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Norm Form

Photo: Matti Östling Borren Dolphia. 2006. Designer: Karin Ehrnberger.
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Skeppsholmen, Stockholm

Norm Form

Have you ever wondered why a woman’s bicycle is different to a man’s? Or why a drill looks so different to a food processor? Norm Form displays the work of 50 designers and artists whose work challenges accepted norms about how an object or place should look and function.

This unprecedented exhibition reveals the hidden political messages we miss in our everyday experience of the designed world, and teaches us how to subvert them.

Experience design that speculates on how a gynaecological exam for a man might feel; a customised truck that enables disabled people to take direct action on their physical environment; view hijabs designed for the Swedish police force, or clothing designed to enable women equal access to jobs as firefighters.

The exhibition is a portrait of a radical emerging field with its roots in critical design and protest movements. Curated by a team of experts in the field, ArkDes hosts an exhibition of work at the fringes of conventional design practice.


Alecsander Rothschild, Ammy Olofsson, Andjeas Ejiksson, Anna Isaksson, Anna Nordström, Ann-Christine Hertz, Agga Anne Mette Stage, Bastion, Camilla Andersson, Cristine Sundbom, Design Lab S, Elina Nilsson, Emma Börjesson, Eva Szentiványi, Faggot Apparel, Fanny Karst, Frida Hållander, George Chamoun, GIL, Hanna Kisch, Hanna Stenman, Hanne Lindberg, Ida Klamborn, Iman Aldebe, Joanna Zawieja, Johanna Burai, Julia Westerberg, Kakan Hermansson, Karin Ehrnberger, Kim Ihre, Kristin Zetterlund, LazoSchmidl, Louise Linderoth, Maja Fredin, Maja Gunn, Marcus Jahnke, Matt Lambert, Minna Magnusson, Minna Palmqvist, MYCKET, Parasto Backman, Patricia Reyes, Queering Sápmi i samarbete med Marc Strömberg, Secretary, Sepidar Hosseini, Souzan Youssouf, The New Beauty Council, this is Sweden, Tobias Alm, Utopia, and more.

Photo: Matti Östling "Mega Hurricane Mixer". 2006. Designer: Karin Ehrnberger.
Photo: Matti Östling Slöjor för polis, försvaret och brandförsvaret. 2011. Designer: Iman Aldebe.
Photo: Matti Östling Europa Europa. 2014. Model: Yaser Muhanna. Designers: Hanne Lindberg, Parasto Backman, Agnes Florin (assistent).
Photo: Matti Östling Borren Dolphia. 2006. Designer: Karin Ehrnberger.
Photo: Alf Arén and Johanna Burai World White Web. 2016. Designer: Johanna Burai.
Photo: Martin Brunn Androstolen. 2014. Team: Emma Börjesson, Karin Ehrnberger, Ann-Christine Hertz and Cristine Sundbom. Designers: Karin Ehrnberger and Cristine Sundbom. Model: Carl-Olof Berg.

Curators: Camilla Andersson, Maja Gunn, Karin Ehrnberger

Scenography: Jenny Nordmark

Communications concept: Madder in collaboration with Bastion and Dotta Doost

Catalogue illustrations: Emma Rendel

Writers in the catalogue: Rudy Loewe, Ramia Mazé, Mohamed Yussuf, Kaisu Savola

Reference group: Iki Gonzalez Magnusson, Marcus Jahnke, Maria Ben Saad, Salka Hallström-Bornold, Samira Bouabana and Rättviseförmedlingen through Aurora Percovich Gutierrez och Maria-Pia Cabero.