So next week, the great and the good of Scandinavian design will be heading to Stockholm Design Week.
During the next seven days, two hundred events, seminars and open showrooms will be held across the city, and in the true spirit of Nordic equality and shared happiness, many of the exhibitions are open to the public too.
If like me, you’re in work, rather than heading to Sweden, don’t worry. 2018 has already brought us a wealth of new Nordic treats to get excited about.
Here are my favourites so far:
Five years after launching their amazing home fragrances, this Spring Skandinavisk are adding a collection of hand care products to their range. Complementing our favourite scents, the moisturising hand creams and lotions, as well as the foaming hand washes and soap bars are all designed to nourish and protect you from the harsh winter weather.
If exciting beauty collaborations are more your thing then these limited edition lip products need to be on your radar. Launching in-store this month, each of the ten powerfully graphic and instantly recognisable Marimekko prints featured on the packaging are taken from the Finnish brand’s archives. They are certainly a must-have for my make-up bag.
Music from the Nordic countries seems to be riding a bit of a wave at the moment, with Norwegian pop singer Sigrid named as the winner of BBC Music Sound of 2018. However it’s Sweden’s pop-folk band First Aid Kit I love the most. Ruins is Johanna and Klara Soderberg’s fourth album and if you’re looking for a comforting soundtrack to accompany your hygge or lagom vibes, than this has to be it.
Also I totally recommend seeing the band live, they are amazing. This February they are in the UK too playing dates in Glasgow, Manchester and London, if I had a babysitter I would totally be there!
As you may have guessed by now I’m a bit of a Nordic Noir nerd. When crime thriller Modus hit our screens in late 2016 it certainly fell into my ‘type 2’ definition, with the investigation focussed around the links between a religious fundamentalist group and a trail of death and destruction in Sweden. Based on the best-selling books by Anne Holt, series two is due to start on BBC Four next Saturday. This time we can look forward to appearances from Kim Cattrall (she’s playing the US president) and Greg Wise too.
OK so this book launched in November, but it was its feature in this month’s Elle Decoration that brought it back to my attention. Learn how to interpret colour the Nordic way: with brooding dark blues or fresh pinks, it doesn’t have to be all white walls and grey cushions.