What is the role of the architect today? How does it differ from that of the past and what lessons can we learn from the past? These are questions that JUUL | FROST Architects reflect upon in their newly released book Lifting the Gaze. This is their take on what may be required of architects in the future
Woof, woof – Aviendo Fairy Tales let them out. Because these three puppies are the latest in a line of Danish design figures inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales. But wait, the dogs are more than just design trinkets.
Heidi Zilmer does what very few people in the world do – she handcrafts tapestries, creating unique designs for the wall by hand. Using old techniques, she develops and creates stunning art that is custom-made for every client.
Hans Sandgren Jakobsen set out to design a chair to support the human body as best as possible. The result is Daisy, a chair that uses the complex material 3D-Veneer. Here is how Daisy pressed veneer to its absolute limit.
As a major contributor to the genesis of the Danish Modern era of furniture design, the Danish architect Finn Juhl was one of the most prominent designers of his time. This article features an interview with Henrik Sørensen, co-owner of Onecollection, who has been entrusted in bringing Juhl’s iconic creations back to life.
Danish design company MILLION has gained a lot of popularity during the brand’s relatively short lifetime. CEO and designer Jens Kajus takes us through the inspiration and working dynamics involved in establishing a successful business from the bottom.
Too many possibilities can paralyze a customer. Sometimes it even leads to a feeling of a bad experience to know that you only saw a small percentage of the available options. Ege Carpets knows the feeling and has narrowed the picking process with a clever solution. They call it Highline Express.
Gejst started in the spring of 2013. Originally, it designed its own products, but in the fall of 2017, the company completely restructured and relaunched itself to become a more solid business. Today, Gejst employs the best upcoming designers from around the world to design its products to great effect.
The Spanish Chair by Børge Mogensen turns 60 this year. To commemorate the birthday, furniture maker Fredericia presents a limited edition of the famous chair. And the story behind it is quite good, too.
Every year, the Danish design company Bruunmunch choses a new exclusive location to shoot product photos for their current and upcoming collections. This year, the annual shoot was held at a Danish national landmark, the newly BIG-redesigned art museum, Tirpitz.
A new international award from Danish BLOXHUB, called Prix BLOXHUB Interactive,aims to put a strong focus on how we can make our cities more liveable by giving prize awards to the most hybrid and trans-disciplinary projects
Working as a designer does not always come from being educated as a designer. Mere necessity or a brilliant idea combined with the needs of the users can be the fundament of a new design company. DANISH™ dove into the background of four successful Danish design brands.
How is it possible to convert aesthetic and sustainable architectural design into learning and a blooming local society? Take a look at the impressive construction of Campus Kolding at the University of Southern Denmark.
Technical insights and knowledge have always been fundamental to the Frandsen Project. But when the CEO, Thomas Hansen, added design as a mindset and a focus in the organisation, turnover increased significantly. Design is also about understanding people, and this is where Thomas Hansen really gets down to business.
Danish design company Sibast Furniture is collaborating with Danish artist and world-known former musician Kasper Eistrup on a colourful piece of art. The work, called Sibast Sunrise No 8, is a new limited edition of the popular Sibast No 8 chair that comes individually numbered.
Danske Bank and their architect have teamed up with HOLMRIS B8 to realise a new standard for banking in the future. The result is a vibrant working environment with a variety of financial firms acting seamlessly under the same roof.
We use them every day. At home, at work, when visiting restaurants or waiting at the doctor’s office. Chairs are an unavoidable design in our life, but they are not all the same: some chairs are just more spectacular than others.
The N01™ chair designed by the Japanese design studio Nendo for Danish Fritz Hansen™ is the first wooden dining chair through years. Created by the merging of Danish and Japanese aesthetics and purity, this Q&A session with Oki Sato, founder of Nendo will enlighten you....
Furnish with steel. The industrial material is not reserved for factories only, but can also work in your living room. Get inspired by some of the cool designs made by Lars Vejen, Jensen Retail and Million.
The human hand may be the greatest tool ever. Just think about it. Whenever we want to distinguish a product as extraordinary, we tell people that it is made by hand. This is especially evident when talking about Swiss watches, Italian sports cars and bespoke suits. However, handmade quality is also important in the world of designer furniture, because, unique designs go hand in hand with skilled craftsmanship.
HOLMRIS B8 is testing a new method of collecting data. By using sensors in a workplace environment, the company gathers different information about the flow of people. The data may change the way we furnish our buildings in the future.
CultureWorks, M2 Group, Aarhus Filmby and AARSON have established an ambitious cross-breed of corporate conferences and creative festivals. It’s a new Nordic platform, where artists and businesspeople can come to be inspired – They call it this.
In four years, MOEBE has gone from selling homemade frames to becoming a double-digit million business selling products in more than 30 countries around the globe. Anders Thams is one of the founding partners and here he explains the key to MOEBE’s success.
The Danish award-winning digital product and brand experience agency Spring/Summer has made a remarkable impact over the years in setting a new standard for future online design solutions. DANISH™ talked to them about effective work methods.
Three new lamps from Danish Anour “project” the founder and owner of the company’s visions and dreams and are a testament to his discipline to follow these through. DANISH™ met Arash Nourinejad for a talk about his purpose in life and about the quality in his design.
rewired created a desk lamp: A well-designed piece of art, which simultaneously functions as a work tool. The company purposely delayed its production due to their philosophy of always aiming for exquisiteness. Now Satellite Desk is ready.
Modern Danish furniture design have long been known and celebrated for its sleek, minimalistic and clean-cut appearance. But what happens when designers channel a more elemental inspiration? Two companies have truly succeeded in defining such an organic twist.
A wander through the catalogue of DANISH™ showcases the variations and the common features of current Danish designers. The Editor of DANISH™ has picked out five very different designers that show the differentiation in Danish design.
Most materials in design and architecture have a certain breaking point. But what happens when you experiment on the verge of just that? Here’s how three designs ended up testing the limits of what a material can do.
Maybe you are one of those who gets excited when you encounter an interesting piece of furniture. We’ve talked to a design historian and a housing researcher to dig deeper into this fascination with old design.
The clock was ticking. Thomas Jensen had three months, but he knew the project would normally require double the time. The prestigious building Blox wanted a hybrid between a café for relaxing and work and a restaurant for dining. A great challenge that Jensen Retail could not resist....
In Denmark there is a saying: Third time you do the same thing you have created a tradition... Which is why it would be fair to state in keeping with tradition on our Friday digital playfullness: "Quiz yourself on Digital Times!"
The path of OEO Studio is clear. They’ve always had the habit of pinning down their dreams and goals – and nothing is too big nor too small. Founder Thomas Lykke has lately been joking with the thought of designing a super-sonic airplane, as he says; “That would be fun – so far we’ve succeeded in fulfilling our dreams, so why not!”.
The Danish design group Salto & Sigsgaard has decided to create a small video for the Danish Design Festival that is taking place these days. The design duo just recently finished their display of the Danish New Carlsberg Foundation – under the theme Transit, Store, Display.
Too Good To Go, LEGO house, BIG, Danfoss, and Joe and the Juice were among the winners on Monday evening, when this year’s Danish Design Award trophies were awarded to the designers and companies behind the Danish design solutions in 15 categories.
The Danish design brand Mater has experienced some serious growing pains over the last few years. To satisfy its expanding international customer base, the company plans to open a line of showrooms outside Denmark, and has made a start in London.
Over the past 10 years the Danish interior company by Lassen has given life to many designs that are already considered modern-day classics, such as the cubic candleholder, The Tired Man and the Lassen Chair. Owner Søren Lassen sees this as laying the right foundations to become even stronger internationally over the next 10 years
Once again, it's that time of the year for the annual Danish Design Festival, celebrating Danish craftsmanship and design with a range of exhibitions, events, business conferences and awards. We at DANISH™ are highlighting three events that you must not miss out on.
In our whole lives, we are surrounded by a large number of items and details. Some of them, we just do not notice, whilst others attract our attention more than the rest. DANISH ™ decided to dig deeper to understand how our senses affect what we touch every day and why.
Whether it’s in your own home, in your office or you’re doing a bigger project, there are certain details you need to take into account when choosing the right carpet. We present this carpet guide on details you need to pay attention to when working with carpets.
Just one week left until the 57th edition of the Salone del Mobile.Milano - the most important international event in the world of design and furnishing. Dive into our Danish™ guide of must-see Danish designers that are going to be there.
The KEVI caster that is used on most movable furniture around the world was invented in the 1960s by Danish designer and architect Jørgen Rasmussen. A detail that revolutionised movable furniture and that is still viewed as the standard technology more than 50 years later.
With the theme Branding in Design and Architecture, we have, with the help of 5 selected design and architecture companies, compiled a list of the Top 5 Best Projects Ever that revolve around Brand Identity.
Public spaces, like school halls, hospitals and hotel lobbies, might not necessarily remind you of innovative, inspiring, multifunctional design solutions, but the following Danish designs are trying to change that by combining modularity, functionality and simple design principles.
Be it a guest or a participant, you would be able to enjoy the enchanting smell and taste of coffee, hot food, and delicious desserts, while attending the various talks and discussions arranged all over the place, while classical music played subtly in the background. 3,000 people enjoyed this year’s Trends & Traditions, half of them being architects and designers.
Wastewater is a resource that the citizens and commuters of Kolding seem to embrace. The local energy company BlueKolding A/S who are running the project Powered By You is heating the benches of central bus terminal in Kolding with wastewater. And it doesn’t stop there.
Our experiences in mega-cities like Chongqing, China, large cities like New York City and Moscow, and small cities like Charlotte, USA and Holsterbro, Denmark, point toward the local context and identity being the most important factor when making investments and design decisions, states this new blog created out of Gehl Architecure
The former GUBI sales director was headhunted by Mater to ensure expansion on the international market. The focus on environmental sustainability and the exciting business journey Mater is about to embark on were his reasons for accepting the job.
Co-founder of the Copenhagen-based furniture company MILLION invites you inside the engine room to discover the process behind the creation of the brand’s identity. Out of four tools, the one he values most is repetition.
What's the cut? What’s the economic and human benefits from collaborating? DANISH™ asked three Danish brands about this. Design is at its strongest when independent and free – this benefits everyone, they believe.
"When focus is pointed away from ourselves and towards our clients. That is when our brand stands out, most clearly". At AART they value the impact that design and architecture have on people so much that they see it as part of their DNA.
"Colours are amazing. They can set a tone, bring out feelings and push a well-known design in a whole new direction." Normann Copenhagen and Montana both use colours strategically when they design but their approaches are quite different.
Fredericia Furniture celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Trinidad chair by breathing new life into Nanna Ditzel’s timeless design icon. But what makes a design timeless, and how do you keep a design that is more than 25 years old relevant?
With what has become Denmark’s largest meet and greet event Danish company Holmris.Designbrokers is expecting more than 3000 professional visitors from design, architecture and the building industry on the 15th of March as they throw their annual event Trends & Traditions. This is your invitation!
As part of this month’s theme: Scalability and modular thinking, DANISH™ asked three Danish brands about their approach to human relations when in partnership with designers. "Metal fatigue" is something that needs to be avoided, they all agree upon
DANISH™ asked three Danish brands what their expectations are when working in partnership with designers. Onecollection, Aviendo Fairy Tales and Mater highlight elements such as bringing new energy as well as brand understanding as key to a successful collaboration.
Here at DANISH™, we are fascinated by flexibility and by products transforming their purpose from one thing to another and so we couldn´t restrain ourselves from sharing these seven remarkable designs with you. All of them Danish, naturally!
Folding furniture is becoming increasingly popular as our living spaces become ever smaller. In this article, we take a closer look at some Danish designs that you can fold and put away or even hang on the wall.
Simple and elegant. That's often what you get from Danish design. But in this article, we look not only at designs that are simple and elegant but also modular and developed to fit specific needs and situations.
For a long time, Finn Juhl was part of the Onecollection family. But over the years, it became more and more obvious that Finn Juhl´s furniture appealed to a different audience than the rest of the furniture did within Onecollection and something had to be done. Hence, a new brand was established with the name House of Finn Juhl.
Strongly inspired by design thinking and a desire to enhance the interaction between employees, digital design agency Spring/Summer has developed a new method of unifying their working process. We hereby present The Involver.
"Working with Hans Sandgren Jakobsen has proved to me that design is about a consistent focal point on the needs of the final users of the product,” says CEO at RotoBed®, Martin Riis Holm. – Read about the bed that´s designed into every detail.
Creating a new webpage is no longer a technical precaution as an alternative to your address in the phonebook. At Engelbrechts, they are acutely aware of the website as the primary carrier of their brand and feel it should also be cool enough to serve as a business card – anywhere in the world.
Yesterday, Løgismose celebrates the opening of a brand-new outlet in the international department store Illum in Copenhagen. The shop was designed by Jensen Retail and is a combination of a wine shop, a grocery shop and a food bar, and it was designed as an exploration of light.
Elegant simplicity designed to stand the test of time – thanks to both durable materials and a timeless look. These are the core values of an upcoming, new lamp – created by rewired in collaboration with Danish architectural firm Friis & Moltke.
World-renowned Danish Michelin restaurant Noma, is more than just a place to eat. The success story is driven by top class cuisine and the exquisite interior which has led it to become a cultural landmark in Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen. Lovers of the restaurant now have the chance to own a piece of the legendary interior and have a truly special collectors piece.
Parks, playgrounds and activity areas are flourishing in Denmark at present. Paid for either by the state, the local muncipality or the citizens themselves, they counteract the urbanisation going on all over the world. We are looking for places where we can come back to basics, and we should preferably benefit from it in more than one way.
Spaces for Life are seven different projects combining the best architectural aspects from healthcare institutions and your home to support patients battling cancer. Danish studio Cornelius Vöge designed the final project in the series and is getting set for the project launch.
For the fifth year in a row Danish studio Arkitema is looking forward to take part in BILT Europe. An event neccessary for the industry to keep abreast of technological developments. In the end this will give "normal people" the ability to co-design everything from hospitals to new private houses!
According to the Danish designer behind Møbel & Rum, Christoffer Skjøtt, Good craftsmanship comes down to the user experiencing what the maker intended they should when interacting with the product. When designing or crafting a product, Skjøtt wants to create a story, through sight and touch, that evokes a personal connection between the product and the consumer.
OEO Studio has created an air of lightness and a soft touch of elegance in Natur & Nicolai Bergmann’s new store in Tokyo. By using exclusive materials that combine Nordic simplicity with an exciting environment, interior design elegantly plays the supporting role.
A nice soothing bubble bath or a quick morning visit − our bathrooms are exposed to different routines throughout the day, and have to withstand high temperatures, water and steam. We’ve looked into what’s hot and what’s not when it comes to modern bathroom designs.
”Time is money”, ”time flies when you’re having fun” – the list of sayings about the phenomenon time is long. A few Danish designers have succeeded in capturing time within the dial. We asked the go-to guy for high-end and all quality watches to help us put together a snappy guide.
Round two of the Danish Design Award event took place on Wednesday night in Svane Shipping’s warehouse in Kolding harbour, where the winners of four new award categories and two special awards were announced.
Event design agency Culture Works and Danish Design Award host organisation D2i – Design to innovate collaborate closely on designing a top-tier event experience, when the Danish Design Award 2017 takes place in Kolding on 31 May.
A design award for solutions that create value for citizens through new public/private partnerships – that’s what the Fostering Partnerships award is all about at the Danish Design Award. See the finalists, including the LEAD THE TALENT talent-development programme.
As media partner of the Danish Design Award, DANISH™ has asked a handful of the sponsors to elaborate on the fact that they’re actually supporting Danish design by sponsoring the event. Learn why they support a national award show praising design solutions that make a difference.
A sexy disposable grill? It doesn’t sound possible, but CasusGrill has reinvented the concept of disposable grills. The Danish company is nominated in the Building Markets category at the Danish Design Award as one of four finalists.
On our countdown journey towards the second half of the Danish Design Award 2017, we bring you a brief overview of the finalists in the Young Talent category: all sparkling talents keen to make a difference with their designs.
POISE is a new shelving system from the Danish furniture manufacturer, Engelbrechts. Designed by Anders Hermansen, POISE is also a way of designing a certain atmosphere and making the system an actual architectural addition to its surrounding spaces.
While maintaining the quality of the right craftsmanship the founder of the Danish design brand Mater wants ethics in production to support the idea of a greener planet, and make people involved in the production to benefit from it.
Founding Fundament, we were very specific about underlying principles: The moral side of design on how our work could make the world better, rather than selling more furniture in an industry that is known for its unsustainable practices, was a key part.
Passions can be ignited by many different sparks. The passion of Danish architect Anders Toft for designing furniture made of concrete started off with a keen interest in experimenting and playing around with the heavy, and sometimes clumsy, material. Clumsiness is, however, not the best word for describing the products of the design company Tonton, which was founded by Toft some two years ago.
”You will know us by our simple and functionally, constructed design. We do not apply unnecessary features or details – on the contrary we try to peel of as many layers as possible in order to reach a simple and minimalistic expression”.
The Oak Men are truly engaged in their craft, where wood, especially oak wood, is the focal point. We visited them in their workshop and office space near Aarhus to have a talk about the poetry of wood, including knots.
Danish Modern is a little bit like the “Little Black Dress”: it is timeless, looks flawless and goes with everything. Besides, having one expensive but high quality black dress is better than having 50 cheap ones.
Jasper Morrison, designer, about Gert Kjeldtoft: Kjeldtoft were recommended to me by the owner of the wonderful Fredericia Furniture, makers of many Danish classic furniture designs. I was looking for a very high level of craftsmanship for a demanding client who wanted the best and insisted on a Danish carpenter. The resulting quality of joinery in the finished piece was remarkable, far better than I or the client had expected, and I greatly appreciated their ability to work around the inevitable problems. If it's quality and efficiency you're after, go see Kjeldtoft.
It contains the popular as well as the posh. It tells a story of the past and present. It has been burried, but has been resurrected in new splendour. Wallpaper is having a renaissance – as a modern statement in interior decor as well as an important link to times past.
They are inseparable. The two founders of Norm.Architects, Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Kasper Rønn, have made quite a name for themselves with their distinctive, minimal architectural aesthetic and no-nonsense approach, both in Denmark as well as internationally.
Stone paper is a paper-like product, used for books, magazines and stationary to mention just a few uses. It is made from crushed limestone, which is very robust and also water-repellent. At the same time, the material has an exclusive look and feels very soft.
An opportunity to exhibit a piece at the Stockholm Furniture Fair, where the keyword for the furniture pieces showcased was ‘extreme’, led to Danish designer Rikke Hagen deciding to create a chair made from one of the most extreme materials she knows: cork. At the same time, the chair is the outcome of a prolific collaboration between designers.
We had a talk with Marie Kristine Schmidt, Head of Brand, Design and Marketing at Bang & Olufsen, about their traditions, design philosophy and what kind of responsibility she feels when it comes to keeping the brand alive.
For two weeks, 50 international design students have been working intensively in cooperation with Danish businesses and a municipality at DesignCamp2017. All designs and innovations implemented as business solutions have one thing in common – design thinking. This is what the participants at DesignCamp2017 in Kolding, Denmark have been learning about.
Aviendo is a family-owned Danish company with four offices around the globe, including Copenhagen. Divided into three separate brands, Aviendo’s ventures include natural skincare, organic chocolate and contemporary Danish design. According to Anders Nielsen, all three brands are united by three common values – quality, health and lifestyle.
The publisher of DANISH™, D2i – Design to innovate is proud to announce to be the co-host of Danish Design Award 2017. The event is a two-step event taking it´s place first in the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen and hereafter in "the capital of design", Kolding. DANISH™ will follow this event closely.
Design means to shape. Shape a product or a service so that it fits the needs of it users perfectly. In Denmark, two larger companies are working consciously and successfully to design for the people – but their ways of getting there are quite different.
With the theme “Denmark as a leading design nation”, we have, with the help of 10 selected design companies, compiled a list of the 10 most beautiful pictures of Danish designs. Let yourself be inspired by Danish design at its best.
Danish OEO Studio has been involved in changing the lives of craftsmen and businesses across the globe – from a single guy producing crafted woodwork in Japan to large worldwide companies. But the philosophy is the same: Holistic design thinking makes the difference.
”There are nine million bicycles in Beijing”….Lyrics are the British singer/songwriter Katie Melua. It´s a very nice song. But for small start-up company Double U in Copenhagen the line could also be an obvious business opportunity. For a year now they have been designing and producing mobile bike stands suitable for festivals, cafés and concerts.
Even though the CEO and owner of digital agency Spring/Summer, Pelle Martin, personally has more than a thousand followers at @pelsen, he is always looking for inspiration for his work and personal life abroad. Enjoy his 5 recommendations for insta-feeds to follow.
At Studio David Thulstrup, mood boards are a central part of the design process to a specific idea or project. At the same time, the mood board can act as an instrument for fine social media marketing.
Autumn not only brings a lot of “hygge”, it also brings a series of new, beautiful product launches, causing the autumn to have a special place in our hearts. DANISH™ brings you a selection of this season’s news.
Indeed, scaling, mock-ups and high quality prototypes are a huge part of Studio FEM’s design process and creating these featured prominently when they were asked to name which were the five most important elements that constituted the basic fundamentals of their working process.
The people behind rewired say they are undertaking a branding mission with their products, which they describe as Danish modern lighting. We talked with rewired about the beginning of their branding journey and their products, which are meant to embody a certain ‘kind of coolness’.
We are thrilled to be the first to present 'rewired' by Frandsen Projects, a new brand they will launch in January at northmodern. Having been around for 40 years, they truly know craftsmanship and quality. And now you can have a bit of that in your own home!
Imagine a dark, grey sky. Now add wind – and then maybe occasionally some rain….You are standing in the urban square at the gateway of the second largest city in Denmark. Besides the weather, you find nothing but empty space and a bench there. -This emptiness was just too much for architect and developer Frantz Longhi.
The installation ring which Storm System is built around makes it possible to remove the number of visible components on both ceilings and walls. The mission for oneA is to design products that can be integrated into a building’s architecture without compromising on quality.
As a leading company, when it comes to designing spaces and surroundings that let users adapt to everything from changing working habits to different learning situations, we asked Rosan Bosch Studio how to create the optimal learning environment.
The Danish Shipowners’ Association’s latest website, navigatingresponsibly.dk, is more like a movie concept than creating a regular website. Spring/Summer, which designed the platform, says this style is necessary to communicate an important story.
Recently, the Danish furniture manufacturer Erik Jørgensen relaunched Arne Vodder's 1972 AV chaise longue chair, which wholly showcases the late designer's sense of detail, modest expression and fondness for natural materials.
Meet Emil Juul Clevin, a recent design graduate of the Game Art, Design and Development programme at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ School of Design (KADK). In his graduation project, ‘Hammershus – A Journey Through Time’, Emil Juul Clevin looked at Hammershus in Bornholm and set out to design a new way of interpreting this ruined castle.
Meet Rie Maktabi and Isabel Aagaard, two new graduate designers from the Co-design programme at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ School of Design (KADK). In their final joint project, ‘Chemo to go, please’, the two designers focused on how to make life better for leukaemia patients.
Broken pieces of surplus marble cast into a mixture of marble dust, cement and pigment. Terrazzo is the story about a sustainable Italian product invented at a time when making use of all resources was a virtue. Industrial designer Alberto Bellamolli has reinvented the material.
"As a method, a mindset and a leadership tool, design can contribute to the creation of sustainable growth and help companies engage customers in new ways". – CEO, Christian Bason, Danish Design Centre
Danish furniture manufacturer focuses on consumers’ eco awareness. A new sustainable furniture series, an eco label and greener production methods aim to strengthen the position of Mogens Hansen Møbler A/S in two key export markets. The strategy stood the test at the biggest Nordic furniture show, Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair.
A retro chair is revitalized, and three of Denmark’s leading designers – Anders Nørgaard, Tom Stepp and Kai Kristiansen – create new designs for Mogens Hansen Møbler with the potential of becoming design classics. All with a new, green and sustainable profile.
Copenhagen soon sees the return of 3daysofdesign, a design event that lets you experience a range of Denmark’s best design brands up close. We sat down with event director Signe Byrdal Terenziani to discuss the idea of 3daysofdesign, while also narrowing down the actual goal for the event in a world that is full of events.
We give you a short recap of Copenhagen Fashion Summit, where speakers under the headline 'responsible innovation' shouted out for more transparency and communication, and a change of values in fashion.
By Eva Kruse, CEO, Danish Fashion Institute. The global fashion industry has an immense impact on the environment and on the millions of people who work in the industry, making it one of the most important industries worldwide.
We explore the Danish designer Troels Grum-Schwensen's investigation of how to use the force of gravity as a co-player in locking and stabilising furniture structures, and how this can be articulated in well-built and easy comprehensible designs.
We recently had a chat with owner and Creative Director of Fredericia, Thomas Graversen, about the enduring popularity of Danish design, his company Fredericia, which was founded in 1911, and the legacy of the late great Børge Mogensen, whose designs helped transform Fredericia from a local manufacturer into a global design brand.
Good lighting impacts both function and well-being – and in addition to serving a purpose, it should also come in an aesthetically appealing package. Here, we bring you examples of contemporary Danish lighting.
On April 7, the winners of the Danish Design Award 2016 were announced during a great award show in Copenhagen. The aim of the relaunched prize was to pay tribute to the effect and impact of Danish design, and a total of 15 winners were found.
In less than a week Milan will be crowded with visitors, exhibitors and designers. DANISH™ will of course be present but already now we remove the lid to reveal a part of this year´s Danish "go-sees".
Driving innovation forward demands different competencies and qualities in and around each company. Here, we want to give you a look inside the innovation processes of two Danish companies, namely the shoe manufacturer ECCO and the architectural firm 3XN.
There is general consensus that sustainability is a ‘plus’ word, and to many, it is essentially synonymous with organic materials, degradability and minimizing CO2 – in short: production methods that result in a lighter footprint on our shared planet. It is meaningful, however, to see the concept as broader in scope – not least in the design industry, where one of the most responsible approaches may be to create products with extreme durability.
In recent years, design that promotes good health has become more and more central to the way healthcare environments are conceived. Here, we want to give two examples of Danish-designed hospitals that aid good health through their designs.
monqSTUDIO was established in the summer of 2013 and takes its name from its founder, who graduated as a furniture designer from TEKO in Herning in 2015. Based in Copenhagen, Monique Consentino founded monqSTUDIO while following a course in visual identity.
Design Werck is a new export-oriented event-and-exhibition concept for Danish and Nordic design, located in a historical setting at Quintus Bastion in Copenhagen. The idea is to reach out to both private and professional customers, and to create a common gateway to the export market.
We Do Wood creates furniture with an emphasis on both actual function and visual expression. On top of that, the Danish furniture brand is continually searching for ways of making its furniture as sustainable as possible.
The Danish textile company Kvadrat has always strived for quality, but in recent years the renowned brand has increased its focus on achieving excellence. The company recently launched Kvadrat Roller Blinds, which are made for architectural projects all over the world.
Arne Jacobsen’s perhaps most celebrated design is the Egg, which is a lounge chair designed for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, where everything from the door handles and the cutlery to the entire building was designed by Jacobsen.
The Danish designer Lars Vejen had an almost 20-year long career as director of one of Denmark’s biggest architectural firm’s in-house design department before he became self-employed. We had a talk with him about his design process, why he went solo and what design is capable of.
German designer Sebastian Herkner was chosen as guest of honour for this year’s IMM fair in Cologne where he designed Das Haus, a recurring concept, which first began in 2012 and was done by the talented Neri & Hu last year. Herkner designed a circular house that seems to be transparent while at the same time being very welcoming as a place that invites you to relax and enjoy yourself.
A well-designed table is often very stunning to look at, but just as often not the easiest item to handle. This was exactly what architect Hans Bølling wanted to challenge when designing the Bølling Tray Table in 1963
The Danish company Verpan produces many of the late Danish designer Verner Panton’s designs. We talked to CEO of Verpan, Peter Frandsen, about experimenting with the design’s capabilities, the act of building a brand around a renowned designer and what the company learnt from Panton’s playful approach to design.
Børge Mogensen was a Danish designer who contributed significantly to making the concept of ‘Danish Modern’ known throughout the world. One of his later and perhaps most celebrated designs is the Spanish Chair.
The Danish fair northmodern is a biannual event in Copenhagen that displays the best of Scandinavian design. While we wait for this year’s event to begin, we want to give you our top five recommendations of Danish must-sees.
The Danish silversmith and design company Georg Jensen recently opened two new flagship stores, one in London and one in Munich, Germany. Both boutiques were designed by the Danish interior architecture practice Studio David Thulstrup.
We had a look into how this popular VIPP bin came into being. Its design has not changed since first produced in 1939 – apart from the lid. That was altered in 1949 from a wavy shape to a rounded one because of new production techniques.
The Danish flooring company Dinesen demonstrates remarkable craftsmanship and a knowledge of wood. Dinesen’s passion for wood is evident when talking to fifth-generation owner Thomas Dinesen and the company’s employees. We visited the head office and production facility in the small town of Jels in Jutland, where it all began 117 years ago.
We recently spoke with upcoming Danish designer Troels Flensted, who has just set up the new Flensted Studio in the northern harbour district of Copenhagen, which is currently busy producing bowls for a new special order.
We caught up with designer Sebastian Herkner for a little talk about his thoughts on design. Herkner will be part of the Re-Framing Danish Design exhibition in Copenhagen on 28–30 May, where he and Dutch designer Niek Pulles will reinterpret ten Danish furniture pieces.
The Nordic Antique and the Copper-gilded Combing wallpapers are designed by the talented Heidi Zilmer, founder of the luxury wallpaper company Zilmers. Zilmers’ products are exceptional in that every item is made by hand from start to finish; this means that all surfaces and motifs are hand painted and all metals are applied manually.
By Lauren Grieco, Frame Magazine. Re-Framing Danish Design invites visitors to view Denmark’s classic and contemporary pieces through a global lens. As any seasoned treasure-hunter knows, a second glance is worth its weight in gold. Re-Framing Danish Design proves the point.
Nordic Appeal is a Danish brand that designs accessories for Apple’s products. We had a talk with co-founder Martin Bay about why they use plywood in their products, why ergonomics is so important and a talk about what is in store for the brand.
During the RISING Architecture Week in Copenhagen in September, we sat down and had a talk with keynote speaker Harley K. Dubois, who is the co-founder of one of the first creative maker events – the Burning Man event in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, America.
By Frederikke Aagaard, Architect MAA and TV presenter. Design is the signage that gets you through the airport, it is the defibrillator that anyone can operate, a way of teaching maths, a packaging material made from organic mushrooms and a file sharing platform for 3D printing. Design is also the lamp that makes the most of LED light sources, an easy chair that you keep for life, a teapot that brews a perfect cup of tea and a warm beautiful blanket.
Georg Jensen and Kay Bojesen are two Danish silversmiths who contributed substantially to the Danish silversmith tradition. Delving into the works of these two late greats, it becomes clear how design and craftsmanship paid a significant role in the creation of their works.
Roon & Rahn is a Danish design company on the verge of a new chapter. We talked with co-founder and designer René Hansen about the designs, increased quantities and collaborations that are helping to push the company forward.
We Do Wood in their production in Copenhagen. Join us, for a glimpse behind the scenes and hear all about the famous Lilly Chair as well as some brand new products. This video is a unique insight into the design process and craftsmanship that goes into the making of a We Do Wood product.
Different designs are conceived to support many different needs, and each design serves a purpose, e.g. a chair lets you sit, a knife lets you cut and a watch tells you the time. Some designs even have the ability to save lives.
Art has always been an invaluable source of inspiration for the furniture manufacturer Montana. Through a dialogue with art, the product designer draws inspiration for new shapes and colours while finding resources to improve existing products and create new ones.
Internationally renowned great Danish artists have repeatedly added new touches to Fritz Hansen’s iconic furniture collection. For instance, artists such as Tal R and John Kørner have respectively reinterpreted The Egg and challenged the design legacy.
The Danish design company by Lassen is renowned for the Kubus candleholder designed by architect Mogens Lassen in 1962. Today, by Lassen designs and produces a wide range of interior products and home accessories.
It is time for changes within the Danish design and architecture scene, as both Dorte Mandrup, owner of Dorte Mandrup Architects, and Thomas Graversen, owner of Fredericia Furniture, have carefully analysed the needs of their companies and chosen to take a very ambitious and forward-looking step on the path towards a new period.
Denmark is known for its infrastructure and good bike lanes. Whether you are a student or a businessperson, your chosen form of transport will often be the bike. For some time, other countries have been looking to Denmark – and to Scandinavia in general – for inspiration on how to reduce public car use and increase the cyclist culture, as well as on how to transform public spaces into pedestrian-friendly areas.
It was international potential and the courage to cut across boundaries that were celebrated at the Design Awards 2015, established by the three major Danish lifestyle magazines Bo Bedre, Bolig Magasinet and Costume Living.
By David Thulstup, of Studio David Thulstrup. September looks set to be an interesting month of design events throughout Copenhagen and Denmark more widely. At Studio David Thulstrup, we are especially looking forward to one exhibition, thanks to its bold topic: time.
Great stories, a refined product and social currency are keywords in the branding of the Danish brewing company Carlsberg Group and its subsidiaries. We set out to investigate how the people responsible for one of the finest beer brands in the world are doing their job.
Even though the theme for the SE – The Cabinetmakers’ Autumn Exhibition 2015 – is Petite furniture, now has never been a greater time to experience this grand old museum and to explore how the 45 exhibited furniture pieces engage with the classical rooms of the Øregaard Museum in Hellerup: great innovation and craftsmanship, all tied together in inspiring surroundings.
Last night saw the presentation of the international INDEX: Award in Elsinore, Denmark. The award, which recognises design that improves life, was presented to five winners that a jury chose from among 46 finalists that had been shortlisted from 1123 nominations.
Today we are focusing on one of the most celebrated Danish furniture designs in modern times: the Wishbone Chair. Designed by late Danish designer Hans J. Wegner, this dining chair was part of the “Danish Modern” period that changed the way people looked at furniture in the 1950s and 1960s.
This Friday, the Culture Festival begins in the Southern Region of Denmark. It is going to be nine days filled with music, literature, art, performance, theatre and much more. And DANISH™ will also be joining
By Kigge Hvid, CEO at INDEX: Design to Improve Life® Asked recently what she saw as the single-greatest driver of social change, Melinda of the Gates Foundation replied: 'Design'. This is the background behind what makes the quote from Melinda Gates is so interesting and progressive. And the very backbone of INDEX: Design to Improve Life®, which focuses only on design that improves life.
We had a talk with Danish/Russian industrial designer Boris Berlin, who back in the late 80s co-founded the Danish design practice Komplot Design and now runs the design duo Iskos-Berlin in partnership with Aleksej Iskos. Berlin has designed just about everything, from a colour marker to the graphical identity of a bus travel company, though his greatest passion is industrial design.
Danish furniture manufacturer Onecollection has created an Artwork Edition of Finn Juhl’s Pelican chair in collaboration with London-based design company Domicileculture, to mark the chair’s 75th birthday.
The Danish design fair northmodern is almost here! From 13 August to 15 August, Copenhagen’s Bella Center will be buzzing as design enthusiasts from all over the world gather to see the latest ideas from the Scandinavian design scene.
DANISH™ went to the The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture and Design Graduation Exhibtion and had a talk with the designers behind two of the exhibited projects – a winged armchair and a virtual game for kids.
When you visit Copenhagen you will come across a lot of different houseboats if you are near Sluseholmen, Ved Slusen, Havneholmen or Islands Brygge. We visited Lisbeth and Laust on their houseboat in the southern part of Copenhagen called “Ved Slusen”.
A new “power-glove”, called Happaratus, makes it possible to shape and sculpt hard materials with your hands. The haptic power-tool consists of a series of abrasive pads right at your fingertips that make it possible to feel and form the material up close. The pads provide high efficiency and exceptional control.
Today’s Danish design stands on the shoulders of our giants of the past – inspired by icons like Jacobsen, Wegner and Mogensen – but what do the new designs look like and who should you pay particular attention to? We set out to find five upcoming designers to watch in the future.
The design scene in Copenhagen was buzzing with activities during 3 Days of Design; indeed, it seems that Copenhagen finally has a design event that is attracting attention from all over the world, just like Stockholm and Milan have had for years.
At the upcoming Re-Framing Danish Design exhibition, Dutch designer Niek Pulles is going to showcase his interpretations of ten Danish furniture pieces. We have asked him about inspirations, good design and how Dutch and Danish design can affect each other.
This May, the iconic Tongue Chair, designed by Arne Jacobsen, is going to be part of the Re-Framing Danish Design exhibition, where designers Niek Pulles and Sebastian Herkner are going to reinterpret the chair
Designed in 1933 by Kaare Klint, the Safari Chair was one of the world’s first ‘build-it-yourself’ pieces of furniture. Since its launch, it has become a true modern classic due to its simple functionality and elegant design. Today, it is highly appreciated by design lovers all over the world.
We stopped by Rud. Rasmussens Snedkerier’s exhibition space at the Salone del Mobile earlier this April. The renowned Danish cabinetmaker’s workshop had a special anniversary item displayed among the exhibited furniture pieces: the Faaborg Chair.
We went to the Salone del Mobile design week in Milan last week, and spotted all the great Danish design. We give you our Danish design tour de force of the design districts Brera and Ventura Lambrate, as well as from the fair.
Coming from a background in engineering, the three guys behind Butchers & Bicycles set out to redefine the way a cargo bike is made. We interviewed co-founder and company brand and communication wizard, Jakob Munk, and discovered that the brand’s products almost sell themselves.
We took a closer look at why wayfinding is so important, when going to everything from an airport to a hospital. The last thing you need to worry about when rushing to catch a plane is finding your way.
Lightyears is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the company and the Caravaggio pendant this year. Therefore, Lightyears found it appropriate to contribute the Caravaggio lamp to ‘Re-Framing Danish Design’, a joint exhibition from DANISH™ and Frame Magazine.
We continue our brief overview of the Danish contribution to the annual design fair in Milan, Salone del Mobile. The fair is held on 14–19 April and both Denmark’s architect schools are represented at the Ventura Lambrate exhibition space.
In a few weeks the talk of the town will be Salone del Mobile when the design world gathers in Milan from 14 to 19 April. DANISH™ will be there to give you the best of Danish design. Before we go, we have gathered a brief overview of the Danish must-sees.
By Tine Mouritsen. I actually think that the old English proverb ‘A man’s home is his castle’ applies equally well to us here in Denmark. Much of the Danish way of life centers around the home, which, of course, may also be due to the cold weather outside! We create spaces – cozy spaces, personal spaces, functional spaces – where the home becomes part of our character and personal identity in a way. We invite people into our homes, so this private realm is part of the story we tell about ourselves and display to others.
The man behind the J39 Chair, Børge Mogensen, was the furniture designer who placed quality furniture at reasonable prices in to Danish homes. From his private practice, Børge Mogensen created some of the 1950s’ and 1960s’ most iconic classics. Børge Mogensen’s lifelong mission was to create simple and practical furniture.
Helle Herman Mortensen and Jonas Herman Pedersen are the founders of Herman Studio and Herman Cph. They run a two-fold design company that combines a design studio with its own design brand while still designing for other brands – something they see only as an advantage.
The Danish design studio OeO is run by Thomas Lykke and Anne-Marie Buemann. We met up with Creative Director Thomas Lykke to talk about their ideas and the concept for the design of Dinesen’s new showroom.
Arne Jacobsen was very productive as a designer and as an architect. His furniture and other design work has become a part of the Danish design heritage. When designing the Series 7 Chair, Arne Jacobsen exploited the possibilities of the lamination technique. The chair is ideally suited to fit the human body, and its backrest is comfortable to lean up against as it has a natural “give”.
By Morten Grøn, CEO, Design denmark. In the coming days, 18-20 January 2015, Design denmark co-hosts a conference and a series of open debates with designers, companies, trend researchers, design education programmes etc. in cooperation with the design trade show Northmodern. We call the event ’GRUNDstof i dansk design’ (core substance of Danish design)..
The Form collection is Normann Copenhagen’s new series of tables and chairs designed by Simon Legald. The concept for Form was Simon’s final project for his graduation from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Since then, he has refined his design and adjusted small details in order to achieve the perfect result.