scandinavian design

Design in Scandinavia Exhibition featured image

Brilliant examples of contemporary home furnishings were shown from Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden and exposed Americans to Scandinavian design, inspiring a shift towards mid-century design.Read More →

Riihimaki Glass - Finnish Glass Factory

Riihimäki Glass was a Finnish glass factory. The factory, established in 1810 for the production of domestic glassware, began production of window glass in 1919. It purchased various small factories, including the factory in which the Finnish Glass Museum is located today. After buying the Kaukalahti glassworks in 1927, Riihimaki became the largest glass factory in Finland.Read More →

Lighting a candle, reading a good book, enjoying something – or someone – warm. We think this is how to enjoy a moment of cosiness.Read More →

Vulcanus from A la Carte range for Figgjo designed by Hermann Bongard

Hermann Bongard Norwegian graphic designer and glassware designer. He studied lithography and commercial design. Read MoreRead More →

Rut Bryk featured image

In 1942, she worked for the pottery Arabia, Helsinki; from 1959, she was a freelance ceramics designer with Rosenthal, Selb. From the 1960s, she worked for Vassa Cotton Company.Read More →

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Stefan Lindfors is a Finnish industrial designer, interior designer, film director, and sculptor. In 1982, he graduated from the Åbo Cathedral School in Turku. He went on to study architecture at the University of Art and Design Helsinki, where he graduated in 1988.Read More →

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Hammer was head of one of Norway’s largest silversmithies. He was best known for his plique-a-jour enamelled spoons popular with tourists and exported in large quantities. He produced the ‘Norwegian brilliant enamel work’ spoons offered in the 1896 and 1898 Christmas catalogues of Liberty, London. Read More →

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Furniture, he said, should work as intended. Seating furniture must be adapted to anatomical requirements. Still, beyond this, they should in their form help to characterize an environment with security and warmth and often appeal to something familiar and dear.Read More →

Thorolf Prytz featured image

He began working with goldsmith Oluf Tostrup, the son of goldsmith Jacob Tostrup and co-owner of J. Tostrup. When Oluf Tostrup died in 1882, Prytz became formally associated with J. Tostrup. He was advanced from head designer to co-owner in 1884, after two years of study. Prytz purchased the entire company after Jacob Tostrup died in 1890, keeping the tradename. Read More →

Marjatta Metsovaara Finnish Textile Artist

Metsovaara’s style ranged from designs made up of organic forms in vibrant hues to muted neutral tones. She designed for 10 mills in Finland and abroad by 1967, and she made both printed and woven textiles. She ran her design studio and weaving mill in Urjala, Finland.Read More →

A pair of chairs designed by Louis Sparre

He was born in Gravellona Lomellina, Italy. He was the son of Pehr Ambjörn Sparre af Söfdeborg (1828–1921) and Teresita Adèle Josefa Gaetana Barbavara (1844–1867). His father had served as head of the banknote printing company for the Sveriges Riksbank. He spent his early childhood with his mother at Villa Teresita in Gravellona while his father was often on business trips.Read More →

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Frederik Lunning, a Danish-born businessman and owner of the Georg Jensen Inc. store on Fifth Avenue in New York, created the Lunning Prize award in December 1951. This successful showcase for Danish porcelain and glass was developed in 1924, but supplies were cut off when World War II broke out.Read More →

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Poul Kjærholm (1929 -1980) Danish designer

Poul Kjærholm (1929 – 1980) was a Danish designer. Kjærholm was born in Østervr, Denmark, and started his career as a cabinetmaker’s apprentice with Gronbech in 1948 before attending the Danish School of Arts and Crafts Copenhagen in 1952. Read More →

Sourcebook of Scandinavian Design featured image

Sourcebook of Scandinavian Furniture: Designs for the Twenty-First Century  By Judith Gura With more thanRead More →

Tapio Wirkkala Tumblers

Tapio Wirkkala is widely regarded as one of Finland’s most influential designers. Wirkkala began hisRead More →