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Simply Scandinavian Hardcover – 8 Apr 2010

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small (8 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184597977X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845979775
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 22.2 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 292,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sara Norrman grew up in Stockholm, where her style aesthetics were shaped by the capital's beautiful scenery, her family's 19th-century summer house, and trips to Ikea. Sara has worked for many style publications and is now managing editor at Livingetc.


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By Peasant TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Dec. 2012
Format: Hardcover
"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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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