Nordic Design. The Response to the Bauhaus

Berlin | Exhibition | till 1.3.2020

The Bröhan-Museum will be holding the exhibition “Nordic Design. The Response to the Bauhaus”, looking at the reaction of the Nordic countries to German functionalism.


The show presents the Scandinavian path to modernism, which involved an intense engagement with the ideas of the Bauhaus. Beginning with the Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto, then moving on to the founder of Swedish functionalism Sven Markelius and the internationally celebrated Danish designers Hans J. Wegner and Arne Jacobsen, the exhibition’s emphasis will be placed on the 1950s and 1960s.

Alvar Aalto Foundation, Foto: Iiro Muttilainen
Alvar Aalto / O.Y. Huonekalu-ja, Rakennustyötehdas A.B. Armlehnstuhl Modell 41 „Paimio“, 1932, Birke und Formholz, Privatsammlung
Verner Panton Design, Foto: Martin Adam, Berlin
Verner Panton / J. Lüber, Kugelleuchte Typ G, Rottöne, Entwurf um 1969, Kunststoff und Metall, Sammlung Barß, Berlin
Poul Henningsen / Louis Poulsen
Poul Henningsen, Hängeleuchte „Spiral“, Entwurf 1942, Ausführung 1963, Jackson Design AB, Stockholm


Beside developments specific to each country, childhood, democratic design, and “hygge,” themes common to all four countries, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway, will also be present. The exhibition will conclude with futuristic designs by Verner Panton, Eero Aarnio, and Marimekko that marked the final break of the Nordic countries with functionalism.

Arne Jacobsen Design I/S / Fritz Hansen, Foto: Martin Adam, Berlin
Arne Jacobsen, Serie 7 Stuhl 3107, 1955, Privatbesitz, Schichtholz mit Palisanderfurnier, Stahlrohr