Innovative design at Arlanda

The design world is in an exciting phase with technical opportunities but also great challenges for creating a sustainable society

The exhibition "Crossing Borders - Smart Design" showcases Swedish design products in digital communications, digital production and sustainable development. The exhibition, a collaboration with Swedavia which opens June 28, will meet all travelers flying from Terminal 5 at Stockholm Arlanda Airport.

Thanks to the digital technology, we can not only communicate with the objects in our everyday lives - they can also communicate with us. For example, the exhibition shows a bicycle helmet where the helmet can inform the outside world of braking or communicating the geographical position if the wearer becomes unconscious.

- We are very pleased to continue our cooperation with the National Museum in the exhibition series "Crossing Borders". The airport is Sweden's window to the world and the first to meet international visitors. Therefore, Arlanda is a very good venue to showcase our country's innovative power through this exhibition, said Kjell-Åke Westin, airport director at Stockholm Arlanda Airport.

3D printing opens up the possibility of radically reducing the transport of goods and their environmental impact. A guitar, designed on the computer and printed in a 3D printer, shows the potential of this technology. Will we in future buy a digital file for a coffee maker or mobile phone and print it at our local supermarket?

New research and resourceful design thinking can reduce the utilization of Earth's natural resources. A cord makes you aware of how much more electricity the hairdryer consumes compared to the charge of your mobile. A bag contributes to reduced spread of cholera in densely populated areas without access to toilets. Thanks to an enzyme in the bag, the feces are rapidly degraded and converted into manure.

- It is exciting to be able to highlight Swedish design that can be beneficial on different levels. That the Nationalmuseum can do it in unexpected places, like at an airport, makes it even more interesting, says Berndt Arell, superintendent at the National Museum.

The exhibition is part of the collaboration between Nationalmuseum and Swedavia to show art and design at airports in Sweden. In 2014, an exhibition was shown in Arlanda with photographic portraits of well-known Swedes, who then went on tour to Swedavia's airports all around Sweden.

Nationalmuseum has Sweden's largest collection of handicraft, design and industrial design. It consists of about 30,000 items and spans a long period of time, from the 1300s to today.



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