The Danish concept hygge, which can be roughly translated as 'cosiness' or 'the art of creating intimacy', has been the design buzzword of recent times. (It's pronounced 'hoo-ga', in case you were wondering.) We decided to put together a collection of design tips for making your home ultra-cosy, Nordic-style.
'Nordic homes are minimalist, yet warm. Natural materials add a timeless element to our design,' writes Signe Johansen in . The book quotes Max Fraser of as recommending , glassware from , furniture from , Poul Kjaerholm for , the legendary furniture designer and , amongst others, as designers to look to for shopping inspiration. We would add , and to that list.
Signe gives other tips on how to create a feeling of hygge in the home. Carpeted floors are banned, as is clutter. Candles, indoor plants, soft furnishings, books, rugs on bare wooden floors and a variety of textiles, on the other hand, are key design features. For lighting, a few discreet sources are preferable to one big main light.