How Scandinavian design influenced THIS CA designer

Not many know this, but Scandinavian design is the backbone of California design. Straight lines, white materials, modern style, and light colors and wood tones. The design evokes a form follows function, and includes stark contrasts of white and light palette with pops of black. Free for ergonomic chairs, and materials inspired by nature are all believes and design philosophy that I innately follow. In design school I was drawn to the French version of interior design and on occasion they had this style featured and I would ALWAYS stop and stare. California style design is all about similar philosophy, organic, clean line, white's, linens, and sun bleached finishes. White subway tiles have filled all the homes from new construction to remodels. 

I wonder if there is something connected with ancestral roots and subconscious style, because I am so influenced and inspired by Scandinavian design and I have never set foot in Scandinavia. I have yet to Ancestry.com, but I know my ancestors are Northern Europeans. 

But I remember in Design School at Interior Designers Institute in Newport Beach, I was first introduced to my first modern furniture design and I fell in love. The teachers also were big fans and I have a book full of modern chairs in history. You will see two of them in the pictures below. 

Below you will see a whole sample of Scandinavian design pictures to awe and inspire you, and then there is a video to view. You can see some similarities and influences of style in this most recent project on Neighborly Coffee. 

 You can see the white tile back splash, it's square in Europe, but rectangular in California. 

You can see the white tile back splash, it's square in Europe, but rectangular in California. 

 Clean line square arm sofa with bleached out wood, and white, white, white.... pop black. 

Clean line square arm sofa with bleached out wood, and white, white, white.... pop black. 

 A California project with very sleek lines, white and natural tones, the floating fire oven makes you wonder which country you are in. 

A California project with very sleek lines, white and natural tones, the floating fire oven makes you wonder which country you are in. 

 Love, love, love. The Eero Saarinen Tulip Pedestal table (1955) is a classic! And these chairs are very similar to Charles & Ray Eames DAR 1948, the armless version were molded and made in Gardena California 1950-1953

Love, love, love. The Eero Saarinen Tulip Pedestal table (1955) is a classic! And these chairs are very similar to Charles & Ray Eames DAR 1948, the armless version were molded and made in Gardena California 1950-1953

The Charles & Ray Eames Dining Armchair Rod of 1948 was the culmination of earlier experiments in molded plywood, the revolutionary Plastic Shell Group of chairs was amonghst the very first unlined plastic seat furniture to be truly mass-produced. 

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This looks like a room I design all the time, the clean modern linen sofa and light natural wood with white all around is California style at it's best. - yet it's Scandinavian.

 I had this chair in my first apartment while in college! It is still my favorite super easy and comfy office chair. Panton 1959-1960

I had this chair in my first apartment while in college! It is still my favorite super easy and comfy office chair. Panton 1959-1960

Unlike Combo's No. 4860 and Zanuso and Sapper's child's chair, Panton's stacking chair was wholly unified. I was the first single-material, single-form injection-molded chair. Made for Herman Miller in Zeeland, Michigan form 1968 and reissued by Vitra Basle, from 1990 to present. 

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Neighborly Coffee

I've blogged about this project when I finished it, but I have created a fun video from it showing some installation shots, and the final space views! 

This historic farmhouse is repurposed to be a coffee shop on the Mariners Church San Juan Capistrano campus. A place for people to study, get together and enjoy coffee and community. In designing this space we wanted to incorporate the building's history but also create a fresh modern space. We drew off of Scandinavian designs and kept everything light and bright.  A whole wall of white subway tiles behind the counter, white quartz countertop, and light bleached wood on the face of the counter. The existing grey walls worked perfectly and existing terracotta floors are traditional San Juan Capistrano style, tying in the historical element in the architecture. 

Furniture is from Starbucks consignment, Wayfair, Surya, and Target. Yes! We accomplished this crisp beautiful space on a very tight budget. It can be done if you're flexible. 

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