Forward-thinking meets fairy-tale in Nordic countries, where folk tales, nature, sustainability and comfort are key when it comes to designing a home. The Norwegians, for example, have words that simply don’t translate exactly into English, but are crucial to the make-up of what a ‘home’ means to them; ‘peiskos’ essentially translates as “fireplace coziness, enjoying the warmth of sitting in front of a crackling fire”, while words such as ‘hrytte’ and ‘hryttenlin’ refer to the cabin culture that empties Nordic cities on Friday afternoons as people head to their country cottages. From bright and playful designs to wood-clad cabins with forest views, here are our favourites.
This project by Kolman Boye Architects enjoys panoramic views of the Norwegian Sea on Vega Island, photography by Åke E:son Lindman | © Gestalten
Copenhagen home of fashion designer Heidi Hofmann, styling by Marie Manrad Graunbøl, photography by Mikel Tjellesen | © Gestalten
This house in Denmark was originally designed by one of the most influential Danish architects and pioneer of Danish Functionalism, Mogens Lassen, photography by Nicoline Olsen / Vkstockimages | © Gestalten
The interior design of this house in southern Sweden was done by Sofie Geneva – the bedroom has a ladder leading to a mini hideout, photography by Joacim Johansson | © Gestalten
Designer Hálfdan Lárus Pedersen rebuilt and renovated this abandoned house using almost entirely salvaged materials – the house in the remote fishing village of Flateyri in Iceland took almost 10 years to complete, photography by Mikael Axelsson | © Gestalten
This pastel-coloured kitchen in Denmark was designed by Katrine Kaul, photography by Katrine Rohrberg | © Gestalten
This Danish townhouse features beautiful handcrafted furniture by Københavns Møbelsnedkeri, photography by Gyrate Lemche | © Gestalten
This futuristic cabin in Norway’s Kroskogen Forest was designed by Atelier Oslo, photography by Lars Petter Pettersen | © Gestalten
This Stockholm apartment by stylist Emma Wallmen mixes a warm pink with natural materials for a cosy feel, photography by Anna Malmberg | © Gestalten
Founder of OYOY and homeowner Lotte Fynboe likes a simple, playful interior with graphic shapes, photographed by Emil Monty Freddie | © Gestalten
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