Scandinavian Design...
The term ´Scandinavian Design` is generally used to describe a style of furniture and interior design that first took shape in the 1930s, but reached mass international markets in the late 1940s and 1950s. Although the style undoubtedly owed a debt to both US and Italian sources, it was based on design from Scandinavia, and used ´natural` materials to create a classically elegant but very contemporary style. Furniture relied heavily on traditional craft principles and was solidly built, ergonomically sound and visually pleasing. Woods such as teak, birch and beech were coupled with leather and glass, although some designers, most notably in Finland, branched out into metals and plastics. Metalwork, glassware and textiles were designed with an inherent ´truth to materials` doctrine, and made use of simple vet solid forms. In time, Scandinavian Design became debased as more and more manufactures cashed in on the fashion, but the designs on which the style was founded are examples of simple, comfortable elegance.