Design in Scandinavia exhibition catalogue (1954)

Design in Scandinavia: an exhibition of objects for the home (1954)

13/09/10 – Exhibition catalogue for Design in Scandinavia: an exhibition of objects for the home (1954), the first major exhibition of Scandinavian design to travel to North America. The exhibition showcased ceramics, furniture, glassware, metalwork and textiles from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden and was pivotal in introducing modern Scandinavian design to North America. (more…)

Kay Bojesen teak and limba wood monkey (1951)

Kay Bojesen Teak and Limba Wood Monkey

27/07/10 – Teak and limba wood toy monkey with articulated joints designed and produced by Kay Bojesen and his workshop in Denmark c. 1951. Available today complete with Henri Rousseau themed packaging through Rosendhal.

1960s & 1970s Scandinavian design logos: part 3

Scandinavian design logos 1960s & 1970s

19/04/10 – Third installment of 1960s & 1970s Scandinavian design logos on Flickr//. The collection features the logos and trademarks of furniture, textile, glass, ceramic and general housewares manufacturers. (more…)

Jens Quistgaard for Dansk Designs Denmark (1960)

Jens Quistgaard for Dansk Designs Denmark (1960)

12/04/10 – Teak ice bucket designed by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk Designs Denmark (1960). Base marked: Dansk Designs Denmark JHQ.  Dimensions: 19.25″ x 9.25″

1960s & 1970s Scandinavian design logos: part 2

1960s & 1970s Scandinavian Design Logos

31/08/09 – Second installment of 1960s & 1970s Scandinavian design logos on flickr//. Includes logos from a variety of furniture and textile firms. (more…)

1960s & 1970s Scandinavian design logos: part 1

Scandinavian Design Logos
24/08/09 – First installment of a collection of Scandinavian design logos/logotypes circa 1960/70 on flickr//. Initial assortment strictly Danish furniture and textile firms. More to come from Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway. (more…)

Tapio Wirkkala for Iittala: 1968

13/07/09 – Tapio Wirkkala Ultima Thule glassware for Iittala, Finland (1968). Set of six juice/whisky sour glasses (18 cl.). (more…)

Jens Quistgaard for Dansk International Designs

18/12/08 – Kobenstyle pot designed by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk International Designs, France (1954). Red enamel on steel. Opening diameter: 8.5″

Henning Koppel for Scanform Denmark

09/12/08 – Henning Koppel teak salad bowl for Scanform, Denmark  (c. 1960/70). Opening diameter: 11.5″. (more…)

Henning Koppel for B & G

13/10/08 – Pot with teak handle from Henning Koppel’s  Form 24 (aka. Koppel White) service (1962) for Bing & Grondahl.  More images//

Design from Denmark/Scandinavia magazine (1967)

Design from Scandinavia

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

According to its 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 begun in 1974 entitled Architecture from Scandinavia appears to have seen no more than the two editions pictured in Design from Scandinavia 8 (p. 128).

The series, especially the early editions, are an extremely valuable resource for information on Scandinavian design’s floruit during the 60s and 70s. Today, these early issues have become collector’s items. (more…)

Oliver Tomas

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