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Bruno Mathsson

Designer Biography

...Swedish industrial designer and architect Bruno Mathsson is known principally for his furniture. In 1930, he received a scholarship allowing him to visit the Stockholm Exhibition where he saw a number of important Swedish functionalist...

Alvar Aalto

Designer Biography

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...Finnish architect and designer, mostly of furniture and glassware, Aalto was a leading figure in mid-twentieth century modern design. His work dominated the architectural scene in Finland from the late 1920s until his death...

Aino Marsio-Aalto

Designer Biography

...Finnish architect and designer Aino Marsio-Aalto qualified as an architect from the Helsinki Technical University in 1920. Her collaboration with Alvar Aalto began when she joined his office in 1923 and they were married in 1924...

Design in Scandinavia (Touring Show) 1954–7

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...Design in Scandinavia was the most important of a series of joint Scandinavian touring exhibitions of the 1950s and 1960s. With the motto “United we stand,” it was a result of the diligent efforts of the national societies of crafts...

Kittelsen, Grete Prytz (1917–2010)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...Craftswoman and designer, widely regarded as the internationally best-known Norwegian representative of the postwar Scandinavian Design epoch, Kittelsen’s original enamelware and jewelry designs were at the forefront of her era. She worked...

Welch, Robert (1929–2000)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...A British industrial designer born in Hereford, Welch was educated at Hanley Castle Grammar School, Birmingham School of Art, and later at the Royal College of Art in 1952. As a student, he traveled to Scandinavia, where he found...

Franck, Kaj (1911–89)

Charlotte Ashby

Charlotte Ashby lectures in the history of art and design at Birkbeck, University of London, the Courtauld Institute of Art and Oxford University, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...Kaj Franck was a Finnish designer, best known for his work in ceramics and glass. Franck is one of the most prominent figures associated with what became known as the “Golden Age” of Finnish design, the 1950s and 1960s. Unlike Timo...

Eckhoff, Mathias Gerhard (Tias) (1926–)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...A pioneer in Norwegian industrial design, Eckhoff’s output embodies modernist principles in a country with a relatively brief history of industrial design. Eckhoff represents the young postwar Scandinavian Design generation of graduates...

Aalto, Alvar (1898–1976)

Charlotte Ashby

Charlotte Ashby lectures in the history of art and design at Birkbeck, University of London, the Courtauld Institute of Art and Oxford University, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...Finnish architect and designer, mostly of furniture and glassware, Aalto was a leading figure in mid-twentieth-century modern design. His work dominated the architectural scene in Finland from the late 1920s until his death...

Dysthe, Sven Ivar (1931–)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...Dysthe is a Norwegian industrial and furniture designer, who brought an international design ethos to the Norwegian postwar scene. After qualifying as a master cabinetmaker, in 1953 he graduated from the Royal College of Art, London...