Scandi-Modern: Scandinavian Design c. 1860 – 1960
Scandinavia became one of the leading countries for ‘progressive’ design in the 20th century. This lecture starts by looking at design reform and the arts and crafts movement at the end of the 19th century. Included will be the interiors of Karl Larsson, for many the direct precursor of the IKEA Swedish style; the metalwork of the Dane Georg Jensen, which drew heavily on the English Arts and Crafts; Swedish and Danish glass and ceramics – Orrefors, Rorstrand and Copenhagen. The impact on Scandinavian designers of the Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Modernism will be appraised bringing us up to the 1950s when it can be said Scandinavian design came of age. Scandinavian Modern, as it was christened in America, offered an ideal life-style for the post war era, based on clean lines, natural materials and the notion that ‘less is more’. Founded on principles of economy and self reliance-Do-It-Yourself-IKEA has globalized Scandinavian Modern and many have embraced its founder’s ethos as it suits our busy lifestyles.
About the Lecturer
Anne Anderson graduated in Art History and Archaeology from Leicester University in 1978 and worked as an archaeologist for 8 years, being elected to the Society of Antiquaries in 1997. 1993-2007 senior lecturer on the Fine Arts Valuation degree courses at Southampton Solent University, specialising in the Aesthetic Movement, Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau and Modernism. She is currently Hon. Research Fellow at Exeter University; a Fletcher Jones Fellow of the Huntington Library, CA; a fellow of the Henry Francis Du Pont Winterthur Museum and Library; Cumming Ceramic Research Foundation Fellow (2007 and 2010) and consultant for Lord Frederic Leighton’s Studio-House, Kensington. Her 2008 exhibition Ancient Landscapes, Pastoral Visions Samuel Palmer to the Ruralists attracted some 47,000 visitors. She has published books on Roman pottery, Art Deco teapots and Edward Burne-Jones. A lecturer for The Arts Society since 1993, Anne toured Australia in 2000, 2006, 2009 and has lectured on cruises. Her television credits include BBC’s Flog It! Anne is also a tutor at the V&A on the Chardin to Cézanne year course.