Famous Nordic design

Nordic design are characterized by simplicity, minimalism and functionality.

The Nordic design was not fully recognised until the 1950s. Since then many nordic designers have made a global mark by creating unique designs and brands.


Nordic famous designers

Nordic design is often associated with furniture and glass, and through time the Nordic countries produced a lot of world-famous designers. Nordic designers like Alvar Aalto, Arne Jacobsen and Bruno Mathsson are all foreground figures for the traditional Nordic design with its functionality and practicality.

The inspiration often comes from the Nordic nature. Nordic design is more than just design, it is a whole concept. The products, regardless of its furniture, textile or glass, they all have one thing in common- rigour and simple design.


The New Nordic Trend

A new Nordic trend is “democratic design”, which means the prices for design must be affordable for most people can buy it.

A good example of this is the big furniture chain IKEA, who often works with young talented Nordic designers. Another example is H&M with collaborations through the years with world-leading fashion designers like Stella McCartney and Versace.

The idea that beautiful and functional everyday objects should be affordable, not only to the wealthy but to all – is a core theme in the development of modernism and functionalism.


Famous Nordic design brands
  • Arabia - Finland
  • Bo Concept - Denmark
  • Design House Stockholm - Sweden
  • Bang & Olufsen - Denmark
  • Hrim - Iceland
  • Iittala - Finland
  • Royal Copenhagen - Denmark
  • Ikea - Sweden
  • Georg Jensen - Denmark
  • Marimekko - Finland
  • Orrefors - Sweden
  • Stokke - Norway
  • Umemi - Iceland
  • Varier Furniture - Norway

Famous Nordic fashion brands