Swedish Design Exhibit Opens in Minneapolis

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17 Swedish Designers, an exhibit showcasing the work of Swedish women designers, will make a second stop on its U.S. tour at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis January 29. The exhibit, which will run through May 30, is based on a book, 17 Swedish Designers, written by Pascale Cottard-Olsson, a French woman who spotted and showcased the 17 designers at Gallery Pascale in Stockholm.

 With a reputation of being practical, minimalist, and innovative, the Swedish design landscape has been largely male dominated. This exhibit, characterized by the experiences of these young, progressive women, is described as more sensuous in nature.
Each designer will show three to 10 recent works, ranging from glass, ceramics, and textiles to architecture, furniture, industrial, and interior design.
The opening reception Friday, January 29, is open to the public—although RSVPs are requested to reserve a seat. Barbara Martinson, associate professor in the Department of Design, Housing and Apparel at the University of Minnesota, will speak about design today and women’s contributions to contemporary design. Enjoy treats and beverages at the 6 p.m. reception in the Turnblad Mansion’s Grand Hall, and stay to hear Professor Martinson speak at 7.
 Entrance to 17 Swedish Designers is included with museum admission: $6, $5 ages 62 and over, $4 ages 6–18, and students with a valid ID. The American Swedish Institute is located at 2600 Park Ave. in Minneapolis. For more information, call 612-871-4907
Pictured (top left, clockwise): Camilla Diedrich light; Eva Schildt fire “pit”; Sara Szyber table; Anna von Schewen chair; Anna Kraitz lamp; Front chair.




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