So you want something new for your house, a new piece of furniture, some accessories and you know what type of look you want but you've got no idea where to source it. I've had this problem so many times when doing up rooms that I thought it would be helpful to put together a shopping guide which I'll update as and when I find new stores. It's got a focus on slow living Scandi design and I'm going to try to ensure it has a range of options when it comes to price. I’ve also updated it to reflect where I can find a company’s policy on the environment and sustainability (note I haven’t included all of a company’s environmental policies below, just parts that have caught my eye, you can find out more about them on their websites). I hope it's useful and do let me know if you've come across any places that you think should be added!
All round stores
- HEALS - a great store for beautifully designed products, you'll find some high end brands here (Eames, Ligne Roset to name a couple) but there's also products for smaller budgets too
- The Conran Shop - more expensive than your high street stores but it has products that are worth investing in.
- HAY - I love this store, the products are just beautiful although it's definitely heading towards the pricier end of the budget.
- HEM - the Stockholm-based independent design brand has a selection of furniture, accessories and lighting that are beautifully designed. HEM states that its products adhere to environmental standards and industry certifications.
- John Lewis - JL stocks a variety of styles of course but you can often find a few bits that will tie in with a Scandi style. The John Lewis Partnership has policies on sourcing and selling with integrity.
- Scandinavian Design Centre - a range of brands and products are brought together here giving you a great place to shop when you want a particular product but don’t know which brand to go to for it. The Scandinavian Design Centre states that climate issues are very important and they promote a sustainable society by helping to minimise adverse impact on the environment through various initiatives.
- Habitat - a great place for affordable products on the high street that still have a minimalist and Scandi look.
- IKEA - in my opinion this is hands down the best place to come for Scandi design if you don't have a huge budget. Even though it won't break the bank, everything is still beautifully designed and attention has been given to every detail. There are also some great collaborations with designers of more expensive brands (see their collaborations with HAY and Tom Dixon for example). IKEA also have a lot of aims around the environment and social responsibility. They describe themselves as being on a journey to become a circular and climate positive business aiming to use more renewable and recycled materials, eliminate waste in their operations and to prolong the life of products. By 2020 they want to be 100% renewable - producing as much renewable energy as they consume. By 2030 IKEA’s ambition is to create a positive social impact for everyone across their value chain.
- Cox and Cox - you can find some beautiful pieces at this store that can fit a Scandi style really well.
- H&M Home - H&M have nailed affordable Scandi style and it takes me a lot of effort to not pick up something when I go browsing in this store.
- French Connection - French Connection's homeware section isn't huge but it has some really lovely, simply designed pieces.
- ARKET - this has a small range of accessories for the home which, to me, all embody slow living (think vases, candles, blankets and even gardening accessories).
The following are some amazing brands to look at for classic pieces of furniture that will stand the test of time:
- Ferm Living - Ferm Living state on their website that they take their responsibility to people and the planet seriously.
- MUUTO - Muuto view sustainability as an integral part of the Scandinavian design emphasis. They select their suppliers with great consideration and ensure that their manufacturers are socially responsible and operate with the highest ethical standards. A majority of the textiles used in their upholstery are certified with the EU eco-label.
- Skagerak - Skagerak believe that true quality is only achieved if its made under responsible conditions; not harming people or the planet. They have their own Code of Conduct which is an agreement between them and their suppliers containing a number of requirements which they, their employees and sub-suppliers are expected to meet. Their Code of Conduct is based on 11 principles which include protection of the environment and occupational healthy and safety.
- Knoll - Knoll count Sustainability as one of the ideas essential to their work. They state on their website that they have clean manufacturing practices that minimise impact by conserving natural resources and reducing waste. Their products are designed to last not only physically but also in style so you won’t need or want to replace them for a long time.
- Solidwool - Solidwool take course wool from hill-farmed, upland sheep and, by combining it with bio-resin, create a composite material, in their words “it’s like fibreglass, but with wool as the reinforcement instead of glass”. They have designed the manufacturing methods to have the lowest environmental impact they can.
- Adventures in Furniture - this brand stocks a selection of FSC (Forestry Services Commission) certified pieces. It uses a sustainable source for its raw materials and they won’t airfreight their furniture.
- Bolia - Bolia choose materials that are crafted environmentally right and socially responsible. Their wood adheres to the EU timber regulation and they cover their sofas in world that is IWTO certified. More than 20% volume of their collection is produced in Denmark and more than 70% in other European countries. They also aim to safeguard a good working environment for everyone who works for them, within their company and at their suppliers.
- We do Wood - We Do Wood was founded in 2011 in Copenhagen based on the vision that Danish design and strict sustainability principles should go hand in hand.
For lifestyle and accessories
The below are all stores/brands where you can find those accessories that complete a design and make a house feel like a home:
- White Black Grey - with a commitment to doing their part to protect and conserve the environment, all of White Black Grey’s packaging is 100% recyclable. They also work with suppliers who share their environmental and ethical concerns wherever possible.
- Skandinavisk - everything is produced in Scandinavia or in the EU which means that it will need to comply with EU laws.
Stationery had to go in this shopping guide because I just love it!
Greenery can make such a difference to a room so here are some places where you can buy plants:
P.S. None of this list is sponsored in any way - it's just a list of shops and brands that I like and/or would love to buy from.