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Danish Modern: Between Art and Design by Mark Mussari (PhD, UW Scandinavian Studies, 1999)

Submitted by Caroli Leiman on February 22, 2016 - 9:21am
  • Danish Modern
  • Mark Mussari
    Mark Mussari

Scandinavian Studies Department alum Mark Mussari has published a new book, Danish Modern, with Bloomsbury. Dr. Mussari is an independent scholar, freelance writer, literary translator and consultant living in Tuscon, AZ. Danish Modern explores the development of mid-century modernist design in Denmark from historical, analytical and theoretical perspectives.The book explores the relationship between Danish design aesthetics and the theoretical and cultural impact of Modernism, particularly between 1930 and 1960. Mussari considers how Danish designers responded to early Modernist currents: the Stockholm Exhibition of 1930, their rejection of Bauhaus aesthetic demands, their early fealty to wood and materials, and the tension between cabinetmaker craft and industrial production as it challenged and altered their aesthetic approach. Tracing the theoretical foundations for these developments, Mussari discusses the writings and works of such figures as Poul Henningsen, Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner, Nanna Ditzel, and Finn Juhl. Congratulations, Mark!