Scandi Style


Starrett Ringbom and Jennifer Mankins

We were so inspired by the Scandinavian style in the January issue’s “Northern Light” story that we asked two Swedish tastemakers for decor ideas. Jen Mankins (above right) owns Bird, a beloved chain of New York boutiques, and Starrett Zenko Ringbom (above left) is the media director for Bird. Lucky for us, they were happy to share.

1. This summer on a road trip along the west coast of Sweden, we came across a traditional Swedish ceramic factory, Höganäs Keramik, that makes salt-glazed pottery and stoneware, and you can find the new line of goods online. -Jen
Höganäs Keramik Serving Jug,

2.  I collect vintage Iittala Festivo candle holders, and I also love their glassware in the Ultima Thule pattern. -Starrett
Ultima Thule Rocks Glass,

3. Kosta Boda glassware comes in many colors so you can mix and match.  -Starrett
Kosta Boda Glass Side Plate,

4. One of my favorite Swedish designers is Carl Malmsten. I have a few glass vases and wooden candle holders, but am pining for a sofa or an armchair. -Jen
Oskar Chair,

5. The best and most useful Swedish design products ever are sheepskins. Technically they weren’t invented in Sweden, but the ones from Gotland (the Swedish island in the Baltic sea) are the best in the world. -Jen
Huset Gotland Sheepskin,


6. Jen and I both have Josef Frank wallpaper, throw pillows, and plywood trays. -Starrett
Wallpaper Vårklockor,

7. I love Royal Copenhagen china — I like to mix the traditional and newer, more modern patterns together. -Starrett
Royal Copenhagen Contrast Mugs,

8. Höganäs Keramik Bowl with Handles,

9. My husband and I have a lot of furniture that is manufactured by Danish design company Fritz Hansen. Our dining chairs are the lacquered ash Series 7 chairs in all different colors. -Jen
Fritz Hansen Series 7 Chairs by Arne Jacobsen,

(photo by Jessica Antola)

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