Book Review & Interview: Scandinavian Style at Home by Allan Torp

April 17, 2018 4


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Writing a book as a blogger is a special experience. When I heard that my long-time friend and Scandinavian design expert Allan Torp of was working on a book, I was pretty excited. I knew there is going to be lots of good Scandi design advice coming from this guy. And I was not wrong! His new book ‘Scandinavian Style at Home’ is like a handy encyclopedia of Scandinavian design for your home. On top of it, the book has kicked off in various languages already such as English, German and French.

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To give you a little insight into the book, I have decided to interview the author Allan Torp and ask him a few questions about Scandinavian design. And just as a little hint: At the end of this article I have a little giveaway for you. So read all your way to the end of the text. I promise it is worth it! Let’s roll!

Tell us in a few sentences the core idea of your book.
The book itself is a thorough room by room guide to achieving the Scandinavian style, with description on colours, favourite pieces and how you with easy steps can live like a real Scandinavian. Part of the book is also a whole genesis of this design phenomenon.

I am writing about design icons, must have solutions as well as different aspects of organizing your everyday spaces, I take the readers on a very pleasant and great illustrated journey through modern, Scandinavian homes.

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Scandinavian design has been discussed in many books until now. What sets your book apart from the others?
My book is not just another book with beautiful pictures, but it’s a room by room guide on how you can incorporate the Scandinavian style in your own home, almost like an encyclopedia. What to do and what not to do. For each room I have added some of my favorite design pieces that will go very well in that specific room.

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Does Scandinavian design always mean minimalistic, monochromatic living?
It sure did. In the 2000s it was all about minimalistic, monochromatic living, and while we still see a lot of white marble and light wooden furniture, then todays Scandinavian design style is a lot more about showing who you really are, adding heirlooms, green plants, fun items found on your travels – you want to create a home that your guests feel at home in, not a museum where no one dare to touch anything.

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Name three Scandinavian design favorites that you admire?
It is almost impossible to only name three. I am a big fan of both the designers of the past and many of the new faces. I am big fan of Danish/Italian duo GamFratesi, who have created so many great designs the past 5-10 years for brands liks Gubi, Royal Copenhagen, & Lightyears. I am also a huge fan of Chris L. Halstrøm, whos first commercial design, the Georg collection for Skagerak, got worldwide recognition.

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What is the next big thing coming from the Scandinavian design scene?
Introduction of colour. It’s been two decades of everything black and white, slowly we are seeing a new Scandinavian design style with a lot more colour – the super trendy is really going for the bolder colour while most are introducing a lot of earthy colours like browns and greens.

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Last but not least: As a Copenhagen local, give us some tips where we should go and enjoy Scandinavian design (and maybe good food and drinks?).
You probably seen the overpriced avocado sandwich on a white marble table at Aterlier September, a go to for many tourists. However, instead you should visit Frederik Bille Brahe new restaurant Kafeteria at the National Gallery of Denmark – it has everything you are asking for: great design, good food and drinks.

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Also worth a visit is Skagerak flag ship store not far from the Little Mermaid, it is a great scene of all their great designs and make sure to spot the hand painted wall paper by All The Way to Paris in the sunroom. Finally I highly recommend checking in to one of the new signature suites at the iconic Radisson Collection Royal Copenhagen, it doesn’t get more Scandinavian style than that, beautifully decorated rooms with great views of Copenhagen.

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I have good news for you guys! I am giving away one copy of Allan Torp’s ‘Scandinavian Style at Home’ in English (courtesy of Thames & Hudson publisher), one in German (courtesy of DVA publisher), and one in French (courtesy of Pyramyd publisher). Leave a comment under this blogpost and let me know which language you prefer. The giveaway is open until Friday, 20th April 2018. The giveaway is open worldwide. To double your chances join the giveaway on Instagram too! Good luck!

Photography by Igor Josifovic, author portrait via


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  • Reply B April 17, 2018 at 11:51

    Yay! What a great choice of pics and words (as always)…;)
    I’d adore this book, and I’d go for the English Version… Well, in case there are no volunteers for the French copy, I’d be more than happy to take it instead 🙂

  • Reply Lena April 17, 2018 at 11:58

    Hej Igor,
    Ich verfolge deinen Blog schon seit einem Jahr voller Spannung (meine Wohnung wird deiner immer ähnlicher 🙈) und freu mich, dass es jetzt auch etwas zu gewinnen gibt. Ich würde mich über die Deutsche Kopie freuen – finde das Buch sieht echt interessant und inspirierend aus 😌

    • Reply Igor April 17, 2018 at 12:01

      Oh lieben Dank Lena!!! Das freut mich aber! Und ich drücke die Daumen fürs Buch!

  • Reply Marie April 17, 2018 at 11:58

    Eine deutsche Ausgabe würde mich wahnsinnig freuen. Ich liebe Wohnbücher und dieses sieht wirklich toll aus…

  • Reply Tessa April 17, 2018 at 12:11

    Danke für die Erinnerung, mal wieder auf seinem Blog vorbeizuschauen! Bungalow5 habe ich jahrelang fleißig gelesen, ich weiß gar nicht, weshalb ich damit aufgehört habe – da hab ich einiges nachzuholen. 🙂 Allans Buch klingt auf jeden Fall großartig – die Sprache wäre mir dabei egal (zum einen wären die Bilder sicher allein schon aussagekräftig genug, aber zum anderen ich spreche alle 3 Sprachen, haha!).
    Liebe Grüße!

  • Reply Silvia April 17, 2018 at 13:26

    I really enjoyed the interview. I’m a huge fan of scandinavian design, so I am now soooooo curious about the book! I’d like to read it in english if I will be the lucky one.


  • Reply Codrut Turcanu April 17, 2018 at 13:39

    I like the English one, thank you! 😉

    Warm regards from Bucharest, Romania!

  • Reply Ishu April 17, 2018 at 13:49

    I like how the focus areas have been circled out and explained. Great. English please.

  • Reply Bea April 17, 2018 at 17:05

    With pleasure in French as I like thos Scandinavian Ideas since so long and I think that I could change some things at my place with this great book! Thank you for the idea. 😉

  • Reply Benoît April 17, 2018 at 17:07

    Quelle belles trouvailles tu nous offre chaque jour Igor, merci encore pour toute cette beauté que tu partages ! À très vite ! Benoît. 👍😊

  • Reply Les fleurs, c’est lui April 17, 2018 at 17:29

    Coucou Igor,

    Super bouquin! On prendrait bien la version en français!

    Merci, bonne journée fleurie 💚🌿

    Juan & Pascal
    Les fleurs, c’est lui

  • Reply Sofia Lima April 17, 2018 at 17:32

    English version! It would awesome to win such amazing book!

  • Reply Mette April 17, 2018 at 17:33

    If I can’t have it in danish – I’ll take the English version 🙂 … please.

  • Reply Dragana April 17, 2018 at 18:27

    The interview, the pictures, the whole article is great!
    Being a 4th year Interior and Furniture Design student, I would be more than happy to have the English version of the book as I believe it is a real guide for achieving the Scandinavian style at home.
    Warm greetings from Macedonia. 🙂

  • Reply Kathrin April 17, 2018 at 18:38

    Wir richten gerade unsere neue Wohnung ein und ein kleiner Helfer wäre daher super! Allen voran dass der skandinavische Stil eh unser Plan ist. Ich würde mich seeeehr über die deutsche Ausgabe freuen! Liebe Grüße, Kathrin

  • Reply Helena April 17, 2018 at 18:42

    I’d be super happy to get this in English. 😊❤️

  • Reply Mark April 17, 2018 at 19:04

    I worked in a Scandinavian furniture store way back in my late teens and early 20’s and loved every minute! I regret not buying more with my employee discount! English, please!

  • Reply Georgios Sarris April 17, 2018 at 19:17

    Hello !!! Je voudrais la version française !!
    The French version please!!

  • Reply Daniel April 17, 2018 at 20:27

    Hi Igor!

    I’m from New Zealand and would like the English copy if I win please!

    Thank you

    Cheers 😊

  • Reply Yona April 17, 2018 at 20:38

    Leute être en Français or even in English aber wenn nicht.. in Deutsch..

  • Reply James Moore April 17, 2018 at 21:01

    What a lovely book, English please!

  • Reply Al-ha April 17, 2018 at 21:05

    Hi!! The interview was interesting and i would like more insight on interior and home designing and the pictures in the book look so great. I’m from the Maldives and it would be lovely to infuse maldivian style with something so different such as a scandivian design to my home. Fingers crossed xx

  • Reply Al-ha April 17, 2018 at 21:06

    Alsooo, since I forgot to add, I’d love an englihs copy please! :))

  • Reply Jamie April 17, 2018 at 21:15

    I studied Scandinavian Design for my senior year of high school and fell inlove with its simplistic aesthetic. The nature of it leaves me feeling relaxed and satisfied as any home interior should. I would love to read this book, English is preferred!

    Love the article xo

  • Reply Jamie April 17, 2018 at 21:15

    What an interesting book this looks….if I’m lucky enough, I would like the English version.

  • Reply Filip April 17, 2018 at 21:57

    Love it! The English one for me, please 🙂

  • Reply Lorena April 17, 2018 at 23:08

    This is on my amazon wish list! Wouls love to have one in English. Best regards from Spain!

  • Reply Jared April 18, 2018 at 07:49

    Hi from Canada!! I would love to win an English copy! 😉

  • Reply Alex Michael April 18, 2018 at 08:03

    I loved this review & interview! I look forward to seeing and reading more! I love Scandinavian design! An English copy would do!
    Keep doing what you do!

  • Reply Natalia April 18, 2018 at 09:39

    Hey! Ich war soeben in Kopenhagen und das Design vieler Wohnungen hat mich sehr inspiriert meine eigenen vier Wände auch so einzurichten. Die deutsche Version wäre perfekt, allerdings gingen die anderen Versionen genauso gut.

  • Reply Rahel April 18, 2018 at 14:52

    Huhu Igor,

    Ohhh man, was ein wunderschönes Buch!
    Ich würde mich ziemlich über ein deutsches Exemplar freuen (haha, wenns das nicht mehr gibt nehm ichs natürlich auch in englisch)!
    Ich wünsch dir eine wunderschöne Woche, das Wetter stimmt ja schonmal und macht so gute Laune! 🙂

    Ganz liebe Grüße

  • Reply Kerstin April 19, 2018 at 07:29

    Lieber Igor,

    Ich freue mich darüber, dass in Skandinavien jetzt die Pflanzen und auch Farben einziehen, nur weiß und schwarz fand ich immer etwas uninspiriert! Deshalb würde ich mich sehr über das deutsche Buch freuen, denn die skandinavischen Wohnklassiker finde ich wunderschön und habe auch schon ein, zwei Schnäppchen bei Trödlern gemacht…

    Liebsten Gruß,
    Kerstin (schon meine Eltern waren Skandinavien-Fans 😀 )

  • Reply Irène April 19, 2018 at 14:48

    Bonjour Igor,

    J’adorerai avoir une version en français! Je viens d’emménager et je cherche des idées pour décorer mon nouvel appartement, le style scandinave et… avec beaucoup de plantes c’est ce que je recherche 🙂

  • Reply Leslie April 20, 2018 at 18:18

    Hey Igor. Do you ever get a visceral emotional reaction to beautifully designed, minimalist spaces? An internal lightness, almost a sense of relief? That’s what I felt when looking at the staging of your photos of Allan’s book. It was reminiscent of a similar feeling I had when visiting my uncle in Herlev, outside of Copenhagen, for the first time. I returned to California after that trip determined to create a sense of hygge in my own ramshackle California home. I still have a LONG way to go design-wise (and two Labrador Retrievers who try to thwart my beautification efforts), but your post gave me some much-needed inspiration. I have no doubt that Allan’s book (in English) will too. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Igor April 22, 2018 at 22:14

    The giveaway has closed now and three lucky winners were chosen randomly! Congrats to Bernadette, Nina and Georgios. You all received an email. And thanks to everyone else who joined in! Stay tuned, there will be more giveaways!!

  • Reply Tom Field May 25, 2018 at 09:05

    Allan makes a great point about how Scandi design has evolved, with more room for personal expression these days. I’ll be sure to check out the book and thanks for featuring this interesting interview.

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