Friluftsliv, the natural trend that comes from the North

It is still Northern Europe that defines the trend of the moment for home furnishing. After the sociability and “well-being” promoted by the spirit fun and the meeting of cultures between the Rising Sun and the Scandinavian peninsula that gave birth to japandi, comes the foutdoor life.

The correct pronunciation is “free-loves-liv”, in English. The hashtag #friluftsliv on Instagram already has over a million posts telling about the passion for spending time outdoors, without fear of cold or rain.

For the Nordic people it is a way to feel free, to breathe clean air away from the cities and to take a break from work and commitments. It is an ancestral passion, first defined in 1850 by the Norwegian playwright and poet Henrik Ibsen, who in his writings emphasized the spiritual and physical benefits of spending time in remote places.

For designers, outdoor life has become synonymous with “Nature at home”, of biophilic design, of interiors that slide into exteriors and vice versa. Architectures surrounded by greenery, but also organic materials, plants, large windows opening onto the landscape and flowery wallpapers are possible interpretations of this new trend.

Photo by Laura Fantacuzzi and Maxime Galati-Fourcade

Houses in connection with the environment

Clearly the outdoor life immediately makes you think of shelters and huts on the top of the mountains, overlooking the sea or in the heart of the forest, where it is easy to imagine releasing stress and finding yourself again.

Not just small solutions for a few days away from traffic, there are more and more people who choose to live permanently among meadows and pastures, like the owners of this former barn in the Alps transformed into a modern residence.

More plants for everyone

This house with a roof garden terrace in Paris is a successful example of outdoor life in the city. But, when the renovation isn’t drastic or space is more limited, you can opt for houseplants – also rare if you want to experiment – or tropical shrubs like this one house in a twentieth century mood in Madrid.

If your thumb isn’t green, go for foliage, forest, and tree wallpapers. The inspiration? This Milanese house with wallpaper like frescoes.

Natural materials

Whether they are interiors with a Mediterranean flavor, with rustic terracotta floors as in the countryside, or exotic villas a few steps from the ocean, there is the declination of outdoor life right for any latitude. Organic raw materials – such as wood, cork, cotton and linen – bring the outdoors into the house, as happens in thisBrazilian home full of handcrafted furnishings or in this ground floor apartment full of light just outside the center of Barcelona. In the gallery below, for 15 different interpretations of the friluftsliv trend.


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Source: Living by

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