"The legacy of Norway differs quite substantially from the other countries in the Scandinavian mid-century era. Finland, Sweden, and Denmark were all powerful countries in the region. Norway was the poorest country in Europe in the 1800s and functioned essentially as a colony for Denmark or Sweden, depending on who was in charge at the time, producing wood and fish. Simultaneously, it was also one of the biggest shipping nations in Europe.
"We gained our independence from Sweden in 1905. We rebuilt the country after the war, and the design traditions of Norway were able to develop without strong conservative influences from the continent.
"Being a young and free country, we had a more playful approach to materials and therefore the result is this unique diversity. One of the most outstanding art forms that was developed during this time was pieces in enamel, glass, metal, as well as the carvings and production of special wood pieces."