You may have recently heard the word ‘hygge’, the term that has been taking over every design and lifestyle blog in the sphere. Pronounced ‘hoo-ga’ or ‘hue-gah’, this originally Norwegian word became a Danish concept and way of living in the 18th century (that’s when it first appeared in the literature of the time). Hygge is not a physical being, but actually a sense of being.
It traverses both winter and summer but for the Scandiavians, the term really comes alive in the harsh and bracing winters. These murky and sometimes bleak times are when hygge comes into its own, as even in the depths of the country’s coldest months when there is very little daylight, Denmark’s inhabitants remain the world’s happiest people - it's all about a great frame of mind.
We have no literal translation in English making it almost impossible to pinpoint exactly what hygge means in a dictionary sense. Frequently described as a sense of ‘cosiness’ or ‘togetherness’, it is largely defined as more of a feeling or mood more than a specific word, a mental state rather than a physical one. Simple words like cosiness just don’t do it justice because it covers so many experiences - from stepping into a hot bath, lighting your favourite scented candle or just enjoying the smell of freshly brewed coffee are all examples. You can hygge with a greatbook curled up in your favourite chair with a blanket or hygge with friends around the dinner table, even places can be hyggeligt (hygge-like), demonstrating just how far the notion reaches.
Appreciating the small joys in life at all times, hygge followers have tapped into a source of happiness which the rest of the world can greatly benefit from in an ever-evolving technological society. Here are our ideas and inspiration to help translate that soft, cosy feeling into interiors.
Get that super cosy feeling through:
Great texture: Our sheepskin is the best quality and is perfect for the floor when you step out of bed or to throw over the sofa for some decadence.
Happy feet: Many of us will have surprised our partners with the touch of cold feet on their skin as we hop into bed. Keep your toes cosy with our handmade leather slippers - they are supple and highly padded and you'll never want to take them off.
Serve a Feast: Hygge is about gathering the people you love all around - let our tableware help your meal look like a fantastic feast. Our olive wood serving boards make food look fantastic, and their amazing makeup will see them last for years to come. Then pop the cork of a bottle of fizz and enjoy it in our elegant glasses.