Edit ModuleShow Tags

Celebrate Danish Modern Design


Published:

Chair No. 8 by Helge Sibast (1953).

Goldstein Museum of Design

Minnesota is famously Scandinavian in its heritage (our NFL team is called the Vikings after all). It’s reflected in many of our state’s celebrated traditions, institutions such as Sons of Norway, and attractions such as the American Swedish Institute, with it’s beautiful Turnblad Mansion, along with the Nelson Cultural Center, which opened in 2012.

Another way that such Scandinavian influence is seen is in the much-loved classic furniture designs, which is kept alive today by such retailers as IKEA, located just across the way from Mall of America. But if you want to learn about the distinctive style of craftsmanship, you will want to attend the current exhibit at the University of Minnesota’s Goldstein Museum of Design: Danish Modern: Design for Living.

Danish Modern is a form of furniture that combined elements of early 20th century Modernism with Danish values for nature and handcraft associated with the earlier Arts and Crafts Movement, write the museum curators. The distinctive style remains very popular today with customers who appreciate the design values “utility, beauty, craftsmanship, and attention to the inherent qualities of the materials.”

Organized by the Museum of Danish America, located in Elk Horn, Iowa, this exhibition features objects from private collectors, the Goldstein Museum, the Danish American Center as well as the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Open now, Danish Modern: Design for Living runs through April 27. However, do you want a behind the scenes look at Scandinavian furniture and its designers? Join the owner of Danish Teak Classics, Steven Swanson, for a behind-the-scenes tour of his showroom, warehouse and workshop. Swanson is opening the doors to his furniture restoration shop in conjunction with the exhibit. But act soon. You must RSVP and space is limited.

Danish Teak Classics Tour
When: Thursday, April 24 at 6 p.m.
Where: Danish Teak Classics
Northrup King Building #277
1500 N.E. Jackson St., Minneapolis
RSVP: gmd@umn.edu or call 612-624-7434

Edit ModuleShow Tags

About This Blog

Whether you are a seasoned Twin Cities traveler or planning your first trip to Minnesota, this blog will introduce you to many new adventures to add to your itinerary. From day trips and scenic discoveries to luxurious girls weekends, travel tips, and insider scoops, our editors will give you all the information you need to enjoy your stay Up North.

Learn about the contributing writers.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Travel Blog

Twin Cities Sledding Hills

Grip it and rip it, it's time to shred some powder

Sue Z.'s Charitable Check-In: February

This month's philanthropic food events: a "Chopped"-style competition, the Charlie Awards, and cocktails with your dog

The 39th Annual International Eelpout Festival

Join over 10,000 people for a weekend of ice fishing, good-hearted competition and family fun Feb. 23–25

13 Overlooked Photo Ops in Minnesota

From Duluth to Waite Park to St. Paul, these are the iconic MN photo ops you might not know about

Art Flourishes on Frozen Lake Harriet

The Lake Harriet Kite Festival and Art Shanty Projects combine for a day of art, whimsy, and entertainment on Lake Harriet.

Snowmobiling Through Minnesota

Try a new mode of transportation this winter: snowmobile

Sue Z.'s Charitable Check-In: January

This month's philanthropic events: the winners of a pork showdown, and Swedish pottery

6 Places That Give MN Hipster Cred

Crocodiles and third-wave coffee and decomposing plushies—these are a few of our favorite (and most "hipster-y") things across the state

Sara Groves: Hymns in a Tiny Sanctuary

The singer recorded her latest album in the small church building that she transformed into a community center for creativity

Minnesota Businesses Adapt to Warmer Winters

As Minnesota winters get warmer, some businesses struggle, while others adapt the state's snowy identity

Go Deep: MN's Most Unique Tourist Spots

Destinations for those looking for the weirder, lesser-known side of the Twin Cities

So Much to Celebrate at the Best of Minnesota Party

Nearly 700 guests enjoyed Minnesota Monthly’s inaugural Best of Minnesota Party, on November 30, at Lumber Exchange Event Center, presented by The Saint Paul Hotel.

Not Your Typical Date Night Ideas

Scrap dinner and movie and try one of these unique date ideas instead.

Sue Z.'s Charitable Check-In: December

Sue Z.'s ideas for giving back this holiday season include donating food while taking in the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train—and perusing food trucks
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags