Times are changing

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Managing director Frants Nielsen and creative director Dorte Mandrup of Dorte Mandrup Architects.

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Newly appointed CEO Kaja Møller with owner of Fredericia Furniture, Thomas Graversen.

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Illustration by Dorte Mandrup Architects

The new main building at the School of Economics and Management for the University of Lund in Sweden by Dorte Mandrup Architects.

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The new team at Dorte Mandrup Architects.

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Photo by Fredericia Furniture

The Spanish Chair by Børge Mogensen at the Cocktail bar Lidkoeb in Copenhagen.

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Photo by Torben Eskerod

The Salling Tower on the harbour front in Aarhus, Denmark by Dorte Mandrup Architects.

Published
01.10.2015

It is time for changes within the Danish design and architecture scene, as both Dorte Mandrup, owner of Dorte Mandrup Architects, and Thomas Graversen, owner of Fredericia Furniture, have carefully analysed the needs of their companies and chosen to take a very ambitious and forward-looking step on the path towards a new period.

Danish architecture company Dorte Mandrup is making some changes to optimise its team and in an effort to match the positive growth the company is experiencing.

Dorte Mandrup has decided to step down as managing director, as she wants to be able to focus all of her energy on the creative process, which is why she will continue as creative director.

“We want to match the positive development we are currently seeing. Our aim is to maintain and continue with this development, with numerous large projects in Denmark and Sweden,” explained the creative director, Dorte Mandrup.

Frants Nielsen will fill her place. He has a lot of experience from the architecture world. Frants previously worked as a partner and director for Werksted, which specialises in supporting creative companies. Before that, he was the commercial director for Henning Larsen Architects.

“I am very excited about working with Dorte Mandrup Architects. There is already an increasing demand for the company’s unique architecture, both internationally as well as in larger projects. Now the focus is on strengthening the organisation further, so that we can seize all the opportunities that are coming our way,” said the managing director, Frants Nielsen.

Three new partners have also been appointed to help strengthen the practice, all of whom have been with Dorte Mandrup for several years. The new partners are Kasper Pilemand, Mette Borup and Noel Wibrand.

Times are changing because Dorte Mandrup is not the only person to have passed the torch to someone else, who will lead the company into a new era. Thomas Graversen from Fredericia Furniture did the same thing as of 1 September. He appointed long-time colleague Kaja Møller as the new CEO, so that he would have more time to immerse himself in the creative process.

“We have invested significantly and are experiencing growth in our turnover and market share. However, I have to admit that we have outgrown our management structure. Now we need to utilise all the available skills in the best possible way to reach our goals. Kaja is the right person to help us achieve that. I will continue doing what has always been closest to my heart, which is our design and products,” stated the owner of Fredericia Furniture, Thomas Graversen.

Kaja Møller previously worked as the senior vice president for Georg Jensen and as brand director with IC Group.

“The ambition is to establish Fredericia as an international design brand. In total, 30 % of our revenue comes from exports. With Denmark’s reputation for designing furniture, the potential is massive. Danish furniture classics designed by the likes of Børge Mogensen are a part of our DNA, and will still be a large focus for us; however, we want to develop our contemporary furniture so that we can reach a wider segment, also internationally,” explained Kaja Møller.

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