Scandinavian Design at LACMA
|Sven Markelius, Pythagoras cotton textile, designed 1952, LACMA|
|Alvar Aalto, Armchair, designed 1931-1932. LACMA|
Though we associate Scandinavia with humane, sustainable design, the show's earliest object is an 1892 Krag-Jørgensen rifle that the U.S. Army bought as a more efficient killing machine. One of the latest objects is Victor Papanek's 1969 poster critiquing the boujee values of industrial design.
"Scandinavian Design in the United States, 1890-1980" debuted at Stockholm's Nationalmuseum and traveled to Oslo. It runs at LACMA through Feb. 5, 2023, and then will appear at the Milwaukee Art Museum March 24 to July 23, 2023.
|Jan Wilsgaard, Volvo "Amazon" (P122S), designed 1956, this example 1964. Volvo Car USA|
|Eliel Saarinen and Loja Saarinen, Study for “Festival of the May Queen” hanging, 1932. Cranbrook Art Museum, © Eliel Saarinen ® and © Loja Saarinen, photo © Cranbrook Art Museum|
|Thomas Dam, Dammit troll doll, this example about 1963. Patricia K. Keys, Estate of Betty J. Miller|
|Tom Lindhardt Wils, Mudderkliren ("Sandpiper") springer, designed 1971-1972|
|Vuokko Nurmesniemi (for Marimekko), Heiluhelma dress in Nasti pattern and Tyttö Rannalla dress in Pirput Parout pattern, patterns designed in 1958 and dresses designed in 1959. Design Museum, Helsinki|
|Maria Benktzon and Sven Eric Juhlin, Kitchen knife and cutting board, designed 1973. Nationalmuseum Sweden|
|Paavo Tynell, Chandelier, designed 1948. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts|
|Howard Smith, Textile, designed about 1978. LACMA|
|Victor Papanek, Big Character Poster No. 1: Work Chart for Designers, designed 1969. Reproduction print. University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Victor J. Papanek Foundation|