Design lovers have long turned their eye to Denmark, home to an all-star cast of midcentury-modern greats, including Hans Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, Finn Juhl, and Poul Kjaerholm. This Saturday, Parsons The New School for Design offers a fresh look at the nation's creative output with a symposium and exhibition spotlighting eight promising young designers. The works on display range from contemporary furniture and lighting to innovations for hospitals, such as Thea Ubbe Ebbesen's incubator for premature infants, which earned her a 2012 Danish Design Award. Paola Antonelli, senior curator at the Museum of Modern Art, will lead the accompanying discussion.
Of course, the day wouldn't be complete without a dose of Danish modernism. A midday program takes a look at a celebrated Finn Juhl project from the early 1950s: the Trusteeship Council Chamber at New York's United Nations headquarters, shown above left. The architect customized nearly every detail of the space—including the carpeting, colorful ceiling fixtures, and furniture—though not all has survived decades of wear and tear. A major renovation, due to be completed early next year, will restore many of Juhl's original elements and will also include handsome new furniture, above left, by Danish design duo Kasper Saalto and Thomas Sigsgaard.
Danish Design Review New York, at Parsons The New School for Design on November 17;