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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Book Review: The Scandinavian Home by Lars Bolander

The Scandinavian Home is  written by the noted Swedish interior designer Lars Bolander together with Heather Smith MacIsaac. A smoking hot copy of the European version arrived in my mailbox a few days ago.

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What Lars and Heather has done with this book, makes me proud being Scandinavian. It shows you Scandinavian fabulousness in everything from unpainted timber cottages in Norway with grass on the roof to over the top chinoiserie from Sweden.

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The book is divided into chapters dedicated to the different rooms of a house as well as exteriors. Each chapter also focuses on the differences within Scandinavia; Sweden’s gustavian elegance, Norway’s romance with folklore and Denmark’s influence on modernism and mid century design. Although the countries have noticeable differences, they also have clear similarities.

If you’re interested in Scandinavian design, this book is a must. You will LOVE it!!

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A section is dedicated to chinoiserie… Swoon!

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The book also puts focus on Scandinavians passion for informal outdoor dining

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Pattern galore!  Maximalistic patterns – Josef Frank is an important player.

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I’m completely infatuated by this room. Traditional Norwegian rose painted walls. I would LOVE to see this style reinterpreted with a contemporary twist.

This summer I had the pleasure of talking with Lars (was slightly star struck) while he was visiting his summer home Sweden. Lars is hugely successful in the States, something that he credited his wife for, his partner both in life and business. He has lots of exciting plans up his sleeve, a second book AND a furniture line among them…

So stay tuned! Lars will definitely be back…

While you’re waiting, check out the US cover of the Scandinavian Home:

Which one do you like the most? The European (top picture) or the US (bottom pic)?
Get your copy here (Europe) or here (US).


Ludmila {creamylife.com} said...

European! It's so packed up with gorgeous pictures that I can't resist but gasp! The US cover feels cold (although that's not how I should feel about green)

Atelier Kari said...

Thanks for presenting this lovely book. And for your inspiering blogg! Have a nice day!

hviit said...

Helt klart den øverste, den nederste hadde aldri blitt med meg hjem.

JulieB said...

I definitely prefer the European version! Definitely looks like something I'll be adding to my wish list... thankfully I have a birthday coming up soon ;)

My Wonderworld said...

Morsomt å se hvordan de har tilpasset seg de to markedene ;-)

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