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Mediterranean House Vs.Scandinavian House

By Brian Gallagher 19.11.12

Differences in climate, light and artistic sensibilities mark the domestic environments of northern and southern Europe. Classic Scandinavian design of the 20th Century introduced sophisticated modern utilitarian craft to the world, sober yet intriguing. Mediterranean design perhaps more exuberant and colourful, retaining the DNA of the Baroque in its genetic make-up, passionate and arresting. Nowadays physical location does not have to be a factor in the way we decorate our homes.

  • ‘Dibujo tinta 1957’, colección chillida, nanimarquina, 2012. Collection of Nanimarquina hand made rugs and carpets inspired by the iconic Eduardo Chillida (1924-2002) one of the most important of Spain’s late XX Century artists. 178x240 cm, Technique Washed hand tufted Fibre 100% New Zealand wool.

    Available at: Nanimarquina, see guide, page 141.

  • Peep C1. Storage Cabinet.

    A Scandinavian design storage unit, the asymmetrical doors and handles allow the inner contents to be observed. Available in 6 colours, and choice of 2 legs.

    Designed by: Hakan Johansson.

    Available at: Nordicthink, see guide, page 139.

  • Adaptable Table.

    Table measuring 200x90 cms. in wood and laquered steel. Choice of several tones, structure and legs (36 possible combinations in all).

    Designed by: TAF Architects Gabriella Gustafson y Matias Stahlbom (2009).

    Available at: Nordicthink, see guide, page 139 / ver guía, página 139.

  • Liza-P.

    Shelving unit made from sheets of steel and wooden shelves with rail fixed underneath for hanging clothes. Solid beech wood + 2mm steel plate.

    Design: Carme Pinós.

    Available at: Objects, see page 140.



    A wardrobe made from two pieces of plywood combined with steel shelves that hang off the wall freeing up space beneath. 15mm laminated birch wood + 2mm steel plate.

    Design: Carme Pinós.

    Available at: Objects, see page 140.

  • Me-K.

    Constructivist table, top available in 2 finishes solid ash or laminated birch with formica finish + steel profile legs.

    Sirap Grey Shelving. Folded metal shelf made from 2mm steel, sold in packs of 4 of vaerying lengths.

    Designed by: Carme Pinós.

    Available at / disponible en: Objects Showroom, see guide, page 140.

  • Bergen Sofa, Bo Concept.

    Designed by: Anders Nørgaard. Modular sofa design consisting of 6 elements, available in more

    than 90 different choices of fabrics.

    Coffee Table. White glass and stainless steel.

    Stool. Oak veneer.

    All from: BoConcept Barcelona, Av. Diagonal, 468.

  • String System. Shelving.

    Designed by: Nisse Strinning (1949). 

    Allowing for variable compositions made using panels, shelves and containers. Capable of supporting heavy loading yet visually light.  

    Available at: Nordicthink, see guide, page 139.

  • Lorenzo Castillo Collection, Gastón y Daniela.

    Lorenzo Castillo, antiques dealer and interior designer, clients include Loewe, fashion Museum in Madrid and this collection for Gaston y Daniela.

    Available at: Gastón y Daniela barcelona, c. Pau Claris 171 T. 93 215 3217.

  • Totem. Potipoti, Tres Tintas Barcelona.

    Mural wallpaper in collaboration with design duo Silvia Salvador and Nando Cornejo known as Potipoti. Available in black & white as well as colour.

    Available at: Papers Pintats Aribau, see guide, page 142.

  • Desigual Living.

    Soft furnishings, eiderdowns, table cloths, cushions etc. a new range of clothes for the home 100% cotton.

    Available at: Desigual stores, see guide, page 159.

  • Unikko Wall Paper, Marimekoo.

    Finnish design collective founded by Armi Ratia in 1949 inspired by the beauty of everyday life.

    Available at: Papers Pintats aribau, see guide, page 142.