Photo by Salt Water New England

Thursday, June 18, 2020

In Praise of Scandinavian Design

A Sweden 34 - Photos by Salt Water New England

A Sweden 34

A Sweden 34

A Sweden 34

A Sweden 34

A Sweden 34

Nautor's Swan(s)

Nautor's Swan


Nautor's Swan(s)


A Sweden 34

24 comments:

  1. Nothing quite so lovely as Nautor's Swans. Thanks for the handsome pictures.

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  2. Sheer perfection! Thank you so very much fir tge photos.

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  3. From a Landlubber: Striking Lady and of course, the dog.

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  4. Form follows function...,Form and function... it is all reflected in the lines of a Swan..., besides, they can really “burn asphalt” when driven right...

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  5. I have been in love with Nautor ever since their 38 hit the scene in the era of the one ton. Just gorgeous boats. Sadly my life these days is better suited to a sailing dinghy.

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    1. A lot of fun can be had in a sailing dinghy!

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  6. a really nice day to be out.

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  7. Wow. That is beautiful. What a perfect looking day, weather wise.
    Thank you.
    MaryAnne

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  8. Scandinavian design is great when it comes to boats. Not so much when it comes to furniture. No character.

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    1. Not sure I agree with this. We have a mix of legacy furniture (19th C) and mid-century modern (20th). The items blend well enough in our eyes, and often the MCM is more comfortable for extended sitting and reading.

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    2. Yet another anonymousJune 18, 2020 at 6:22 PM

      Have you been to an IKEA store recently? Thankfully, they don't sell boats! :)

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    3. Well I love Ekornes Stressless chairs. I think they are nice looking and amazingly comfortable, way more comfortable than a V berth full of sail bags on a Swan!

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    4. Tim, I'm not familiar the stressless models, but with others by them. Good looking and very comfortable. For me (I'm Anonymous 5:21 pm), they're almost too comfortable to read in; I end up practically horizontal with a stiff neck.

      For reading, my choices are EITHER a Poang (with leather cushions) from [gasp!] IKEA — or my standard Windsor which has as much cushioning as a couple layers of stain and varnish provide.

      But not to thread-jack — the Scandi boats shown here are definintely neat looking, but I have no personal experience of how well they handle or how good they are for gunkholing around.

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    5. Well, maybe great chairs for reading and for relaxation and mixing different furniture styles are good topics in their own right! The boats the Finnish build at Nautor are functional art, impeccably crafted, gorgeous moored in a still bay, and happy plowing through heavy weather.

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  9. Beautiful teak decks. I am not familiar with this brand but what a lovely feast for the eyes! Such elegant lines-thank you for sharing!

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  10. I believe the Finnish employees of Nautor would object to being called Scandinavian. While Finland was for a time part of the Kingdom of Sweden, the country is very much not linguistically or ethnically akin to their western neighbors. Maybe "nordic" is the better term.

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  11. Strange timing for praising the Nordics but you do you

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    1. Wow... didn't in the slightest way think about going "there". I meant in the way that the Olympics term the combined events of cross-country skiing and ski jumping as "Nordic Combined", disciplines in which the Scandinavian nations are Finland have historically dominated.

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  12. I wonder which part of Swan is Swedish? They are Finnish and we’re designed by S&S or Ron Holland . BTW if there is a nicer gentleman in the Yacht business then Ron Holland I have yet to meet them. He has lived in Vancouver for the last little while and has a red hulled Coronado 25 that somebody gave him.

    David J Cooper

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    1. Glad someone pointed out that Swans are not Scandinavian designs. as for truly nice people, you can find few nicer than Swan's American representative, Peter McCloskey, featured in this essay with more pictures of beautiful Swan yachts in Maine.
      https://www.lymanmorse.com/april-dispatches-guide-to-cruising-maine-swans-servicing-outboards/

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    2. I did get a couple of things wrong in my post. First, I thought the heading was Swedish Design not Scandanavian. Second, after Nautor moved on from Sparkman and Stephens it was Germán Frers not Ron Holland. My bad.

      The design of these boats were always rooted in the Olin Stephens design garden. So what you refer to as Scandinavian design is actually NYC design.


      David J Cooper

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  13. ...and all this is why if I comment, sheep become farm animals, lupine become flowers, winter becomes season, squash becomes garden harvest...and so it goes.

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