Beyond IKEA: 14 Scandinavian Brands You'll Love

Updated 05/24/18
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If you’ve ever caught yourself wishing you could bleach your wood floors, toss a sheepskin over a dining chair, or paint your space in a minimalist-approved color palette, chances are you've been wooed by . The Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden) are currently having a major impact on the global design scene. But where exactly should you shop for ?

From a brand that expertly blends masculine and feminine design to a textiles-focused manufacturer that uses 100% hemp to produce cheekily patterned pillows, these are the  that should be on your radar. Ranging from the affordable to the splurge-worthy, there's a shop on this list that'll fit any admirer of Nordic design's budget. Forgo a trip to the big blue box store and scour these sites instead. 

Menu

Menu Septembre Coffee Table, Ash $1200

 describes its aesthetic as “soft minimalism,” and we support that claim. Its furniture and décor are the perfect blend of masculine and feminine, all done with Scandinavian simplicity.

Muuto

Muuto Outline Chair $3749

It’s not just the playful shapes that make ’s designs desirable, but also its expert use of both classic and unexpected colors. The combination of the two makes its pieces unlike any others.

Ferm Living

Ferm Living The Round Dorm $185 $145

Vintage charm is in ample supply at . The Danish brand puts a fresh spin on the best of yesteryear. Shopping its site is sure to make you feel like a kid again.

Josef Frank

Josef Frank Pillow, Brazil $230

It’s somewhat ironic that Josef Frank’s designs are seen as quintessentially Scandinavian, as he was actually born in Austria. But he went on to adopt Swedish citizenship and create vibrant and dynamic designs that are still in production today. Familiarize yourself with his colorful botanic prints, and you’ll start to notice them everywhere.

Skagerak

Skagerak Georg Mirror $379

It seems you could add Scandinavian flair to just about every area of your home using ’s inventory. Take a peek at its site, and then check the list of retailers for buyer’s satisfaction.

Iris Hantverk

Iris Hantverk Glass Brush $25

It may not seem worth it to order brushes all the way from Sweden, but a good brush is hard to find. Whether it’s for bathroom, kitchen, or cleaning purposes, 's handmade brushes are worth the shipping.

String

String Pocket Shelf $151

Originally designed in 1949, the shelving systems are proof that Scandinavian design is timeless.

by Lassen

by Lassen Kubus 4 Brass $213

The Lassen brothers, Mogens and Flemming, may not be around anymore, but their designs live on thanks to . The iconic Kubus 4 candelabra is just the tip of the iceberg that is their genius.

Saana ja Olli

Saana ja Olli Onnenmaa Interior Pillow Cover $56

It doesn’t get much more quaint than a designer couple in Finland locally manufacturing 100% hemp textiles (especially with patterns like these) with a brand name like .

Broste Copenhagen

Broste Copenhagen Tia Throw $76 $65

Each year  releases two collections including everything from tableware to textiles, lanterns to décor. Get your hands on a few of its pieces and your home is sure to feel much cozier.

&Tradition

&Tradition FlowerPot VP1 Pendant $227

You’ll instantly recognize Verner Panton’s “Flower Pot” lights in ’s inventory, but shop around a bit more and you’ll find more items to lust over.

Gubi

Gubi Grasshopper Floor Lamp $1030

Showcasing items from various decades of the 20th century as well as contemporary, cutting-edge designs,  is the ultimate source for sophisticated design as only Scandinavians could curate.

H&M Home

Color-block Cushion Cover
H&M Home Color-Block Cushion Cover $18 $13

The global mega-brand that is  may not seem like a special place to pick up Scandinavian décor, but the Stockholm-based company designs pieces that stay true to the aesthetic at prices that can’t be beaten.

HAY

HAY Strap Mirror $192

Founded in 2002,  made it its mission to channel the great design in Denmark during the ’50s and ’60s in a modern way. With its streamlined furniture and minimally fresh accessories, we’d say they’re succeeding.

Norman Copenhagen

Norman Copenhagen Ace Chair $652

If you want to know what modern living is like in Scandinavia, take a look at . Its designs are simple but not lacking a healthy dose of charm. 

This story was originally published on January 12, 2015, and has since been updated.

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