Nordic Cool 2013: Forum: Living by Design: A Holistic Approach to Everything

Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 7:00 PM

How does design impact every aspect of our daily lives? This discussion on contemporary Nordic design tackles issues such as trends, influences, philosophies, and market differences, as well as production challenges.

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For the duration of Nordic Cool 2013, the Terrace Gallery will become the Cool Club, an extension of the Nordic Design Illustrated exhibition. The Cool Club will feature the iconic Arne Jacobsen Series 7 chairs, on loan from Fritz Hansen, the Embassy of Denmark in Washington, D.C., and Furniture from Scandinavia, and a new curtain made from fabric by Marimekko.
How does design impact every aspect of our daily lives? This discussion on contemporary Nordic design tackles issues such as trends and influences; philosophies underlying practice; differences in national, regional, and global markets, as well as production challenges in fashion, home, and industry. Moderated by Judith Gura, Director of the Design History Program at New York Institute of Interior Design, this panel includes Mårten Claesson of Claesson Koivisto Rune in Sweden, Guðrun Rógvadóttir of Guðrun & Guðrun in the Faroe Islands, and Johan Olin and Aamu Song, co-founders of Finnish design practice COMPANY.

Part of Nordic Cool 2013.

This is a FREE event. General Admission tickets will be distributed, two (2) per person on a first-come-- first-serve basis, in front of the theater, 30 minutes before the performance begins.

Judith Gura, USA (Moderator)
Judith Gura teaches design history and theory and serves as Director of the Design History Program at the New York School of Interior Design. She has written several books on interior design, Scandinavian furniture design, and furniture styles, including New York Interior Design, 1935-1985: Volume 1, Investors of Tradition, and Volume II, Masters of Modernism, and Sourcebook of Scandinavian Furniture: Designs for the 21st Century. She has also curated a number of design exhibitions, including Inspired Impressions: Interior Paintings by Jeremiah Goodman and Modern in the Past Tense at the New York School of Interior Design (as co-curator), Harvey Probber: Modernist Furniture, Design, and Graphics at the Mishkin Gallery at Baruch College, and Edward Wormley: The Other Face of Modernism at the Lyn-Weinberg Gallery. 

Mårten Claesson (Sweden) is an architect and designer educated at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Stockholm) and Parsons The New School for Design (New York). He founded Claesson Koivisto Rune with Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune in 1995.

Guðrun Rógvadóttir, Faroe Islands
Guðrun Rógvadóttir is a co-owner and Manager of Guðrun & Guðrun, an internationally renowned designer knitwear shop in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands, alongside designer Guðrun Ludvig. They opened Guðrun & Guðrun with the idea of selling fashionable and sustainable knitwear created using traditional Faroese knitting techniques. The clothing sold is hand-knit by local women following Guðrun Ludvig's designs, and all materials used are sustainable. Rógvadóttir co-authored a book with Ludvig titled Slow Clothing (2009), detailing their practices and discussing the importance of sustainable and responsible clothing.
Johan Olin & Aamu Song, Finland
Johan Olin and Aamu Song are co-owners of COMPANY, a design firm based in Helsinki, Finland. With COMPANY, Olin and Song have designed and produced clothing, furniture, and accessories. The two have collaborated with local designers in Finland and elsewhere through COMPANY's product lines: Made in Belgium, Made in Korea and Top Secrets of Finland, all of which have products sold at COMPANY's Salakauppa (Secret Shop) in Helsinki. The two designers also work in installation and environmental art. Notable works include Concerts in Woods (an outdoor installation/concert space for Our Festival, Finland), Reddress (a concert space created in cooperation with Kvadrat and Louisiana Modern Art Museum), and the Top Secrets of Finland, Secrets of Russia, Made in Belgium, and Made in Korea product lines.


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