5 Signs That You’re Obsessed with Danish Design

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The Series 7™ chair designed by Arne Jacobsen and produced by Fritz Hansen.

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Photo: Carl Hansen & Søn

The Wishbone chair is designed by Hans J. Wegner and produced by Carl Hansen & Søn.

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The Spanish chair designed by Børge Mogensen and produced by Fredericia Furniture.

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The AV73 lounge chair designed by Arne Vodder. Produced by Erik Jørgensen.

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The Fiber chair designed by Iskos Berlin for Muuto.

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The Montana shelving system designed by Peter Lassen and produced by Montana.

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The Pelican chair is designed by Finn Juhl and produced by Onecollection.

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The Artichoke lamp designed by Poul Henningsen and produced by Louis Poulsen.

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Stilleben by the Danish design duo The Oak Men.

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The Ice chair designed by Kasper Salto and produced by Fritz Hansen.

Published
30.11.2016

Do you sometimes come across homes that ooze an exquisite taste, which you can’t really put your finger on, or do you find yourself googling Danish designers all night without any exact purpose?

Don’t worry, that’s not abnormal, and here’s the reason why:

First, you have probably just got the common diagnosis “Danish-design-passionaris”, and second, luckily, you’ve come to the right place. More about this later. Here are some more signs of a subdued passion for Danish design:

1.     If words like ‘functionalistic, ‘transparent’ or ‘minimalistic’ can describe your favourite furniture

Oh, well. It’s a well-known fact that loads of Danish designs are described with these same terms. While we cannot deny our Scandinavian traits as a design country, it seems like many Danish designers still value qualities like honest design and designs that fit the old phrase: form follows function. So don’t be surprised if your favourite designer uses these words as well.

2.     If you instantly drop names like Jacobsen, Wegner, Mogensen, Juhl or Kjærholm when people ask you about furniture design

This is a biggie. You cannot get around the fact that the late greats of Danish design, such as Arne Jacobsen, Hans J. Wegner and Børge Mogensen, have had tremendous impact on the Danish design tradition. If it weren’t for chairs like the Series 7™ chair, the Wishbone chair or the Spanish chair, maybe your favourite chair might have looked completely different.

3.     Sensibly, you avoid needless expenses in order to save up money for your next living room easy chair designed by a non-pronounceable Danish designer

Needless to say, we also try ourselves to obtain this admirable feat. Given it takes massive effort from everyone in a value chain to deliver well-designed products, we recognise that these products simply cannot come for free, or even cheap. But, on the other hand, we all know that well-designed products last longer and give you more joy in the long run.

4.     If materials like oak wood, grainy leather or tone-downed weaved textiles make your day for no particular reason…

…other than that these materials are totally good to look at and touch? Fortunately, the scent of typical “Nordic materials” come through in many designs that come out of Denmark. Luckily, these materials are significantly good to utilise in both furniture and accessories design. At the same time, they tend to have a well-balanced sustainable profile.

5.     You meticulously flick through the pages of the brand catalogues from your favourite furniture brands, worrying you will miss out on the latest and greatest in Danish design

Anxiously waiting for the postman to arrive, are we? Fear not. If you’re into Danish design (or architecture for that sake), then just take a look at DANISH™ for the most exciting stories on Danish design. Go to www.danish.tm or Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for more.

The goal of DANISH™ is to promote Danish architecture and design in a broad perspective, and demonstrate all the potentials in these fields.

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