Nordic design: a special exhibition at the Stockholm Furniture Fair.

Exhibition 5x5
What is it that really characterizes
Nordic design? That is one of the most common questions we Scandinavians are faced with when we meet colleagues from abroad. And it is often followed by: What is the difference between design created in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden? The Stockholm Furniture Fair has taken these two questions as a starting point for an in-depth study of the subject Nordic Design. 25 different products from the five Nordic countries will be presented in the entrance lobby in an exhibit entitled “5x5”. Initial preparations have been made by Denmark’s Design Center, Design Forum Finland, Form Iceland, Norwegian Form and Swedish Society of Crafts and Design.

Olle Andersson
, newly elected president of IFL (International Federation of nterior Architects/Designers) has made the final choice of products to be put on display. Mr. Andersson is chairman of White Design in Gothenburg and partner in White Arkitekter, one of the largest architectural offices in Europe. He is professor in Interior Architecture at the Art Academy in Oslo and has also served as professor in the same subject at HDK, the Department of Design and Craft, Gothenburg University.

Contemporary Craft Art 2002

During the past few years, Craft Art has made significant advances in the world of design and fascination with handicraft as an artistic form of its own has shown itself to be noteworthy at international fashion gatherings. In an era of mass production in which globalization is maneuvering our artistic expressions towards greater and greater standardization, people are searching nergetically for individual articulation, for the unique specimen, for unmistakably personal expressions. The exhibition Contemporary Craft Art 2002, to be shown at the Stockholm Furniture Fair in Hall B, will be held in the borderland between what is traditionally considered Art and what we call Craft Art. The exhibit will be showing the work of 15 artists with unique objects of glass, ceramics and textile materials.

Inger Molin
, who has run her Galleri IngerMolin in the Östermalm district of Stockholm since 1998, is responsible for the choice of products on display. She has been trained in textile design and worked for ten years as a manager at blås&knåda, a renowned gallery for ceramics and glass in Stockholm - When I opened my own gallery, I realized how tired I was of the constant battle over boundaries between art and craft," says Inger Molin.
"I feel that the antagonism which exists between these terms depends to a great extent upon an alleged romanticism regarding materials used in craft
art. It is a common belief that central to handicraft is the particular material used. But for me, and many other artisans alike, this is completely uninteresting. The essential thing is quality and expressiveness and if something is being said, something important. This is done with the help of clay, oil paints, glass, metal, acrylic, textiles or paper - it's not any stranger than that. This exhibition will be showing works of what I consider to be some of the most outstanding contemporary artists in their areas.

I have chosen to call this show within the show Contemporary Craft Art 2002.

It´s time for the annual celebration of design in Scandinavia. As usual, The Stockholm Furniture Fair and Lighting 02 will be taking place the second week in february, which this year falls on the week of the 6th-10th.

The Stockholm Furniture Fair has become the leading furniture show in Scandinavia, an event where you as visitor will meet the greatest and most complete presentation of Nordic design. Nearly 700 exhibitors will be there on an area of 550,ooo square meters. Both older, well-known companies and younger, newly started ones will be there to present you their line of products in the areas of furniture, textiles, lighting and other furnishings. One of the themes of this year´s show is focused on Nordic design, presented in a special exhibit in the entrance hall. A selection of five design products from each of the five nordic countries -Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland -will be on deisplay. The exhibit, entitled characteristically enough "5x5", has been put together by Olle Andersson, designer, architect, design professor and president of IFI, International Federation of Architects/Designers.

Area Modern
Area Modern is a special section in which you will find a presentation of the latest selection of furnishing and design for the home. A group of about 30 exhibitors, mainly from the Nordic countries, is hand-picked each year by a comittee of design journalists and other trade folk.
This section is modified from time to time and can thus give visitors a quich but general view of what´s going on in the scandinavian design world.

Right next to Area Modern you will find another exciting exhibit, Young Nordic Design, a forum for swedish and other Scandinavian schools of design.

Lighting 2002
In Scandinavia, we are quite conscious of the importance of light for an acceptable life -not so strange either in an area of the world that is awfully dark during the winter. At Lighting 2002 you will again be given the opportunity to up-date your knowledge of lighting effects.
Spread over two halls, some 100 exhibitors present lighting for the contract market (Hall C) and home lighting (Hall A). This Lightin show is being arranged in cooperation with Miljöljuskretsen (Environmental Lighting Circle)

Miljöljuskretsen is also organizing a get-together, Thursday February 7th from 5:45 to 11:00 p.m. with refreshments, prizes, food and mingling. Tickets may be purchased through Miljöljuskretsen by phone +46 8 667 58 34

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