Parts practical, functional, minimalist, ruggedly organic, and earth-friendly. This outdoor furniture collection celebrates Scandinavian design.
Skargaarden hails from Gävle, a small town on Sweden's Baltic coast. Their style is firmly within the Scandinavian tradition, drawing inspiration from both the rugged but beautiful landscapes of the north as well as Mid-Century Modern design icons.
Driven by a philosophy of affordable luxury, Danish design house Houe was founded in 2007 by Henrik Pederson. They create neo-Scandinavian, award-winning furniture with a conscience.
Characterized by soft rich teak accents, dramatic wicker frames, and cushions so soft you’d think they were indoor, Gloster designs are always instant classics.
a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).
Here are a few products recommended by our design experts to cultivate the feeling of Hygge: coziness, comfort, and brightness that are particularly Scandinavian.
• Upholstered and sheltered interior
• Upright or reclining position
• Storage compartments and tray tables
• Modular / custom configurations
• Lightweight aluminum frame
• Natural fabric tones
Prolific Danish designer for many luxury outdoor furniture brands including Houe, which he founded in 2007. His furniture designs are characterized by elegance, exquisite materials, and formal clarity.
Quote: "For me, design must have a meaning. The shape, color, and choice of materials have to complement each individual design. Good design is functional, beautiful, and easy to understand."
Like many popular furniture styles today, modern Scandinavian style furniture traces its roots back to the German Bauhaus design school of the 1920’s. With its embrace of simple unadorned forms, modern material usage, and pro-democratic affordable mass production techniques, Bauhaus principles led directly to an explosion of novel furniture innovations including the cantilever chair, egg chair, bent plywood seats, molded plastic shells, and countless other design icons.
Though they all had a similar design language, modern furniture designers from different areas of the world took their workrooms in different directions. While Scandinavian furniture resembles American Mid-Century Modern furniture in many ways, there are a few unique visual differences and production ethics and techniques which has made the Scandinavian style a major influence in luxury outdoor furniture in particular.
Curran proudly offers the outdoor furniture catalogs of designers based in Scandinavian countries such as Houe (Denmark), Skargaarden (Sweden), as well as collections with a distinct Scandinavian influence from more eclectic manufacturers like Gloster and DEDON.
In a general sense, Scandinavian outdoor furniture has a few core features:
A compelling eco-story. Houe, for example, converts Danish household plastic waste into its ergonomically-contoured plastic shell chairs such as Nami. Gloster and DEDON make use of sustainably farmed teak in Indonesia.
A practical democratic ethic. Frames and feet are typically sculptural, skinny, and Minimalist. Seats are often contoured for comfort but otherwise simple and unadorned.
Built to last in cold, rainy weather. Organic elements such as teak or bamboo are paired with modern building materials like steel, powder-coated aluminum, and plastic. Durable high-performance materials allow for much reduced material waste.
A light airy mood. Scandinavia in winter can be a bright, if somewhat sterile place. The Scandinavian style tries to cultivate a feeling of hygge: good-natured coziness, as well as reflect the stark beauty of the surrounding natural environment.