28 November 2023
As Christmas approaches along with the Australian summer, there's a tendency to draw inspiration from the wintery scenes of the northern hemisphere and in particular, the timeless sophistication of Scandinavian design and festive traditions.
Recently, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Danish-born, Christina Fedders, founder of the Scandinavian-inspired homewares store, Designstuff. Christina shared insights into memorable festive Danish traditions, thoughtful gifting and offered some styling tips on how we can add a Scandinavian touch to our homes this Christmas.
The beauty of ‘Hygge’ at Christmas
Hygge is the Danish concept of cosiness and comfort, engendering a sense of contentment and wellbeing. It’s a concept that transcends through all aspects of Christmas and experienced through cherished moments of family togetherness during the festive season. Christina fondly recalls the tradition of decorating the tree on Christmas eve and singing carols around it, accompanied by Christmas cookies, kids sipping on hot chocolate and adults indulging in a glass of gluhwein. A true sensory and special experience.
Beyond spending quality family moments, hygge also extends to thoughtful gifting and Christina highlights the importance of considering what would be truly special for your loved one – something they might not necessarily gift themselves. Designstuff offers a thoughtfully curated selection, with each item carrying a design story, often created by architects or designers. A few gifts they suggest include the timeless Cylinda range by Stelton, designed by renowned architect Arne Jacobsen or the adorable Audo mini Salt and Pepper grinder set, available in various colour combinations. For the little ones, the Siebensachen Mozart Kugel, made from sustainable wood from the Black Forest in Germany, plays beautiful music from Mozart – a gift that lasts a lifetime.
Additionally, how you present your gifts is equally important. Think about more organic materials with coloured ribbon, presenting a more refined approach.
To add a Scandinavian design touch to your home, utilise a co-ordinated colour palette and accessories around this. Our tree features handcrafted ornaments with Christmas candles and a few special items that have been passed on from Christina’s own family. Mixing old with new adds a sense of nostalgia whilst keeping the Christmas spirit alive.
Enhance the festive ambience, adding fairy lights and candles to the tree to create a soft, luminous glow contributing to that warm and cosy atmosphere.
For a limited time Designstuff is offering our Thomas Archer followers a beautiful Christmas gift of a Sphere Riplet Ice Cube Tray with every purchase. Simply enter the promotional code below.
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