Tuesday 13 September, 2016
Friday 23 September 2016 to 12 February 2017
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh
A remarkable collection of Modernist jewellery, glassware and ceramics will go on display for the first time at the National Museum of Scotland this month, when Nordic Modernist Design opens on Friday 23 September.
This small display will showcase highlights of a private collection recently gifted to National Museums Scotland, featuring design classics by leading Nordic designers and manufacturers of the mid-20th century. Characterised by simplicity and functionality, and inspired by the nature, landscape, and climate of northern Europe, these Modernist creations continue to influence designers and manufacturers today.
Nordic Modernism emphasised the pleasures of domesticity, and the ideal that beautiful and useful objects should be affordable for all. The display will explore homeware of the period, including a set of candlesticks designed by the renowned Timo Sarpaneva, for Finnish glass manufacturer Iittala. These striking objects were inspired by glacial ice, typical of the naturalist forms that became a signature of Iittala’s production.
In the aftermath of the Second World War, a pared-down Modernist aesthetic also became popular in Nordic jewellery. Examples on display will demonstrate the ground-breaking way Scandinavian jewellers experimented with materials and minimalist forms. These include Danish jewellery designer Henning Koppel’s innovative organic design, responsible for changing the way prominent manufacturers approached jewellery production.
Sally-Anne Huxtable, Principal Curator of Modern & Contemporary Design at National Museums Scotland, said:
“We are delighted to present this exceptional collection of Modernist design for the first time. Beautiful as well as practical, the enduring appeal of these objects is testament to the innovation of Nordic and British designers and manufacturers in such a crucial period in the history of Modernism.”
Supported by the Embassy of Denmark.
For further information and images please contact Kirsten Cowie, Press Office, National Museums Scotland, tel 0131 247 4391, firstname.lastname@example.org.