In the middle of the twentieth century, Scandinavia became synonymous with good modern design. This catalogue, produced to accompany the 1998 exhibition at Gansevoort Gallery, focuses on some of the finest examples of art glass, studio ceramics, hand-hammered silver and hand-carved wood to have emerged from Denmark, Sweden and Finland during this period. A foreword by Mark McDonald and essay by Eric Setliff provide an art historical context, and 23 color plates illustrate objects by such artists as Vicke Lindstrand, Timo Sarpaneva, Tapio Wirkkala, Berndt Friberg, Erich & Ingrid Triller, Stig Lindberg, Wilhelm Kåge, Arne Bang, Axel Salto and Henning Koppel.
The catalogue also features over 30 detailed biographies of prominent designers, along with a guide to markings with information on artists’ monograms, manufacturers and dating systems used at the Gustavsberg pottery, Royal Copenhagen, Georg Jensen and the Kosta glassworks. Much of this information has previously only been available in obscure, out-of-print publications, making The Nordic Modern Movement a valuable addition to any modern design library.