Postwar Art and Design of Northern Europe. Lecture supported by "Project 900" salon

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The exhibition "Scandinavian Design for Life" in 1951 first demonstrated world design objects from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Iceland. Kostyantyn Kovshevatsky talked about how the post-war northern design was formed and what became the basis of the new art of this era і Larisa Tsybina in a lecture, which was held as part of preparations for the Design Ukraine Show project on September 22 in the Kyiv salon "Proеkt 900".

Post-war Europe, faced with a great tragedy, fully felt that not only material goods were destroyed, but also the previous humanistic values ​​were lost. All new art from 1945 to 1968 protested against the old world and was formed as a reflection on global events of the era: Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Iron Curtain, space exploration, youth uprisings, consumer boom. Abstractionism and the art of optical illusions, audacious pranks and performances, kinetic installations, synergy of poetry, music and theater — this is the outlet of the emotions of the horror of war and the struggle for freedom against a dictatorial regime.

Kostyantyn Kovshevatsky, chief editor of PRAGMATIKA.MEDIA

Larisa Tsybina

Kateryna Tyupina, project manager of the "Project 900" salon

Sweden, which maintained military neutrality, was a saving oasis for architects, designers and artists who fled here. When the architect Josef Frank moved from Austria, the Swedes saw in him a comrade in a rational and functional spirit. At that moment, a new design philosophy began to emerge in Northern Europe: the rational use of material and conciseness of forms, the availability of household items for the poor and the romanticization of everyday life, the development of crafts and escape from the harsh climate in interiors. Gradually, these ideas formed the style we call Scandinavian or Nordic.

Designers Anton Manishin and Alyona Zhernova

Yuriy Zimenko (Design Studio Yuriy Zimenko)

Oksana Dolgopiatova (Dolgopiatova Design) and Volodymyr Musienko (VO7)

The design of the northern states did not succumb to a radical direction, so it remained timeless forever. "Shell" by Hans Wegner, "Chief" by Finn Jules, "Ant" by Arne Jacobsen, "Ball" by Eero Aarnio have become archetypal forms that have been repeatedly interpreted by famous factories and organically exist in interiors today.

Olena Kostenko and Olga Lebedeva (Sisters — design bureau), Lyudmila Sharshova (2L Design bureau)


Denys Kutnyakhov (DKD Projects) and Nata Kuts (Buro21)

Viktor Kudin (KUDIN architects), Anastasia Yutovets ("MIRS") and Olga Ryabova (KUDIN architects)

Kostyantyn Kovshevatskyi and Larisa Tsybina

Designer Zoya Novoselska and Olga Bespechna (Prostranstvo Design Studio)

Olga Nabiguz, Tetyana Demenkova (Decor2Art) and Larisa Tsybina

Maria Glazunova (GLAM Design)

Oleksandra Mudra (Klever Design)

Designer Iryna Guevska

Oleg Zhidelyaev ("Project 900")

Svitlana Sabri, Valeriya Koval and Anton Manishyn

Anastasia Galtseva

Nadia Horbatova (Nadiiaart), Mane Mehrabyan (Mane Design) and Eteri Tsintsadze (GJ Architects)

Solmaz Fuladi (Solmaz Primavera studio) and designer Iryna Guevska

Igor Chuikov

Nata Kuts (Buro21)

Lina Fedorenko (Fedora.Art) and Oleksandr Dekhtyarenko

Denys Kutnyakhov (DKD Projects) and Anastasia Galtseva