Décor: Scandinavia Inspired
Scandinavia is not only the birthplace to Ikea but also to some of the most creative and talented designers, chefs, writers, etc. The décor in restaurants is modern Scandinavian, pure and simple, while at the same time elaborate in details with subtle design elements which result in subliminally conveying their creators’ message and vision of the chef’s chosen cuisine direction.
For our Scandinavia Inspired dinner I tried to bring modern and antique elements to the table. The two beautiful sugar bowls featured in this décor section were acquired from the nicest man named Göran Eriksson at a small antique store in the center of Stockholm and were definitely a bargain. The original bowls from Denmark’s Royal Copenhagen date back to the 1930s and have recognizable hand-painted blue flower print and lace-like edges. These are wonderful finds from an unforgettable trip that I will remember every time I use them.
I acquired the modern elements for my table design in the heart of Stockholm from an amazing design emporium, Illums Bolighus, which features prominent Scandinavian designers. Visiting that store provides endless inspiration and inexpensive ideas for modern living with high quality designs and furnishings.
String candle holder made of beech wood from Fern Living was a playful addition to our table. I juxtaposed my antique finds with a modern innovative candle holder.
This is a woolen bread basket from Illums Bolighus of Stockholm which with its warm and subtle post-modern design further enhanced our Scandinavian inspired table décor.
One cannot host a Scandinavian dinner without Aquavit, a traditional flavored spirit served in antique shots from a folding intricate wooden drinks chest circa late 19th century that my husband acquired from an antiques dealer about 8 years ago. The photo on the right shows the hand painted porcelain antique Blue Fluted Full Lace sugar bowls Royal Copenhagen that I mentioned earlier. I used them as accent items for our otherwise modern table that provided a link to the traditional Danish craftsmanship. They also made excellent vessels for my otherwise very simple flower arrangements and conversation pieces with our guests. Thus, don’t be afraid to mix in any of your grandma’s China pieces next time you are setting up your table for a dinner party!
Georg Jensen is a historic, quality Danish brand that is well known in the U.S. I used their table runners of high quality cotton and tightly woven texture that really complemented the overall design of the table.