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Iceland participates at the Now Nordic Exhibition as a part of Chart Art Fair

An investigation of the Contemporary Nordic Design & Crafts Culture

For many people, ‘Nordic’ has become a shorthand term for unadorned simplicity, clean functionality, and natural materials – but does the label still hold true? This August, Adorno presents a landmark exhibition of contemporary design from the five Nordic countries, aiming to showcase the commonalities and contrasts between the modern design cultures of Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Iceland.

Developed in collaboration with a team of curators drawn from each of the participating countries, Now Nordic will present collectible pieces from emerging and established designers working at the intersection of art, design, and craft. Encompassing both digital and physical exhibitions, the project aims to introduce international audiences to the variety, scope and ambition of Nordic design today – and to explore whether the characteristics that have historically defined it are still evident in our increasingly globalized creative culture.

The collection will launch in Adorno’s hometown of Copenhagen at CHART DESIGN, the newly expanded, design-focused complement to the CHART ART FAIR. Each of the country curators will select pieces from 5-7 designers from their region. The works will range from small objects to large-scale furniture pieces, and span a wide range of disciplines and materials, but all will be crafted, functional art-objects of exceptional quality that are representative of the culture that created them.

Desginers from Iceland participating at the Now Nordic Exhibition are:
Tinna Gunnarsdóttir
Magnús Ingvar Ágústsson
Hugdetta with 1+1+1
Ragna Ragnarsdóttir
Brynjar Sigurdarson
Katrín Ólína
Studio Hanna Whitehead
Gardar Eyjolfsson

Exhibition - 31. Aug. - 2. Sep.

Den Frie, Oslo Plads 1

The CHART DESIGN exhibition will also be accompanied by a panel talk on 01 September in which leading curators and design thinkers from each of the five countries will discuss the changing shape of Nordic design, explore the factors that determine the distinctive creative cultures of their countries, and consider the future of national or regional craft cultures in an increasingly globalised world.

Responding to the individual collections and pieces shown at Now Nordic, the panel will put the ‘Nordic design’ label under the microscope, examining whether the individual collections and pieces do indeed share common characteristics, and if so, considering what sustains and develops these shared traits – and whether they will survive into the future.

Announces experts taking part in the talk: Halla Helgasdóttir, Managing Director, Iceland Design Center, Hege Henriksen, Director of Norwegian Crafts, Pernille Stockmarr, Curator at Design Museum Denmark.

Design Talk - 1. Sep. 12pm - 1pm

Den Frie, Oslo Plads 1


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