If you’re thinking about upgrading your home with a new minimalistic interior, why not look towards Denmark for inspiration? Industrial design is in, and several Danish designers have adopted the raw look and designed some cool steel pieces.
Lars Vejen: The NORDIC door handle
A door handle is much more than just a door opener. Danish designer Lars Vejen has come up with the NORDIC door handle for steel company RANDI. The handle merges industrial mass production with a handcrafted element. Where the steel and mechanical parts are mass produced by RANDI, the inserted handle part is made from solid birchbark using more traditional, handcrafted methods.
“When I was offered to design a door handle for RANDI, my thoughts were immediately drawn to the combination of classic steel and birchbark! Years before the collaboration, I was introduced to birchbark as a naturally antibacterial material and since then I have remained fascinated by the thought of using it in a design where this function is actually needed and not purely for aesthetics,” says Vejen.
The combination of two very different materials gives the door handle a unique expression, as the steel represents the raw and the industrial, while the birchbark symbolises the natural and the human.
Jensen Retail: BLOX EATS visual identity, concept and furniture
Have you visited the new home of architecture and design in Copenhagen yet? BLOX, sited in the heart of the Danish capital, is a fine example of how contemporary industrial architecture is melting into the Danish design philosophy.
Besides its flashy exterior, BLOX has a fairly impressive interior, too, which Jensen Retail can take some credit for. The Danish design agency has been in charge of designing the interior and signage for BLOX EATS, the cafeatery and food hall at BLOX run by Danish food entrepreneur MEYER. The purpose of this project was to make it easy for customers to get around, find the right line and be comfortable, while at the same time matching the industrial and architectonical style of BLOX with the DNA of MEYER. A job that Jensen Retail has succeeded at.
“We took inspiration from airports because we wanted to guide people around the food hall with subtle hints. We made room dividers that made people go the right way and we designed an effective way of standing in line for the kitchens,” says Thomas Jensen, creative director at Jensen Retail.
Million: MIES collection
If you’re not completely ready to transform your home into an industrial Mecca yet, why not consider starting out with just one piece of furniture? The MIES collection from Million is a series of simple yet very elegant tables plus a bench. All items are designed with a powder-coated steel frame giving them a more matte finish and a wooden table top softens the industrial look. The bench is upholstered with leather.
”The purpose of the MIES table design is to make it visually light, but solid in its construction. The table is defined by a steel frame made from respectively round, longitudinal and squared pipes put together in one simple, graphic composition, and it was very important to us, that the frame could be packed flat for delivery. All this could only be made possible by designing the frame in steel instead of wood. The benefits of steel are that the dimensions can be minimimal and thereby create the light visual look we aimed for – this can only be executed in steel. It’s an amazing material,” says Jens Kajus designer and founding partner at Million.