In Denmark, the word hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) conjures up an abstract notion of coziness, harmony, intimacy, and togetherness. Danes live and die by this concept, and they’re consistently named some of the happiest people on earth. They’re also design fanatics, although hygge—said to originate from the archaic Norwegian word hugge, translating roughly to “hug”—is more of a feeling than an aesthetic. It connotes a relaxed, mindful, egalitarian lifestyle—made easier with glowing candlelight, a steaming mug, and a snug throw.
Hans Wegner “Papa Bear” chair and footstool designed in 1950, $15,000, 1stdibs.com
Himalayan Candles refillable 16-ounce mango wood spice candle in Woodsmoke, $44, Candlefish, candlefish.com
Waterworks .25 freestanding bathtub, $11,811, waterworks.com
Nathalie Lété Black Forest wallpaper, $625 per roll, Sugarboo & Co., sugarbooandco.com
Santa & Cole Maija pendant lamp by Ilmari Tapiovaara, $990, Switch Modern, switchmodern.com
Santa & Cole Cesta table lamp by Miguel Milá, $1,285, Switch Modern
Steele canvas and leather log carrier, $129, Rejuvenation, rejuvenation.com
Alicia Adams Alpaca ribbed hot water bottle, $125, shopgramercy.com
Charlotte Smith Studios hand-thrown porcelain mugs, $40–$50 each, Young Blood Boutique, youngbloodboutique.com
Acne Studios Lysa wool stone beige sweater, $420, acnestudios.com
Arteriors Emmett cocktail table in washed gray finish, $1,140, Bungalow Classic, bungalowclassic.com
This article appears in our Winter 2017 issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.