Exhibition | Icelandic Contemporary Design

Exhibition | CHANCE ENCOUNTERS, Towards Modernity in Icelandic Design



The Museum of Design and Applied Art’s summer exhibition CHANCE ENCOUNTERS – Towards modernity in Icelandic design (7.6. – 13.10. 2013) focuses on the arrival of modernism in Icelandic domestic interiors from about 1930 and into the 1980s.

The exhibition features a variety of well-known design objects, particularly furniture that has gained national recognition for bringing fresh ideas into local design, as well as unexpected objects ranging from anonymous design to the works of progressive furniture and textile designers.

It examines the bounds of tradition and modernity in furniture design with special attention to the arrival of new materials like plywood and chromium-plated tubular steel, the use of iron and novel strings of various kinds, and how pioneers in furniture design used wood in the heyday of furniture manufacturing.

Special attention is drawn to the initiatives of Icelandic women in the making of modern upholstery fabrics and rugs after 1945 and the arrival of textile screen printing about 25 years later.

The exhibition is curated by design historians Arndís S. Árnadóttir and Elísabet V. Ingvarsdóttir.