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Scandinavian Design

Scandinavian Design: Alternative Histories

by Kjetil Fallan

Kjetil Fallan is associate professor of Design History at the University of Oslo. He is the author of Design History: Understanding Theory and Method (Bloomsbury Academic, 2010) and the editor of Scandinavian Design: Alternative Histories (Bloomsbury Academic, 2012) and is also an editor of the Journal of Design History. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2012
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781474294027
  • ISBN:
    978-1-8478-8912-6 (hardback)

    978-1-8478-8911-9 (paperback)

    978-1-4742-9402-7 (online)

    978-0-8578-5218-2 (epub)
  • Edition:
    English edition
  • Place of Publication:
    London
  • Published Online:
    2017 2017
Scandinavian Design
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Scandinavian design is still seen as democratic, functional and simple, its products exemplifying the same characteristics now as they have done since the 1950s. But both the essence and the history of Scandinavian design are much more complex than this. Scandinavian Design: Alternative Histories presents a radically new assessment, a corrective to the persistent mythologies and reductive accounts of Scandinavian design.

The book brings together case studies from the early twentieth century to today. Drawn from fields as diverse as transport, engineering, packaging, photography, law, interiors, and corporate identity, these studies tell new or unfamiliar stories about the production, mediation and consumption of design. An alternative history is created, one much more alive to national and regional differences and to types of product.

Scandinavian Design analyses a century of design culture from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden and, in so doing, presents a sophisticated introduction to Scandinavian design.