. A natural extension of the Stilleben universe which evolves around the kitchen space, the table feels robust and is flexible in its functionality, making it an all round piece. The construction is made of solid oak while the painted table top in veneered ash wood is available in the three colors Hvass Gray, Terracotta and Misty Blue as well as in a laminate variant called Clay. The table is made from FSC-certified wood from Lithuania. It comes flat packed and can be assembled easily.



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Kay Litzinger

Kay is a creative multi-hyphenate with a focus on lifestyle and travel. After growing up in Germany and stints in Stockholm and Mexico City, he's now based in Copenhagen. He loves to explore new cities, one cup of coffee or glass of wine at a time. Get a sneak peek at @kayltr.