It’s been said that we Swedes are a nature-loving people. This is very noticeable when we decorate our homes for Christmas.
– Many use natural features like moss, spruce, hyacinths, amaryllis, straw dolls, oranges, apples and cinnamon sticks, says Anna-Lena Wigton of the flower shop Aveny Blommor.
For natural reasons, light is another important part of interior design at this time of the year. Not least the electric, 7-armed Advent Light. This is not surprising. Think darkness, a willingness to modernize, and a huge focus on safety. These were the contributing factors to the success of the electric Advent Light, which can be seen in almost every Swedish home during the festive season, and which was developed in the working class area of Landala, in Gothenburg, in 1934.
The Scandinavian design tradition, using natural materials and simple, clean lines, influences our Swedish Christmas decorations as well. A perfect example is the Advent Light ‘Julius’ from Krypton Form , designed by Jerker Andersson and produced in the small town of Tibro.
Eva at Krypton Form , where they sell the Advent Light Julius among other products, thinks the trend is an increased focus on sustainability. From taking their inspiration from Disney when choosing Christmas decorations in the late 90s, via a white and frosty period in the last few years, people are now increasingly moving away from plastic and glitter and replacing them with clean lines and natural materials, which have the added bonus of lasting longer. The Swedish design company SIA also told us that they use recycled plastic for their Christmas decorations, and that their products are allergy-friendly.
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