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.Find more Scandinavian design in:
- New from Ikea: The Ypperlig Collection, a Collaboration with Hay
- The Dinesen Family House: A Historic Renovation for Danish Design Royalty
- Beyond Ikea: 11 Favorite Scandinavian Kitchens from the Remodelista Archives
Frequently asked questions
What is the Red Thread Book?
The Red Thread Book is a comprehensive book on Scandinavian design, including iconic designs from IKEA.
Who wrote the Red Thread Book?
The Red Thread Book is written by Ingrid Sommar, a design journalist and author based in Stockholm, Sweden.
What is the Red Thread in Scandinavian design?
The Red Thread in Scandinavian design refers to the common thread of functionality, simplicity, and elegance in Scandinavian design principles.
Which IKEA designs are featured in the Red Thread Book?
The Red Thread Book includes iconic designs from IKEA such as the Billy bookcase, Klippan sofa, and Stockholm rug.
Is the Red Thread Book available for purchase?
Yes, the Red Thread Book is available for purchase on Amazon and other book retailers.
Does the Red Thread Book only feature IKEA designs?
No, the Red Thread Book features a wide range of iconic Scandinavian designs beyond IKEA.
Is the Red Thread Book only for design enthusiasts?
No, the Red Thread Book is accessible to a wide audience and includes interesting insights and stories about Scandinavian design.