The Anglo-Danish Society

Nordic Craft & Design at Manchester Art Gallery until 7 July 2019

When: From 6 July 2018 to 7 July 2019

Where: Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL

 Nordic Craft and Design
A year-long exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery.

In July 2018 Manchester Art Gallery opens a new, year-long display of important and influential 20th and 21st century craft and design from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Showcasing furniture, fashion, lighting, ceramics, glass, metalwork and jewellery, Nordic Craft and Design highlights the superb quality and creativity inherent in design from the region and features pieces from 1930 to the present day.

Manchester Art Gallery’s collection will be complemented with national and international loans from institutions, private collectors and Nordic design companies. Iconic pieces by Alvar Aalto, Eero Aarnio, Nanna Ditzel, Saara Hopea, Arne Jacobsen, Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi and Verner Panton, will sit alongside contemporary work by Mathias Bengtsson, Peter Jensen, Anu Penttinen, Merete Rasmussen and Henrik Vibskov amongst others.

Nordic design is incredibly significant within the history of design and the aesthetic, technical and philosophical approach of designer-makers from the early 20th century to the present day continues to inspire and influence generations of designers and creatives from across the globe.
Designers and makers from these countries have been, and continue to be, at the forefront of exploring new ideas, materials and techniques which have made good, affordable design available to a wide constituency, underpinning a philosophy of democratic and cultural life for all people. The influence of Nordic design can be seen in contemporary art, graphic design, textiles, high-end and high street fashion, advertising and homewares. It has had a major impact on contemporary design and lifestyle commercially, informing the way we live and the things we buy.

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