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Axel Einar Hjorth
UNIQUE CABINET, DESIGNED FOR THE PARIS WORLD EXHIBITION, 1937
with two producer's metal labels: NK R40281-C / MADE IN SWEDEN and NK / A.B. NORDISKA KOMPANIET / STOCKHOLM
rosewood, mahogany, gilt metal, glass
136 x 95 x 47 cm (53  1/2  x 37  3/8   18  1/2  in.)
1937
executed by Nordiska Kompaniet, Stockholm, Sweden
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Exhibited

Paris, 'Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne', 25 May - 25 November, 1937

Literature

Paris International Exhibition 1937, Arts and Crafts in Modern life: Sweden, Illustrated Official Guide, Paris, 1937, p. 56, illustrated
Åke Stavenow, ed., Svenska Slöjdföreningens Tidskrift: Organ För Konstindustri Handverk Och Hemslöjd, no. XXXIII, 1937, Stockholm, p. 83 for an advertisement, illustrated
Christian Björk, Thomas Ekström and Eric Ericson, Axel Einar Hjorth: Möbelarkitekt, Stockholm, 2009, p. 69, illustrated

Catalogue Note

Axel Einar Hjorth was the chief architects at Nordiska Kompaniet. His exclusive furniture design also had a prominent place on the future of major national and international exhibitions. It was a period marked by changing style ideals, from the luxurious classicism to the austere functionalism.
Hjorth created the presented cabinet especially for the 1937, Paris World Exhibition (Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la vie Moderne). In this piece he combined Rosewood with stylized floral ornaments in silver, which are inlaid a few millimeters above the surface. The raised relief adds a texture and an additional dimension to the piece. Interior of the cabinet is in lined mahogany, adjustable glass shelf and drawers with silver handles. The cabinet is not only a display of an excellent design but also sublime craftsmanship skills of the designer.

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