Wood derivative Scandinavian furniture
If Nordic design could be summed up in few examples of furniture, the emblematic Scandinavian sideboard would be one of them.
The key material used in the production of Scandinavian furniture continues to be wood, which during the 20th Century was worked in several ways in order to create wood-basedderivatives.
Prior to this progress in wood-working, there were no major changes in the design and manufacture of wooden furniture.
Right up to the end of the 19th Century, experienced craftsmen alone worked the wood in an entirely artisanal manner.
During The Glorious Thirty years following the Second World War, the production and distribution system evolved.
Wood products such as the Scandinavian sideboard were till then made of solid wood, without bending, and in small quantities.
However, the expansion in housing led to a pressing need for inexpensive furniture.
It was necessary to standardise production of already available pieces of Scandinavian furniture, and manufacture them in ever greater numbers.
Wood remained the key material during this expansion in furniture, but derivatives had to be found so that these pieces could be manufactured on an industrial scale more easily.
The various forms of Scandinavian furniture
At the beginning of the century, major companies such as Thonet worked on the steam bending of wood, but the real revolution was the invention of wood particle board and wood veneer.
These techniques were to be extensively used in the production of large pieces of furniture such as the Scandinavian sideboard.
The industry could rapidly meet the massive demand for furniture now that these plywood, blockboard or laminated (wood strip) panels were available.
These techniques were already presented at the Paris Trade Fair in 1950, and were universally applauded.
Through the 1950s to the 1970s laminated and melamine panels were the most sought-after materials for Scandinavian furniture makers, especially for the sideboard.
Designers had considerable freedom to imagine new shapes and colours during these decades, to our great delight, as they laid the foundations of our vintage design.