At Maison&Objet in Paris last month, ICON caught up with six young Scandinavian designers to explore their practice, their similarities and differences and the future of design in the region
The term Scandinavian design can be as all-inclusive as it can be reductive. Its admirers praise it for the tasteful, understated treatment of materials and forms, while its critics often point out what they perceive as a lack of audacity.
We spoke to six emerging designers representing the whole spectrum of Nordic countries – Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland and Sweden. Presented together at the Talents à la carte exhibition, they all share a commitment to pushing the boundaries of their shared tradition, but they are also keen to stress the unique characteristics specific to their local context.