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Snøhetta Curates the Ultimate Nordic Art and Design Show [Slideshow]

Scandinavia is the undisputed powerhouse of architecture and design today. Its output is so rich, in fact, it’s hard to imagine stuffing it into a single show, as the architecture firm Snøhetta has done in Nordic Models + Common Ground: Art and Design Unfolded on view now at the American-Scandinavian Foundation in New York.

Scandinavia is the undisputed powerhouse of architecture and design today. Its output is so rich, in fact, it’s hard to imagine stuffing it into a single show, as the architecture firm Snøhetta has done in Nordic Models + Common Ground: Art and Design Unfolded on view now at the American-Scandinavian Foundation in New York.

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At the same time, Nordic designers are pretty predictable about the themes they emphasize (which might have something to do with a broader cultural preference for group values over individual ones). Nordic Models draws out these shared obsessions — nature, light, and social justice, among them — in the work of 35 artists and designers, who’ve turned a hand to everything from apartment complexes to lamps made out of codfish. The show is an illustration of how a communal sensibility can produce wildly diverse (and wonderfully creative) art and design. Highlights follow.

[All images courtesy of the American-Scandinavian Foundation]

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Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D

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