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The New Nordic

From time-tested tools to futuristic furniture, fresh Dutch and Scandanavian finds—sans Ikea.

3-D printed table

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Concrete wallpaper

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Modular sofas

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Plant-based bags

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3-D PRINTED TABLES
From the humble clog onward, Dutch design has long been associated with wooden handiwork. But the new Dutch exhibit at the Museum of Craft & Design, Hands Off, focuses instead on the intersection of craft and technology, from 3-D printed furniture to solar-powered, LED-lit drapes. Curated by design writer and San Francisco contributor Zahid Sardar, the show features 18 groundbreaking Netherlands-based design firms. May 9–Sept. 13, 2569 3rd St. (At 22nd St.)

CONCRETE WALLPAPER
Resource Furniture is known for crafty, space-saving furnishings—beds that swing out of the wall; dual-purpose transforming tables—but its new San Francisco showroom introduces another perceptual trick: ConcreteWall, one- of-a-kind wall coverings that realistically mimic concrete (as well as brick and wood). Norwegian photographer Tom Haga takes high-resolution photographs of raw cinder-block and concrete walls throughout Norway, then manipulates the imagery into textural, shockingly lifelike wallpapers—no two are alike. $20 per square foot, 300 Kansas St. (At 16th St.)

MODULAR SOFAS
This spring, Zinc Details brings forward-thinking Nordic design firms Muuto, Design House Stockholm, Normann Copenhagen, Menu, and Iittala to San Francisco in one sprawling showcase. The exclusive assortment includes whimsical lighting, candy-colored sofas, minimalist drafting desks, and accent seating. From May 8 to May 10, the showroom will offer signed and numbered glass vases by Finnish designer Tapio Wirkkala in honor of his 100th birthday. 1633 Fillmore St. (Near Geary St.)

PLANT-BASED BAGS
Healdsburg’s Shed is a trove of sleek, functional design, whether Japanese gardening tools or hand-forged French paring knives. The shop’s spring arrivals include the glossy Hinza bag, a Swedish farmers’ market staple since the ’50s. The stackable, sturdy bag—which holds up to 33 pounds of loot—is made of sugarcane-sourced plastic and recyclable polyethylene. $38, 25 North St. (Near Healdsburg Ave.), Healdsburg