Products and articles Nordic design seems to have proliferated this year due to the renewed interest in interior decorations as people spend most of their time at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Vlogger Laureen uy, the younger sister of celebrity stylist Liz uy, shared his “huge local home transport” last August, which included a gold tray, a black vase, and a Nordic-style basket.
Uy shared the store’s Instagram link, Nordic Home, which has 33,900 followers at the time of writing.
The store, based on the legend, sells “chic, Scandinavian and other unique home finds.”
Other YouTube vloggers have also featured Nordic design products in their respective routes such as “Queen Claire” or Claire Batacan and Angel Yeo.
Batacan shared that she bought a gold Nordic mirror while Yeo bought a brown and white Nordic chariot.
Both bought their items on the online shopping platform Lazada, which is currently holding a ‘Single’s Day Festival’, also known as 11.11.
A couple on Facebook also decided to share their bundle of home essentials and other decor items which included a Nordic-style flower vase from Shopee, another shopping platform.
The same design was also featured in a Facebook community dedicated to food enthusiasts and vendors, “Let’s Eat Pare. “
Nordic design, also known as Scandinavian design or aesthetic, originally from many Nordic countries in the mid-1950s such as Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland.
A website for home design and decorating noted that such an aesthetic is a “combination of beauty, simplicity, and functionality.”
“In a Scandinavian-designed room, you can expect bare wood floors and white painted brick walls that add a rough texture while maximizing the light entering through large windows,” The Spruce said in an explainer.
Examples of this aesthetic include “white walls, wood floors, modern furniture” and a “lack of clutter” in the house.
A digital lifestyle publication defines Scandinavian design as a “minimalist style using a blend of textures and soft hues to make a sleek and modern decor warm and inviting.”
“It emphasizes clean lines, utility, and simple furnishings that are functional, beautiful and comfortable,” MyDomaine said in an article.
Modern furniture, soft colors and warm woods are some of the aesthetics that evoke such a design.
Interest in beautifying houses
As people spend the majority of their time at home, particularly during the first months of the novel coronavirus pandemic, increased interest in interior designs and improving private spaces have become the norm.
One manifestation of this is when indoor gardening became popular among Filipinos, so much so that the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources issued a warning against purchasing plants considered exotic.
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Last September, the DENR noted the increase in traders scouring plants from mountains, forests and protected parks due to the high demand for plants from urban areas such as Metro Manila.
One such demand is linked to the sudden influx of houseplant enthusiasts in the middle of the quarantine season – affectionately referred to as “plantitos,” “plantitas” or “halamoms,” among others.
“Illegal collectors and collectors are celebrating because the market is bigger and the prices more attractive,” said Rogelio Demallete, specialist in ecosystems at the DENR-Bureau of Biodiversity Management.
“People are buying and raising plants because of the boredom of quarantine,” he added.