Manchester Art Gallery

Nordic Craft and Design

Highlighting the superb quality and creativity inherent in design from the region.

Manchester Art Gallery
Friday 6 July 2018–Sunday 7 July 2019


Showcasing furniture, fashion, lighting, ceramics, glass, metalwork and jewellery, Nordic Craft and Design highlights the superb quality and creativity inherent in design from the region and features pieces from 1930 to the present day. Designers and crafts people from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden will be represented, as well as other makers who are inspired by Nordic design.

Manchester Art Gallery’s collection will be complemented with national and international loans. Iconic pieces by Alvar Aalto, Tapio Wirkkala, Arne Jacobson and Vuokko Nurmesniemi, will sit alongside contemporary pieces by Mathias Bengtsson, Anu Penttinen, Peter Jensen and Henrik Vibskov.  The thematic approach will investigate similarities and differences in approaches across different media and countries, while highlighting the unifying philosophy of good design to enhance quality of life.


Nordic Craft and Design supporters

This exhibition was made possible with a Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial research Grant from Art Fund. Realised with the support of Tamares Real Estate and Zabludowicz Collection. Supported by the Norwegian Embassy London.

Art Fund       Tamares        Zabludowicz Collection

Supported by

iittala       Normann       Vestre       Norwegian Embassy        Kosta Boda       House of Finn Juhl       Stelton       Herno

Exhibition paint kindly supplied by Farrow&Ball

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Poul Henningsen PH Artichoke lamp for Louis Poulsen. Designed 1957 © Louise Poulsen