Monday, 11 September 2017
'Just Right; not too little, not too much.' A simple translation of 'Lagom' the Scandinavian buzzword of the moment.
Considering its minimalist nuances, this basic principle of balance can be easily applied to interior design by adopting a mindful approach to quality over quantity and opposing unnecessary fussy or elaborate design. Although this may be typical of the quintessential Scandinavian aesthetic, Lagom itself is considered more of a lifestyle philosophy amongst the Swedes with an emphasis on environmental sustainability and simplicity.
Renowned Swedish brand IKEA began touching on its essence in 2014 with 'Live Lagom,' a project designed to help people live more sustainably, with the notion of only taking from the planet what they need.
As Pictured Above: The Calligaris Kork Collection as featured in our showroom, made from natural, renewable and eco-friendly Cork.
Advocating various energy saving methods, the project recommends switching to LED bulbs which can last up to 25 years longer than conventional lighting and use up to 85% less energy. Translating minimalism to economic living can also include monitoring food wastage by batch cooking food for freezing or even placing a timer in the bathroom to restrict time spent in the shower and water usage.
Frequently voted as one of the happiest countries in the world, Lagom may be a Swedish concept worth adopting.
Life's influences act as a subtle reminder of how implementing small everyday changes in the home can have a bigger impact on our overall well-being and quality of life. Integrating these healthy habits will not only help to minimise our energy outgoings by up to 50% but also maximise our time through a more or balanced, organised self.