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Nordic Craft and Design at Manchester Art Gallery

July 23, 2018

Perhaps it’s not coincidence that I settled in Manchester with two of my favourite galleries on the doorstep. I popped into town the other weekend to visit one of them Manchester Art Gallery and see it’s fab Nordic Craft and Design exhibition on the top floor. It’s on display for a whole year (til 7th July 2019) so you’ve plenty of time to get to see it and it’s wonderfully curated, displayed and free to get in !

Let’s start with some stylish glassware.

It wouldn’t be a true Nordic exhibition without a glimpse of the Moomins.

This amazing dress was worn by Bjork for one of her concerts, I also admired the beautiful Ribbon Chair by Katie Walker.

I really enjoyed seeing some retro fabrics from the 60’s and 70’s.

Unusual bag with etched wood and fabric, depicting a forest scene.

Two famous shaped chairs that proved to be exceedingly popular (and probably well copied) worldwide.

Amazing detail in these embroidered gloves from the late eighteen hundreds.

Not seen these wonderful glass birds by Oiva Toikka before, they even had a few for sale in the giftshop.

Even some impressive lights to feast your eyes on.

Another new ceramic artist for me was Mari Simmulson. Born in 1911 and died in 2000. She was one of the leading designers for Gustavsberg and Upsala-Ekeby in the 1940s-1960s

More interesting textiles and new names to research.

A few snippets of other exhibitions on at the gallery at the moment.

Also a great new addition are some wonderful paintings on the cafe walls.

Especially these two by Nash.

Well worth having a browse in the gift shop too. I try to buy something to contribute back to the gallery.

This has just given me more desire to plan a Scandinavian trip away. Anyone want a well behaved visitor ? : )

So pleased I saw this exhibition.

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