A new era in furniture design

5 Feb - 25 Sep 2019

The 1980s saw a paradigm shift in the world of design. The breakthrough for postmodernism and especially the Italian design group Memphis Milano had a fundamental influence on attitudes towards an object’s basic shape and spawned an international wave of creativity.

Through the exhibition “1980s” (5 Feb – 1 Sep) the Museum of Furniture Studies wants to highlight the breakthrough of postmodernism and its impact on furniture design, both internationally and within the Nordic region. What permanent changes in our values in relation to quality and in our perception of the balance between surface and content did the design debate of the 1980s lead to?

What impression did the Memphis group leave on Swedish furniture culture, and why and how did their choice of materials and design expression inspire today’s young designers?