Scandinavian Design: an introduction

Ref: C2423426

Scandinavian design is now a well-known "brand" or concept. First successful in the 1950s and 1960s, it has recently enjoyed a come back. We will look into the history of this aesthetic and see where it came from. We will highlight and describe its main aspects: the purity and simplicity of lines and shapes, its modernity, and its emphasis on comfort and functionality. We will see that from an early stage, Scandinavian design was associated with the political system in place in Scandinavia: the wellfare state. And this equalitarian approach to society was seen to be reflected in the objects - especially home furniture - designed in Scandinavia.

Course aim

Like all things Nordic at the moment, Scandinavian design is enjoying a renewed success. Come and learn about the history of a popular aesthetic, its greatest designers and the objects they created.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Explain what "Scandinavian design" is, what it refers to.
  • Discuss the association often made between Scandinavian design and a democratic society

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?


Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Scandinavian Design: an introduction


This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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