The Copenhagen art fair CHART this year had a small design section where a few dealers exhibited. I think my favourite booth was Jacksons' from Stockholm. The pine furniture by Axel-Einar Hjorth has been popular the past couple of years now, so nothing new for the design connoisseurs there, but what really made it for me was the rather unexpected and rustic combination AE Hjorth's Utö table (1932), the impressive Farsta "Rust" ceramics by Wilhelm Kåge (made from 1945 and onwards until his retirement) and the "Rosengång" (1943) rug by Barbro Nilsson for MMF. They all share a common aesthetics with bold modernist approaches to humble traditional designs. While many seem to appreciate the quirky sense of humour in a lot of Scandinavian design, or the shiny and luxurious that always attract people with money, these are powerful no-nonsense designs that want to be taken seriously for their expressive qualities - and nothing else.