Nordic Models + Common Ground

Exhibition Design by Snohetta and Situ Studio

Situ Studio collaborated with Snohetta on the exhibition design of Nordic Models + Common Ground and its twelve display units. The exhibition launched at The Scandinavia House in New York as part of the 100-year celebration of the American Scandinavian Foundation.  The design of the structures responds to the provision that the exhibit will travel to six additional locations across America. Starting with folding studies in various media, Situ and Snohetta developed a living hinge system, inserting hi-density polyethelene (HDPE) into plywood.  Fabricated by Situ Studio, the structures unfold and pack flat, minimizing transit costs.  

When folded for display on site, the lacquered birch exteriors starkly contrast the solid sky-blue interior finish, evoking the quintessential Scandinavian landscape of warm woods set within clean cool air. The system's upright and tabletop surfaces display both two and three dimensional works by more than 35 Scandinavian designers and artists.  Curated by Snohetta, the show explores the possibilities in design innovation through open artistic and cultural exchange.