Design from Scandinavia, No. 8
Bjerregaard, Kirsten, Ed., Design from Scandinavia, No. 8, © 1979 World Pictures, Frederiksberg, Denmark, Soft cover, 144 Pages, 87-87541-08-4.
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.
About thie Publication
The annual presentation of Scandinavian furniture, textiles, handicrafts and applied art. This time with more pages, over 500 colour illustrations, all texts in four languages, and with an invitation to everyone who furnishes with Scandinavian products.
For the tenth time, we present a view of some important aspects of Scandinavian design. At the be-ginning, this design publication was purely Danish, but it quickly expanded to cover the whole of Scandinavia. More recently, archi-tecture and building products were made the subject of “Architecture from Scandinavia”. We display all our past editions on page 128.
In this tenth edition of “Design from Scandinavia” we have tried, as always, to give an impression of the best and latest in furniture, furnishing textiles and applied art. But we have also attempted this time to provide the background for these things in the respective Scandinavian countries. We present some of the new items from the Furniture Fair in May, and give a slight impression of the extent of the permanent Scandinavian furniture mart in Bella Center. And finally, we express a hope for the future. We would like to show how Scandinavian products are used elsewhere in the world and we invite you to participate in doing so, on page 126.
The Scandinavian countries, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, lie in a corner of Europe. All traditional farming countries which were late in developing industries, they could for this reason retain their cultural inheritance largely unchanged. Today they form a region with a common prevailing approach to life, and shared social ideals. Many common features can also be discerned in Scandinavian design.
The living conditions offered by poor countries with harsh climatic conditions made it necessary to put emphasis upon quality, durability and function. And this still persists as a background for Scandinavian production, even if modern welfare has given more scope for things of the spirit. By respecting this identity, Scandinavia has developed a considerable export of furniture, textiles, porcelain, glass, silver, light fittings and many other objects intended for furnishing and decoration. We make the things that please us. They are a natural part of our way of life.