Welcome to Nordic Design Review, a sister site to our fun general knowledge site. Nordic Design Review is a site specialising in classic and mid-century European and American furniture design for home and office.

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Tobia Scarpa

Afra and Tobia Scarpa Biography

They graduated in Architecture at the University of Venice and have worked both as architects and designers.

Tapio Wirkkala

Tapio Wirkkala Biography

Tapio Wirkkala started his career in designing glassware for Iittala. Most famous of his early glass items is perhaps Kanttarelli (Chanterelle, 1946) ...Read More

Eva Brummer textile designer

Eva Brummer Biography

Eva Brummer was an art teacher who designed ryijy patterns,tapestries and household textiles.

Barcelo Formentor

Barceloformentor – Classic hotel & design

Barceloformentor, classic old world charm and world famous client list

Street Fashion and big business

Street Fashion, Design and Business

Design stands for designers, designer groups, artists and all creative people in the broadest possible way.

British Design

Defining Cultural Diversity and National Identity in 21st Century British Design

The 21st century image of London continues to be a compelling one with a high cultural status. The young and the rich who come to visit, experience a ...Read More

MoMA - the Museum of Modern Art New York

MoMA and the objects of design

What is the purpose of MoMA?

old olivetti tech

Developing technology for design research

Using design technology to improve design and what are the three different stages in the development of technology?

Designers as Knowledge Workers

Designers as Knowledge Workers

Designers rely on three kinds of knowledge: users knowledge, organisational knowledge and network knowledge. Find out more.

the Designmuseo - Finland

Designmuseo – Helskinki Finland

The Designmuseo is a place people will enjoy themselves and where objects will not “end up” but “get into”

Carlo Scarpa

Carlo Scarpa Biography

Carlo Scarpa Venice (1906 – Sendai 1978) Carlo Scarpa grew up in Venice in the company of the artists and intellectuals he encountered at t...Read More

Franco Albini

Franco Albini Biography

Franco Albini (17 October 1905 – 1 November 1977) Albini read architecture at the Milan Polytechnic where he obtained his degree in 1929. After workin...Read More

North American Furniture Designers

Mid Century North American Furniture Designers

A Snapshot of Mid Century North American Furniture Designers

Superleggera Dining Chair

Superleggera, 699, Gio Ponti

The Superleggera is a super-stable chair, designed to be lifted up with just one finger.

Arne Jacobsen Grand Prix chair

Arne Jacobsen Grand Prix chair

What is it that makes the Grand Prix a favourite with collectors?

Compasso d'Oro award

What is the Compasso d’Oro award?

The Compasso d'Oro prize was instituted by the Rinascente company in 1954 and was initially an idea of Gio Ponti and Alberto Rosselli.

Paimio Chair by A. Aalto

The use of composite materials and plywood in furniture design

In the mid-fifties, the making of furniture began to take industrial form and so it became to look into the use oc composite materials in furniture de...Read More

Glass in architecture and design

A guide to the use of glass in architecture and design

The idea of using traditional materials with design as the intrinsic component in architecture has found a number of supporters in Italy.

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