When it comes to Nordic design, there’s no shortage of talent: The likes of Alvar Alto, Verner Panton, and Hans Wegner established the region as a hotbed for creativity decades ago. But it’s not all about midcentury modern. A new generation of Nordic creatives will be on full display at this year’s Chart art fair, running August 31 through September 2 in Copenhagen. Since launching the offshoot Chart Design in 2016, the fair has become an oasis of fresh talent. This year, Chart Design will welcome 12 galleries from Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Norway showing a slew of new projects in glass, textiles, and more.
“Scandinavia’s iconic 20th design has long been celebrated but the latest crop of designers are already receiving international acclaim,” fair director Nanna Balslev Strøjer tells AD PRO. Although it only launched six years ago, Chart has quickly become a magnet for influential figures in the worlds of art and architecture on these shores. Recent attendees include Lee Mindel, Scott Campbell and Kyle DeWoody. So what makes the design on view so distinctive? “Blurring the boundaries between the art, sculpture and design as well as concept and craft is characteristic of so many examples on view,” Strøjer points out. Here, AD PRO rounded up some of the designers to watch.
Frida Fjellman’s Crystal Atmosphere chandelier