Monday, 3 December 2012


For as long as I can remember, Helensburgh has been home to The Scandinavian Shop.  Or Scanders as it was affectionately known when I was at school.   A little while ago now, the owner retired and the shop was taken over by a friend of mine from my college days.  I was delighted - both to know that the shop would continue to be part of the Helensburgh shopping scene, and also that it was to be run by someone I consider to have such a good eye for quality and design.  

So, it was with huge pleasure that I undertook some photography work for her website.  The shop has always been my go-to place for special gifts with a difference, and I've been known to treat myself from there occasionally too.   

"Characterised by simplicity of design, minimalism and functionality, the movement in Scandinavian design continues to impress many devotees with its appealing and accessible style. The Scandinavian Shop has been bringing a unique blend of iconic Nordic brands and more unusual contemporary offerings to its customers in the Scottish town of Helensburgh since the early 1970s. We now ask you to share in our enthusiasm for the best of Scandinavian style by inviting you to browse our carefully selected range of original gifts and practical home accessories. Here you will find beautifully crafted mouth blown glass from Orrefors Kosta Boda, highly desirable rubber boots from Ilse Jacobsen, sleek and innovative household objects from Menu, Eva Solo and Sagaform, alongside the best in candles from Broste and irresistible traditional toys from Maileg. Occasionally we stock items from other countries too, often because there is a Scandinavian influence, but sometimes just because they sit happily on our shelves! Choosing gifts for The Scandinavian Shop is always fun and constantly inspiring, we hope that your visit will be equally rewarding."

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