What inspires the partners at Skandium? If you’re curious, get to know Rasmus Warnke Nørregaard in this short interview. He shares where he gets his interior design ideas, and his favourite pieces available from Skandium.
Where do you find your inspiration for interior design?
I am totally in love with furniture and design and I think about it all the time. I enjoy going to flea markets to find old design books and auction catalogues. One of my favourite things to do is to make a good cup of coffee and peruse a big pile of auction catalogues. I also spend a lot of time on Instagram, where I find inspiration about new colours and how to mix things up to create a perfect space.
What do you like to listen to on a Sunday afternoon at home?
I listen to podcasts about almost everything. It calms me down to listen to people telling stories. I also listen to a lot of music, but with four kids, it is not always my decision what to listen to. But I like listening to music from upcoming young artists, as it keeps me motivated and looking forward.
Do you have any tips for buying furniture and freshening up a space?
I always buy furniture that I can hand down to the next generation. I like the idea of buying good craftsmanship that will last for the years to come. Scandinavian furniture combines excellent quality and timeless design. “Buy the classics” I always tell people. There will already have been so much written about these designs, so your fascination with them will last forever. And if you lose interest, you can re-sell the furniture and, in many cases, you will receive more than you spent.
My best advice to freshen up your space quickly is to buy plants. It is fantastic what plants can do for a room.
What does “Scandinavian design” mean to you, and what are the most “Scandi” places in London?
We are opening our new showroom in Shoreditch very soon, and I hope to make that the most “Scandi” place in London. I can’t wait to show it to our customers.
Scandinavian design for me is all about good craftsmanship and beautiful design. You can sum it up in a couple of keywords: “simplicity” and “less is more”.
I enjoy spending time at Hoi Polloi in Shoreditch. Somehow, they have succeeded in combining an international hotel feeling with Scandinavian vibes — it’s one of my favourite places to work, eat and relax.
And finally, what are your top 5 favourite pieces from Skandium? What makes them so amazing?
Arka Lounge Chair by Swedish Yngve Ekström. It’s elegant and simple, with beautiful proportions. I have one myself, and I want one more.
PK 33 by Poul Kjærholm is a Danish classic which has been on my wish list for many years. It’s just beautiful.
Poul Henningsen PH Snowball lamp is one of my favourite lamps. Just looking at it puts me in a good mood.
One of the most underrated office chairs is the KEVI 2534U Swivel Chair. It was part of my childhood, and I am still in love with this chair.
The Spanish Chair by Børge Mogensen is fantastic.