ROSENBERGS ARCHITECTS: INGA VARG ALESSANDRO RIPELLINO
Rosenberg Architects is one of the leading representatives and renewers of Swedish ”human modernism”. Beauty and functionality are given equal consideration in their work, in projects that by their poetic simplicity add a touch of elegance to daily life. Their architecture combines tactile materials with functional plans that make active use of Nordic light. Rosenberg is an industry leader when it comes to complex projects with a creative edge, and the firm’s rich history distinguishes them among Swedish architectural firms.
NORDIC ARCHITECTS: EBBS AND FLOWS
Arvinius + Orfeus is expanding its acclaimed list of architectural reference books with Nordic Architects – Ebbs and Flows. The book features world-famous architects like BIG, Wingårdhs and Snøhetta, as well as the exotic architecture of Iceland and the Faroe Islands by Arkís and MAP arkitektar, and rising Scandinavian stars like Mia Hägg. Through interviews with more than 60 leading architects, author David Sokol explores the questions and ideas most relevant to Nordic architecture today. Illustrated with vivid, previously unpublished images of the region’s most pioneering buildings.
FRESH: THE IRRESISTIBLE APPEAL OF GERT WINGÅRDH’S ARCHITECTURE
Wingårdhs represents an eclectic and pioneering architecture. Their projects are a testament to a wide array of architectural expressions, while remaining deeply rooted in a pragmatic and humanistic Nordic tradition. “Our buildings are based on responsiveness. It’s a different approach, a unique approach,” says Gert Wingårdh. This book presents a selection of the bureau’s latest works, such as Sven-Harry’s (Art Museum), Spira, K:fem, Victoria Tower, Kuggen and Emporia, as well as essays by Gert Wingårdh and editor Tomas Lauri, and an in-depth conversation between Gert Wingårdh and Bjarke Ingels of Demark’s BIG Architects.
Dark is one of Norway’s largest planning, architecture and interior design practices. Their work includes master planning, urban design, building design, landscape architecture and interior architecture, as well as furniture design, graphic design and visualization. Dark’s vision is to create the most vigorous and cutting-edge house of design, architecture and visualization within the Nordic countries, and this book presents their history and major projects from the past 25 years.
MUNCH THROUGH NEW EYES: HIS HOLY UNIVERSE
This book presents new research on one of the world’s greatest expressive artists. The book reveals new material about several paintings, and draws astonishing conclusions. Through varying approaches, the book’s four authors let us see Edvard Munch through new eyes. An important part of the book throws new light on Munch’s position toward religion and philosophy, emphasizing the artist’s strong relation to the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. This is probably the most unusual book ever on Munch’s life and work.
MUNCH BY OTHERS
Norwegian painter Edvard Munch’s (1863–1944) historical significance and continuing relevance are constantly being reflected in today’s Norwegian and international art. Several of Munch’s iconic images have also assumed a role as collectively understood cultural metaphors. In Norway it is hardly possible to consider the term “anxiety” without referencing The Scream. Although the artist never formed a proper ”school” around his work, he has been a direct influence to artists spanning many genres and cultures. The most known is perhaps Andy Warhol, but this book reveals that there are many others, including Robert Mapplethorpe, Tracey Emin, Marina Abramovic, Louise Bourgeois, Turner Prize nominated Enrico David, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Mapplethorpe, Georg Baselitz and many, many more.
JAN DIGERUD: COLLAGE
“When I put together a collage, I think about architecture.” The famous Norwegian postmodernist architect Jan Digerud is a collector of bits of paper: ”Together these bits of paper form my palette, textures and forms. The paper collages in this book comprise a selection from my sketch books. My wish is that precedents from the beginnings of modernism are linked to contemporary ideals, so the past and the present need not stand apart. The collages here are independent, finished compositions. Yet even more so, they are exercises in design, inspired by time and place.”
KERSTIN ÖHLIN LEJONKLOU: SILVERSMED
For 50 years, Swedish artist and silversmith Kerstin Öhlin Lejonklou has created jewellery with sculptural precision. Internationally recognised with one of the most prestigious contemporary art awards, the Prince Eugen Medal, Öhlin Lejonklou is one of Sweden’s most innovative and enterprising jewellery artists. In this book, author Sanna Svedestedt explores the artist’s journey from her early experimentation with circles and cubes in the 1960s, to her later work in silver, gold and precious stones. The book is lavishly illustrated with rare material from the artist’s archive, as well as new images produced specifically for this gorgeous volume.
MONICA FÖRSTER: LATERAL THINKING
Swedish designer Monica Förster’s first monograph is a generous book illustrating more than 15 years of successful collaborations with some of the world’s best producers, from Italian brands such as Tecno, De Padova and Cappelini to Swedish brands like Swedese and Offecct. This book includes sketches, renderings, models and exhibition work, as well as unique insight into Monica Förster’s ideas and design processes. In this book, we follow Förster on her journey from the small village of Dorotea where she grew up to the limelight of the international design scene, bringing with her the poetry and craftsmanship from the region where she grew up.
BEHIND THE SCENES: STORIES FROM THE DESIGN INDUSTRY
Behind the Scenes provides an inside look at today’s design industry, touching on topics that are rarely discussed except behind closed doors – the challenges facing the industry, the commercial undercurrents that shape and define it and an exclusive glimpse at those in power. The book includes chapters on the relationship between design media and PR, payment methods in the design industry, the escalating speed of new product development, the little-known elements that effect a product’s pricing, and much more. Behind the Scenes was nominated for a 2013 Swedish Design Award (Svenska Designpriset).
15 x YEARS 15 X PHOTOGRAPHERS 15 X CHAIRS: ALEXANDER LERVIK
Alexander Lervik celebrates 15 years as a designer, during which time he has launched an equal number of chairs. By asking 15 Swedish and internationally renowned photographers from the fields of art, fashion and music to each pick a chair to photograph, he has not only given them free reign to interpret a chair from his production – but also to question and push the boundaries of what product photography can be. This book documents the photographic work of Martin Parr, Gunnar Smoliansky, Annika von Hauss-wolf, Vee Speers, Mary Ellen Mark, Lynn Goldsmith, Dawid, Brendan Austin, Bruno Ehrs, Mats Bäcker, Helen PE, Andreas Ackerup, Elisabeth Toll, Julia Peirone and Gerry Johansson as each presents his or her unique take on the chairs of Alexander Lervik, with a text written by design author and editor Hanna Nova Beatrice.
SCANDINAVIAN DESIGN IN THE DOLL’S HOUSE
Scandinavian Design in the Doll’s House takes the reader through the changing trends in Scandinavian interior design, from 1950–2000. It was in Scandinavia that modernist design came to interest toy makers on a considerable scale and this unique production of doll’s houses and doll’s house furniture in modern style is prized both by collectors and by children at play. The book captures the Nordic way of life that has influenced interior design throughout the world. Childlike in some ways, perversely voyeuristic in others, this book is a must for mid-century lovers and has the potential of being a cult classic.
NORWAY CALLING: TOUCH-DOWN IN A NEW WORLD OF NORWEGIAN DESIGN
Norway Calling, the book of contemporary Norwegian design. It is the first book to mirror the exciting northern trend, introducing some of the principal figures and some of their most important projects – an excellent opportunity for design-lovers to acquaint themselves with the vigorous development of Norwegian design after such titans as Sverre Fehn, Grete Prytz Kittelsen and Arne Korsmo. After years of silence there proved to be a new, living world of Norwegian design. Now widley known designers and architects such as Snøhetta, Daniel Rybakken, Norway Says and Arne & Carlos bare witness to this forceful trend.
SWEDISH ILLUSTRATION 3
Swedish Illustration 3 collects 123 of the country’s top illustrators and agencies. A broad selection of work is included – children’s books, book covers, fashion illustrations, technical drawings and text book illustrations are mixed with the illustrators’ own projects. The book also consists of reflecting texts on illustration today, and essays on the nominees and winner of the Swedish Illustration Award 2011. With its in-depth collection, broad in content, the book is a must for those working with or as illustrators, but also for anyone interested in Swedish illustration today.
NORDIC GRAPHIC DESIGNERS
Nordic Graphic Designers is the third volume in Arvinius’ series on Nordic architecture and design. The book demonstrates the diversity among graphic designers from the five Nordic countries, but also tracks a distinctly Nordic identity shared by a great variety of designers. The book serves as both an encyclopedia of contemporary expression and a catalogue of leading designers, with established titans and rising stars side by side. We learn what sparks the creativity of Kari Piippo, Acne, and Bleed. An introduction gives the reader a diagnosis of today’s Nordic graphic design. Each of the following chapters is devoted to a single designer, beginning with a brief interview.
DESIGN BY NATURE: INTERACTION BETWEEN NATURE AND DESIGN/ARCHITECTURE IN NORWAY
In spring 2011 Norwegian Snøhetta was chosen the world’s most innovative architect office by the American magazine Fast Company. The interest for architects and designers from Norway continues to grow. Exhibition projects such as 100% Norway have consolidated the country’s position as a design nation making great progress. In this sequel to Norway Calling (2008) writer Staffan Bengtsson considers the Norwegian design world’s new and different relation to landscape and nature. Today mountains and fjords are not purely magnificent visual scenery but also part of a design process that perhaps ultimately is concerned with man’s future on the planet.
The companion book to Nordic Architects highlights the contemporary talents working in a region that is famous for product, furniture, and industrial design. In design as in architecture, recent progress is defined by a clean aesthetic, craftsmanship, and empathy for the human experience. But other recent movements, like the emphasis of intellectual conceit over form making, have perhaps caught designers off guard. In informal interviews with 60 of the region’s best known designers, such as Peter Opsvik, Front, and Ilkka Suppanen, writer and editor David Sokol explores the once and future Nordic identity, the exigencies of local manufacturing, and the competitive global marketplace.
SCANDINAVIAN DESIGN BEYOND THE MYTH: FIFTY YEARS OF DESIGN FROM THE NORDIC COUNTRIES
Scandinavian design has become an established phenomenon, retaining its positive resonance. During the flowering of postmodernism in the 1970s and 1980s, there was less focus on the concept, but by the early 1990s however, it had made a comeback. Now the time has come for a serious reassessment of Scandinavian design, including all the countries in the Nordic community that have contributed to the formation of this identity: Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Edited by Widar Halén och Kerstin Wickman.
NEW GRAPHICAL SYMBOLS FOR MANY MORE
We all come into contact with symbols, when travelling, shopping or visiting libraries and hospitals. Properly designed, the symbols are readily understandable and make life easier for us. Because pictorial symbols – graphical symbols – are so widespread in public places, it is important, as a matter of democracy and human rights, that everyone should be able to understand them. Graphical Symbols for Many More is a national development and standardization project aimed at making public symbols more uniform and more serviceable in keeping with the concept of Design for All. This book contains the competition entries, presented by category, Medical centre, Library, Travel centre, Source separation, Playground, Evacuation meeting point and Internet café. The winning entry, the nominated entries and the honorable mention are presented in their entirety.
NORSKE ROM: NORGES AMBASSADE I STOCKHOLM
Although built sixty years ago, the Norwegian embassy in Stockholm is a striking building that still functions perfectly as a meeting place for diplomats, people from the business and political communities with receptions, dinners and cultural events. The building is also the residence of the residing ambassadors and their families. The house is the masterpiece of the well known Norwegian architect Knut Knutsen, decorated with important works of art from the period between the wars, many by Edvard Munch.
KONGENS HUS: ALLE KONGEPARETS HJEM
Since the King and Queen of Norway took reign in 1991, there has been a period continuously of restoration of the royal properties in several parts of the country. The Royal Castle of Oslo needed a thorough rehabilitation after decades with no major refurbishment since the Second World War. Ending like 20 years of restoration, all ten castles and houses, the royal yacht and railway carriage has been documented through new photography and texts. H.M. Queen Sonja has written texts to all the properties, probably unique in the history of European royalty.
247 SWEDISH CRAFT ARTISTS: A GUIDE FROM SOUTH TO NORTH
Sweden is a big country. Both on the map and applied arts. From the potter in Ystad to the silversmith in the far north there runs a whole gamut of objects. The presence of the hand is not readily dispensed with. This book contains 247 practitioners. 247 different temperaments and a host of styles and techniques. This book, the first inventory for many years, reveals that something has indeed happened, both in the domain of applied arts and in relation to neighbouring artistic fields. Here then, profusely illustrated, is a sampler of individual craftspeople and the copious diversity of Swedish applied arts.
IKEA THE BOOK: DESIGNERS, PRODUCTS AND OTHER STUFF
Along with Volvo and ABBA, IKEA is Sweden’s most internationally successful brand. In recent years, furniture pieces from IKEA have occasionally turned up at international design auctions. Meanwhile, the designers behind the furniture at IKEA have long been unknown to most of us. IKEA THE BOOK brings them into the light to describe the creative and successful, celebrated world of Scandinavian design. IKEA THE BOOK holds something for anyone with an interest in design processes and style.
EDVARD MUNCH: COMPLETE GRAPHIC WORKS
Gerd Woll is the leading expert on Edvard Munch, having written both the artist’s catalogue raisonné (4 volumes, 2008), and now this volume of the artist’s complete graphic works. The author has been chief curator of the Munch Museum in Oslo for 40 years, and her publications are the authoritative catalogues of Munch’s oeuvre. Every graphic work of Munch is discussed in this book, and the works are documented with a large number of illustrations, many which have not published previously.
ISBN: 978-82-93140-12-2 (English)
SIDETRACKS: PAINTING IN THE PARAMODERN CONTINUUM
There have been changes in the way we perceive the present, and this is also registered in visual arts. Sidetracks is a book presenting 13 artists who all have a relation to figurative imagery. They also renegotiate painting as language on canvas. The “real” world is seen through other visual regimes, and this world is no longer seen only through the eyes of the artist.
TRADITION AND INHERITANCE: THE ROYAL COLL ECTIONS
King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway both celebrated their 75th anniversary in 2012. The Norwegian government wanted to present the royal couple an original gift on this occasion: a substantial, illustrated book of the royal collections of Norway. This book presents material from the royal collection of art and artefacts, including silver, furniture, travel equipment, carriages and cars, photographs, orders and decorations. Most of the material has never been shown or published.
The Munch Museum’s 1894 version of Puberty has not been shown to the public for more than ten years due its need for conservation. This experimental painting was done by Edvard Munch on un-primed canvas, which made it increasingly fragile over the years. The painting has undergone extensive conservation, and the finalizing of this lent itself to an exhibition, and this first publication in book form, which includes articles on this important work of Munch.
THOMAS SANDELL: SANDELLSANDBERG
Thomas Sandell is one of Sweden’s most internationally celebrated architects and designers. Blessed with a powerful, idiosyncratic sense of form, he has worked on a vast number of scales and in many genres. He combines the furniture designer who has created some of IKEA’s major classics with the product designer who has fashioned exclusive watches and bags, the architect behind some of the most controversial Swedish projects of recent years, and the planner with social pathos who addresses the problems of underprivileged suburban communities.
KJELLANDER + SJÖBERG
Kjellander + Sjöberg is a considerable part of the renewed Swedish architecture. During more than ten years, they have created architecture far from the obvious that last over time after long daily use. It is architecture where housing, social issues about how we live our lives and our need to participate in public life is central. According to Kjellander + Sjöberg, architecture should come close. It should be practical and beautiful every day. “Kjellander + Sjöberg lets architecture be what it should be,” says Hans Ibelings in one of the book’s essays. The book Kjellander + Sjöberg is part of the A+O series of books on Nordic architects.
THAM VIDEGÅRD ARKITEKTER
Tham & Videgård Arkitekter are leaders of a new generation of Swedish architects. As Hans Ibelings notes in one of the book’s essays, they are neither stuck in the functionalist past nor preoccupied with a conceptual image. By approaching each assignment in a direct and uncomplicated way, they create opportunities for architectural exploration. For ten years they have produced a singular and lucid architecture that owes as much to vernacular Nordic tradition as it does to the international scene.
TOWNHOUSES AND COUNTRY ESTATES: DUTCH ARCHITECTURE IN SWEDEN
Dutch architecture in 17th century Sweden, featuring estates, manors, palaces and gardens designed by Dutch architects or built on behalf of Dutchmen in Sweden. The book also highlights the history of Dutch clients as they had a large influence on the architecture. Among these clients, Louis de Geer plays a central role. Moreover, it describes the role that the Dutch played in the foundation and development of the city of Gothenburg in the 1600s, a century when the Dutch connection had great significance in Swedish trade, culture and sciences.