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Modernist design emerged in the early 20th century as a response to social and technological changes. Design became simplified, clean lines replaced ornamentation, and new materials were embraced. Assembled over the last 50 years, the National Museums Scotland collection features leading designers from Scandinavia and Britain, including Kaj Franck, Timo Sarpaneva and Henning Koppel.
'Ateenan aamu'  ('Morning in Athens'), set of four hanging glass objects designed by Kaj Franck for Nuutajärvi Notsjö, Finland, c. 1954 Stacking glass, of blue glass, by Saara Hopea for Nuutajärvi Notsjo, Finland  Stacking glass, of blue glass, by Saara Hopea for Nuutajärvi Notsjo, Finland 'Arkipelago' candle holder of cast clear glass with visible bubbles and irregular surface, designed by Timo Sarpaneva for Iittala, Finland. #Design #Glass #Ceramics #Nordic #Modernist

'Ateenan aamu' ('Morning in Athens'), set of four hanging glass objects designed by Kaj Franck for Nuutajärvi Notsjö, Finland, c. 1954 Stacking glass, of blue glass, by Saara Hopea for Nuutajärvi Notsjo, Finland Stacking glass, of blue glass, by Saara Hopea for Nuutajärvi Notsjo, Finland 'Arkipelago' candle holder of cast clear glass with visible bubbles and irregular surface, designed by Timo Sarpaneva for Iittala, Finland. #Design #Glass #Ceramics #Nordic #Modernist

Henning Koppel's designs were seen at the time to be a highly innovative move for jewellery and silver manufacturer Georg Jensen, who had previously created nothing remotely like it. Brooch, design number 314, designed by Henning Koppel in 1954 for Georg Jensen, Denmark.

Henning Koppel's designs were seen at the time to be a highly innovative move for jewellery and silver manufacturer Georg Jensen, who had previously created nothing remotely like it. Brooch, design number 314, designed by Henning Koppel in 1954 for Georg Jensen, Denmark.

This design, along with some of his other popular creations, was reproduced in the 1990s to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Franck’s birth. The blown pendants are designed to hang where a breeze can catch them and make a soft melodic chime. #Design #Glass #Ceramics #Nordic #Modernist

This design, along with some of his other popular creations, was reproduced in the 1990s to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Franck’s birth. The blown pendants are designed to hang where a breeze can catch them and make a soft melodic chime. #Design #Glass #Ceramics #Nordic #Modernist

Henning Koppel's designs were seen at the time to be a highly innovative move for jewellery and silver manufacturer Georg Jensen, who had previously created nothing remotely like it. Ring, of silver and amethyst, design number 139, designed by Henning Koppel in 1967 for Georg Jensen, Denmark

Henning Koppel's designs were seen at the time to be a highly innovative move for jewellery and silver manufacturer Georg Jensen, who had previously created nothing remotely like it. Ring, of silver and amethyst, design number 139, designed by Henning Koppel in 1967 for Georg Jensen, Denmark

Minas Cup designed by Minas Spiridis for Royal Copenhagen, Denmark, c.1990's. #Design #Ceramics #Nordic #Modernist

Minas Cup designed by Minas Spiridis for Royal Copenhagen, Denmark, c.1990's. #Design #Ceramics #Nordic #Modernist

My Favourite Cup, Designed by Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe for Royal Copenhagen, Denmark, 1989 #Design #Ceramics #Nordic #Modernist

My Favourite Cup, Designed by Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe for Royal Copenhagen, Denmark, 1989 #Design #Ceramics #Nordic #Modernist

Vase designed by Saara Hopea for Nuutajärvi Notsjo, Finland. #Design #Glass #Ceramics #Nordic #Modernist

Vase designed by Saara Hopea for Nuutajärvi Notsjo, Finland. #Design #Glass #Ceramics #Nordic #Modernist

Set of wooden dish and three glass bowls, designed by Saara Hopea for Nuutajärvi Notsjo, Finland. #Design #Glass #Ceramics #Nordic #Modernist

Set of wooden dish and three glass bowls, designed by Saara Hopea for Nuutajärvi Notsjo, Finland. #Design #Glass #Ceramics #Nordic #Modernist

Henning Koppel's designs were seen at the time to be a highly innovative move for jewellery and silver manufacturer Georg Jensen, who had previously created nothing remotely like it. Brooch, design number 327, designed by Henning Koppel in 1956 for Georg Jensen, Denmark.

Henning Koppel's designs were seen at the time to be a highly innovative move for jewellery and silver manufacturer Georg Jensen, who had previously created nothing remotely like it. Brooch, design number 327, designed by Henning Koppel in 1956 for Georg Jensen, Denmark.

Henning Koppel's designs were seen at the time to be a highly innovative move for jewellery and silver manufacturer Georg Jensen, who had previously created nothing remotely like it. Brooch, design number 369, designed by Henning Koppel in 1969 for Georg Jensen, Denmark.

Henning Koppel's designs were seen at the time to be a highly innovative move for jewellery and silver manufacturer Georg Jensen, who had previously created nothing remotely like it. Brooch, design number 369, designed by Henning Koppel in 1969 for Georg Jensen, Denmark.

OLE mug and platter, Designed by Ole Jensen for Royal Copenhagen, Denmark, 1997. #Design #Ceramics #Nordic #Modernist

OLE mug and platter, Designed by Ole Jensen for Royal Copenhagen, Denmark, 1997. #Design #Ceramics #Nordic #Modernist

Blå Kant (Blue Line) cup designed by Grethe Meyer.Named for the fine blue line that runs along the edges of the light grey faience, and received the inaugural Danish Industrial Design Prize (ID) in 1965. #Design #Ceramics #Nordic #Modernist

Blå Kant (Blue Line) cup designed by Grethe Meyer.Named for the fine blue line that runs along the edges of the light grey faience, and received the inaugural Danish Industrial Design Prize (ID) in 1965. #Design #Ceramics #Nordic #Modernist

Blå Kant (Blue Line) saucer designed by Grethe Meyer. Named for the fine blue line that runs along the edges of the light grey faience, and received the inaugural Danish Industrial Design Prize (ID) in 1965. #Design #Ceramics #Nordic #Modernist

Blå Kant (Blue Line) saucer designed by Grethe Meyer. Named for the fine blue line that runs along the edges of the light grey faience, and received the inaugural Danish Industrial Design Prize (ID) in 1965. #Design #Ceramics #Nordic #Modernist

Blå Kant (Blue Line) sugar bowl designed by Grethe Meyer. Named for the fine blue line that runs along the edges of the light grey faience, and received the inaugural Danish Industrial Design Prize (ID) in 1965. #Design #Ceramics #Nordic #Modernist

Blå Kant (Blue Line) sugar bowl designed by Grethe Meyer. Named for the fine blue line that runs along the edges of the light grey faience, and received the inaugural Danish Industrial Design Prize (ID) in 1965. #Design #Ceramics #Nordic #Modernist

Blå Kant (Blue Line) creamer designed by Grethe Meyer. Named for the fine blue line that runs along the edges of the light grey faience, and received the inaugural Danish Industrial Design Prize (ID) in 1965. #Design #Ceramics #Nordic #Modernist

Blå Kant (Blue Line) creamer designed by Grethe Meyer. Named for the fine blue line that runs along the edges of the light grey faience, and received the inaugural Danish Industrial Design Prize (ID) in 1965. #Design #Ceramics #Nordic #Modernist

Blå Kant (Blue Line) teapot designed by Grethe Meyer. Named for the fine blue line that runs along the edges of the light grey faience, and received the inaugural Danish Industrial Design Prize (ID) in 1965. #Design #Ceramics #Nordic #Modernist

Blå Kant (Blue Line) teapot designed by Grethe Meyer. Named for the fine blue line that runs along the edges of the light grey faience, and received the inaugural Danish Industrial Design Prize (ID) in 1965. #Design #Ceramics #Nordic #Modernist