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The Age of Design, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, retro and modern can be found at some of those large fairs, like the Brimfield Show in Massachusetts or Scott’s Market in Georgia and other places in the United States. Attending one this week brought luck! This rare early exhibition catalog, The Arts of Denmark Viking to Modern, caught my eye.

img331This now rare exhibition catalog was published for the occasion of a traveling exhibition of Danish Design in 1960-1961 and that exhibition was the start of the general attention to what is generally called Danish Modern in the United States. The first showing was at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, skillfully organized by the great advocate of all things “modern” Mr. Edgar Kaufmann Jr, a true Patron of the Arts.

The catalog editor was  Danish designer Erik Lassen, and the catalog cover designed in gold on white was done by the artist Rolf Middelboe. The architectural design was done by Finn Juhl one of Denmark’s top architects. The exhibition, showing the very best of Danish design, was organized by the Danish Society of Arts and Crafts and Industrial Design. With 378 contemporary items shown, it was also the largest ever exhibition outside Denmark of such designs. Some artists and designers and their manufacturers whose work was shown range from Kaare Klint, Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl, Arne Jacobsen, Poul Kjaerholm, Kaj Bojesen, Louis Poulsen and many others who worked in silver, ceramics and glass or in the fiber arts.

img332img333Across my desk came the September issue of the New England Antiques Journal, a worthwhile publication for many years to the trade in Antiques that only recently has tried to reinvent themselves by paying more attention to current trends in the larger collecting arena. It is a bit chaotic in lay out, but some very interesting articles were to be found here and yes you guessed it, one on Danish Modern with some good photos by Lorin Hesse, which you can see here.

Interesting to note is that in the magazine article, which very well identifies the various pitfalls for a new collector, there is again a good black and white (bw) photo of the wall unit designed by Mogens Koch shown in our picture above from the exhibition catalog, a sign of good taste and knowledge by the author of that article and perhaps attesting to the rarity of such a piece.

Another great short read is by David Rago on the deconstructionist pottery of that great icon American potter Peter Voulkos.

Kudos to the Journal and to the authors of these two articles.