Decorating & Design

July 4, 2014

Best Sources For Scandi Design

Neat, clean, playful yet timeless, there’s so much to appreciate about Scandinavian design. If you loved the Copenhagen home of Barbara Bendix Becker and Jacob Holm in our August 2014 issue, we’ll share some places a little closer to home where you can shop the look.

Bergo Designs


Within the walls of Bergo‘s 6,000-sq. foot gallery are some of the biggest names in the design world, including Philippe Starck, Frank Gehry, Karim Rashid and Michael Graves. It also counts Bodum, a family-owned Danish company that specializes in an array of coffee presses, as well as this Fyrkat grill.  



This high-end Vancouver store specializes in modernist pieces with staying power, including products from Georg Jensen and Blomus. The almost space-age look of the stainless Blomus log holder accents the rusticity of the logs: a must-have element in Scandi interiors.


This savvy retailer features pop-art bright Marimekko products, from napkins to textiles as well as tableware. Sami Ruotsalainen designed the plate as part of the Oiva dinnerware collection created for Marimekko, in the distinctive black-and-white graphics associated with the iconic brand.


You can’t think of Scandinavian design without conjuring up the Swedish behemoth Ikea. Affordably priced and loaded with a plethora of products for every room in the home, Ikea is a staple for everyone from college kids who need a couch, to empty nesters kitting out their new condos with flat-front kitchen cabinets.


Toronto retailer Klaus is at the forefront of the international design scene with investment pieces that prove their staying power. They stock lines such as Hay, which includes this relaunch of a circa-1963 classic table by Jørgen Baekmark.


Mjölk represents designers from Scandinavia that reflect the pure aesthetic of the North, such as the Scandia chair above. Originally designed in 1957 by Hans Brattrud, this chair is one of Norway’s most important contribution to mid-century design and still looks completely current.

The Finnish Place

Folkloric ceramics like these Taika and Teema plates from Iittala are uniquely Scandi in spirit. The Finnish Place has been stocking collections from Marimekko, Iittala, Kalevala Koru, Aarika and Nanso since 1971.

The Modern Shop

This Ottawa store counts Georg Jensen, Muuto (which handpicks designers from Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark), and Hay among its Scandi lines. This 70/70 dining table by Muuto typifies the brand’s simple Scandinavian aesthetics, balanced by the warmth of the layered wood.

Torp Inc.

This Toronto store represents a lineu-up of Danish heavy hitters, including Hans Wegner, who designed the pp58/pp68 chair below for PP Møbler in 1987.

Truly Swedish Design

Founded in 2010 in Ottawa, Truly Swedish Design sells a range of categories of products from Sweden, including graphic rugs from Pappelina, textiles and kitchen accessories. The Sweden-shaped bowl is designed by Ylva Olsson of Sagaform

Photo sources:
1. Bergo Designs
2. Enflux
3. EQ3
4. Ikea
5. Klaus
6. Mjölk
7. The Finnish Place
8. The Modern Shop
9. Torp Inc.

10. Truly Swedish Design