When talking about furniture, there is a common group of countries that always tends to pop up in the discussions: the Nordic countries. Located in the higher northern latitudes of Europe, the Nordic countries are the five countries of Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Sweden and Finland. The term ‘Scandinavian countries’ is also used today, despite the fact that it more correctly refers only to the three old kingdoms of Denmark, Norway and Sweden (of which Iceland and Finland were part of, earlier on). The Nordic countries are popular in the furniture industry for what is known as the ‘Scandinavian design’. But what does it exactly refer to?The Scandinavian design is a type of design (just as there are designs restricted to every locality of the world – the intricate styles of the Romance countries of Italy, France, Spain and Portugal, for example) that focuses on mixing the core ideas of simplicity and functionality. Basically, all affordable Scandinavian furniture boasts of these two ideas: they are simple, but functional in their design. Of course, you might naturally wonder how these themes gain the upper hand in contrast to more ornate and intricate designs; however, most of the popularity of Scandinavian articles of furniture comes with the ushering in of the ‘sleek, simple and elegant’ trends of the modern era. Since the last half century or so, an increasing importance has been gradually placed on simpler and more functional furniture that can be easily mass-produced.
With the basic reasoning behind the popularity of Scandinavian articles of furniture out of the way, we can move onto what would be the basic tips in buying comfortable dining chairs and the like. The first point to understand is that whilst the Nordic countries essentially believe in the point that furniture has to be innovative but not overly expensive, finding cheap furniture is not going to be easy. You have a better shot at large furniture stores like the Swedish IKEA, of course, but the best bet is to search online.Secondly, understand that you are going to find many unique articles of furniture. From chairs to tables, almost anything can have unique and avant-garde styles and themes. Do not let that point put you off, however; chances are that you can find something that speaks to your heart more easily than traditional furniture can. More often than not, you can rest assured of the quality, finish and other important details when it comes to Scandinavian articles of furniture: these five countries believe in upholding their rank as the kings of furniture, after all. However, make sure to ascertain yourself of the fact that the articles you are about to buy are indeed Scandinavian!