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The Scandinavian Home

A Style Sourcebook

Lars Bolander, Heather Smith MacIsaac

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‘In-depth, intelligent and informative … breathtaking’ Martha Stewart


As the trend in residential design continues to move toward pared-down, comfortably elegant, environmentally friendly homes, the hallmarks of Scandinavian design – clean, elegant lines; delicate colour schemes; well-proportioned, airy spaces that maximize daylight; and a pronounced preference for natural materials – make it one of the predominant influences in interior design today.

And yet, until now there has been no book devoted to the signature design features – past and present – of all four Scandinavian countries: Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. Some 300 colour photographs cover every aspect of the Scandinavian aesthetic – from modern kitchens with old-fashioned hearths to the latest in saunas, from light-maximizing walls of glass to folk-art-painted walls, from inviting front porches to cosy attic bedrooms.

Lars Bolander, one of Sweden's foremost designers, and Heather Smith MacIsaac, a design writer and former Architecture and Design Editor of House & Garden, offer expert guidance and practical advice on achieving a Scandinavian look, on incorporating Scandinavian elements into any décor, and on mixing and matching traditional and modern, humble and grand. 'Design Element' sections supply in-depth information about classic and innovative Scandinavian designs, such as the Mora clock and Danish Modern chairs. An international source list completes a book that is an essential addition to the shelves of anyone who has ever admired the subtle palette of a Gustavian room or enjoyed sitting in an Arne Jacobsen chair.

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'An essential sourcebook for anyone wanting to adopt this effortlessly elegant style'
Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms Magazine

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 28.0 x 21.5 cm

Extent: 192 pp

Illustrations: 300

Publication date: 31 August 2010

ISBN: 9780500515440

About the Author

Lars Bolander worked under renowned Swedish furniture designer Carl Malmsten and British designer Gaby Schreiber. Known for his light, classic Gustavian design sensibility, Bolander has designed homes all over the world.

Heather Smith MacIsaac is former Architecture and Design Editor at House & Garden, Creative Director at Travel & Leisure and Home Editor at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.

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