I am very happy and proud to present Scandinavia Dreaming: Nordic Homes, Interiors & Design, a book I have been working on for the past months with my dream publisher, Gestalten. It explores everything I love about Scandinavian design: dazzling interiors, architecture, and products that show the richness, variety, and intensity of contemporary Nordic spaces.
I enjoyed every moment working on the book: doing research, looking for the most inspiring projects and images, and writing the words to tell the story. Delving into this exquisite world characteristic of gorgeous aesthetics, warm materials, a gentle co-existence with nature, and that one-of-a-kind Nordic light made me remember all the special things about the region, and why I love it so much in the first place. As most of you already know, Scandinavia was/is my greatest dream – it was my goal in life to live in Sweden (which I did!) – and of course, the design aesthetic of the region is one of the things that inspired me the most. So this book is like coming full circle, a dream come true; literally Scandinavia Dreaming.
Nordic design has an evolving story: one that is equal parts elegance, function, and tradition. There is something truly special and specific about design in the North – the love for light, airy spaces, which are not just limited to minimal and whitewashed designs, but is truly creative and dynamic. This dual personality shows on one side the open, light and minimal constituent. And, on the other hand, it’s moody counterpart: sleek and sophisticated; timeless and traditional; and deeply rooted in the sensations of nature. A seamless pairing of the aesthetic and the historical within an iconic tale of design.
So let me show you what it is exactly that I love; let me lead you inside the homes and the true heart of the Scandinavian soul, and let you experience what makes it so exceptional. The places that make you dream, and thrive, and live.
Scandinavia Dreaming is released on 6 September in Europe, and 29 September internationally. You can now order copies here: http://shop.gestalten.com/scandinavia-dreaming.html