Fire Gallery: Bringing Hygge Home
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Hygge is... well, what is hygge exactly? Fire Gallery's Jasemin Fetton unwraps it for us this month...
Translating meaning from one language to another is sometimes not straightforward, or even possible, hence why we use words such as “Zeitgeist” and “Schadenfreude…”
But “hygge” is everywhere these days: there is the Hygge Café in Berlin serving beetroot avocado sandwiches, the interior design boutique “Hyggelig” in France and of course, our very own Morsø Firegallery in the heart of Surrey, making sure you get your dose of hygge when you sit in front of one of their Danish stoves.
According to Tove Maren Stakkestad, “hygge was never meant to be translated, it was meant to be felt.”
Amongst other things, hygge has been described as a recipe for happiness, cosiness, quality time and taking pleasure in the ordinary every day.
Looking around, we do not seem to have time to make every day things more meaningful; we are busy commuting and paying bills instead of enjoying our children, family and friends. It may not come as a surprise to you that whilst the UK is the 5th largest national economy, we are actually ranked 23 on the World Happiness Report which is commissioned by the UN to get a proper measure of social progress. The UK is behind countries such as Iceland, Isreal, Puerto Rico and Mexico, to name just a few of the 22 who are happier than us.
How do the Danes fare in the ranking of the Happiness Report? Number one. Why? Hygge.
So, the heart-warming lesson from Denmark is that money is not everything, but getting families and friends together for a meal is. Lighting candles and putting your MORSO stove on is. Helping your 10 year-old to build his LEGO Star Wars Millenium Falcon is.
Londoner Helen Russell ended up living in Denmark’s rural Jutland and discovered that Denmark is indeed the happiest place on earth. In her book, “The year of living Danishly,” (published by Icon books) Helen uncovers the formula for Danish happiness. In his book, “The little book of Hygge,” (published by Penguin Life) Meik Wiking explains that hygge is about atmosphere and experiences rather than about things.
The Danes are obsessed with fire, be it candles, lamps or wood burning stoves – fire and light is essential to get that hygge feeling of being warm, cosy and relaxed.
The nice bunch of people at the Fire Gallery in Surrey could not agree more. Their aim is to help people to create hygge in their homes as this is what really counts in life, taking some time out to create happy memories in front of a lovely wood burning stove.
Let us help you stoke up hygge in your home. Glaedelig jul*!
*the first 10 readers to e-mail Firegallery what the English translation of hygge is will get a box of free flamers and kindling to get the fire going in their home. firstname.lastname@example.org