Best in Scandinavian Design

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The first golden age of Scandinavian design extends from the 1930s to 1970s. Its founders are called Alvar Alto, Arne Jacobsen, Borge Mogensen, Hans J. Wegner, Verner Panton, Poul Henningsen, Maija Isola, etc. These precursors have provided the model and set of values which still inspire the new Scandinavian design: durability, functionality, reliability – but also less tangible values such as simplicity, equality, joy, courage, daily pleasure visible through the simple forms, not ostentatious and often colorful forms.

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Oslo Opera House. Norway
This striking building in white granite and glass sitting on the waterfront is one of Oslo’s top attractions.

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Carl Larsson’s house. Sundborn, Sweden
The artist’s beautiful riverside cottage is a humbling example of love, family life and Swedish design working in perfect harmony.

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Designmuseum. Copenhagen, Denmark
Ceramics, furniture, textiles, prints and posters – the best in Danish design is here.

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Lysøen. Norway
The residence of violin virtuoso Ole Bull, on an island outside Bergen, is a daring blend of styles that never fails to wow visitors.