Jacksons Berlin presents 'Nordic Modernism', an exhibition that explores early Functionalist traditions of Scandinavia.
Whereas Bauhaus architects and designers spurned historical developments and advocated materials such as tubular steel and rigid forms to meet the needs of mass production, their Scandinavian counterparts in Sweden, Denmark, and Finland adopted a distinct humanist view by combining international modernist principles with regional craft traditions.
Swedish pioneer Axel Einar Hjorth passionately promoted the adoption of functionalism in Scandinavia. Parallel to the launch of Nordic Modernism at the Stockholm Exhibition 1930, Hjorth was commissioned to design the interior of the Tösse bakery, several original chairs from which are on display at Jacksons.
The pre-war furniture, textiles, and lighting in the exhibition illustrate key features of a uniquely Scandinavian approach to Modernism.