From Henning Koppel’s iconic silver Fish dish for Georg Jensen to the egalitarian designs of Finnish clothing company Marimekkothe timeless and classic beauty of Scandinavian design will be celebrated in a new NGV exhibition, Nordic Cool: Modernist Designfrom 28 February 2015.

Drawn from the NGV’s rich collection of Nordic design, the exhibition will showcase key designers and manufacturers of the 1920s to 1960s, encompassing ceramics, glass, silverware, furniture, textiles and lighting. Through pieces as varied as Alvar Aalto’s organic glass Savoy vase and the elegantly functional PH 4/3 table lamp by Poul Henningsenthe exhibition highlights the surprisingly diverse spectrum of aesthetics within Scandinavian design.

Armchair 41 (1930) via NGV

Armchair 41 (1930) via NGV

Nordic Cool marks the first time that the Gallery’s holdings of Nordic design have been shown in their entirety, and will include two significant new acquisitions of lighting design by the famous Danish designer Poul Henningsen. These will be presented as part of interior ‘vignettes’, including a dressing room complete with Marimekko dress and Hans Wegner’s 1950 Valet chair. Nordic Cool will also explore the strong furniture tradition in Scandinavian design through more than a dozen chairs including Alvar Aalto’s Armchair 41, a 1930s design classic that demonstrates the radical possibilities of moulded birch plywood.

Where | National Gallery of Victoria

When | February 28 – December 31

Entry | Free