For a feel of real Nordic Yuletide, pay a visit to the lovely Museum of Design and Applied Art, located in Garðabær, a small town in the greater capital area. Its current exhibition “White Christmas” features an eclectic mix of Nordic tableware and chairs.
“Dining plays a fundamental role in the Nordic Christmas celebration,” says curator, interior architect Ólöf Jakobína Ernudóttir. “In my mind, Christmas is one big dinner party. The best tableware is laid out; the scent of the Christmas roast and the pine tree fills the air.”
To create the Christmas mood, Ólöf Jakobína has decked out a large dining table seating 13 guests, choosing white as the main color, but with blue accents as well.
By borrowing items from people’s homes as well as from the museum’s own collection, she mixes the old with the new, steel with silver, crystal with glass and the familiar with the foreign.
In fact, some of the items on display are not traditionally placed on a festive dinner table. “Among the exhibition’s key goals is to evoke memories and to encourage recycling and repurposing,” she concludes. “Something that is highly relevant in our times.”
The exhibition “White Christmas” remains open until 15 January 2011.
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