Danish design is a treasure chest of interior icons. You probably know Arne Jacobsen’s Egg Chair, but would you also be able to recall the Laptop Sofa or the Radon Lamp? DANISH™ has collected 13 iconic designs, and we promise there will be some icons you haven’t encountered before.
FM1954 – Design: Friis & Moltke, manufacturer: Rewired
With a particular focus on functionality and timelessness, this lamp is a classic from the Danish architectural studio Friis & Moltke. It was designed back in 1954 (hence the name), the same year the studio was established. After several years in the dark the lamp has now been reintroduced in collaboration with the Danish brand REWIRED.
PH 5 Pendel – Design: Poul Henningsen, manufacturer: Louis Poulsen
This (vo)luminous piece of art is perhaps the most recognised lamp by Danish architect Poul Henningsen. The design is from 1958 and was the designer’s response to manufacturers’ ever-changing incandescent light bulbs. As he stated in the introduction:
“I have accepted the destiny and have designed a PH socket, suitable for all light sources, Christmas lights and 100W wire lamps.”
Now, almost 60 years later, the PH 5 still lights up all kinds of light sources.
Radon – Design: Hans Sandgren Jakobsen, manufacturer: Lightyears
The circle and the triangle are key elements in the design of the Radon lamp. Hans Sandgren Jakobsen has designed Radon, which comes in both a table and floor version. No matter which one you choose, you can be sure to get a flexible way of lighting up your room. The shade is multi-directional and can be pointed anywhere you need some extra light.
Floor lamp – Design: Anour, not launched yet
There are well-known icons and then there are icons to-be. This lamp from Anour fits into the latter category. With its straight lines and minimalistic look, it fits into Danish design history, and it is sure to be a lamp to follow once it’s released.
GRIP Table – Design: Troels Grum-Schwensen, manufacturer: Randers + Radius
GRIP represents a totally new way of constructing a table, because you decide where you want to attach the legs! Troels Grum-Schwensen has designed an extremely flexible table solution – the legs can easily be removed and reassembled as the jaws of the legs grab the beam of the table top. Both tops and legs come in different versions, so it’s up to you to mix and match your own GRIP Table.
CONEKT Table – Design: Mogens Lassen, manufacturer: byLassen
At byLassen they know a thing or two about how to resuscitate old designs, like the CONEKT Table designed by Mogens Lassen. Like a lot of Mogens Lassen’s designs, the CONEKT Table contains the simple and clean expression that represent the architect’s love of minimalism. You can order the dining table in either smoked oak or black stained ash depending on your preferences.
Chieftain Chair – Design: Finn Juhl, manufacturer: House of Finn Juhl
Here, we have a true icon. The Chieftain Chair from 1949 is often described as a masterpiece, representing the time when Finn Juhl peaked as a furniture designer. With its dominant extravagance, delicate materials and majestic look the chair marked a renewal of the Danish design tradition and made Finn Juhl one of the fathers of Danish Modern design.
Corona – Design: Poul M. Volther, manufacturer: Erik Jørgensen
Beautiful leather and chrome steel, the Corona chair is a well-known character in the furniture business. The first chair was designed in 1964 and since then it has appeared in several versions. With a shape referring directly back to human anatomy, the chair appeals to most of us – either aesthetically or at least to our comfort gene.
Kevi – Design: Jørgen Rasmussen, manufacturer: Engelbrechts
The better you sit, the more you get done. That’s how it works with the Kevi chair. It was designed in 1958, but it got its break-through in 1965 when designer Jørgen Rasmussen invented the double-wheel caster, considered to be an improvement on all existing furniture wheels. Last year, the KEVI chair got yet another make-over when the wheely frame was replaced with legs. So now, the KEVI chair comes in both a swivel and a four-leg version.
BEOSound Shape – Design: Øivind Slaato, manufacturer: Bang & Olufsen
We might be stretching it a bit when we put the new sound system from Bang & Olufsen under the category of textiles – but after all it is covered in a light fabric. BEOSound shape is a wall-mounted wireless speaker system designed by Øivind Slaato. The system contains tiles that can be mixed and matched to make the perfect personalised sound. The modular tile concept includes speaker, amplifier and acoustic damper and can be combined in any possible way.
SMOCK cushion – Design: Christoffer Skjøtt, manufacturer: Møbel & Rum
Not all icons have a long history; in fact, the SMOCK cushion from Møbel & Rum hasn’t even been launched yet. Together with the well-known Danish textile manufacturer KVADRAT, the small design studio has designed a new pillow for your home. The SMOCK cushion is hand sewn in Copenhagen, so it is indeed Danish design at its best.
Laptop Sofa – Design: Rasmus Fenhann, manufacturer: Kjeldtoft
A sofa to fit your laptop – how does that sound? Designer and cabinetmaker Rasmus Fenhann has designed the perfect couch to fulfill your needs. The Laptop Sofa has armrests wide enough to support your laptop while working in a comfortable position, and the look of the sofa itself also draws parallels to an open notebook.
2213 Sofa – Design: Børge Mogensen, manufacturer: Fredericia Furniture
The ultimate sofa. That was the ambition for designer Børge Mogensen when he put his pencil to paper back in the 1960s. The inspiration for the sofa is found in British Hall Porter’s chairs and in sofas designed by Mogensen’s master Kaare Klint. Today, the sofa is in the very top league of furniture and is usually seen in embassies, executive offices and the poshest homes around the world.