Interior Inspiration Scandinavia by Sonia Lucano
If there’s two topics that I love to talk about it’s a) Scandinavian interiors, and b) DIY projects. Sonia Lucano’s Interior Inspiration Scandinavia combines the two, so when I was asked to review a copy of course I said yes! The book offers a detailed and comprehensive overview of Scandinavian interior design, ranging from broad advice on colour schemes and materials through to practical tips on identifying Scandi design and DIY tutorials for your own home.
Those who are casually interested in Scandinavian design and decorating will find a lot more to learn here than those who work in the interiors/design industries, the latter of whom will already be familiar with the history, design classics and decorating tips included. If you’re just starting to take an interest in the topic, or thinking of decorating your own home in a Scandinavian style, this would be a good starting point. Sonia's practical advice on recognising Scandinavian furniture (below) will be especially useful to you, as will the many pages of DIY projects included at the back of the book.
The most interesting section, for me, was the detailed design history of the Scandinavian countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden). It gives a fascinating insight into how various social, political and cultural factors have shaped their approach to interior design from the eighteenth century to the present day. When we think of Scandinavia, at least in terms of interiors, we tend to think of the region as a whole rather than picking out individual elements as hailing from a specific country, so I enjoyed discovering which country leans most heavily towards nature motifs, which has a strong history working with teak, and which has gained worldwide recognition for its glassware designers.
The book is beautifully laid out, with large colour images to illustrate each section. The design and typography actually reminds me a lot of the guides given out at design fairs, particularly London Design Festival’s 2015 booklet. The use of black, white and red fonts in all caps, large white spaces and enormous images made it a real pleasure to read. The book is published by Thames & Hudson with an RRP of £16.95, and at the time of writing you can get a copy here on Amazon for slightly less.
Disclosure: I was sent a copy of Interior Inspiration Scandinavia for the purposes of this post. All words, opinions and photographs are my own.