Competition: win a book exploring the functionality of Nordic design

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Designs by Hans Wegner feature in The Red Thread. Image courtesy of Erik Jørgensen

Competition: win a book exploring the simplicity and functionality of Nordic design

Dezeen has teamed up with Oak Publishing and Phaidon to give away five copies of The Red Thread: Nordic Design – a comprehensive look at objects designed "for a practical lifestyle" from Scandinavia and Finland.

The Red Thread: Nordic Design offers a comprehensive look at 200 objects designed in Sweden, Norway and Denmark

The book showcases the diversity of past and present Nordic design through more than 200 objects, from furniture and homeware, to textiles and ornaments.

It contains 250 colour illustrations, and every object has its own full-page spread to allow readers to "truly appreciate the beauty of each item".

Dezeen is giving away five copies of The Red Thread: Nordic Design by Oak Publishing
The book showcases the diversity of past and present Nordic design through more than 200 objects, from furniture and homeware, to textiles and ornaments. Image courtesy of GUBI

The book is organised into three chapters, Design to Improve Life, Design to Improve Spaces, and Design to Improve Relationships.

Featured designs include furniture from iconic figures like Arne Jacobsen and Verner Panton, as well as creations from contemporary designers like Ingegerd Råman and Andreas Engesvik. Similarly, historic brands like Marimekko sit alongside new companies like IKEA.

Dezeen is giving away five copies of The Red Thread: Nordic Design by Oak Publishing
Arne Jacobsen's 1950s Egg chair is one of the most iconic designs to feature in The Red Thread. Image courtesy of Fritz Hansen A/S

Notable additions include a washing-up bowl by Ole Jensen, which was designed to counteract the hardness and inflexibility of traditional sinks, and Alvar Aalto's Stool 60 for Artek, which became one of his bestselling designs.

Dezeen is giving away five copies of The Red Thread: Nordic Design by Oak Publishing
Also included is Alvar Aalto's Stool 60 for Artek, which became one of his bestselling designs. Image courtesy of Artek

The Red Thread is authored by independent Copenhagen-based publisher Oak Publishing, which also produces the biannual Oak – the Nordic Journal, "a celebration of inspiring talent and Nordic culture."

The book's title is a translation of the Swedish phrase "den röda tråden", which is a metaphor for the essence of a story or the starting point for an idea. This resulted in a clothbound book with red stitching across the cover.

Dezeen is giving away five copies of The Red Thread: Nordic Design by Oak Publishing
This Washing-up Bowl and Brush by Danish designer Ole Jensen exemplifies the book's display of practical, everyday objects. Image courtesy of Normann Copenhagen

The Red Thread is published by Phaidon and can be purchased online for £49.95. It is the latest addition to Phaidon's growing collection of international design surveys including Wa: The Essence of Japanese Design, and Sar: The Essence of Indian Design.

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Dezeen is giving away five copies of The Red Thread: Nordic Design by Oak Publishing
This Rang Side Table by StokkeAustad for Tonning & Stryn is one of the objects featured in the book. Picture credit: StokkeAustad
Dezeen is giving away five copies of The Red Thread: Nordic Design by Oak Publishing
This 1968 Louis Poulsen Flower Pot pendant is one of the objects featured in the book
Dezeen is giving away five copies of The Red Thread: Nordic Design by Oak Publishing
Dezeen is giving away five copies of The Red Thread: Nordic Design by Oak Publishing