In scarcely any other European region are techonological advances and contemporary interpretations of tradition in such harmony and so self-evident as in the Scandinavian countries, Europes northernmost region. Here, alongside Ikeas mass-produced designs, a uniquely creative architecture and design scene has developed. The frequent utilization of natural and traditional materials allows design trends to emerge that inspire around the world. Furthermore, this close relationship to nature demands the respectful handling of natural resources. This volume reveals that it is not only the functionality of the represented interior spaces that is of foremost importance, but also the skilful handling of light, color and material. Around 50 recent examples from both the private and the public spheres are presented from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.