The Skandium Story
We are the leading company in the UK supplying modern contemporary Scandinavian lifestyle products for the home, outdoor, soft contract and hospitality markets.
Skandium was founded in London in 1999 by three Scandinavians with the aim of being the best retailer of Scandinavian design & furniture in the world. They immediately gained a loyal following by giving customers a wide product choice while being served by knowledgeable staff in a well-presented environment. The family of stores now consists of three Skandium stores and a Republic of Fritz Hansen store. Skandium now has a thriving online store as well offering a wide range of products not available in its stores. Skandium also acts as agent for a number of Scandinavian brands and wholesales products to other retailers in the UK. Finally, Skandium provides a contract sales service for commercial projects and interior design for private clients.
Skandium is exclusive agent in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland for the brands Marimekko, Skagerak and Woodnotes.
About the founders: Magnus Englund is Swedish with a background in fashion wholesale and retailing. He's the author of two best-selling books on Scandinavian design. Christina Schmidt is Finnish and previously worked as a fashion and lifestyle photographer through her own studio. She is a product designer and interior designer as well as art consultant, advising on art for clients to all budgets. Together Magnus and Christina co-authored the bestselling Scandinavian Modern.
Christopher Seidenfaden is Danish with a background in business journalism and finance. His family built the Danish lighting manufacturer Louis Poulsen, famous for the PH lamps.
Skandium employs 50 talented staff in the shops, warehouse and office.
The first Skandium store opened on the 15th September 1999 at 72 Wigmore Street, London W1
From left to right: founders Christopher Seidenfaden, Christina Schmidt and Magnus Englund in 1999