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Design from Scandinavia, No. 11

Front Cover - Design from Scandinavia, No. 11

Bjerregaard, Kirsten, Ed., Design from Scandinavia, No. 11,  © 1982 World Pictures, Frederiksberg, Denmark, Soft cover, 144 Pages, 87-87541-14-9.

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 - information and inspiration

DESIGN from SCANDINAVIA - Scandinavia’s annual design book - provides a thorough briefing of thq latest in Scandinavian design, and shows how the Scandinavians themselves live with the products.

Each edition contains interiors as well as illustrations showing indi-vidual products, and in this way it has become a source of inspiration for all who are interested in or engaged in interior furnishing. In house furnishing and the public sector, you can follow the latest trends in DESIGN from SCANDINAVIA.

Taken together, the editions of the yearbook form a comprehensive work on Scandinavian design. The earliest edi-tions are no longer available but the publishers maintain a stock of the latest editions - numbers 6- 11 - in print.

Copies of DESIGN from SCANDINAVIA can be obtained from leading bookstores the world over, or direct from the publisher.

But DESIGN from SCANDINAVIA’S services go further. You are always welcome to contact the publisher’s DESIGN INFORMATION service if you want additional information or a briefing on Scandinavian design products and manufacturers in the field of interior furnishing and decoration.

Back Cover - Design from Scandinavia, No. 11


It is characteristic that the production of most of Scandinavian goods preserves a firm link back to old craftsman traditions. Precisely this combination of careful craftsmanship, and advanced modern technology, is emphasized in our introductory pictorial report from a very quality-conscious Danish furniture manufacturer 6-7.

The application of good design in everyday Nordic living is illustrated by pictures from an audio-visual presentation prepared by World Pictures. The series demonstrates the versatility of Dan-ish furniture 8-11.

We focus more closely upon Scandinavian life-style in the se-ries, “Living with Scandinavian design”, where three different homes are presented 12-17.

The Swedish Parliament is settling down in a group of buildings in central Stockholm. The buildings were carefully restored, and in best democratic style furnished with furniture from standard Swedish production 18-23.

Many Nordic companies are old, and can boast long traditions, but their advanced production sys-tems make them exciting places to visit. Like the Swedish glass-works Orrefors 24-25.

Any presentation of the best Scandinavian companies must emphasize the importance of tradition, as well as the contributions of modern designers. Particularly the century-old littala Glassworks, and Hackmans, where one of Scandinavia’s finest silversmiths, Sigurd Persson, is a driving force 26-46.

After an absence of several years, the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild has appeared on the market again, experimenting in collaboration with young furniture designers. That very active cabinetmaker Soren Horn, received the 1981 Danish Furniture Prize for his contribution. Our
cover shows a chair from one of the cabinetmakers’ exhibitions. The so-called lying sculpture is made in ashwood, 120 individual pieces with 23 different shapes glued together. Other furniture which has drawn particular interest is also shown 47-48.

The distinction between private home and public setting is sel-dom great in the Scandinavian countries. Frequently the same furniture, the same textiles and same lighting can be found in a domestic situation and in places like hotels, restaurants, canteens, offices, schools and universities. Furniture presented in this sec-tion is intended mainly for the home. It is furniture of the finest quality, built to last for many years. But it is also furniture no Scandinavian would be surprised to find in a public setting. Norwegian designers and manufacturers have worked with alternative sitting positions in recent years. This has led to several new chairs designed for unconventional sitting 49-66.

Nordic textiles are appreciated for their excellent functional quality and for good design. We show examples of the latest de-velopments. Textiles are used for wallpapers and roller blinds too, and Kinnasand’s Novalin wallpaper, available in 20 colours won the IBD Gold Award 67-74

In evaluating Scandinavian desiqn, it is always necessary to remember the link between each object and everyday living. Scandinavian export products are not intended to win attention by looking different. They are quality products, durable, functional and made the way we like them as part of a life-style. This range of furniture is found in public surroundings but many of the pieces would be equally appropriate in the home. It is not possible to set a sharp borderline 75-103.

Interest in fluorescent tubes will grow in the years ahead. Fluorescent tubes save energy, and are now made with acceptable colour qualities. But the filament lamp’s warm light is still supreme for many uses. Louis Poulsen have resumed production of more fine old PH-lamps. A look at Scandinavian lighting 104

Exhibitions and fairs present Scandinavian furniture throughout the year. We bring examples of displays at the Scandinavian Trade Mart 110-127.

DESIGN from SCANDINAVIA is not only a state of the art view of current Nordic design. Continuity into the past can be found in pre-vious issues, and the more re-cent editions are still obtainable.

A new activity as well. Scandinavian Design Information can sup-ply any information on Scandinavian production. You are welcome to write, or visit us at Martins- vej 8, in Copenhagen 128-129.

Index 130-144.

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