Move Over Scandi Design— The “New Nordic” Is the Cozy Trend to Try Now
‘Tis the season for hibernating.
Updated Jul 22, 2019 6:13 PM
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For Scandinavians, cozy isn’t just a wintry descriptor: It’s a way of life. Having already mastered the art of hygge, our friends from the north are moving onto bigger and bolder designs this season; forgoing their love for safe neutrals and traditional knits for louder prints and unexpected textures. We’re calling it: You’re going to be obsessed with their new look.
Of the many design trends we expect to see take off in 2019, the New Nordic is certainly one of the more attainable aesthetics. A daring departure from their signature streamlined palette, Scandinavian design is moving in a fresh direction focused on tertiary pigments, sculptural accessories, and graphic forms.
Our favorite brands (IKEA included) are at the forefront of this burgeoning movement. And while you won’t necessarily find worn wood accents or sheepskin throws in this mix, their current essentials are cozier than ever. Here’s everything you need to know to bring this leading trend home.
Stone cold totems, heavy candelabras, and chunky catch-alls lead the way for Ferm Living’s latest collection. Functional enough to fulfill their purpose, yet chic enough to double as stand alone sculptures, these bulky picks prove that stone isn’t just for the kitchen.
Stargazer Candle Holder by Buiscaro Rosa, Bohinc Studio, $500
Inspired by the structure of orreries (mechanical models of the solar system used since classic times), this pink marble holder stuns with, or without, tapers.
Rolling Hills Table Lamp, Need Supply Co., $375
A rough landscape summed up by a refined light, this sand-colored table lamp from SIN was designed to evoke rolling hills along the west coast.
Bent Stool by Objects of Common Interest, Matter, $1,650
Only a slight curve in the seat lends a sense of softness to these monolithic statement stools crafted from solid marble.
Alza Bowl, Ferm Living, $135
Bowls don’t have to be boring. Going beyond the bounds of a standard catch-all, this piece’s sturdy plateau and dark marble makeup make it a beautiful addition for a bare tabletop.
Graphic Area Rugs
Didn’t catch IKEA’s fall line? With hackable rugs, floral upholstery, and polka-dot poufs leading the way, let’s just say the SJALVSTANDIG collection was an unlikely addition to the Swedish retailer’s streamlined lookbook. According to IKEA, abstract movement and geometric motifs aren’t just for art anymore: They belong on the floor.
SJÄLVSTÄNDIG Modular Rug, IKEA, $129
A life-size jigsaw puzzle for an ever-changing living room, IKEA’s modular rug can be puzzled together any which way you see fit by using a series of hooks and loop fasteners.
Spot Rug, Danish Design Store, $850
This is what happens when two really great rugs become one. From its irregular shape to its intriguing geometric contrast, everything about this piece is spot on.
Girl In the Convertible, Cold Picnic, $540
By name, this abstract rug offers a crystal clear picture of a sunny drive with the top down. But by design, the piece takes a not-so-literal approach with bold color choices and abrupt brush strokes.
Ferm Living Kelim Merge Rug, Huset, $359
Without straying from traditional Nordic neutrals, this hand-dyed rug brings together a few of our favorite Scandinavian-approved hues in a layered mashup that feels far from expected.
Taking apart tradition and putting it back together again, Gubi’s reinvention of the ever-trendy globe pendant is fueling our desire for disassembly. When broken down to its most basic state, the globe’s circular composition serves as a foundation for new shapes and inspired objects. Here are a few of our favorite takes.
Half Moon Mirror, Bohinc Studio, $5,445
Bohinc Studio’s Lunar Collection is a balanced expression of bisecting planes and opposing forces. Align your outfit with the stars before you head out the door by hanging this disc-inspired mirror in the entryway.
Multi-Lite Pendant, Gubi, $620
Harkening back to the golden era of Danish design, Gubi’s new age twist on Louis Weisdorf’s timeless fixture is a contemporary alternative in pink.
Incense/Tealight Burner by Apparatus, The Line, $820
While this might look like a crystal ball, the only great fortune you’ll gain from this orb is a great-smelling home. When used as a candle holder instead of an incense burner, the removable porcelain lid will emit a celestial glow of the fire that burns inside
Unborn Object _020, Studio Proba, $125
Translating the budding trend to the two-dimensional, this poster boasts as much, if not more, life and texture as its tactile counterparts.
Once considered only appropriate for springtime, lavender has take on a new life as a neutral thanks to furniture purveyors like Hay who are exploring the hue with everyday pieces. Move over sandy beiges, creamy whites, and the occasional navy, purple is more approachable than you think.
Pavilion Carpet, Normann Copenhagen, $3,295
A cool color pairing like burgundy and lavender will make a print as classic as stripes feel brand new.
Ekua Circle Mug, Poketo, $35
Handling your morning chores just got a whole lot chicer. With a grip as large as the vessel itself, this oversized coffee mug is a humorous way to start your day.
Milo Baughman Chrome Sofa, Coming Soon, $5,500
Reupholstered in a lush lavender velvet, this vintage Milo Baughman sofa makes a strong case for embracing ice cream pastels.
Simple Wood Candle Holders, Hawkins New York, $38
Turned from solid ash and then stained, this pale purple holder will provide an unexpected pop against your existing holiday candle collection.
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