[ book ] Hygge: A Celebration of Simple Pleasures

January 14, 2017

Hygge: A Celebration of Simple Pleasures 
Charlotte Abrahams 

Rating: 3 / 5

British design journalist Charlotte Abrahams is the latest to jump on board the ‘Hygge’ train with her new book Hygge: A Celebration of Simple Pleasures.


Essentially the new ‘mindfulness’, hygge (pronounced ‘hoo-ga’) is a ‘Norwegian word for “wellbeing” and is believed to be loosely connected to the English word “hug”, an obsolete meaning of which is, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, to cherish oneself; to make oneself snug,’ writes Abrahams.


Other tangible hygge is candlelight, the smell of freshly brewed coffee and dinner with close friends. Abrahams explores hygge’s role in Danish culture, and what it feasibly offers her, as well as us in the West. A little book with a bold design, Hygge is equal parts history book, design catalogue and memoir.



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