Design Gallerist presents a cozy danish concept and why we should all embrace the Danish art of ‘hygge’.
If you’re reading this in a comfortable chair, surrounded by tasteful soft furnishings and perhaps even a candle or two, that sense of coziness you’re feeling might just be hygge.
But this particular export is a concept. Roughly described as a feeling of cozy contentment, tips on how to achieve a sense of hygge fill lifestyle and fashion magazines. As is often the case with lifestyle concepts, an older cultural practice has been commodified.
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Real hygge can happen anywhere: in Denmark or somewhere else, alone or in the company, indoors or outdoors, with or without candles, hand-knitted socks and stylish furniture.
Hygge is also hitting the lifestyle supplements at a time when the idea of Denmark as the world’s happiest nation lingers in the collective imagination.
And while hygge is often defined in such gorgeously designed books as enjoying the simple, homemade, handcrafted things in life.
In fiction as in real life, then, hygge is the perfect foil for unspeakable crimes – and the perfect antidote to “uhyggelige” times.
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