July will see Manchester Art Gallery open a year-long exhibition dedicated to the influential 20th and 21st century design emerging from Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden.
The show will include furniture, fashion, lighting, ceramics, glass, metalwork, and jewellery originating from across Scandinavia from the 1930s to the present day. The work of a number of celebrated Nordic designers, including Alvar Aalto, Arne Jacobson, and Verner Panton, will sit alongside a range of contemporary work.
“Designers and makers from the Nordic countries have been, and continue to be, at the forefront of exploring new ideas, materials and techniques which have made good, affordable design available to a wide constituency, underpinning a philosophy of democratic and cultural life for all people,” says a representative of the gallery. “The influence of Nordic design can be seen in contemporary art, graphic design, textiles, high-end and high street fashion, advertising and homewares. It has had a major impact on contemporary design and lifestyle commercially, informing the way we live and the things we buy.”
An events programme will include designer-maker talks and workshops, festive and mid-Summer events, as well as family activities.
Nordic Craft and Design runs at Manchester Art Gallery 6 July 2018 – 7 July 2019.