‘Summertime, and the livin’ is easy’, wrote George Gershwin in his classic 1934 aria. There is something ‘easy’ about this time of year, when a certain sense of quiet pervades the air. If you are lucky enough to enjoy a sunny, sultry summer, then thoughts often turn to keeping cool, finding shade and taking pleasure in long, lazy afternoons and evenings. In Scandinavia, the summer days stretch on and on. Fittingly, designers often create summery objects, each one a perfect complement to the season (and in true Scandinavian style, every object is equally suited to the indoors, made for keeps and year-round use). Here are just a few examples:
Italian designer Odo Fioravanti created the soft and simple Bliss tea service for
Danish studio Stilleben (founded by ceramicists Ditte Reckweg and Jelena Nordentoft) designed the terracotta Edge pot for
Paddling birds on Iceland’s shores inspired these friendly Shorebird wooden figures. Designed by Icelandic designer Sigurjón Pálsson for Normann Copenhagen, the modest Shorebirds are made with oak and lacquered steel. Set in places around the home—on a side table, mantelshelf or windowsill—these birds are winsome reminders of sandy beaches and tranquil seashores.
The Glow Hurricane was inspired by vintage brass oil lamps, traditionally used by Danish sailors. Designed by Norm.Architects for
Danish designer Simon Legald designed the Circus Pouf for Normann Copenhagen, its rounded shape based on an antique Moroccan leather pouf. This ‘Nordic–Moroccan’ pouf is ideal for everyday occasional seating. And on a warm summer’s evening, several colourful Circus Poufs—paired with candle light and chilled beats—would create the space for a perfect summertime soirée. Let the drinks flow.
A summer picnic needs the perfect drinks receptacle. One jug stands out from the crowd: the classic EM77 vacuum jug. Designed by Erik Magnussen for