Design from Denmark/Scandinavia magazine (1967)

Design from Scandinavia

13/11/07 – Design from Scandinavia was a design annual that showcased the best in Scandinavian furniture, textiles, handicrafts and applied art. It was the brainchild of publisher Kirsten Bjerregaard.

According to the website of the original publishing house, World Pictures:

Her ambition was to do a ‘design exhibition in the form of a book’, and her idea was realized in 1967 when Design from Denmark came out and was distributed worldwide in 50,000 copies.

The next year Design from Denmark became Design from Scandinavia and a voyage of communicating about quality design from the five Nordic countries had begun.

A companion series began publication in 1974 entitled Architecture from Scandinavia. I am unsure whether the series saw more than the two editions pictured in Design from Scandinavia 8 (p. 128).

The series, especially the early editions, have proven to be an invaluable resource for information on Scandinavian design’s floruit during the 60s and 70s. Today, these early issues have become collector’s items.

Issue 6 gives some insight into the magazine’s background and purpose:

This volume is the sixth in the series of Design publications started in 1967. As in previous editions, it presents a broad selection of the best and latest in the field of furniture, furnishing textiles, lamps, applied art and handicrafts from the four Nordic countries Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. These publications form an ongoing source of information about Scandinavian products and the designers and manufacturers behind them. Design from Scandinavia is issued periodically when it is felt justified by the introduction of sufficient high quality material, but never more than once yearly. (p. 112)

Issue 8 shows a picture of previous issues and states:

Together, they contain over 1000 fullcolour picture pages, and give a continuous , comprehensive presentation of the products made in the most important design period in Scandinavia. (p. 128)

The magazine is currently in its 40th year and issue 22 is available online in PDF form.

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