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.

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. 

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

    Stacking glass, of blue glass, by Saara Hopea for Nuutajärvi Notsjo, Finland
  • 'Arkipelago' candle holder of cast clear glass with visible bubbles and irregular surface, designed by Timo Sarpaneva for Iittala, Finland

    'Arkipelago' candle holder of cast clear glass with visible bubbles and irregular surface, designed by Timo Sarpaneva for Iittala, Finland
  • 'Minas' cup, made by Royal Copenhagen, Denmark

    'Minas' cup, made by Royal Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Ring, design number 139, designed by Henning Koppel for Georg Jensen, Denmark

    Ring, design number 139, designed by Henning Koppel for Georg Jensen, Denmark
  • 'Ateenan aamu' ('Morning in Athens'), set of four hanging glass objects designed by Kaj Franck for Nuutajärvi Notsjö, Finland, c. 1954

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

   

Supported by the Embassy of Denmark.

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

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Nordic Modernist Design

Discover a wonderful collection of design which was amassed during second half of the 20th century by collectors with an inspiring passion for Modernism.
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Stacking Glass designed by Saara Hopea

This elegant Stacking Glass reflects Saara Hopea's functionalist ideals of economy and minimal design.
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Blå Kant (Blue Line) designed by Grethe Meyer

Named for the fine blue line that runs along the edges of the light grey faience, and received the inaugural Danish Industrial Design Prize (ID) in 1965.
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Rings and brooches designed by Henning Koppel

Henning Koppel's designs were seen at the time to be a highly innovative move for jewellery and silver manufacturer Georg Jensen, who had previously created nothing remotely like it.
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Ateenan aamu (Morning in Athens) designed by Kaj Franck

Kaj Franck designed Morning in Athens in 1954, this piece remained in production until 1975.
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Exhibition information

When

23 Sep 2016 - 12 Mar 2017
10:00 - 17:00

Where

Exhibition Gallery 3, Level , Grand Gallery

How much

Free

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