In nearly all fields, new creators emerge in the wake of other creators, and it’s the same with Danish design, so we decided it was time to take (another) plunge into the realm of exciting Danish designers and among these we have hand-picked six electrifying names you should pay attention to in the future.
Spant Studio is a small Danish design and architecture studio led by architects Kasper Holmboe and Troels Thorbjørnson. Based in a small three-storey house, built inside the old auction hall on Godsbanen in Aarhus, the studio is dedicated to promoting a higher correlation between architectural function and form, which they achieve through making continuous leaps in scale and functionality that permeate all their designs.
The name Spant Studio (Spant is Danish for frame) is based on a common fascination for the harmonious and complex nature of sailing ships. Creating a sailing a ship is an exercise in creating something beautiful but with extremely complicated functional requirements, likewise for architecture.
The Oak Men
The Oak Men are Danish cabinetmakers Anders Buchtrup Jensen and Peter Hensberg. Self-proclaimed lovers of wood and cool stuff, the Danish design duo draw and manufacture products for use in real life, for practical purposes and for fun. Every product handled by The Oak Men is based on cabinetmaking, with a focus on quality, simplicity, aesthetics and certainly also a good deal of humour. According to the duo, there are many fine home accessories out there, but most of them are made for women. The Oak Men only produce what they think is cool. They only do stuff that they, as men, indeed as The Oak Men, can relate to. Stuff that men themselves will buy. Stuff that women will buy for their men, but surely also for themselves.
Aarhus-based ENKL was founded in 2015 by Kristian Gatten Pedersen and Lasse Tamberg Jensen.
The duo’s aim is to create simple and honest design products at the intersection between design and traditional craftsmanship. Believing in making design that lasts a lifetime or longer, Tamberg Jensen and Gatten Pedersen love experimenting, reinventing and reusing old techniques, methods and materials in a sustainable way.
Møbel & Rum
Møbel & Rum (Danish for Furniture & Space) was founded with the vision of creating a company that could help to incite positive social change while offering beautiful, timeless furniture pieces and accessories for the home. The man behind the Company is Danish designer Christoffer Skjøtt, an MA graduate in Industrial and Product design from the University of the Arts in London.
Skjøtt’s design approach involves trying to see everyday products from a different perspective, while always keeping the user in mind. Skjøtt believes that form should follow function and this is a guiding principle for his work, as is his appreciation for quality craftsmanship and local materials. As you look around the company’s site, you will find these beliefs reflected in every item.
Steenfatt’s furniture and product designs are created because of an intuitive and experimental process that tests and challenges a material’s properties. He works with a wide variety of materials, including self-invented composites. Serendipity plays a key role in his experiments with materials, textures and alternative working processes subjected to random developments that can influence the outcome. Combining this intuitive method with systematic analysis, he merges industrial and hand-crafted qualities in an industrialized one-off production approach.
Flensted’s experimental studio is exploring the potential within material behaviour, colours and manufacturing processes, and finds inspiration in the aesthetic and undiscovered possibilities derived from combining the three. His work is often minimalistic in terms of shape, allowing the materials’ own characteristics to shine. This approach has led to many exiting projects and commissions from both private individuals and companies.