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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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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.)

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.)

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.)

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