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Forget Ikea, for the best in stylish Scandinavian domestic design this Autumn visit The Lighthouse, Scotland’s National Centre for Architecture, Design and the City. Alongside the classics of Arne Jacobsen (on display in the Evergreens and Nevergreens exhibition), the centre will be showcasing work by over 40 young designers working in Scandinavia today. In association with Network North, The Lighthouse is set to present the ONLY UK SHOWING of Young Nordic Design – The Generation X: 14 Sep – 20 Oct 2002. In association with the exhibition The Lighthouse shop will stock a number of Nordic design products.

Scandinavian style is a way of life – it is at once urban and close to nature. The tradition under the stern limits set by conditions – as one goes further north, the climate gets harsher and the materials scarcer – has been to simplify. Young Nordic Design – The Generation X includes work by designers and design groups from all five Nordic countries; Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

The work reflects the heritage of design produced in the Nordic countries, with its emphasis on a reduced language of form and strict requirements of quality. Typical features, such as natural materials, light-weight, delicate features and simple joints, are starting points. However, the international orientation of young designers is also evident, having studied and worked abroad their work is in many ways pan-European. Items on display include furniture-, industrial-, textile-, graphic-, and fashion design.

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The selected designers, who are mostly in their twenties and thirties, were selected for the quality of their work, their original and lasting design solutions, and their unique perspectives, approaches, or ideologies. Following in the tradition of such great Scandinavian designers as Alvar Aalto, Eero Saarinen, and Georg Jensen, these designers are adept at combining innovative design and aesthetics with technical and functional concerns.

Among the objects featured are the engaging “Bagman” Plastic Bag Holder (2000), by Sigbjørn Windingstad (Norway), a simple but clever invention that recalls the flexible cartoon character “Gumby,” and that attaches to the front of a bicycle to hold plastic grocery bags. There is The Chip Lounger (1995), designed by Teppo Asikainen and Ilkka Terho/Valvomo (Finland), a sexy, eye-catching reclining chair, made of form pressed plywood, engineered to meet the highest standards for ergonomic comfort. Meanwhile FIVEFOOTELEVEN [5’11”] (1998), designed by Sanna Hansson

(Sweden) is a mirror that comments on the contemporary Western ideal of the female body-the mirror’s height is the supermodel’s standard height, and its width is exceedingly thin. A collection of women’s clothing (2000) designed by Berg_óra Gu_nadóttir (Iceland) will also be on display, that consists of trousers, blouses, and sweaters, which range in material from contemporary to natural and organic fibres, and in style from sexy to free-form. See

Young Nordic Design – The Generation X has been organised by Design Forum Finland (DFF) in co-operation with Danish Design Centre (Denmark), Form Island (Iceland), Norsk Form (Norway) and Svensk Form (Sweden). The Lighthouse showing is supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers as part of Network North.

Major 20th Century Nordic Architect : Sverre Fehn

Norwegian Architect : Narud Stokke Wiig Architects

Danish architects : Arne Jacobsen + Jorn Utzon

Network North
Network North is a programme for cultural exchange between the Nordic Countries and the UK and Ireland, with a focus on Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Network North is initiated by the Nordic Council of Ministers and co-ordinated by Nordic organisations in collaboration with partners in the UK and Ireland.

For further info on Young Nordic Design – The Generation X contact:
Hannu Hellman, Design Forum Finland info(at) +358 9 6220 180



Peter Andersson Solidarity Chair Collection Källemo AB 1998 Solidarity Mugs Prototype 1998 Thomas Bernstrand Sugar Ray (lamp) Bernstrand & Co 1999 Do swing (lamp) Droog Design 1999 Wembley (sofa) Bernstrand & Co 1999 Peter Ejvinsson Lifejacket Prototype (in co-operation with Peak Performance 1999 Sanna Hansson FIVEFOOTELEVEN [5’ 11’] (mirror) Sanna Hansson design 1998 WALKING TABLE Sanna Hansson design 1995 Matti Klenell Enlightenment (lamp) Agata Formgivning & Konsthantverk AB 1999

Lisa Lindström & Catharina von Matern Yo-Yo lamp Prototype 1999 Andreas Martin-Löf Stofölj (combined chair/easy chair) Prototype 1999


Lena Axelsson Wind (chair) Prototype 1999 Air (chair) Prototype 1998 Kaja Gjedebo Wire (chair) Prototype 2000 Wrap lines, Wrap square, Wrap colour (jewelry) Prototype 2000 Kim Hiorthøy Tree Weekend (book) Gestalten Verlag 2000 Let them eat cake (CD cover for Motorpsyccho) Sony Music/Stickman Records 2000 Walkin’ with J (CD cover for Motorpsyccho) Sony Music/Stickman Records 2000 K8 Industrial Design Nakaj (blue Kayak) Prototype 1999 K8 Industrial Design Nakam (green Kayak) Prototype 1997 Kauko Leskinen, Hanna Louhelainen (sauna), Sari Syväluoma (textiles) Sauna: Salon-Sauna Oy 2000 Textiles: Prototype 2000 Linda Lien 3.1 (table with 2 chairs) Prototypw 1999 Catherine Maske Vakuum (photography silk screen printed in glass) In cooperation with Hadeland Glassverk 1999 Permafrost Cabinet handle (lock for glass cupboard) Prototype 1999 foldAbowl (foldable snack bowl) Permafrost Design AS 2000 Sigbjørn Windingstad Bagman (plastic bag holder for a bicycle) Prototype 2000


Maria Bernsten Cufflinks 214 215 216 Royal Scandinavia A/S 2000 Big Apple (fruit dishes) Koziol GmbH 2000 Thea Berg 3-D laminated silk textiles (for clothing and interiors) Thea Berg 1996 Anette Hermann Glory (lightblanket) Prototype 1999 Astrid Krogh Light mail (wall curtain/lamp) Prototype 2000 Lars Pederson Clone-1 (bicycle) Prototype 1994 A-Claws Carbon (brakes) Prototype 1999 Kasper Salto Blade Chair Botium A/S 1999 Runner Chair Botium A/S 1997 Hans Sandgren Jacobsen Viper (screen) Fritz Hansen A/S 1996


Sari Anttonen Kiss (chair Arvo Piiroinen Oy 1998 Teppo Asikainen/Ilkka Terho/Valvomo Chip (lounger) Snowcrash AB 1997 Vesa Damski Artek T-629 (chair) Artek Oy Ab 1999 Elina Huotari & Tuttu Sillanpää Polku (perforated felt mats) Verso Design Oy 1999 Versa Hinkola/Markus Nevalainen/Rane Vaskivuori/Valvomo Glowblow (lamp) Snowcrash AK 1997 Harri Koskinen Block Lamp Design House Stockholm 1999 Koskinen 2000 (barbeque utensils) Hackman 2000

Ilkka Koskela Lauren (chair) Prototype 2000 Kristiina Lassus Strawbowl Alessi spa/Strawbius Oy 2000 Tani Muhonen/Muotoilutoimisto Pentagon Oy Lure (“Nils Master invincible evolution”) Finlandia Uistin Oy/Nils Master 1997 Maarit Mustonen Rust Lace (art textile) 2000 Reima Cyberia (smart clothing) In co-operation with University of Lapland and Tampere University of Technology 1998-2000 Ilkka Suppanen Flying Carpet (sofa) Cappellini spa 1998


Linda Björg Árnadóttir Outfits Prototype 2000 Karolina Einarsdóttir Urban Picnic (picnic basket) Prototype 2000 Flora (lamp) Prototype 2000 Tina Gunnarsdóttir Rubber Leafs (table mats) Prototype 2000 Sesseljia H Guomundsdóttir Radio Star (radio) Prototype 2000 Gudbjörg Kr. Ingavadottir Necklaces, bracelet, collection of rings, brooch & earrings Prototypes 2000 Bergpora Guõnadóttir Clothing – trousers, blouse, sweater and top Prototypes 2000 Ásmundur Hrafn Sturluson Sky-Light (lamp) Prototype 1998-2000

Nordic Architecture – information received Aug 2002

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