Danish Modern: Design for Living

March 27, 2015 - June 20, 2015
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Danish Modern: Design for Living

Iconic examples of 20th century furniture design come to the Figge this spring with the exhibition Danish Modern: Design for Living. Organized by the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa, Danish Modern brings together a wonderful selection of the most influential pieces of post-war furniture design. 

This reintroduction to Danish Modern is timely. The best examples now bring astronomical prices at auction, and online merchants such as Design Within Reach and Dot&Bo make some of the best designs available for every budget. As evidenced by stylish set designs of the popular AMC series Mad Men, Danish furniture design played a major role in American interior décor during the 1950s and ’60s, where it was perfectly at home in the glass and steel skyscrapers of Manhattan and the ubiquitous pastel painted, single-level ranch homes of suburbia. Danish Modern: Design for Living reminds us of how intertwined Danish design and our daily lives were in the post-war era, and invites us to look ahead by looking back at some of the most forward-thinking designs of the era.

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Companion Events

Opening Reception
Thursday, April 2
5:30 p.m. Opening Reception
7 p.m. Exhibition Talk

Gallery Talk
Thursday, April 30
7 p.m. Danish Modern Talk

Docent-led Tours
Sundays, April 12, 19
Saturdays, April 18, 25

Tours begin at 1:30 p.m. in the lobby.

This exhibition will be on view March 28, 2015 - June 21, 2015.

images: Helge Sibast, Chair Model No. 8, 1953, Sibast Furniture, collection of Rosalie Anderson, image courtesy of the Museum of Danish America; Jens Quistgaard, Covered bowl, 1955, Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Kaj Bojesen, Hippo, Monkey andBear figures, Goldstein Museum of Design; Verner Panton, Wire Cone Chair, 1958-1966, Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

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