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Joint Celebration of Nordic Design

Nordic Embassies in Berlin Organise a Joint Exhibition on New Nordic Design and Fashion

July 08th, 2016
Ingrida Haringová, News from Berlin

Nordic embassies in Berlin held an open evening with the participation of the Finnish ambassador Ritva Koukku-Ronde. The evening began with a discussion on nordic design, moderated by Thomas Böhm.

The nordic countries of Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland have cooperated in a joint exhibition celebrating nordic design, food and fashion. Prior to the opening of the exhibition was a discussion on what constitutes nordic design.

The joint exhibition opened on July 7th and will last until 8th October. The exhibition has been curated by the artist Sabine Schirdewahn and Matthias Wagner K, the director of the Museum of Applied Arts in Frankfurt.

Nordic fashion, food and design are expored by the five countries, telling a story about what goodliving is and how to it can be achieved.

The leitmotif of the whole exhibition is sustainability in design and fashion, and how to combine timeless design with practicality and sustainability. During the discussion the designers expressed their hope for more local and long-lasting production, where greenness and attractiveness could be combined. The designers also expressed interest in greater cooperation between the countries to achieve new, more sustainable fabrics.

More than 100 participants from Denmark, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway and Sweden - from newcomers to established names - are included in the exhibition.

The opening speech at Nordic Embassies was given by the Finnish ambassador, Ritva Koukku-Ronde, which was followed by speeches by the curators.

Nordic embassies in Berlin symbolises the motto, “each autonomous, and yet together”, reflecting the longstanding relationship between the nordic countries over the centuries. It is a public space for cultural events, jointly run by the five embassies and combines the security, working and representation functions of all five embassies.


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