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    Looking backwards and forwards: Fennomane furniture design in Finland around 1900

    Ashby, Charlotte (2008) Looking backwards and forwards: Fennomane furniture design in Finland around 1900. The Journal of Modern Craft 1 (2), pp. 181-196. ISSN 1749-6772.

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    This article examines the furniture designs produced in response to competitions for Finnish style furniture in the 1890s and competitions for furniture for the Finnish worker in the 1900s. The earlier material is used to trace the National Style's relationship to Finnish vernacular crafts and ethnographic research alongside its relationship to international sources and the idea of progress. The later material is used to illustrate the shift in these relationships that saw a decline of interest in an overt vernacularist National Style but not a decline in commitment to design reform within a firmly Finnish context. The article thus serves to broaden the framework within which the Finnish National Style is understood, going beyond the idea of National Romanticism to develop a clearer picture of its place within the heterogeneous character of turn-of-the-century design reform.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2013 16:15
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:07


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