Split across two venues, Contemporary Collected looked at both Swedish design objects and graphic designs. Disegno was exhibited in the show's graphic design portion at Tokyo's IKI-BA library. The exhibition was curated by Gustaf Kjellin and Katrin Greiling for the Swedish Society of Crafts and Design.
"There is a connection between Japan and Sweden," said Kjellin. "People always talk about Swedish and Japanese design sharing a minimalist aesthetic and a certain closeness to nature. We also wanted to include graphic design because the Japanese are fascinated with Swedish graphic design. They use 'ä' and 'ö' in their visual language a lot."
The exhibition featured new, independent Swedish publishers, such as b-b-b-books. Kjellin said that Disegno - which has Scandinavian roots through its Swedish editor Johanna Agerman Ross - was chosen to represent a new breed of Swedish publication.
"We included Form Magazine in the exhibition, which is the oldest design publication in the world. Disegno is the latest one. It has a Swedish connection and is clearly of high quality. There are a lot of Swedish designers reading it. It was good to have the oldest and the newest."
The displayed books and magazines, Disegno included, have now been donated to IKI-BA to help form a new Swedish design resource for the venue.
"We wanted to show something contemporary," said Kjellin. "It was about showing what’s happening now and what contemporary Swedish design looks like."