I’ve written four books about Nordic culture, but even as a Dane myself, the ever-evolving tenets of Scandinavian design never fail to amaze me. We Scandinavians are famous for our minimalism and utilitarianism—whether through elevated furniture design or democratic bike-happy fashion—but the source of our sublime aesthetic, I believe, lies in our social systems. The security afforded by the Danish welfare state paves the way for an emphasis on quality, venerating slow living instead of rapid construction and financial gain.
Look Inside Dorothea Gundtoft's Week Spent Sitting Front Row at Copenhagen's Fashion Shows
As the profile of the international fashion week rises, one native Dane takes CULTURED along to the runways.