Claire Walsh, Stylus (UK)
Claire Walsh is a London-based editor at Stylus.com. She writes about lifestyle, design and travel, and her work has appeared in Elle Decoration, and online magazine SignhtUnseen.com. She is the author of the Wallpaper City Guide to Helsinki (Phaidon, 2010), and Interior of London Style(Editions de Paris, 2011). My selection encompasses the clean lines and unfussy silhouettes that Scandinavian design is famed for, but bucks the trend by including a few forms that are textural and jarring. Iconic mid-century designers those that put Scandinavia initially on the design map would temper rational forms, with a one-off piece, say hand-woven textiles, or a hand thrown-pot. The idea was to mix the ingenuity of mass production with the marvel of hand-made. These pieces prove that Scandinavian design is still exploring both routes with the same rigour and they can sit side-by-side in the home. It's a case of Swedish "Simplicity".