Sweden’s Emeli Martensson’s creations merge a Scandinavian disturbing punk-rock reality with a sober minimalistic sartorial Italian tradition. The result is The 5PREVIEW look. Her inspiration comes from the daily life of people born in the 70-80’s. The GLOBALS always on the road – friends in every city, the individual that needs a wardrobe catching up with the continuous movement.
Snøhetta. The opreahouse in Oslo, Norway, 2008 Photo: Christopher Hagelund/birdseyepix.com
With all this talk about new Nordic as it relates to cuisine, a lot of people are wondering what exactly Nordic is and what is so “new” about it? Denmark’s top modern art museum, Louisiana, currently has an exhibition to help answer these very questions and more specifically, to examine the relationship between architecture to culture and identity. The exhibition entitled, “New Nordic — Architecture & Identity,” is the first in an upcoming series that aims to explore the relationship between architecture, culture and identity. It further aims to explore and define the developing concept of “new” Nordic as a reincarnation or “rediscovery” of deep traditions, and how it manifests in its own societies and as part of today’s modern, global world. Three themes were chosen to illustrate these concepts and look at architecture in the context of environment, community and public spaces. In addition, part of this first exhibition will be included in the upcoming Venice Bienale August 2012 International Architecture Exhibition.
Here’s a short clip about the exhibition:
How the rest of the world perceives the Nordic region and understands its culture has been limited. This is perhaps due to its size, its geographic location, its homogeneous nature, or even its potential fear of a dilluted identity due to globalization. The topic is fascinating in light of the heightened interest in Scandinavian lifestyle including everything from Denmark’s Restaurant Noma (world’s no. 1 restaurant) setting a trend in Nordic cuisine, to film makers, TV programs, and suspense novels not to mention fashion, design and environmental technology and practices. The Wall Street Journal has even covered this theme quite extensively in its recent article, “Modern Norsemen.”
How better to learn about the “new” Nordic movement than by seeing how this manifests in the buildings they live, work, learn and play in. One thing’s for sure, the Nordics are starting to show their true colors to the rest of the world — as a region, and as individual nations with unique cultural attributes and identities — and they are becoming more and more recognizable around the world.
Here are a few examples of new Nordic architecture highlighted in the exhibition:
Tham & Videgård Arkitekter; Karlsson House, Sweden, 2000-2002. Photo: Åke E:son Lindman
New Nordic – Architecture & Identity Installationsfoto Lassila Hirvilammi Architects. Louisiana Pavilion.
Jensen & Skodvin Architects (NO) Juvet Landscape Hotel, Gudbrandsjuvet, Norway, 2007 Photo: Jensen & Skodvin Architects
Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects (FI) Joensuun Lyseon Peruskoulu/ Joensuu Primary School, Finland, 2006. Photo: Jussi Tiainen
The line is described as representing the “discreet simplicity and helping spirit of the scouts movement.”
“Two sets that reflect the vision of a Mediterranean boy scouts team camping on the beach of Majorca. Linen skirts with pockets and shorts with wrinkly textures, leather sandals and a cotton fabric dress for the girls. Everything has been produced in Spain except for the hats, which have been crafted in Denmark in a traditional hat factory.” ~Henrik Vibskov
About Henrik Vibskov
Like few, Henrik embodies the profile of a versatile creator, opening 360 degrees as a multitalented professional extraordinarily qualified for a seemingly endless list: Fashion designer, drummer for the Danish dj & composer of electronic music Anders Trentemoller, Conceptual artist, scenographer, costume creator for plays and opera, and former break dance performer.
Graduating from Central Saint Martins College in London of 2001 his provocative spirit has since been a media magnet coupled with his relentless artistic production. The expansion of his brand has done nothing but increase his recognition as a cult figure within the triple international scene of music, art
& fashion: exhibitions at the MoMA and the most prestigious galleries; fans of his clothes include Lou Reed, Arctic Monkeys and Björk, amongst other celebrities; he is the only Scandinavian with a runway show in Paris Fashion Week. Ideas are free, intangible, limitless, born with no preconceived materials,
we only need to find the most suitable artistic platform to express them – states Vibskov. There is a first time for everything; and his project On the Beach is recorded as the first time collaboration for Medwinds. For the launch in a Majorca beach, Vibskov has designed and crafted a tent with room for the local Scout Brotherhood. Opposite to their practical nature, the tent is rather an unpractical sculpture that adds a surreal dreamy shadow to the presentation of the mini collection presented by Vibskov, mixing live on the beach while local boy and girl scouts are performing.
Danish Crafts presented MINDCRAFT12, an exhibition of furniture, ceramics, glass, textile and jewellery designed by some of Denmark’s top craftsman and designers, in Ventura Lambrate during Fuori Salone, or Milan Design Week in April. This year’s exhibition was curated and designed by award-winning designer Cecilie Manz.
The MINDCRAFT12 exhibition 16 featured one-off works to prototypes ready for production. Key themes included quality, function, form and use of a variety of materials. Designers included: benandsebastian, Thomas Bentzen, Louise Campbell, Line Depping, Anne Fabricius Møller, GamFratesi, Peter Johansen, Kaori Juzu, Jakob Jørgensen, Christina Liljenberg Halstrøm, Eske Rex, Louise Sass, Bente Skjøttgaard, Anne Tophøj, Tora Urup and Henrik Vibskov. Danish Crafts is an institution under the Danish Ministry of Culture that aims to highlight, promote and increase turnover for Danish crafts in Denmark and abroad.
Following are a few pieces from the exhibition.
The Dandies by benandsebastian – A spatial installation that reflects, distorts and reshapes its context.
Papercuts by Louise Campbell – A series of lamps made in paper. When the material is delicate, so is the light.
In Your Big Sunny Window by Anne Fabricius Møller – A 30-metre length of textile rolled up in an acrylic case. The fabric will show signs of fading as the years pass.
Fictile 12.1 by Anne Tophøj – A sensuous breakfast set with different colours, qualities and treatments.
Suitnest Dinner by Henrik Vibskov – The ultimate picnic basket with a built-in shirt and jacket and room for food and utensils.
Hanne Gundelach & Stephanie Gundelach have opened a new shop in Copenhagen + webshop for Scandinavian fashion. Stephanie is behind one of Denmark’s top fashion blogs www.anywho.dk and is the creative director for the BRICS label. Hanne Gundelach is an exclusive design and craft shop featuring handmade Danish crafts near the Amalienborg Palace situated in a building dating from 1896.
The new shop, located on Bredgade in Copenhagen and online at http://www.b56store.com aims to help establish Scandinavian designers. Labels represented include: Adelaide Jewellery – Altewai.Saome – Anne Sofie Madsen – Basso & Brooke – Borders & Frontiers – Dieppa Restrepo – InWear – Maria Black – Milleneufcentquatrevingtquatre – Sophie Bille Brahe – Stine Goya – Wackerhaus. Next season’s labels will include: Minimarket – Carin Wester – Opening Ceremony – Swash – Andrea Incontri – Peter Jensen.
CNN Interviews Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary about the Copenhagen Fashion Summit
“It is a movement that’s beginning and there is a lot of interest from the younger generations to make environmentally friendly decisions. This summit is all about creating sustainable business models that not only reduce social and environmental footprints but also create new business opportunities,” Mary said. See the full interview here: