‘Summertime, and the livin’ is easy’, wrote George Gershwin in his classic 1934 aria. There is something ‘easy’ about this time of year, when a certain sense of quiet pervades the air. If you are lucky enough to enjoy a sunny, sultry summer, then thoughts often turn to keeping cool, finding shade and taking pleasure in long, lazy afternoons and evenings. In Scandinavia, the summer days stretch on and on. Fittingly, designers often create summery objects, each one a perfect complement to the season (and in true Scandinavian style, every object is equally suited to the indoors, made for keeps and year-round use). Here are just a few examples:
Italian designer Odo Fioravanti created the soft and simple Bliss tea service for Normann Copenhagen. With modern lines and sturdy shapes, Bliss offers an appealing set of cups, mugs, jugs, bowls and teapots, in warm grey and cool white tones. Just right for a fresh peppermint leaf tea on a shaded veranda.
Danish studio Stilleben (founded by ceramicists Ditte Reckweg and Jelena Nordentoft) designed the terracotta Edge pot for Skagerak. Drawing inspiration from classic Greek and Egyptian vases—where the pot is raised up on a small base—the Edge pots have a simple, geometric-like shape. Plants are believed to improve concentration, purify the air and boost creativity—ideal when flagging in the summer heat.
Paddling birds on Iceland’s shores inspired these friendly Shorebird wooden figures. Designed by Icelandic designer Sigurjón Pálsson for Normann Copenhagen, the modest Shorebirds are made with oak and lacquered steel. Set in places around the home—on a side table, mantelshelf or windowsill—these birds are winsome reminders of sandy beaches and tranquil seashores.
The Glow Hurricane was inspired by vintage brass oil lamps, traditionally used by Danish sailors. Designed by Norm.Architects for Menu, this warm and functional candleholder diffuses a soft, glowing light through its milky white opaline glass top. The Glow Hurricane’s base is made using solid bronzed brass, a nod to more conventional oil lamps. Glow is a candleholder tailor-made for summer.
Danish designer Simon Legald designed the Circus Pouf for Normann Copenhagen, its rounded shape based on an antique Moroccan leather pouf. This ‘Nordic–Moroccan’ pouf is ideal for everyday occasional seating. And on a warm summer’s evening, several colourful Circus Poufs—paired with candle light and chilled beats—would create the space for a perfect summertime soirée. Let the drinks flow.
A summer picnic needs the perfect drinks receptacle. One jug stands out from the crowd: the classic EM77 vacuum jug. Designed by Erik Magnussen for Stelton, the EM77 jug was introduced in 1977. Smart, functional and made to last, the EM77 jug is inherently Scandinavian. Just choose your ideal colour and size, and fill with your beverage of choice.