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New Scandinavian Designis an ambitious survey of the creativity and innovation of one of the most energetic design cultures around today. Not to be outshone by the classic furniture that made "Scandinavian design" a catchphrase of the 1950s, today's generation of designers is updating modernism in fresh and unexpected ways. Tweaking the myth of fair-haired citizens producing sober beech furniture,New Scandinavian Designgoes "beyond blond" to feature work that is anarchic, conceptual, and playful, while still exhibiting hallmark qualities of honesty and utility. Profiles of each Nordic country and illuminating interviews explore the trends and top products. Well over 400 full-color photographs of contemporary furniture, housewares, textiles, and consumer electronics make this an authoritative overview. Expertly researched and inventively designed, this substantial volume is as commanding and attractive as its subject.
Christopher Mount is an educator, writer, and curator specializing in 20th century architecture and design. He curated Arne Jacobsen's centenary exhibition for the Scandinavia House in 2002. He lives in New York City.
Katherine Nelson is a New York-based design journalist and former editor of the award-winning eDesign magazine.
Raul Cabra is the principal of Cabra Diseno, a San Francisco design firm.