Praise for Lars Bolander's Scandinavian Design
“A private, exclusive tour of the best of Scandinavian design. . . . This book is a new treasure for my design library, one I will refer to over and over." ~ Bunny Williams
“A sophisticated volume . . . an in-depth, intelligent, and informative look at the design sensibilities found in Scandinavian domestic furniture and decoration. . . . Lars Bolander surveys all of this with his keen . . . eye and finely honed historical knowledge, and the results are breathtaking." ~ Martha Stewart
“From his captivating shops in New York and Palm Beach, Lars Bolander has won an army of converts to his seductive vision of Scandinavian design, antique and modern, rustic and urbane. In this book, he brings that world of style vividly to life with images of some of the most magical and inspiring environments to be found there, from the light-dappled elegance of Gustavian interiors to the inventive purity of the very best in contemporary architecture." ~ Hamish Bowles
“Lars Bolander's handsome and intelligent book tells the story of Scandinavian design and its influence - in the past, in the present, and leading into the twenty-first century. A product of a northern world separated to a great extent from Europe, Scandinavian design looked to the styles of the French court in the eighteenth century, but developed its own style with an adaptive simplicity that has given it a place unto itself in the history of design, as beautifully visualized on the pages of this book." ~ David Easton
“Lars has the magic formula for combining the sophisticated Gustavian style with the rustic charm of the Scandinavian countryside. Just perfect!" ~ Juan Pablo Molyneux
“He creates both classic and new looks, as well as bringing the traditional pieces into the 20th century, (which I love)! ~ MadebyGirl
“Lars Bolander is the go-to person for Scandinavian decor in America.” ~ Veranda
“It's total design porn at its finest.” ~ Everything LEB
“Gorgeous.” ~ Annechovie
“A visual delight.” ~ Swedish Interiors by Eleish van Breems
“A lovely read and must-have reference and inspiration guide for any design library.” ~ Hampton Hostess
“One you'll want to add to your library.” ~ From the Right Bank
“Wonderful.” ~ Rita Konig (interview with A Lovely Being)
“The hallmarks of the Scandinavian look are captured with charm and a rather astonishing variety of styles in this wonderful book written with Swedish interior designer Lars Bolander.” ~ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
As the trend in residential design continues to move toward pared-down, comfortably elegant, environmentally friendly homes, the hallmarks of Scandinavian design—clean, elegant lines; delicate color schemes; well-proportioned, airy spaces that maximize daylight; and a pronounced preference for natural materials—make it one of the predominant influences in interior design today. And yet, until now there hasn’t been a book devoted to the signature features of Scandinavian design past and present. Over three hundred and fifty color photographs cover every aspect of the Scandinavian aesthetic—from kitchen layouts to storage schemes, from wall treatments to living room furnishings, from front porches to gazebos.
Authors Lars Bolander, one of Sweden’s foremost designers, and Heather Smith MacIsaac, a design writer and former Architecture and Design Editor of House & Garden, offer expert guidance and practical advice about achieving a Scandinavian look, about incorporating Scandinavian elements into any décor and mixing and matching traditional and modern, humble and grand. “Elements of Design” sidebars supply in-depth information about classic and innovative Scandinavian designs, such as the Mora clock and Danish Modern chairs. An international source list completes a book that is an essential addition to the bookshelves of everyone who has ever admired the subtle palette of a Gustavian room or enjoyed sitting in an Arne Jacobsen chair.
About the Contributor(s)
Lars Bolander studied at the Stockholm School of Art and worked under renowned Swedish furniture designer Carl Malmsten and British designer Gaby Schreiber. Known for his light, classic Gustavian design sensibility, Bolander has designed homes and apartments all over the world that have been published in World of Interiors, House & Garden, and Vogue. The Lars Bolander stores, located in New York, Palm Beach, and Miami, offer a sophisticated, eclectic mix of traditional Swedish, Danish, French, and British antiques and modern pieces, textiles, and decorative arts.
Heather Smith MacIsaac writes on design and travel for Elle Décor, Travel & Leisure, and other publications. Formerly Architecture and Design Editor at House & Garden, Creative Director at Travel & Leisure, and Home Editor at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, she is also a design consultant for hospitality, real estate, and retail clients.
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