Category: Scandinavian Design

March 6, 2019 / by Ambas / Dansk Design, Scandinavian Design / No Comments

Rove Concepts Reviews

Is Rove Concepts worth your money and time?

Shopping for anything online always feels a bit risky, and it is not without good reason – there is always a level of uncertainty when you need to invest money into something that will reach you eventually at some point in the near future. Buying furniture is no different. What’s more, furniture is often fragile, so you have additional stress of hoping it won’t get delivered damaged, because if it does, then you’re at the mercy of the company’s return and refund policy.

With all these issues, it is quite useful to read through experience of other people before making your decision. While there is a whole plethora of websites (like trustpilot) that allow you to do just that, when you are purchasing something that is as niche as designer furniture replica, it often helpful to hear what do the people experienced in the industry have to say about the company in question. money and time?
To start off with the time part – Rove Concept’s website is fairly simple and you can browse it easily, so if you know what you’re looking for, it will take you a couple of clicks at most until you get to the dedicated product page where you can make your purchase. However, if you are looking to just browse through different options, you can lose hours! I am serious, Rove Concepts offer is very diverse and includes at least a hundred of designs (not that I counted), excluding all the variations of the same models.

When it comes to the money part, the situation is a bit complicated. Rove Concepts is very affordable, especially in the replica part of their offer (as the site does feature a bunch of no-name generic designs wrongly labeled as midcentury or designer furniture), but that being said, the prices are still somewhat above the industry standard.

This would, of course, be easily forgivable if you get the appropriate quality for your money, but this is not necessarily the case. This doesn’t mean that Rove Concepts doesn’t deliver high-quality furniture. They do! Just… Well, sometimes. In fact, if you take a look at their TrustPilot page, you can easily see that there is a huge discrepancy between perfectly pleased customers and those who received designs which wouldn’t be sold on a local flea market. The consistency in quality is a big weakness of Rove Concepts, that is – lack of it, and if they could always offer the same high quality they certainly can provide sometimes, maybe the slightly inflated prices would be far less of an issue.

Check the reviews of the Rove Concepts on TrustPilot.

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March 6, 2019 / by Ambas / Dansk Design, Scandinavian Design / No Comments

By Bespoek Reviews

Is ByBespoek worth your money and time?

If you’re anything like me, then online shopping for you also comes with a healthy dose of stress and paranoia. Will my order arrive at all, will it be damaged, what if I get the wrong thing… There are many things that can go wrong. All of us control freaks are absolutely addicted to websites such as TrustPilot where we can get some peace of mind by making sure that the company we ordered does deliver and is delivering what it should. But, if you are niche shopper, then general websites like TP might not be enough for you. With that in mind, I started writing about different furniture replica companies that operate on the US market some time ago and this week, I am continuing with ByBespoek, a fairly new addition here that, judging from their website came straight from Europe.

So, let’s see if ByBespoek is worth your money and time!

When it comes to your time, the answer is one firm yes. ByBespoek doesn’t offer as many options as some competitors do, but what it does offer is a collection of true classics of midcentury design. From the iconic Wishbone chair, to even a bit obscure midcentury lighting fixtures, ByBespoek clearly shows that they know what they are doing. Each and every design that you can find on their website is a true gem of midcentury design that comes with a rich history. So, if you know your designer furniture history, you will absolutely enjoy ByBespoek as it will remind you of all the classics and their rich legacy that lingers on to this day.

For a company that specializes in some of the most iconic designer furniture, ByBespoek is surprisingly affordable. And what’s more, it doesn’t keep the prices low by compromising on quality. To be perfectly honest, I am not entirely sure how they maintain such affordable prices since all of their designs I had the pleasure of seeing in person are absolutely stunning. The quality is outstanding and the precision of their reproductions is amazing.

On the downside, this company could be more consistent when it comes to delivery times. So far, they do offer three-working days delivery for the continental United States provided you make your order before the shipping starts for the given day, but the customer service pointed out that it is more likely that I will get my delivery within five days (got it in six, though). So, this is far from major problem, and I assume that it can be improved later on as they get used to the business climate in the US. Another downside is the lack of a showroom – one is currently in plan according to their website and I’m looking forward to it finally opening. As the business develop, I also hope to see more ByBespoek reviews online as this would be very beneficial to them.

Overall, I am rather pleased with ByBespoek. To look back at the main question – is ByBespoek worth your time and money – my answer is yes. There are still some things that can be slightly improved, but I am willing to not complain when I keep in mind that they made the migration from Europe to the US which is probably not as simple as it sounds. For now, I’m definitely in love with their offer and I am looking forward to ordering from them again.

You can check the reviews of By Bespoek on Trustpilot!

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February 25, 2019 / by Ambas / Scandinavian Design / No Comments

10 most popular interior design styles

If you are new to the interior design world, all your enthusiasm can quickly get drowned in the terminology and vocabulary explaining different design styles and traditions. And with a lot – and I really mean a lot – of different interior design movements, it can be more than difficult to find what is it that really works for you.

So, in order to help you to help you a bit with finding your way around the world of interior design, I decided to compile a list of 10 most popular interior design styles that you are bound to encounter at some point during your journey. With some of them you have probably been familiar from before. Some others might be familiar, but you might have not known how they are usually referred to. Some, I hope, will be completely new for you and will give you some nice research material and some fresh ideas to think over.

So, without further ado, let’s get right into it.

Modern

Modern style is a very broad term, but it usually refers to interior design style that relies on clean crisp lines, simple and sophisticated colour palette and the use of modern materials such as metal, glass and steel. Simplicity, but not utter minimalism is the backbone of modern style which is intended to eliminate the clutter and unnecessary accessories.

Contemporary

Often considered to be synonym to modern style by layman, contemporary style has been a source for confusion for decades. Unlike modern style which is strongly rooted in the sensibility of the 20th century, contemporary style is much more fluid, current and eclectic. Unlike modern, it is perfectly open for curving lines, unconventional elements and mixing and matching of styles.

Minimalist

If I was writing this article a couple of years ago, I would argue that minimalism might be the most popular interior design style out there. However, due to some fierce competition in the recent years, you won’t encounter minimalist style wherever you go as it was the case at some point. But, that doesn’t mean that minimalism or its elements aren’t still playing a huge part in the interior design today. Simple, practical and far from excessive, minimalist style certainly shaped the sensibilities of the 21st century.

Industrial style

Drawing inspiration from turn of the century factories and warehouses, industrial style really came to prominence in urban lofts. Rooted in the appeal of unfinished rawness, it just thrives on exposed brick, ductwork and rustic wood, recreating the feel of a renovated industrial building.

Mid-Century Modern

Before the development of more recent interior design styles, mid-century modern was arguably the most influential décor style – maybe in history! Today, it is a nostalgic twist on the fuss-free and functional homes of the 1950s with just a dash of minimalism. With an emphasis on simple, yet organic and flowing forms, it is rich in timeless elegance which has certainly stood the test of time.

Scandinavian style

Scandinavian style is a further simplification of the mid-century interior design which recreates the simplicity of life in the Nordic countries. With sculptural furniture and simple lines and forms, it puts emphasis on functionality which is perfectly fused with style and elegance. Washed out and all-white palettes combined with natural elements and some sleek and modern accent pieces, Scandi style is spacious, natural and based on clearing of the unnecessary clutter.

Traditional

On the other side of the spectrum and opposed to minimalist-oriented Scandinavian style, traditional style is rooted in European sensibilities and is based around dark and finished wood, rich colour palettes and an abundance of curves and textures. Elaborated ornaments and accent details are absolutely a must and they are often combined with a variety of fabrics. Depth of layers plays a very important role in shaping the characteristic aesthetic of traditional décor style.

French Country

With warm, earthy colours matched with worn-out ornamental wooden furnishing, French country style is rooted in the idea of rural idyllic farmhouse. Reproducing sensibility of warmth and closeness, it relies on warm colours such as red, yellow and gold, with natural materials and porcelain ornaments complementing them perfectly.

Bohemian

Care-free, vivid, rich in colour and detail, almost hippie in appearance, Bohemian style is truly playful and has very little rules. Vintage furniture and light fixtures do play an important part in its aesthetic, as does the abundance of textiles, rugs, pillows and details which seem to be brought from secluded flea markets or exotic travels.

Rustic

Rustic style looks to nature to inspiration and it absolutely adores raw unfinished beauty of wood or stone. With abundance of outdoor accessories such as flowers, branches or logs of wood it tries to recreate a rural sensibility. Today, however, it is commonly mixed with modern furnishing and accessories, giving it a specific and unique style and aesthetical expression.

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February 21, 2019 / by Ambas / Danish, Danish Culture, Denmark, Scandinavian Design / No Comments

How to Decorate in Scandinavian Style?

Perhaps the most influential interior design style from the 20th century, Scandinavian mid-century style first rose to prominence in the 1940s and 1950s, reaching its golden days in the period from the late 50s to late 60s of the previous century. It had a profound impact on the way that we think about and understand furniture, lighting solutions and home accessories.

At the heart of this design movement is the pursuit of balance between form and function. However simple and natural that idea sounds to us today, back in the day, it was nothing short of revolutionary. In fact, the insistence on this pursuit by the designers whom we today consider to be some of the biggest names of the Scandinavian mid-century design is what allowed this idea to become somewhat of a mainstream.

Still, only rare pieces of design have managed to combine beautiful form with flawless functionality, while at the same time staying affordable and available for all.

Scandinavian interior design

Famous for their simple and almost minimalist aesthetic without any unnecessary details and clutter, Scandinavian interior design relies on monochrome and pale colour palettes in order to create a sleek minimalist background against which the stylish furniture could really stand out.

Nordic nature is another highly prominent theme of Scandi décor, so the monotony of pale colours is broken by deep fir greens, natural wooden tones as well as tan leathers which all add a warm touch to the cold aesthetic of this interior design style.

Modern Scandi style

Of course, much has changed in the last half a century and Scandi interior design also involved to include soft pastel shades and an occasional splash of vivid colour and playfulness. Pale pink, duck egg blue as well as washed-out shades of mint green are now commonly seen on accent walls or various home accessories such as bed linen, cushions or accent carpets and rugs.

Simplicity and minimalism which always played an important part in Scandinavian style can be produced both in natural materials which are somewhat closer to the earliest manifestations of this design philosophy, but also in hypermodern materials and finishes which carved out a place for themselves in Scandi style due to ease of work and production they offer. However, even the most modern Scandi homes can’t be finished without at least a bit of wool, timber or leather.

Ambience and interplay of light and shadow

Maybe because of long and dark Nordic winters, Scandinavian mid-century designers showed great appreciation of balanced and glare-free lighting which can at the same time serve as a very impactful aesthetical expression. Lamps are the point where technology and organic lines perfectly blend, giving a unique edge to the Scandinavian aesthetic. Pendants, floor lamps and table lamps have all been commonly featured in Scandi design, with Arne Jacobsen and Poul Henningsen being some of the biggest name in the industry.

Lighting in Scandi interior design should always be kept warm and inviting, never too harsh or too bright. However, one should not forget about natural light which always played a prominent role in unique Scandinavian aesthetic. So for best results, make sure that your windows are free of clutter.

Furnishing

Arguably the most important element of Scandinavian décor, furniture aims to provide aesthetical statement while at the same time being undeniably functional. With strong silhouettes and sculptural shapes, furniture in Scandinavian mid-century style is easily recognisable due to its elegance stemming from simplicity. However, if you wish to add some Scandi touches to your home without completely refurnishing the place, you can add just one or two statement pieces to otherwise simple and functional.

The devil is in the detail

An abundance of details and unnecessary embellishments never had a place in Scandi style. On the contrary, this design movement always had a flair for simplicity and minimalist elegance, with the finishing touches mostly being limited to tactile ceramics, textural cushions or chunky knit throws. On top of that, if you find that your home still lacks some statement elements, you can always complement the natural colours and materials with some plant life and other carefully selected accessories and accents.

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