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Design from Scandinavia, No. 7

Front Cover - Design from Scandinavia, No. 7

Bjerregaard, Kirsten, Ed., Design from Scandinavia, No. 7,  © 1978 World Pictures, Frederiksberg, Denmark, Soft cover, 128 Pages, 87-87541-04-1.

Each Year, Design from Scandinavia unfolds an exhibition in pictures of the best and latest products, and shows the interplay of these objects in a setting, and a life-style.  Includes all Nordic countries - Iceland, Norway, Finland, Sweden, and Denmark.

Design from Scandinavia

This publication is issued periodically when it is felt justified by the introduc-tion of sufficient high quality material, but never more than once yearly. An effective network of distributors (listed on Page 127) makes it possible to obtain copies through most international bookshops the world over, or it can be ordered direct from the publisher, World Pictures, who will ailso inform, you of the publication of new editions.

As in our past editions of Design from Scandinavia, we present once again the best and latest in Scandinavian furniture, furnishing textiles and handicrafts. The objects are shown in their own natural surroundings as a part of eyeryday life in Scandinavia. We have, however, noticed a growing international interest for a presentation of how the domestic setting and its informal atmosphere influences the furnishing of our public institutions - and vice versa.

In order to widen knowledge of typically Scandinavian trends towards integration of these different furniture functions, we first show some examples from the public sector, and then a presentation of various interiors within the private sector. Detailed information about products and makers is found in the comprehensive index, which also includes information on how to order Design from Scandinavia. Moreover, you are always welcome to write directly to the editor.

How it started

In Scandinavia, the home and its decoration have always held a central position in the pattern of culture. Among other things this is reflected in that special Scandinavian concept, “hygge”, which expresses the feeling of warmth and mutual contact which is characteristic of the home as a meeting place. This built-in understanding of the importance of the setting for contact and activity has inevitably influenced the furnishing of public institutions which have resulted from wide-reaching social reforms in recent decades.

It has also been felt in the expansion of larger business concerns, where the wish has developed to add a “human touch” to administrative, representative and recreational areas, rather than the dullness or pretentious dignity of the grey times of the past. A typical result of this trend has been that Scandinavian furniture and applied art to an increasing degree have supplied both sectors - public and private. A change which will be evident from the many examples on the following pages.


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