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Snøhetta Curates Nordic Design

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"Nordic Models + Common Ground: Art and Design Unfolded" recently opened at New York's Scandinavia House. Curated by Snøhetta, the Oslo-based architecture firm recently selected by SFMOMA to design their upcoming expansion, the exhibition culls a slew of contemporary works—architecture, product design, art, fashion, graphic design, and photography—by 35 emerging and established Scandinavian designers and artists. The range of work on view is compellingly varied, from Icelandic lamps made out of dried codfish to a Danish apartment building shaped like a mountain. Here's a sampling.

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  Carbon-fiber 'Spun Chair' by Mathias Bengtsson of Denmark, 2002. Photo by Jeppe Gudmundsen Holmgreen.
    Carbon-fiber 'Spun Chair' by Mathias Bengtsson of Denmark, 2002. Photo by Jeppe Gudmundsen Holmgreen.
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  'Lava Flower,' by Studiobility/Guðrún Lilja Gunnlaugsdóttir of Iceland, 2008, made of water-jet-cut volcanic lava.
    'Lava Flower,' by Studiobility/Guðrún Lilja Gunnlaugsdóttir of Iceland, 2008, made of water-jet-cut volcanic lava.
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  'Butterfly Disguise II' necklace, by Liv Blåvarp of Norway, 2009. Made of wenge, stained maple, ebony, and reindeer horn. Photo by Audbjørn Rønning.
    'Butterfly Disguise II' necklace, by Liv Blåvarp of Norway, 2009. Made of wenge, stained maple, ebony, and reindeer horn. Photo by Audbjørn Rønning.
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  'Kirnu,' Finland's 2010 Shanghai Expo Pavilion designed by JKMM. Photo by Derryck Menere.
    'Kirnu,' Finland's 2010 Shanghai Expo Pavilion designed by JKMM. Photo by Derryck Menere.
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  'Uggi Light,' made out of dried codfish by Fanney Antonsdóttir and Dögg Guðmundsdóttir of Iceland, 2001. Photo by Mona Møllebakken.
    'Uggi Light,' made out of dried codfish by Fanney Antonsdóttir and Dögg Guðmundsdóttir of Iceland, 2001. Photo by Mona Møllebakken.
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  'Powered by Nature,' Norway's 2010 Shanghai Expo Pavilion, designed by Helen and Hard. Photo by John E. Kroll.
    'Powered by Nature,' Norway's 2010 Shanghai Expo Pavilion, designed by Helen and Hard. Photo by John E. Kroll.
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  Night shot of daylight entrance, Stockholm, 2010. Photo by Kalle Sanner and Daniel Rybakken of Norway.
    Night shot of daylight entrance, Stockholm, 2010. Photo by Kalle Sanner and Daniel Rybakken of Norway.
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  'The Black Bay Sequence,' silent video by Elina Brotherus of Finland, 2010.
    'The Black Bay Sequence,' silent video by Elina Brotherus of Finland, 2010.
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  'Lawyer’s Office, New York,' by Lars Tunbjörk of Sweden, 1997. Image courtesy of Amador Gallery, New York.
    'Lawyer’s Office, New York,' by Lars Tunbjörk of Sweden, 1997. Image courtesy of Amador Gallery, New York.
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  8 House, Apartment Building, Copenhagen, 2009, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group of Denmark. Photo by Ty Stange.
    8 House, Apartment Building, Copenhagen, 2009, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group of Denmark. Photo by Ty Stange.
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  Façade design for Teacher House, Oslo, Norway, 2009, designed by Jorunn Sannes, Element Architects. Photo by Element Architects.
    Façade design for Teacher House, Oslo, Norway, 2009, designed by Jorunn Sannes, Element Architects. Photo by Element Architects.
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  Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Svalbard, Norway, 2007. Designed by BC Arkitektur Barlindhaug Consult A.S. of Norway and Project Architect Peter Wilhelm Söderman of Finland. Photo by Jaro Hollan.
    Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Svalbard, Norway, 2007. Designed by BC Arkitektur Barlindhaug Consult A.S. of Norway and Project Architect Peter Wilhelm Söderman of Finland. Photo by Jaro Hollan.
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  Bagley Classroom Building, University of Minnesota-Duluth, 2010, designed by David Salmela, a Finnish-American. Photo by Paul Crosby.
    Bagley Classroom Building, University of Minnesota-Duluth, 2010, designed by David Salmela, a Finnish-American. Photo by Paul Crosby.

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