Quick Tiny Shows #06: PN1
An online exhibition merging young Nordic design and contemporary Argentine crafts
The PN1 online exhibition, jointly hosted by Nordic residency PAVILION NORDICO and Buenos Aires design space Quick Tiny Shows, showcases 13 design objects by five emerging Nordic designers – Sigve Knutson, Olivia Tognelli Brontén, Nick Ross, Frederik Nystrup-Larsen and Oliver Sundqvist. The objects were developed in close collaboration with Argentine craftspeople, workshops, and design studios during the designers’ residency in Buenos Aires in early 2020. The exhibition coincides with the 100th anniversary of the first Nordic design manufacturer opening its doors in Buenos Aires, reviving the historic connection between Nordic design and Argentine crafts.
In early 2020, PAVILION NORDICO invited five young Nordic designers to parti cipate in their design residency program PN1: Nick Ross (SE), Olivia Tognelli Brontén (SE), Sigve Knutson (NO), Frederik Nystrup Larsen & Oliver Sundqvist (DK). The designers were selected by the PAVILION NORDICO jury through an Open Call and invited to live and work in Buenos Aires for several weeks on a stipend. To develop the unique design objects now on view at the exhibition, the designers worked in close collaboration with local architects and design studios such as Sur Del Cruz and Ries Estudio, as well as traditional crafts workshops such as the last crystal glass factory in Argentina.
The objects are inspired by the city of BuenosAires,thespecialartisanproduction methods, and local materials such as crystal glass, wood, aluminium, and mimbre – a type of wicker. Unbeknownst to many, NordicArgentine design collaboration has a history: from the 1920s to 1970s, Swedish department store Nordiska Kompaniet produced and sold furniture in Buenos Aires, leaving its mark on Argentine furni ture production. Today, the Buenos Aires design scene is entering a new renaissance owing to a unique combination of young talent,traditionalcraftsmanship,andawide selection of materials. PN1 wishes to revive the historic connection between Nordic design and Argentine crafts in this thriving contemporarycontext.
The PN1 exhibition is curated by Juan García Mosqueda of Quick Tiny Shows in Buenos Aires and presents the 13 objects that emerged from the fusion of Nordic Argentine design practices, crafts, and materials. The immersive digital exhibition will be accessible online from November 26th, 17:00 CET, until November 30th, 2020, via www.pavilionnordico.org.