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Nordic Modernist Design

Modernist design emerged in the early 20th century as a response to social and technological changes. Design became simplified, clean lines replaced ornamentation, and new materials were embraced.
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23 September 2016 - 12 March 2017


National Museum of Scotland, Exhibition Gallery 3, Grand Gallery

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This small display showcased an outstanding collection of Nordic modernist design donated to the museum, featuring works in ceramics, glass and jewellery. Assembled over the last 50 years, the collection features leading designers from Scandinavia and Britain, including Kaj Franck, Timo Sarpaneva and Henning Koppel. 

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    Stacking glass, of blue glass, by Saara Hopea for Nuutajärvi Notsjo, Finland

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    'Arkipelago' candle holder of cast clear glass with visible bubbles and irregular surface, designed by Timo Sarpaneva for Iittala, Finland

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    'Minas' cup, made by Royal Copenhagen, Denmark

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    Ring, design number 139, designed by Henning Koppel for Georg Jensen, Denmark

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    'Ateenan aamu' ('Morning in Athens'), set of four hanging glass objects designed by Kaj Franck for Nuutajärvi Notsjö, Finland, c. 1954

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Supported by the Embassy of Denmark

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Header image: Silver brooch, design number 369, designed by Henning Koppel for Georg Jensen, Denmark.

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