Covering the 1960s and 1970s, this volume explores new ways of investigating, comparing and interpreting the different domains of design culture across the Nordic countries.

Challenging the traditional narrative, this volume argues that the roots of the most prominent features of Nordic design’s contemporary significance are not to be found amongst the objects for the home collectively branded as ‘Scandinavian Design’ to great acclaim in the 1950s, but in the discourses, institutions and practices formed in the aftermath of that oft-told success story, during the turbulent period between 1960 and 1980. This is achieved by employing multidisciplinary approaches to connect the domains of industrial production, marketing, consumption, public institutions, design educations, trade journals as well as public debates and civic initiatives forming a design culture. This book makes a significant contribution to current, international agendas of historiographical critique focusing on transnational relations and the deconstruction of national design histories.

This book will be of interest to scholars in design, design history and Scandinavian studies.

The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

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Nordic Design Cultures in Transformation, 1960–1980
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part I|92 pages

Transforming Discourse

chapter 1|13 pages

The Way North

Merging Ideology and Methodology on the Road to Ecological Design
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chapter 2|18 pages

The Total, Global, Living ‘Environment’

A Key Concept in the Danish Design Debate around 1970
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chapter 3|20 pages

Students of Architecture as Environmental Activists

Two Sister Exhibitions about the Environmental Crisis in Sweden and Norway, 1968–1969
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chapter 4|10 pages

Exhibition as a Critical Tool

A Conversation with Gunilla Lundahl on Exhibitions, Making Change and Participation
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chapter 5|11 pages

Nordic Revival

Crafting Rural Development in Finnish and Norwegian Design Discourse
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chapter 6|18 pages

Sami Mobilisation

Institutions and Exhibitions in the 1970s 1
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part II|53 pages

Transforming Institutions

chapter 7|20 pages

Exhibiting New Cultures of Design

Representing the Cultural and Social Meanings of Design in Three Nordic Exhibitions
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chapter 8|7 pages

On a Stormy Sea

Design Education and Politics in Finland
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chapter 9|12 pages

Voices of Rebellion

Interviews with Former Students at the Copenhagen School of Arts and Crafts 1969
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part III|67 pages

Transforming Practices

chapter 11|21 pages

Designing Together

On Histories of Scandinavian User-Centred Design
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chapter 12|14 pages

Between Craft and Commerce

Norwegian and Danish Textile Design in a Time of Change
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chapter 13|14 pages

Sewing and Sisterhood

Elverhøj, the First Collective Craft Store in Copenhagen
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chapter 14|16 pages

Knowledge to the People

The Professionalisation of Graphic Design in the Norwegian Book Publishing Industry
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