Norwegian furniture history seen through twelve classics (1998)
In 1998, Norsk Møbelfaglig Senter took the initiative to an exhibition with classical furniture from Norwegian furniture industry. A jury was responsible for the selection of the furniture. Former leader of Møbelhandlernes Landsforening, Per Gaarder, wrote the jury’s selections and reasons. The exhibition, called “Kjernestykker”, was opened in Norsk Form locals in Oslo April 1998. Since then it has been to different places in Norway.
From cradle to grave, we all have a relation to furniture. This has caused that the development of good furniture has long traditions in Norway from natural housekeeping (naturalhushold) and handwork, to modern production in cooperation with skilful designers. Furniture production is to day one of the few remaining “ferdigvareindustrier” in Norway. Textile- and “skotøytilvirkningen har flagget ut”, while we can still be happy for being near self-sufficient concerning such furniture people use in their homes. This has made the administration in Norsk Møbelfaglig Senter in Sykkylven to focus on the development in Norwegian furniture industry the last hundred years – from the very beginning with basket furniture – to exquisite design products in the boarder district between furniture for everyday use and free artistic development. The aim of the “Core pieces” exhibition is to build the foundation for a permanent collection of Norwegian furniture in Norsk Møbelfaglig Senters locals in Sykkylven. The centre has appointed the jury to choose twelve models. Each of these models are to represent the periods from 1900 up till today. Norsk Møbelfaglig Senter has set strict criteria to the selection which is presented. The furniture has to be Norwegian. Each one of them is to be representative for its period, and together show the development in design, technology and living.
Each candidate is required to express quality in function, ergonomics, shape, materials and general impression. Norsk Møbelfaglig Senter and the jury hope that this exhibition will tell you about the important turning points in the different periods. Also the access to raw materials, technology, economy, competence and creative new ideas has affected the development. We also hope for the exhibition to be a walk-though experience of Norwegian history, where the industrial development created one of the most compact and dearborn industries in the country.