On top of all the things that the Danish are great at (including – but not limited to – pastries, fairy tales and education), they also have a word that accurately describes the feeling all of us long for in winter…

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Have you ever sat inside on a cold and rainy day, wrapped up in a blanket in front of the fire with cup of tea or hot toddy in hand? That’s what ‘hygge’ means.

Pronounced ‘hoo-gah’, it is derived from the Norweigan word for well-being, and first appeared in Danish writing in the 19th Century. Since then, it has become part of normal Danish culture; with up to 17 hours of darkness per day during winter times, and average temperatures of 0 degrees celsius, I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that getting cosy inside is a much preferable option to being outside and open to the elements.

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Both VITA Copenhagen and Lexington Company incorporate the concept of hygge within their product ranges.

Light is key to creating the cosy atmosphere that hygge inspires. At VITA the designers have ensured that all of their lights produce a warm glow. The most recent launch, the Acorn light, includes a filament bulb encased in glass that casts a soft light across the room; perfect for creating a cosy setting. Whilst the feathered EOS light, made from natural goose feathers, creates a sense of opulence and warmth.

At Lexington Company, hygge has been combined with the Swedish term ‘lagom’ (meaning everything in moderation) to create seasonal ranges that are refined in style, whilst also creating a relaxed living style with a New England aesthetic. Superior craftsmanship runs through all of the collections with luxurious textures creating a sense of warmth, perfect for fireside living, both inside in winter, and on the beach in the summer.

To find out more, visit VITA Copenhagen and Lexington Company at their respective websites.

Thin Checked Throw £125, Soft Beadspread from £189, TicklingStripe Sham £39, Mug £12.50, Flag Sham £55, Checked Sham £49 www.LexingtonCompany.com