NoDe exhibition presents 28 emerging designers from the Nordics

Desk by Anton Mikkonen at NoDe exhibition by House of Nordic Design

Swirling metal lamps, stools made from old kitchen cabinets and a fur-covered desk were among objects on show at House of Nordic Design’s exhibition during 3 Days of Design in Copenhagen.

Titled NoDe, short for Nordic Design, the exhibition featured furniture, homeware and sculpture created by 28 up-and-coming designers and makers from Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland.

Desk by Anton Mikkonen at NoDe exhibition by House of Nordic Design
Sissel Warringa’s Peel Lamp rests atop Anton Mikkonen’s Silhouette table

These works were dotted around the rooms of a century-old artist’s atelier, located in a loft apartment on Store Strandstræde that could only be accessed via a small old-fashioned lift.

The show was curated by Natalia Sánchez, who founded House of Nordic Design in 2023 to provide both a sales platform and a business support network for designers at the start of their careers.

Textile by Plain Weavers and rug by Lisa Darland at NoDe exhibition by House of Nordic Design
At the entrance, a textile by Plain Weavers hangs over Lisa Darland’s Mylla rug

“When you’re on your own in a studio, it’s very hard to do everything that’s needed to get out there, be part of the market and get attention in the magazines,” she explained.

Some objects were positioned as you might expect to find them in a home, while others had more surprising settings.

Upon entry, visitors were greeted by a ceiling-hung textile by Plain Weavers, which created an unusual juxtaposition with Lisa Darland’s textural rugs underneath.

Vases by Moa Markgren and ceramics by Atelier Marée at NoDe exhibition by House of Nordic Design
Works by Moa Markgren, Atelier Marée and Netta Kandelin on display in the kitchen

In the adjacent kitchen, bulging wooden vases by Moa Markgren and ceramics by Atelier Marée are among objects that can be found on the work surfaces.

A bright green stool by Better Weather provided a focal point here. It was playfully displayed atop a fridge freezer in a nod to its materiality – the product is made from recycled cabinet doors.

Stool by Better Weather at NoDe exhibition by House of Nordic Design
Better Weather’s Transformer stool stands atop the fridge freezer

The living room featured Studio Kasa Kasa’s fur-covered desk, plus another by Anton Mikkonen with sculpted metal trestles and a glass top.

Other works in this room included Sissel Warringa’s swirling Peel Lamp, Carlberg Design’s bent wire chairs, marbled panelling by Snedker Studio and a granite table by Reeta Laine.

Studio Kasa Kasa's fur-covered desk and a bent aluminium chair by Carlberg Design
Studio Kasa Kasa’s furry desk stands with Carlberg’s Design’s Skir chair

The final room was a bedroom where a wall of shelves provided display space for many more curiosities. The room also featured a daybed embellished with a patterned textile by A Seat in Siena, as well as Tobias Berg’s bent aluminium chair.

The list of contributors was completed by Anne Nowak, Bellamoli Studio, Dain Kang, Gabi Humnicki, Kajsa Willner, Linda Weimann, Live Berg, MMH Objects, Netta Kandelin, Shunsuke Koya, Stine Mikkelsen, Studio My Comét, Studio Wes, Tale Berger Hølmebakk and Tessa Lulu Kaner.

Crafting Plastics chair by Kasper Kyster


Kasper Kyster handcrafts "organic" plastic furniture

Sánchez made the selection after receiving 140 responses to her open call. Many of the designers will continue to work with House of Nordic Design, as it is set to launch an online shop later this year.

“NoDe is an exploration of what’s to come,” said Sánchez.

NoDe exhibition by House of Nordic Design
Artworks by Linda Weimann hang above Reeta Laine’s Torner Side Table and Studio My Comét’s Aluminium shelf

“It’s about giving a platform to young designers who are not only pushing the boundaries of design but are also deeply committed to exploring and experimenting with their chosen material,” she continued.

“These designers are the voices of the future, and their work reflects the innovative spirit that is at the heart of Nordic design.”

Bed by A Seat in Siena at NoDe exhibition by House of Nordic Design
Bellamoli Studio’s Ratio tables sit beside A Seat in Siena’s Verona daybed, with sculptures by Tessa Lulu Kaner behind

NoDe is the second exhibition that House of Nordic Design has staged, after launching with a smaller show at last year’s 3 Days of Design.

The project forms a continuation of Sánchez’s long-running support of emerging designers. She was previously the curator of DAWN, a regular 3 Days of Design show dedicated to young Danish designers.

Visitors to this year’s 3 Days of Design could also explore reiusses of a number of classic chairs and a colourful collaboration between designer Faye Toogood and Danish brand Frama.

NoDe was part of 3 Days of Design, which took place at venues across Copenhagen from 12 to 14 June. See Dezeen Events Guide for more architecture and design events around the world.

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