When you think of the definition ‘Scandinavian Design’, it should suggest clean white spaces, light, rustic woodland and elegant functionalism in home furnishings. The term can be used to cover the various Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland), and many of these characteristics that we think of as “Scandi” have come from the climate and materials available. Light is important, as Scandinavians have so much of this in the summer months but long dark winters without it, so their designs tend to maximise the amount of natural light in a room, letting in and reflecting as much light as they can. Think of the Finnish and Swedish woodlands, where the twin influences of nature and the weather produce ways for the home to be made warm and inviting, incorporating rustic wooden furniture; always there is a link to the natural environment.
Since first gaining attention internationally at an Italian design show in 1947, Scandinavian design has gone on to be influenced by a variety of 20th century European art movements and remain at the forefront of design right up to the present day. One such modern classic of Scandinavian design is the company UMAGE (formerly Vita Copenhagen). They make affordable lighting of Scandinavian design, and were founded in Denmark in 2008, with the aim of creating quality lamps combining aesthetics, simplicity and functionality, infused with craftsmanship and environmental care.
Since their introduction in 2012, the range of ‘Eos’ lampshades, made from real silvery-soft white goose feathers, have become an eye-catching design classic. Available in six different sizes, the shades can provide the finishing touch to any modern interior with their sophisticated and elegant cloud-like look. It can be used either on a free-standing lamp or as a hanging pendant light. Beneath the feathered exterior is an oval-shaped paper shade, which seals the bulb inside. When switched off, the Eos shade looks like a piece of art, and when switched on, the feathered shade helps to create a warm soft glow.