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Differences Between Scandinavian and Chinese design

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Working in the Fashion industry in Asia

As an intern in China you will quickly realize that a lot of things are different than what you are used to in your home country. It can be the food, the culture, the language, and so on. But one of the things that you might will notice is the design difference in China. Especially if you are from northern Europe. North European design, also known as Scandinavian design is becoming increasingly common all over the world. But what about China? Let’s take a look at the designs, how the styles inspire eachother, and if there is any difference at all?

For those who doesn’t know Scandinavia, it is not just one place or one country. It’s several. Just how many can sometimes depend on who you're talking to, or even when. Traditionally, the term refers to three northern European countries - Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Currently, however, the definition has been expanded in common usage to include Finland, Iceland, and even (though less often), Greenland.

Whether design is a passion, a hobby, or something that interests you, chances are you've heard of the Scandinavian style. In fact, you've probably heard the term used so many times that you've started wondering what exactly it refers to. Some of it is pretty easy to pick up - the white walls, wood floors, and modern furniture, but there's got to be more to the story, right?

The path that led to Scandinavian design becoming one of the preeminent interior styles in the world in the beginning of the 21st century actually began during the end of the 19th. Along the way, empires rose and fell, worldviews shifted, the world went to war twice and art, philosophy, and furniture all changed the ways in which they viewed themselves and each other’s. You have may heard of some of the most talented and notable names in the history of design, names like, Alvar Aalto, Hans Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, Kaare Klint, Poul Henningsen, Josef Frank, Greta Grossman, Finn Juhl, Børge Mogensen, Jens Risom, Philip Arctander, Niels Otto Møller, Verner Panton, Armi Ratia and Ingvar Kamprad (the founder of IKEA), and it’s more than a regional style that has impacted nearly every aspect of design since the mid-1950's.

Scandinavian design captured the hearts and eyes of décor lovers around the globe long before IKEA entered our homes. European Nordic countries have always had a strong sense of style and appreciation for home décor and aesthetics, but it was in the '50s that many Scandinavian designers truly made a name for themselves on an international scale.

These designers' love for clean lines, organic textures, and minimal shapes made waves on the midcentury design scene, so much so that many Scandinavian midcentury designs are still very present in homes today. In fact, Scandinavian designs are some of the most coveted and easily recognized furniture designs around the world.

China has through the last many years been more and more immersed in the Nordic design. When you walk around the streets visiting restaurant, stores, malls, salons, ect. you will realize that the Scandinavian style is becoming a more and more common thing. Though this change is awakening more awareness in the big cities in China and in the more modern areas. The decoration style is changing and is attracting people from all over the world to China. There is also a renewed interest in craft and where things come from, which chimes with the Scandinavian tradition. All the things that Scandinavian design is known for such as good quality, humbleness, nature inspired products etc. – without being very shiny and loud like some e.g. Italian styles. It fits perfectly into the time and lifestyle that are developing in China, especially in the bigger cities. 

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