New designers emerge in the wake of other designers, so we took the plunge into the realm of upcoming Danish designers and hand picked five exciting names to keep an eye on in the future.
Helle Herman Mortensen and Jonas Herman Pedersen are the founders of Herman Studio. Both educated as designers, Jonas and Helle Herman share the same professional field, but have different approaches to design. Jonas is the creative force and detail-orientated designer, whereas Helle is more of a conceptual designer, who focusses more on how the products are launched.
Herman Studio has already designed a series of different furniture comprising tables, stools, chairs and a swing. Their line of designs comprises a whole new chair and table series for the Danish design brand Ferm Living. The Herman chair comes in oak veneer and three different colours painted on ash veneer, and is built with a powder coated metal frame. The Herman side table and Herman café table are also made with a powder coated metal frame, and feature brass detailing and an ash veneer top.
Cabinetmaker Anders Thams and architects Nicholas Oldroyd and Martin D. Christensen got together in 2014 and established the design brand MOEBE. Based in Copenhagen, MOEBE designs and produces their own furniture. In their own words: the world is complex enough already, so they want to make things simpler. Focusing on the essentials, staying curious and keeping their thoughts analogue are keywords for the young design company.
MOEBE’s designs include a three-legged lighting stand simply called Stand. Stand converts a traditional architect’s table lamp into a floor lamp that can stand freely in a room. Another MOEBE design is called Organise, which is a wooden box system to keep things organised. Organise is made of solid untreated oak and is held together only by a rubber band.
Sarah Fredelund Nielsen
Recently graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Sarah Fredelund Nielsen has a true talent with both architectural lighting and product lighting. She showcased this talent in her graduation project, which was a museum for light and darkness. The project got a special mention from the Danish Lighting Center: “Sarah Fredelund Nielsen has created an architectural experience route with a brilliant theoretical launch pad that utilises the landscape’s opportunities, the underground’s materials and the day and night light’s special character.”
Sarah Fredelund Nielsen has also designed ‘Vary – a versatile luminare’, which is an LED lamp that can create various lighting situations. The lamp can both lean against a vertical surface or hang horizontally, while the lamp offers both diffused and direct light. ‘Vary – a versatile luminare’ was exhibited at last year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan.
Overgaard & Dyrman
The Danish design brand Overgaard & Dyrman was founded in 2013 by Jasper Overgaard and Christian Dyrman and led to the establishment of their own workshops in Denmark. Their award winning début collection named ‘Wire Collection’ finds inspiration in traditional saddle making and metalwork and is created through a combination of traditional craftsmanship and a modern CNC wire bending machine.
The multiplicity of the ‘Wire Collection’ is apparent when looking at the number of different furniture types that Overgaard & Dyrman has managed to create with their wire technique. The collection comprises a dining chair, a lounge chair, a lounge sofa, a coffee table and a bar stool.
Danish furniture designers Emil Krøyer and Mads Sætter-Lassen are design students at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design. Despite first graduating in summer 2016, the design duo has already been represented at the international design fair Salone del Mobile in Milan with their Otto series stool.
The concept of the Otto series was inspired by Krøyer-Sætter-Lassen’s idea about lightweight furniture for indoor and outdoor use; a furniture series that could travel around the home to satisfy different needs. For the designers, it seemed that most rattan furniture was wrapped in decoration, so Krøyer-Sætter-Lassen set out to change that and find a balance of simplicity and form.