Modern Scandinavian design shop opens in central London early September

SKANDIUM is a brand new shop at 72 Wigmore Street, London W1 dedicated to the best of modern Scandinavian design in furniture, glass, china, lighting and other stylish household products.

The Designers

Classic objects from world renowned designers including Alvar Aalto, Verner Panton, Poul Henningsen and Arne Jacobsen rub shoulders with the latest products from a new generation of clever Scandinavians, amongst them architect Thomas Sandell, designer Harri Koskinen and trio Claesson, Koivisto & Rune, the people behind the new Gucci shop in Stockholm.

International designers working for Scandinavian companies are also represented in the shop, amongst them Renzo Piano, Konstantin Grcic, Marc Newson, Antonio Citterio and Glen Oliver Löw.

The Shop

Situated on the corner of Wigmore Street and Marylebone Lane and with Bond Street as the nearest tube station, a two floor 220 sqm former Uzbekistan Airways office has been completely transformed to create the right setting for the products.

The Swedish architect office Koncept - known for converting the 10 floor former ESSO oil company building in central Stockholm to a spectacular base for IT company Spray Razorfish - has designed all parts of the new interior, down to a new staircase, light fittings and work furnitures.

Features include a 12 foot high curved pine wall which continues right through the shop, influenced by the famous Alvar Aalto partition screen from 1935. Inside each of the two large shop fronts, massive circular lamps made out of bent veneer hover like trapped space ships. Sections of glass flooring, a spectacular ceiling height and a large Victorian skylight add to the feeling of space and light.

The Products

SKANDIUM is a complete lifestyle shop which covers all aspects of modern Scandinavian design, retailing both furniture, glass, china, fabrics, cutlery, toys and books. Even items like bicycles, watches and sweets are on parade.

Large carpets of woven paper yarn from the Finnish company Woodnotes are displayed under circular tables from Lammhults and Fritz Hansen. Watches, shoulder bags, toys and jewellery cover the long shelves together with stacks of stylish china from Arabia and stainless steel kitchenware from Hackman.

The celebrated wooden furnitures designed by Alvar Aalto for his company Artek sit together with the brand new Relations range from the Finnish glass works Iittala and the bold geometric patterns of Kinnasand fabrics.

Hand blown and individually signed objects by master glass designer Pertti Metsälampi are displayed near the stainless steel collection Arne Jacobsen designed for the Danish company Stelton in 1967, later to be used in Star Trek Next Generation as Klingon household goods.

Scandinavia has a long tradition of brilliant chair designers and SKANDIUM has a wall covered with their work, in all colours, sizes and materials.

Classic chairs from Hans J. Wegner and Poul Kjaerholm are placed side by side with the latest from Björn Dahlström and Mattias Ljunggren.

Innovative Swedish companies like Asplund, Box, CBI, David Design and Källemo guarantee that SKANDIUM always can show a fresh approach to chair design and materials.

A selection of books and magazines in English on Scandinavian architecture, design and designers are on offer, including books never sold in Britain before.

The Name

SKANDIUM is named after an element with the same name, discovered in Sweden by a Mr. L.F. Nilson in 1879. Its chemical abbreviation is Sc, its atom number in the periodical chart is 21 and its atom weight 45.10. Skandium is one of the rare earth metals and has little - if any - known practical use.
Apart from a good name.

The Owners

SKANDIUM is owned by three Scandinavians living in London.

Magnus Englund is Swedish with a background in the fashion industry, most recently working in Britain with wholesale and production for Paul Smith and Patrick Cox. Earlier he owned a mens fashion retail business in Stockholm. He is also a regular freelance writer for Swedish ELLE and ELLE A La Carte.

Christina Rodea Schmidt is Finnish and has worked as a fashion and life style photographer for over ten years, contributing regularly to magazines like Arena and Swedish ELLE together with advertising work for everything from soft drinks and beauty products to bulldozers.

Christopher Seidenfaden is Danish with a background in business journalism and as a stock broker in the City of London. His family are behind the Danish lighting manufacturer Louis Poulsen, supplier to the SAS Royal Copenhagen Hotel, Sydney opera house, the Reichstag in Berlin and the Millennium Dome. Over the years Louis Poulsen has worked closely with designers like Poul Henningsen, Arne Jacobsen and Verner Panton. SKANDIUM is the exclusive retailer of domestic Louis Poulsen lights in Britain.

Contact SKANDIUM at or write to:

72 Wigmore Street
London W1H 9DL
Tel (UK) 171 935 2404
Fax (UK) 171 224 5184