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Design from Scandinavia, No. 6

Front Cover - Design from Scandinavia, No. 6

Bjerregaard, Kirsten, Ed., Design from Scandinavia, No. 6,  © 1977 World Pictures, Frederiksberg, Denmark, Soft cover, 160 Pages.

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

Back Cover - Design from Scandinavia, No. 6

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 suffi-cient high quality material, but never more than once yearly. An effective network of distributors (listed on Page 128) makes it possible to obtain copies through most international bookshops the world over, or it can be ordered direct from the publisher, World Pictures AS, who will inform you of the publication of new editions. Editions 1, 2 and 3 are out of print and will not be reprinted. A limited number of copies of Editions 4 and 5 are still available for order.

Architecture from Scandinavia

In 1974, the first edition of Architectu-re from Scandinavia was published. The book, a companion volume to Design from Scandinavia, is texted in four languages - English, German, French and Scandinavian, and pre-sents a selection of Scandinavian building products and complete houses for export. It also provides information about know-how, and shows examples of building and construction work from the four Nordic countries. The comprehensive index contains additional information about the products, and full addresses of producers. Architecture from Scandinavia can be obtained through the outlets mentioned above under Design from Scandinavia.

What is Scandinavian design? Look at these chairs. They are a selection from current Scandinavian furniture production, and give some indication of the variations that can be found just in chair designs. But can we claim that they are all typical of Scandinavian design? On the following pages the Swedish critic Ulf Hard af Segerstad describes the background for Scandinavian design, and mentions some of the main characteristics. As in our past editions, this book gives a broad presentation of the best in Scandinavian furniture, handicrafts and applied art, and the index provides all relevant information about addresses and decorations.

What is Scandinavian design?

No object is so unimportant that it should not be shaped by a qualified artist or designer. This has been one of the basic principles for Scandina-vian design from the beginning of this century. Which again indicates it is less a question of style than of a programme. On these pages you can see a number of selected products in Scandinavian design made during the last five decades, with the oldest from the late twenties.

Some are purely practical in use, like the table cutlery, the lamp and the chairs. Others are purely decorative like the ceramic figure and the “snail” in laminated wood. It is possible some people may feel they can discern a common language of form in these quite different objects, but that should not overshadow the more essential aspect, the philosophy behind them. Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden are all relatively small countries, and this is a basic condition for Scandinavian design. Small countries cannot compete with larger countries in mass production or industrial quantity.

But under favourable conditions they can gain a reputation for quality. Each product should sell its idea, and preferably an idea materialised in good form. The good form must apply down to the least detail, and we present a number of examples of this on the following pages.

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