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Scandinavian Design & USA: People, Encounters and Ideas, 1890–1980

The Nationalmuseum in Stockholm explores how Scandinavian craft aesthetics crossed over to the States

Serving tray (1950). Nationalmuseum, Stockholm

Serving tray (1950). Nationalmuseum, Stockholm

Some three million Scandinavians emigrated to the United States in the late 19th century, bringing with them craft skills and design aesthetics that would prove hugely influential to American manufacturing. This exhibition at the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm (14 October–9 January 2022) – a collaborative effort with LACMA, Milwaukee Art Museum and the Nasjonalmuseet in Oslo – explores the influence of designers such as Eero Saarinen and Alvar Aalto on the likes of Charles Eames, while also exploring how American design culture of the 20th century left its own mark on Scandinavia. Find out more from the Nationalmuseum’s website.

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Chair (c. 1925), Per Lysne and John Lund. Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, Decorah

Textile depicting Bubba Smith of the Baltimore Colts (1969), Helena Hernmarck. Nationalmuseum, Stockholm

Drawing of UN Security Council Chamber, United Nations, New York City (c. 1949), Arnstein Arneberg. Photo: National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway/Andreas Harvik

Chair DCW (Dining Chair Wood) (1946), Charles Eames and Ray Eames. Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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