When it comes to design, it's fair to say that the Scandinavians have an unparalleled reputation. Function and form blend to create the most covetable objects. But, while I have some knowledge about design heralding from Denmark and Sweden, I know relatively little about their Scandinavian friend - Norway. So, it's wonderful to see that Skandium is currently playing host to an exhibition - 'Skandium introduces: Icons of Norway' - a celebration of Norwegian craftsmanship and design from 1940 to the present day. The exhibition is running in partnership with Norwegian Icons - an initiative dedicated to celebrating and promoting the best of Norwegian design, from the mid-century movement to emerging and modern pieces.
The display is made up of a selection of furniture and design pieces from an impressive line up of Norwegian designers. Even more impressive is that each and every product in the exhibition is designed and manufactured with the country. And, with each piece being for sale during the show period, you can even take home a piece of Norway with you after viewing the collection.
Here a just a few of the beautiful pieces -
August by Kristine Bjaadal. Made by hand, August is a coloured porcelain vessel with a wooden lid (either solid ash and oak or ash and walnut) that can be used as a jar or vase. August is hand made in a small-scale production.
(L) Plint by Andreas Engesvik, manufactured by Magnor Glassverk. A beautifully simple set of drinking glasses in the same shape but different sizes, for everyday use. Engesvik's Plint range is a reflection on the notion that function is an essential influence on the expression of shape and size.
(R) Canary Wharf brush by Fimbul. Referring to the business district in London, and its association with high quality leather shoes, this brush offers an object with new functionality and a strong identity.
Scandia Prince by Hans Brattrud (1957). By using horizontal ribs, Brattrud strung up a two-dimensional laminated shape and made it three-dimensional. The construction was ingenious at the time and provided the basis for a unique and timeless design. Today the Scandia chair range consists of a stackable chair, a lounge chair and an easy chair, manufactured by Fjordfiesta.
The Icons of Norway exhibition is on until Feb 15th - so if you're looking for something to do this weekend, do hotfoot it to West London!
4 February - 15 February
Skandium, 245 - 249 Brompton Road, London, SW3 2EP.
1 // Siren Lauvdal
2 // Kaja Bruskeland
3 // Siren Lauvdal
4 // Kaja Bruskeland