After exhibitions in Oslo and Tokyo, Norwegian Icons: Important Norwegian Design comes to New York City this month with an aim to draw attention to Norway’s contribution to mid-century Scandinavian design.
Chair by Fredrik Kayser and Table by Hermann Bongard
Open through June 1, the exhibition features more than 500 works of fine and rare decorative arts and furniture created in Norway between 1940 and 1975, in conversation with artwork by acclaimed Norwegian artists, including multiple works by modern master Edvard Munch.
Recliner by Sven Ivar Dysthe
The furniture featured includes tables and chairs by iconic Norwegian designers such as Torbjørn Afdal, Fredrik Kayser and Sven Ivar Dysthe; glassware and ceramics from Benny Motzfeldt, Herman Bongard; and decorative arts and jewelry from Grete Prytz Kittelsen, Tone Vigeland and Arne Tjomsland.
Table and chairs by Sigurd Resell
The catalogue accompanying the New York exhibition features a selection of works by important mid-century Norwegian designers and highlights their role in shaping this unique period in Norwegian design history.
Lamp by Biger Dahl and Vase by Benny Motzfeldt
Of the 92 objects presented in the Oslo catalogue, 34 have won international gold design medals. In the Tokyo catalog, 36 designers and their objects were portrayed, 22 of whom have won international gold design medals in competition with renowned designers such as Arne Jacobsen (Denmark), Hans Wegner (Denmark), and Charles and Ray Eames.
The exhibition is on view at the Openhouse Gallery in Soho and all objects and artworks on display are for sale.