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Ikea Included: Iconic Scandinavian Designs in the Red Thread

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Ikea Included: Iconic Scandinavian Designs in the Red Thread

December 5, 2017

Browse through the pages of The Red Thread, a compendium of more than 200 objects of Nordic design, and we’re guessing you’ll recognize more designers, manufacturers, and objects than you might imagine: classics from Marimekko, Iittala, and Ikea, and objects such as the Aalto stool, shell chair, and even orange Fiskars scissors, all born out of the Nordic states.

The book’s title nods to each object’s influence on the next, borrowed from a native metaphor that describes “shared and highlighted characteristics that connect themes, ideas, stories, and, in this case, design.” Published earlier this year by Phaidon and written by the authors of Oak, the Nordic Journal, the book features objects both traditional and modern, handmade and mass-produced, many of which have been featured on Remodelista time and again.

Photography from the Red Thread, courtesy of Phaidon.

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Above: Instantly recognizable: the Swan Chair, shown in pale pink, designed by Arne Jacobsen for manufacturer Fritz Hansen.
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Above: The Flowerpot pendant by Verner Panton, shown in mustard yellow.

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Above: Royal Copenhagen blue and white porcelain.

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Above: Slateplate pottery by Gurli Elbaekgaard and High stools designed by Space Copenhagen.
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Above: The original O-Series Fiskars Scissors (an object included in the Remodelista 100 list of the all-time most useful and beautiful household items, as featured in our book), and Tiara dinnerware by Erja Hirvi for Marimekko.
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Above: Ultima Thule glassware from Iittala and Alvar Aalto’s Stool 60 (another object featured in the Remodelista 100).
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Above: The Red Thread: Nordic Design is covered in blue fabric with red stitching; it’s $54.12 on Amazon.
Find more Scandinavian design in:

Product summary  

Arne Jacobsen

Swan Chair

$4,348.00 USD from Design Within Reach
Marimekko

Tiara Plate

$32.40 USD from Scandinavian Design Center

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