An educational exhibit called Nordic LAttitudes showcasing Nordic furniture and lighting design is scheduled Thursday, February 1st, to Sunday, March 18th, at the Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Admission is free and open to the public.

Exhibit coordinators Santa Monica Public Library, Friends of the Library and Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners have planned a launch and reception for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, February 1st. They anticipate that the inauguration will draw a crowd of more than 800 industry professionals and design enthusiasts.

The exhibit, which is in its first year, pays tribute to Nordic designers such as Poul Henningsen, Verner Panton, Arne Jacobsen, Poul Kjaerholm, Hans Wegner, Alvar Aalto, Eero Saarinen and Poul Christianson (Le Klint Lighting collection) as well as new designer Louise Campbell.

Guest lecturers scheduled to appear at the libary throughout the event’s six week span include Michael Sheridan, who will speak about “Nordic Attitudes — Modern Furniture in Denmark” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, February 8th. The lecture will examine the development of modern furniture in Denmark and focus on two 20th century creative figures, Arne Jacobsen and Poul Kjaerholm.

Sheridan is an architect in New York City, where he established his own practice in 2005. The “Poul Kjaerholm – Furniture Architect retrospective” that he designed and curated at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark was recognized as one the outstanding exhibitions of 2006 by Artforum magazine.

Erik Steffensen will speak about “Poul Henningsen: The Genius of Danish Design” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8th. This talk will offer a biographical look at the life and work of Poul Henningsen.

Steffensen, a photographer, artist and author, was born in Valby, Denmark. He has been a professor at the Royal Danish Art Academy in Copenhagen since 1998. As a writer, Steffensen has delved into the lives and works of conceptualists such as Asger Jorn, Poul Gernes, Helmut Federle, Per Kirkeby, Ole Jensen and Poul Henningsen.

His photographic works have been displayed throughout the United States and Europe, and some of his images can be found gracing the walls of Louisiana Museum in Humlebaek and Fotomuseum Wintherhur in Denmark. He resides and works between Copenhagen and Leasoe.

Nordic LAttitudes has garnered sponsorship and support from industry leaders, retailers and distributors such as Louis Poulsen Lighting, Brayton International, Verpan, Jules Seltzer, Tangram, Verpan, ASI Modulex, GeolinOnline, Design Within Reach, Prudential Lighting Products and the Royal Danish Embassy among others.

For event updates, go to www.smpl.org/nordiclattitudes

For information and/or sponsorship opportunities, contact Katie Carley, director of business development, Moore Ruble Yudell, (310) 450-1400, kcarley@mryarchitects.com, or Nicole Spencer, marketing communications specialist, Louis Poulsen Lighting, (954) 349-2525 ext. 295, nsp@louispoulsen.com

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