What do you think of as a typical example of Scandinavian design? The massively copied 1950s bentwood chair series "Seven Chairs" by Danish architect Arne Jacobsen? The vividly colored Unikko poppy patterns by the Finnish textile company Marimekko? Or the ready-to-assemble furniture available at the originally Swedish (now Dutch) Ikea?
Whatever your pick is, one country is conspicuously missing from this list of admired Scandinavian design icons: Norway. And for Peppe Trulsen, a longtime Norwegian vintage design-products dealer who is curator of the ongoing sales exhibition "Norwegian Icons," it's a void that can — and should — be filled.
Tokyo is the second venue for the exhibition, which has been put together by the Norwegian cafe/bar/vintage design shop Fuglen, following a successful run in Oslo in January. After Tokyo, the company plans to take the exhibition to New York later this year.