Fifty Years of Design from the Nordic Countries

A major and lasting source of inspiration, Scandinavian design is associated with simplicity, modern elegance and pure, refined form. Yet what is the truth and what a mere myth? This is a question discussed by the authors of this book published to accompany a travelling exhibition which, in the years 2003–2006, was shown in eleven countries and in 2004 was staged at the Milan International Furniture Fair. The publication documents the variability of design that has been moulding and enhancing the image of Scandinavian design from the 1950s to the present day. All Nordic countries are represented in the volume: Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Island. The authors were inspired by Italo Calvino and his Six Memos for the Next Millennium: lightness, quickness, exactitude, visibility, multiplicity and consistency. They explore design in a broader context: in a world with greater mobility and communication, and inspiration from other cultures. In the international arena of the past fifteen years, Scandinavian design has also embraced new media, including music, video art and fashion.

publisher: Arvinius Forlag, 2003
editors: Widar Halén, Kerstin Wickman
edition: English
graphic design: Gabor Palotai
format: 28,8 x 22,7 cm, hard cover
pages: 232
reproductions: 172
ISBN: 91—974413-5-X
price: 480 CZK

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