The influence of Viking culture and Norse mythology often extends into the field of art and craft.
In the late 1800s and early 1900s artists such as Gerhard Munthe composed interiors and furniture design for private homes and public venues using motifs and symbolism from Viking artifacts, Norse mythology, Norwegian folk art and even Japanese art.
This room was originally designed for Anders Andersson (1859-1929), a wealthy Swedish businessman, for his Stockholm apartment located near Östermalmstorg.
The room was ultimately removed from Andersson’s apartment and presented at Stockholm’s Statens Historiska Museet in 1981. It was later sold at auction to Minneapolis entrepreneur Curtis L. Carlson, who installed it at his corporate headquarters in Minnetonka. Thanks to a generous donation from the Carlson Holdings, Inc. and Carlson Family Foundation, this fairy tale-like room has now been installed here at ASI.
It is unknown who the specific artist behind this room is, but it is thought to have been inspired by Gerhard Munthe’s designs.
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