Scandinavian culture has become very popular of late, what with Nordic Noir and Hygge. And Manchester Art Gallery is getting in on the act, with a major exhibition of Nordic design. This exhibition showcases furniture, fashion, lighting, ceramics, and jewellery from 1930 to the present day. Featured are pieces from the Gallery’s own collection, alongside national and international loans. Designers and crafts people from all around Scandinavia are represented, as well as other makers who have drawn inspiration from that style. There are classic works from Arne Jacobsen, who was famed for his functional but effective chair designs; and from leading textile designer Vuokko Nurmesniemi. Contemporary artists include Anu Penttinen, known for her expertise in glass; and Henrik Vibskov, a fashion designer with his own label. The exhibition’s thematic approach is to show the similarities and differences across the various media and countries, while highlighting the wider philosophy of good design.

Thu 5 Jul (preview 6-8pm) then Fri 6 Jul 2018 – Sun 7 Jul 2019, Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL, Tel: 0161 235 8888, 10am – 5pm/9pm (Thu), FREE, manchesterartgallery.org/exhibition

Fri 6 Jul - Tue 19 Nov
Words:
A. James Simpkin
Published on:
Mon 1 Jul 2019