Skandium is a British company founded in 1999 by three London based Scandinavians. Often credited for kick starting the revival for Scandinavian design in the UK, Skandium has always taken on an educational role through its stores, focusing on the designers behind the products and the heritage of the manufacturers. Besides retail, Skandium also does wholesale, contract sales and interior design. Representing a number of brands on the UK market – including iittala, Marimekko and Design House Stockholm – has helped the growth of Scandinavian design.
Starting off in London’s Wigmore Street, Skandium soon expanded into Selfridges where it still has a concession. When Howard de Walden – the landlord behind Marylebone – in 2004 decided to reinvent Marylebone High Street, Skandium was invited to move there, and in 2007 Skandium was asked to anchor Brompton Design District. The most recent development has been the launch of an expanding furniture collection sold exclusively through the Skandium stores, and an updated online store.
Magnus Englund (Managing Director) is Swedish with a background in fashion wholesale and retailing. He’s the author of two best-selling books on Scandinavian design. Chrystina Schmidt (Creative Director) is Finnish and previously worked as a fashion and life style photographer through her own studio. She is a product designer and interior designer as well as the creative leader of Skandium. Christopher Seidenfaden (Non-Executive Director) is Danish with a background in business journalism and finances. His family built up the Danish lighting manufacturer Louis Poulsen, famous for the PH lamps.