House Tour Camilla Bisgaard Vendelbo // c_b_vendelbo "Experiment and stillness"
Camilla Bisgaard Vendelbo, who shares her inspirational Scandi interiors as c_b_vendelb, offers us an insider’s insight into the look. "I think it's incredibly important not just to 'copy and paste'," she explains. "Take inspiration from what you encounter instead – enjoy choosing what to buy based on your own style, not just because other people like it.”
When it comes to practical pointers, Camilla has a few favourites to share: "I generally have a weakness for lamps by Arne Jacobsen and Louis Poulsen’srange," says the design enthusiast. “They’re typically Scandinavian, with great classic style and yet absolutely modern.”
The power of muted colours and inspiration from nature
Scandinavian design has become a byword for minimalist style. Well established as the pinnacle of sleek, understated interior design, the Nordic tradition perfectly showcases the quiet power of muted colours and inspiration from nature. Forms drawn from a long design history draw upon the textures, materials, colours and shapes of the Scandinavian landscape: perfect for bringing cool, calm and collected style to chaotic or cluttered spaces.
Scandinavian Design Classics
Start your own style revolution with inspiration from akey lighting piece, or finish off your minimalist overhaul with a stunning statement designer piece. Seek out sleek curves and statement shapes in the Northern collection, or bring a classic design icon into your home from Louis Poulsen. Go beyond High Street imitations with the Scandinavian designer collection: intricate details, attention to detail and precision engineering exude a sense of style and substance.
Get the Look – Design Classics by Louis Poulsen
Designer floor lamp 'VL38'
The Danish architect Vilhelm Lauritzen (1894-1984) designed the floor lamp 'VL38' for his project with the broadcasting house “Radiohuset". Ever since, the "VL38" has become a classic in Scandinavian lighting design.
The Panthella table lamp was designed by Verner Panton (1926-1998), a Scandinavian designer, who, unlike many of his contemporaries, didn’t shy away from experimenting with bold colours and materials in his creations.
Camilla has two overarching words of advice for budding design enthusiasts seeking to steal the Scandi style: ‘experiment’ and ‘stillness’. “Experiment with your interiors and make changes whenever you feel like,” she explains. “You can’t say that an interior space is ever fixed and finished.”
And as a mum of four, she still manages to live by the tenet of calm, cool consideration that is so central to the design style. “It’s about making home restful and calming. It’s even more important if everyday life is hectic and noisy – home should be a restful retreat as much as possible, and interior design is a powerful tool to make it feel calmer.”