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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 19 March 2011
This is a wonderful book for anyone who loves the Scandinavian design aesthetic. It has four main sections, breaking down the styles into elegant simplicity, vintage-inspired, pared-down modern and contemporary rustic. Although the homes in each section are very different from each other, the book is cohesive and certain elements defining Scandinavian style run through all the interiors featured.

This is not a how-to book in that it doesn't provide tips on achieving the look but it features beautiful images that are simply inspiring. The book makes you want to bring some of those light, bright, calm, functional and unpretentious elements of Scandinavian interiors into your own home.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 15 December 2012
"Interior trends come and go" says the first line of the introduction. True; my parents furnished our house with the Georgian furniture being chucked out (sometimes literally; father and a mate would walk the streets on bins day, seeing what had been discarded) as trendier, less skint households went over to blonde birch and "contemporary" textiles. It is NOT true that Scandinavian design has always been trendy, however; it is currently enjoying a new spell in the limelight after decades in the doldrums. Nor is it the case, as the text claims, that "Households in Scandinavia did away with dark furniture as early as the 1950s" - Swedish Gustavian furniture of the 18th century is painted in pale subtle colours, and if you love Scandinavian style you should check out the light-filled interiors in The paintings of Carl Larsson, from the early 20th century.

One should not expect too much from this book. It is one of a whole slew of look-alike titles from publishers Ryland, Peters and Small, with texts that read as if they had been composed by a committee. It is like a series of magazine articles in which we are introduced to the 'beautiful homes' and their owners, with rather more about the private lives of the owners, and less about design, than I for one would prefer (you may differ and be charmed). One advantage of this treatment is that we see very many different versions of Scandinavian style, and we see them lived in, even if the photographer or stylist has clearly tweaked them a good deal.

You would think all this would make this book a useful design resource for those hoping to acheive a Scandinavian aesthetic of their own. Up to a point, Lord Copper. These houses aren't huge; I suspect that by Scandinavian standards they are just the nicer end of normal, like illustrating "English style" by showing cottages and terrace houses. However, time and again we come up against the brutal truth: it is the setting - the Atlantic gleams through a window, birch trees glitter in the sunlight; the light - that cool, clear Northern light which we get on the east coast of Scotland and as far south as Northumberland, but not elsewhere; and last, but not least, the CONSTRUCTION of these houses, which we can't imitate unless we are lucky enough to be building from scratch. "The house never feels cold, despite the pale colours" enthuses one owner. It wouldn't. Scandinavian houses have, as standard, levels of insulation which Brits can mostly only dream of. It is the cosy wooden building, the triple glazing and the insulated floor which makes it possible to enjoy this clear, pale, luminous look not just in the endless summer days, but when temperatures outside are way below zero.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 27 December 2012
A beautiful book showing beautiful pictures of truly stunning interiors all in the simplicity of the Scandinavian style. If you are looking for ideas and inspiration for your interior and love the simplicity of Nordic design then this book is "simply" perfect.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 25 January 2011
What I liked the most in this book was that it showcases ordinary scandinavian homes and that it explains how this kind of style can be achieved and how it has evolved over the years.
Beautiful pictures.
Great quality.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 13 October 2011
This book provides just the right balance of narrative and images. The text is informative with historial references and interesting facts and accounts and the photographs/images are exactly what I wanted to see. This book gives you plenty of information and ideas. It features typical and inspirational Scandinavian schemes and pieces. The price is also excellent; it arrived swiftly in perfect condition.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 19 October 2010
A quality collection of homes with plenty of photo's to wet the appetite. Other books go in to depth regarding Scandi designers but this book covers lot's of homes, just what I wanted!
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on 16 October 2014
Really nice book, very interesting and different interiors combined under the name of Scandinavian design. The each description allows to understand them better and to have a deeper insight into Scandinavian design "philosophy".
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on 11 December 2013
Very happy with this product, exactly what I wanted. However the packaging wasnt great as the dust cover was crumpled at the back. Not worth returning but maybe they should consider better packaging going forward
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on 17 February 2014
Well laid out informative read. the images are of high quality, an inspiration for architects and interior designers or just for someone who want to get inspired for a home fit out!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 December 2012
Great pictures along with a concise description of the style and how to use it as inspiration in your own home. I would have like to have seen more examples of each of the styles represented (such as designer or eclectic) - this would have provided more inspiration and a greater understanding of 'how' the rooms were put together.

There are probably more instructive and informative books available for those who want to replicate Scandi style in their homes.
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