By Joe Veyera
The event, which will feature a reception with a no-host bar and remarks from the museum staff along with the exhibit viewing, is co-sponsored by Docomomo WEWA (which stands for the Documentation and Conservation of the Modern Movement in Western Washington), a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the appreciation and awareness of Modern architecture and design in the region through education and advocacy efforts.
The exhibit highlights the unique furnishings designed and made in Denmark in the 1950s and 1960s, and was produced by the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa. It includes works from designers of the era Poul Henningsen, Arne Jacobsen, Niels Otto Møller, Borge Mogensen, and Hans Wegner. Wegner is featured with one of his most notable works, the Round Chair, later known as “the Chair” once it gained popularity in televised presidential debates between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon.
Along with furnishings, light fixtures, tablewares and serving pieces, and toys are also on display, alongside marketing campaign materials that introduced American consumers to Danish design.
The exhibit is on view at the museum through August 31.
There is a $5 suggested donation for the event at the door. People are encouraged to RSVP here, or by calling 206.789.5707 ext. 10.
For more information on the event, click here.
Photo of “The Chair” by Hans Wegner courtesy of the Nordic Heritage Museum