The Copenhagen-based Chart Art Fair has been championing Nordic contemporary art and galleries through its neatly curated programme for four years now. This year, the fair is doubling in size, introducing Chart Design, a new venture that expands the network and scope of the event, offering a new level to its celebration of the region's culture.

Chart Art Fair was launched in 2013 by Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Galleri Bo Bjerggard, V1 Gallery, Andersen’s Contemporary and David Risley Gallery. The quintet got together with a view to changing the contemporary art fair scene, offering a new experience to visitors, gallerists and buyers.

The event has since expanded to include 28 participating galleries, which every year get together in the charming environs of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen. Eschewing a traditional booth format, Chart has been developed as an exhibition, with the founding galleries acting as curatorial figures to present a harmonious selection of works.

A similar format will be applied to the Design fair, which launches with the next edition this coming August. Six leading gallerists will come together to present the best in contemporary and classic Nordic design. Participating galleries to the debut edition will be Denmark’s The Apartment, Dansk Møbelkunst and Etage Projects, Swedish gallery Jacksons, Finland-based Juhani Lemmetti and Parisian gallery Galerie Maria Wettergren, which specialises in Nordic design. The compact but varied design branch of Chart will pay tribute to regional design heroes such as Alvar Aalto and Tapio Wirkkala, as well as contemporary names on the international design scene – from Michael Anastassiades to Fredrik Paulsen and Muller Van Severen.

Breathing new life into the fair scene, this combination of art and design will introduce a fresh chapter for Chart and strengthen the platform for art and design across the region.