The Norwegian Embassy and The Corcoran Gallery of Art presents The Exceptional Everyday. An exhibition showcasing the dynamic and witty work of nine contemporary Norwegian industrial designers.
The exhibit will open on December 21, featuring objects which tweaks a seemingly mundane object or process and, in doing so, creates an exceptional experience. Kristine Bjaadal’s Underfull Tablecloth, for example, transforms an everyday annoyance—spilled beverages on a white tablecloth—into a magical moment. The spill causes a butterfly pattern rather than a stain. While the objects in the show exemplify the rigor and attention to detail typically associated with Scandinavian design, they also embody creative collaboration with the user.
Story by Studio Vibeke Skar and Ida NoemiOne of the featured designers Vibeke Skar, who has collaborated with Ida Noemi, says this about one of their showcased items: "The Story lamp is inspired by Scandinavian traditions and way of living, the contrast between the cold winter and warm clothing and homes. Story creates a magical and warm atmosphere, as if taken straight out of a mysterious forest night with trolls and other mythical creatures”. Skar hopes that the exhibition will present the uniqueness of Norwegian design that can help put Norwegian design on the map.
Artists featured in The Exceptional Everyday also include among others Frøystad + Klock, Kim Thome and Anderson Voll.
For more information, please visit The Corcoran Gallery of Art or read norway.org's interview with featured designer Kristine Bjaadal.