Scandinavian design refers to designs from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Iceland. These countries have all left their own mark on the design world, but they seem to agree in the underlying idea. Modern Scandinavian design was born around 1920, but can be traced back to Lutheranism. This is the creed common in these areas in which sincerity and reason are important. The house, the 'home', is the most important part of life for many Scandinavians. Designers therefore respond to this by creating objects that play a role in the 'home'.
In Scandinavia, high quality is valued for design in everyday life. It is part of life and is seen as a means of bringing about change. Scandinavian design is known for functionality, organic shapes and is often described as timeless, simple and calm.