Scandinavian furniture became popular all over the world during the height of modernism in the postwar years. It was known for the honest approach to material, simplified forms, lines, and silhouettes, a balance of proportions, and the harmonious integration of structure and decoration. During the postwar period, Scandinavian furniture burst on to the international market and captured the popular imagination in a major way. It was thanks to the vogue for Scandinavian furniture, that the middle class consumer moved their taste away from the heavy, ornate furniture into Danish and Finnish design, with pieces that were light, elegantly simple lines, and with practical proportions. They came to shape millions homes, offices and public spaces in the US and the UK.