Skandium is owned by three Scandinavians living in London who could not find, wherever they travelled world wide, a shop specifically dedicated to Scandinavian design and its heritage.
They decided to bring the new, innovative ideas pouring out of Scandinavia together with older well established design icons and created Skandium. Today the company has four shops under the Skandium brand and three Marimekko shops.
Magnus Englund (Managing Director) is Swedish with a background in fashion wholesale and retailing, and works as a freelance writer when time allows. Chrystina Schmidt (Marketing Director) is Finnish and worked as a fashion and life style photographer for over ten years.Christopher Seidenfaden (Finance Director) is Danish with a background in business journalism and finances. His family built up the Danish lighting manufacturer Louis Poulsen, famous for the PH lamps.
The first Skandium shop opened in September 1999 on Wigmore Street in central London. It is a complete lifestyle presentation retailing furniture, lighting, glassware, ceramics, textiles, kitchenware, books and magazines. Skandium has also developed a relationship with architects, interior designers and contractors by delivering all types of products to small and large projects. We further offer a very popular wedding list service.
In 2001 we were invited to open a large shop at the department store Selfridges in central London. Since then, we have also opened Skandium shops at Selfridges in Manchester and Birmingham. Since 2002 we are the UK agent for the Finnish textile brand Marimekko and we now operate a standalone Marimekko shop in London together with shops at Selfridges in London and Birmingham. In 2003, Skandium employed 27 members of staff.
Skandium works with all major Scandinavian manufacturers of quality interior design goods: Arabia, Artek, Asplund, Boda Nova, Carl Hansen, Cbi, David Design, Erik Jorgensen, Eva Solo, Fritz Hansen, Georg Jensen, Hackman, IForm, iittala, Lammhults, Le Klint, Louis Poulsen, Orrefors, Rosendahl, Rorstrand, Skultuna, Stelton, Tonfisk, Vola, Woodnotes and many more. We also sell goods manufactured by Knoll and Vitra.
Classic objects from world renowned designers including Alvar Aalto, Poul Kjaerholm, Hans Wegner, Poul Henningsen, Arne Jacobsen an many more are to be found in our stores together with the latest products from a new generation of Scandinavian stars, such as Bjorn Dahlstrom, Thomas Sandell, Harri Koskinen, Ingegerd Raman, Ritva Puotila, Pia WallÂ»n and the trio Claesson, Koivisto & Rune. The selection shows how modernism has travelled through time and reached present day.
The products coming out of Scandinavia today are well made and ergonomically sound yet equally beautiful, witty and colourful. It might be that today's Scandinavian design products will become collectors items some time in the future; today they are just beautiful and practical objects to own and use.