Staying True to a Design Icon


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The original Kubus Candleholder was designed over five decades ago. Since then, it has evolved into an entire collection, while staying true to the original iconic design.

The Kubus Collection is an elegant line of products from Danish design company by Lassen. The collection has a distinct character that takes you back to 1962 when architect Mogens Lassen first sketched the now iconic Kubus Candleholder.

If you take a closer look at the Kubus Collection, you’ll recognise that the lines of the original candleholder are prominent throughout all of the products. The resemblance even shines through in some of by Lassen’s other collections – such as in their Frame Collection.

‘It’s important to us that the designs we create today stay true to the spirit of Mogens and Flemming Lassen. Less is more is a term you could definitely apply to them and their design style,’ Søren Lassen, founder of by Lassen, says.

The Design DNA

By staying true to the DNA and designs of the Lassen brothers, by Lassen are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year – although production of the Kubus Candleholder began in the 1980s, the family company was not founded until 2008.

‘One would think that developing new designs for an already popular collection would be an easy task. But there is a fine line between a great idea and what is allowed by the design DNA,’ Søren Lassen says.

When by Lassen create new designs, some are made for trends, while others are made to become future classics.

A gift for the family

When Mogens Lassen designed the Kubus Candleholder, he did not set out to create a design icon. Originally, the candleholder was intended as a gift for his nearest friends and family and for a long time it was just that. However, by the hand of his grandchild Søren Lassen, the Kubus Candleholder made its way into production in the 1980s.

Today, the collection consists of multiple versions of candleholders, vases and bowls. They come in different sizes and are available in black and white lacquered steel, burnished copper, brass and nickel.

‘Our design inspiration comes from different sources. From objects in our everyday life and from old sketches and prototypes made in the middle of the 20th century – designs that to this day still fit perfectly into the design thinking less is more,’ Søren Lassen says.

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