On 12 January 1867, Denmark and Japan signed a treaty which was seen as the commencement of official relations between the nations, and the starting point for personal contacts and flourishing commercial links.
Denmark: Design was an exhibition conceived to celebrate 150 years of collaboration, inspiration and friendship between the two countries. Design was an area where both Japanese and Danish taste had many similarities, with both countries placing an emphasis on handicrafts and individual artisan production prioritising the production of works of quality over quantity. The current collection of works took central place in an exhibition, which travelled to 12 venues in Japan, South Korea and New Zealand between 2016 to 2021, showcasing works from the ‘golden era’ of Danish design.
The exhibition highlighted Denmark as a powerhouse of exceptional design, producing countless masters in the field following World War II, including pioneers such as Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl and Arne Jacobsen who produced a large quantity of outstanding and iconic furniture designs and works of art. Mid-century Danish design represents objects of quality and simple beauty, underpinned by a deep understanding of the technical aspects of each work and it’s functionality, that remains a constant in Danish design to the present day.
Presenting furniture, lighting, jewellery and daily objects under one roof the exhibition relayed a wider approach in Denmark which advocated that everyone in its society should have a good quality and comfortable home, based on it’s approach as a welfare state. Placing these objects together we hope that they convey some of the simplicity, functionality and elegance from the golden age of Danish design that proved a perfect fit for the sleek lines and modernity of a new International Style of architecture that came to the fore in the 1940s and 1950s.
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