Swedish architectural office Claesson Koivisto Rune's Villa Widlund foregrounds its constructedness by leaving the joins between its constituting concrete elements exposed; photo Åke E.son Lindman

Swedish architectural office Claesson Koivisto Rune’s Villa Widlund foregrounds its constructedness by leaving the joins between its constituting concrete elements exposed; photo Åke E.son Lindman

Head north and you’ll find a thriving design culture where the level of consideration given to the way things look, feel and work isn’t determined by their scale. Be they housing projects, chairs or taps, the Scandinavian approach to design continues to be a more democratic one, driven in no small part by the number of Nordic architects who design beyond buildings. Architonic’s Simon Keane-Cowell takes a comprehensive look at contemporary Nordic architects who cross design boundaries.

 

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'Lankku' chaise longue by Sanelma Hihnala for By Corporation

‘Lankku’ chaise longue by Sanelma Hihnala for By Corporation

The natural beauty of birch wood is evident in Sanelma Hihnala’s ‘Lankku’ chaise longue, with natural bark present on both sides giving the impression of a chair “emerging from nature out of the wilderness and in transition to the contemporary environment.”

 

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