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Norwegian Icons: Important Norwegian Design

By: Editorial Team

May 2014


After immense success in Oslo and Tokyo, Norwegian Icons: Important Norwegian Design comes to New York this May. The exhibition showcases over 500 works of remarkable decorative arts and furniture by 45 Norwegian designers created in Norway between 1940 and 1975.


On view from May 23 – June 1, 2014 at the Openhouse Gallery in Soho, the display includes tables and chairs by iconic Norwegian designers such as Torbjørn Afdal, Fredrik Kayser, and Sven Ivar Dysthe; glassware and ceramics from Benny Motzfeldt; and decorative arts and jewelry from Grete Prytz Kittelsen, to name a few.














Left to Right: Hermann Bongard - Conform, 

KÜre Berven Fjeldsaa - Unique and

 Fredrik Kayser - Kryss - Stolen


These designers are a huge part of the Norwegian design heritage and played significant roles in developing the traditions of Norwegian design and architecture during the twentieth century. These works will be presented by a select group of artists like Anna-Eva Bergman and will also feature 5 art works by world renowned Edvard Munch whose creative pieces paved the way for other post-war artists marking a considerable breakthrough in Norwegian art history.


Norwegian Icons tells the story of Norway's design history through a series of exhibitions and catalogues. The catalogue accompanying the New York exhibition highlights the role of mid-century Norwegian designers in shaping this unique period of Norwegian design history. The idea behind the exhibition is to raise global knowledge of Norway's major contribution to Scandinavian mid-century modern design, along with Denmark, Sweden, and Finland. All items presented in the exhibition will also be available for sale.


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