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Scan Magazine  |  Culture Feature   |  Nordic Design for Children

‘A zealot for all things Nordic’ A recent fascination with Scandinavia has seen a wide range of products and movements take the world by storm, including everything from Nordic Noir and Danish design to self-help and cook books. This, believes the curator, can be linked to a number of indices pointing to the Nordic countries as the happiest, most stable, safest and best-governed countries in the world. Understandably, she suggests, people elsewhere want a piece of the same success by adopting elements of the Nordic lifestyle.

Artek’s Toto Wooden Dolls. Photo: Artek

Currently expecting her first child, Canales admits to being smitten by all the cute and clever designs on display at her place of work. “After being involved in this exhibition, I’m a total zealot for all things Nordic,” she laughs. “I’ve been heavily swayed by the sustainable, robust and emotionally intelligent designs of the Juno bed and the Tripp Trapp chair, which grow with the child. They are both on my wish list.” She is most fond, however, of the iconic Kay Bojesen wooden monkey from 1951. “This playful, cheery toy encapsulates great craftsmanship and care. Its cheeky face, flexible limbs and the sheer tactility of the teak and limba woods make this a toy that people of all ages still want to pick up and play with,” she says. Century of the Child: Nordic Design for Children 1900 to Today runs at the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, London, until 2 September.

Above, left: Kay Bojesen’s wooden monkey, 1951. © Rosendahl Design Group. Above, right: LEGO Mini Figure, 1978. Photo: Johann Bergenholtz. Below left: The LÖMSK chair from IKEA. Below, left: What it is is beautiful, LEGO advertisement, 1981. Photo: ©2014, The LEGO Group.

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Jessie M. King’s doll’s house, 1912.

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Scan Magazine, Issue 111, April 2018  

Promoting Brand Scandinavia. Featuring interview with Swedish pop princess Tove Styrke.

Scan Magazine, Issue 111, April 2018  

Promoting Brand Scandinavia. Featuring interview with Swedish pop princess Tove Styrke.