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Oslo's Rich Heritage and Embracing of Modernism

Posted: Nov. 29th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
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As is evident through Swedish furniture house Ikea, Scandinavians are in love the simple modernism. What you may have not known, though, is that the region has been having a love affair with the design and mindset for nearly a century now and there are modernist landmarks at nearly every turn. Oslo has been one of the biggest purveyors of modernism, and there are some amazing examples of architecture, art and design all over the city, and they just waiting to be discovered by art nuts visiting Norway.

It has long been a commonplace that no region on earth embraced modern design more eagerly or fully than Scandinavia. During the early twentieth century, a host of reform-minded pioneers in the Nordic countries demonstrated how contemporary architecture and furnishings could both shape and respond to a changing society that was becoming closely attuned to the dignity of the common man.


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