Snøhetta Curates Nordic Design
"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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- This week, Snøhetta principals Craig Dykers and Kjetil Thorsen visited the City by the Bay to hint at what's in store for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art expansion.
- Iceland seems more remote than the four-and-a-half-hour flight from Boston feels. But Reykjavik, a city closer to Boston than San Francisco, is a world apart.
- Ask for Mr. Snøhetta and you'll receive a hiking stick and map to one of Norway's tallest peaks.
- Earlier this month, the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum unveiled its fourth exhibition in its National Design Triennial series: Why Design Now?.
- From architecture to industrial design, we round up stories hearkening from the Scandinavian countries of Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland.
- The Scandinavian programming at Dwell on Design, happening June 20-22 in Los Angeles, celebrates the modern design heritage of Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Sweden.
The Northern Light Fair is held every year in conjunction with the Stockholm Furniture Fair. This year approximately 100 exhibitors demonstrating the latest in home lighting, LEDs, halogen lamps, fiber lights and glittering chandeliers came together to reach the 40,000 visitors who turned out to attend both fairs. The emphasis here was on Scandinavian design. While much of the lighting on display came from Sweden, the other Nordic countries of Finland, Denmark and Norway were also well represented, with some exhibitors coming from as far as Italy. Of the many new lamps premiering at the fair, these were our favorites.
The exhibition offers insights into the design and construction of the firm’s most important works, including the celebrated Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt, the recently completed Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, Norway, and the planned National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion in New York.