Photographing Interior Design

For Danish architectural and interior photographer Kirstine Mengel, it is all about obtaining the perfect amount of simplicity to really showcase an object. These are her thoughts on what makes or breaks a picture, and how you can improve your photography skills at home.

Public Design – Big and Small Scale

Whenever you are in the public space, you are part of experiences, products and planning made for public use. DANISH™ zooms in on two projects at each end of the scale as representatives of public design made by Danish hands.

Crafting a Better Future

Encouraging young adults to thrive and find success in life isn’t a simple task to take on – Despite this, craftsman and designer Heidi Zilmer is doing exactly that, right now, in Greenland with “Project Sanasa.”

You Could Make Your City More Liveable

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

A Deep Dive into Social Responsibility

Housing, Education, Hospitals, Caretaking, and Interior and Design are the five areas in which, as of this year, FRIIS & MOLTKE will be able to offer increased expertise. The five areas are already what the company is renowned and acknowledged for and are chosen due to their interaction with society and the people living in it.

Trends & Traditions throwback. Get inspired for next year

The largest meet & greet event in architecture and design in Denmark, hosted by HOLMRIS B8, is back on Thursday 2nd May 2019 – an event that brings together more than 3,000 professional visitors from design, architecture, and the building industry. State of Health will be this year’s focus and 130 exhibitors will take part in the event.

Nature is not a destination – it's a fundamental element of life

Recently, the Danish architectural practice Schønherr won an award from the Society of Concrete Elements for their work with a newly developed nature park in Denmark. Besides having a strong figurative appeal, Schønherr wanted to emphasize how nature always has something new to offer.

A home is a home is a home

Five objects. Which five objects would you choose to bring with you to make yourself feel at home? Design School Kolding participates in this year’s Salone del Mobile with the exhibition “A home is a home is a home”, challenging our perception of what makes us belong.

Brick by brick, existing buildings tell valuable stories

Transformation, as in renewing the purposes and structures of old buildings, is part of the business-strategy at AART architects. When preserving cultural history, architecture creates a social impact, with the final result often being even less expensive than building from scratch.

Spring/Summer’s Guide to Magic Moments

The Danish digital studio Spring/Summer makes immersive digital experiences for brands such as American Express, Stine Goya and Roskilde Festival. Here, they explain how small magic moments help give users a great experience.

Freedom to the Material

”I´m concerned about how we surround ourselves with the same objects and thereby make our living spaces more and more uniform and standardized.”

Play can Match the Power of Unpredictability

At the end of January 2019 you can visit the first worldwide education on Design for Play, combining design with playing, when the Design School in Kolding opens its doors to the public. As a result of their culture, Danes specialize in centring on the participant of playing – creating the most innovate and flexible ways to test several solutions. Alumnis from this education are a real treat for companies looking for growth through innovation.

Reflections on Reconnecting Architecture

Danish architect Anders Barslund reflects on how modern architecture can loose touch with its surroundings. In his own work, Barslund tries to reconnect buildings with the spirit of their location by using materials and colours suiting to the environment.

Moving Kids with Furniture

With the theme of December: "play and learn through design and architecture”, this is the second of two compilations that show how Danish designers and architects work with playfulness and learning through their competencies. This time we focus on how resizing and twisting ankles can bend your way of behaving.

Top 5 Most-Read Architecture Articles of 2018

We’ve put together a list of the top 5 most-read articles about architecture from January 1st to December 18th according to page views, with each article featuring the work of awesome Danish architects. Enjoy.

Activating Humans Through Design

With the theme of “December: play and learn through design and architecture” this is the first of two compilations that shows how Danish designers and architects work with playfulness and learning through their competencies. This article will focus on how to activate kids and grown-ups at schools for the sake of better learning.

New Furniture from Fritz Hansen Makes Your Work Feel like Playing

Fritz Hansen presents Plenum: a customisable sofa to sit and work on. Its design challenges traditional office furniture by creating a homelike and playful feeling in the workspace. The sofa has power and USB outlets and can be fitted with tables in different sizes.

How Remodelling Your House Can Make You Healthy and Happy

Humans spend 90 per cent of their life indoors, which is bad for your physical and mental health. Danish architect Anders Barslund works to reconnect people to the outside world by changing four things in our homes.

Who let the dogs out?

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.

How 3D Can Bring Down Barriers

Computer models do not necessarily make it easier to be a landscape architect, but they do provide a number of advantages. Here Schønherr tells how they use 3D models to aid better dialogue between architects and engineers.

Cultivating Danish Education Through Architecture

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.

The Handmade Tale

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.

The Secret Behind the Picture-Perfect Picture

To you, it might just be an architectural picture, but to others it’s an artwork. Meet Kirstine Mengel, bronze winner at this year’s Le Prix de la Photographie, new member of DANISH™ and one of the photographers who makes the magic happen in her photos of the finest Danish designs.

New Data may revolutionize Interior Design

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.

Creating Synergy Between the Arts and Business

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.

Top Ten Most Read Articles on Architecture Summer 2018 - Part 2

We’ve put together a list of the 10 most-read architecture articles of the first part of 2018. This is Part 2– from 5 to 1.  

Top Ten Most Read Articles on Architecture Summer 2018 - Part 1

We’ve put together a list of the 10 most-read architecture articles of the first part of 2018. This is Part 1 – from 10 to 6.

Top Ten Most Read Articles on Design Summer 2018 – Part 2

This is the top five of the ten most popular design articles during the first half of this year. Here you go!

Digital Goodies

Closing up this months´theme: Digital Times, DANISH™ hereby supply you with the last digital treat: A Digital overview on Danish design that hopefully feels like "goodies".

Do You Know Your Digitisation?

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!"

This Carpet Guide Will Rug Your World

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.

Danish Design Looking Out to Strengthen its DNA

Despite having a long and strong tradition within design, it is sometimes necessary to reach out to the world and get some help to define the essence of what it is that makes Danish design unique.

Embracing the Paradox of Planning for Informality

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

Scaling the Business - Screening the collaborators PART FOUR

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.

The AART of a Strong DNA in Design and Architecture

"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.  

Scaling the Business - Screening the Collaborators PART ONE

As part of this month’s theme, DANISH™ created a virtual meeting between three Danish brands used to working with collaborators and thereby scaling their business.

Open Invitation For This Year's Trends & Traditions

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!

Scaling the Business - Screening the Collaborators PART 3

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  

Designs Transforming Purpose

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!

Please take a seat

Classic Danish chair designs? Show what you know!

Architecture – Creating Value Beyond the Building

Tomorrow the exhibition RÅT opens. It showcases the projects of graduates from the Aarhus School of Architecture. DANISH™ went by the school´s rector Torben Nielsen for an interview about his vision for the school and the students.

Halmhuset - Building Sustainably

Built from recycled and locally sourced materials Halmhuset is an example of how to challenge the way we think about building sustainably. Watch the video about a very special project.

An Open Sky Results in Urban Sea Park Development

“It´s raining cats and dogs” is a very British expression. This park, designed by LABLAND architects in close cooperation with the citizens of the small town of Laasby in Denmark, can handle every kind of weather. In fact, the weather is the whole reason why the park was created in the first place. Fundings involved in Laasby Seapark: Realdania Lokale og anlægsfonden (fond for plants- and premises) Vanførefonden (fond for disabled, ed.) Friluftsrådet (council of outdoor activities, ed.)

How Architecture Can Challenge Status Quo

As a quick follow up on this month’s theme ”Challenging the status quo”, DANISH™ would like to highlight two different projects that in different ways challenge how people and communities can benefit from architecture daring to try out new ways of thinking  

Welcoming the New Clever Fellows into Business

What does the next generation of Danish architects and designers bring?

The Involver – A New Way of Co-creation

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.

Would or Wouldn't You Know Your Wood?

Are you a wood expert? Prove it!

3. Advent: 8 Nuggets of Advice from the Professionals

Go open the third window of our advent calendar - it's filled with good stuff!

A New Universe of Bricks and Adventures

Get ready to be overwhelmed by bricks.

Creativity World Forum

Are you ready to expand your creative horizon? Join us at this year's Creativity World Forum.

Last Day at BILT Europe 2017

Each day during BILT Europe, which is taking place in Aarhus, Denmark (the 2017 European capital of culture), DANISH™ will present the laughs, the knowledge and the gadget of the day.  

Essence of Day 2 at BILT Europe

The second day of BILT began with the ‘Glorious Gadgets’ function. For more than 30 minutes, the committee took the delegates through a fun yet serious journey examining new digital inventions. Some were related to the building industry, and some were just…new.  

Short Report on 1st Day at BILT Europe

With the opening  early this morning keynote speaker Anders Hvid, founder of DareDisrupt and co-founder of Singularity University in Denmark gave his take on digitalisation as a mindset and a challenge on how the building industry expects it self to be disruptive.

It Takes Courage!

“When using only digitalisation as an extension of your usual routines or to optimise your work processes is misunderstood, we have to dare to rethink our perception of businesses and branches to gain fully from the technological development,” stated Anders Hvid from Dare Disrupt. He is the keynote speaker at BILT Europe next week.

Everybody Can Co-Design a Building

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!

Animation: A Playful Yet Serious Design Process

Dive into a world of animated characters with Artwork Studio.

Danish Schools Around the World

Three marvellous school designs outside Denmark.

A Differentiated Learning Environment Leads to Clever Kids

Holmris.Designbrokers and SMAK Architects have worked together to design a differentiated learning environment at Søndervangskolen in the southern part of Aarhus.

BILT Better Buildings – a Talk with an Executive Chairman

This October, BILT Europe will take place in Aarhus, Denmark. Architects, engineers and contractors (ed. AEC) will meet for up to six days to promote better communication within the building industry – all with a focus on increasing efficiency and lowering costs within the sector.

The Physical Reflection of Learning

At Danish design studio Rosan Bosch, the physical reflection of learning is a key point, when designing innovative learning environments.

Playing at Work – Graffiti!

Meet Danish graffiti artist Andreas Welin: just because my working tool is a can and not a brush it doesn´t mean I wander around drawing ”dicks” on other people´s property!

Smarter Kids Through Movement and Active Learning

Hopspots have made it possible to merge learning and movement.

2 Cool 4 School – Four Visionary Danish School Designs

No more outdated interior and damp class rooms! Take a look into four very visionary Danish schools.

The World Calls for a House of Peace

In spring 2018 Svendborg Architects are part of an exhibition at the Fondation Cartier Paris with "the Cloud" designed in collaboration between the studio and Japanese architect Junya Ishigami. The Cloud is an artistic building symbolising a House of Peace. – A house arised by four friends at a dinnerparty more than 12 years ago!

From Floor Wax to Folk High School

The old floor wax factory in the town of Højer, Denmark, will support the creation of future great designers when the new folk high school Designhøjskolen Højer starts classes in January 2018.

Countdown to the Danish Design Award: The Jury and the People

See the 18 persons assessing the design solutions submitted to Denmark’s major design award, the Danish Design Award.

Two associated members of DANISH™ in contention for the golden D at Danish Design Award 2017

The finalists for the upcoming event Danish Design Award 2017 have been revealed, and we are proud to announce that two of our members are among the finalists.

Danish Design Aficionado? Try our quiz!

Pay close attention to questions on everything from Danish furniture, stereos and lighting.

Ready, set, NEW AARCH!

Today is the first cut of the sod for NEW AARCH, the new school of architecture in Aarhus, Denmark. Just a few days after the announcement, the winning team is meeting up with local students to discuss ideas for the new school.

Strong Interdisciplinary Team Wins International Competition For First Newly Built Architecture School in Denmark

Vargo Nielsen Palle, ADEPT, and Rolvung og Brøndsted Arkitekter in collaboration with engineering companies Tri-Consult and Steensen Varming have won the international competition for the first newly built architecture school in Denmark. They were in competition with BIG, Sanaa, and Lacaton & Vassal, among others.

Cities by MBYLand for Everyone and Everyday

The Danish landscape architect Mette Bruun Yde combines a playful approach to our everyday environment with a keen interest in scenography. Her new studio MBYLand is about to finish an urban landscape plan for generous, multifunctional spaces that reconnect with the natural qualities of the city of Ringkøbing.

RISING a challenge

Three main themes are in focus for the RISING Architecture Week 2017: Materials, The City and The Society. But more importantly: You are invited to participate in finding the challenges of tomorrow that should be the content of the festival!

Creating an "Aha" Experience

Michael Daae Christensen don't wanna create objects which only the well-off can buy; he wants to sell quality design at a price which most people can afford.

Architectural Nirvana in Thisted

What makes one of our journalists undertake a three-hour drive to visit a gymnasium in Thisted, Denmark designed in the 1970s? Read the whole answer here.

Circular Rejuvenation in Architecture

Danish JJW Architects has utilised the world's first Cradle to Cradle certified cement-free mortar from the Danish company KALK to build the extension and renovation of Katrinedals School in Copenhagen.

The World’s Most Humane Prison

Being able to watch the seasons change without bars in front of your window is not something you normally expect as an inmate, nor to be able to play sports or eat a meal together with your prison guard. Nonetheless, this is exactly what life is like behind the 20" wall surrounding Halden prison in Norway.

Designing Architecture for our Cultural Heritage

With two recent museum building competitions won by AART architects, it is timely that we talk to founding partner Anders Tyrrestrup about his thoughts behind these special buildings and how to dive into our cultural heritage through architecture.

Familiar with Danish architecture? Try our quiz and find out

We bring you our very first quiz on Danish architecture. Enjoy!

A Compressed Lesson in Design Thinking

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 tailored

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.

Mols Bjerge National Park to get a visitors centre designed by Arkitema

The new building will include an exhibition area, a restaurant and a meeting point for tourists, families and school classes on field trips.

A Pitstop for Refugees

A headline made Zuhal Kocan stop and turn her head while studying architecture. Education interrupted. This made her ponder the issue about young refugees of a war. Now she offers a solution.

Top 10 Most-Read Architecture Articles of 2016

We’ve put together a list of the 10 most-read architecture articles of 2016. Based on the total number of page views, the list comprises articles published from 1 January to 1 December 2016, and shows a wide variety of DANISH™ architectural subjects.

This Henning Larsen Architects-designed School Strives for Better Learning Through Movement

The recently inaugurated Frederiksbjerg School is meant to help move pupils in more than one sense, while at the same time focusing on aspects such as the use of a human scale and dynamic spaces.

The New Black

Now a wide range of Danish architects and other AEC professionals are wearing a whole new set of black. The New Black. The BIM. Don’t get it wrong: it is not that BIM is new – actually architectural studios like JUUL FROST Architects have been using BIM since 2006. But now – ten years later – they are no longer alone … at all.

When Kvorning Designs, Magical Moments Evolve

With more than 5000 projects in more than 50 countries, Kvorning Design & Communication is one of Denmark's leading design studios, when it comes to exhibition design.

RTC - Are you going?

RTC Europe is an event covering Building Information Modelling (BIM) in all its aspects, with a core focus on workflows centred on Autodesk Revit, as well as complementary and alternative applications. This is a ‘for users, by users’ event, where experts and leaders in the field of BIM share their knowledge and experience, express their passion and exchange their insights.

Changing Education with Design

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.

Like Making a Movie

The Danish Shipowners’ Association’s latest website,, 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.

Take Part in History and Understand Your Past

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.

A caretaking Building

Feeling safe and creating space to learn is the main foundation for COBE in creating architecture for children. ‘We want to ensure your future’, states the creative director Dan Stubbergaard in this Q and A about architecture for the little people.

Move and learn

A group of Danish sport scientists and designers invented a giant dice with digital interaction possibilities. iMO-LEARN sets new and better standards on how kids learn at school.

Designing your future

"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

Making learning an architectural experience

We take a look at three Danish-designed primary and lower secondary schools, which are either total designs or conversion projects, where architecture has been given new life through a transformation.

Designing chairs for everyone

Six furniture design students has designed chairs made for people, who leave a different imprint. Their brief was to design furniture for bodies that are outside the average size and societal norm.

Stay at Arne Jacobsen’s collegiate masterpiece

St Catherine’s College in Oxford, designed by world-renowned Danish architect Arne Jacobsen, is providing an opportunity for those passionate about architecture and design to stay in an architectural masterpiece.

Future architects' nest

It’s not every day that a whole new architects’ school gets built. Nevertheless, this is exactly what Danish architectural firm Henning Larsen Architects did in 2010 with the Umeå School of Architecture in northern Sweden. Located by the Umeå River, this is a place for creativity and artistic experimenting – a place for training future architects.

Danish design that makes working life better

We explore the different ways Danish design companies are making their products better by enhancing everything from light, ergonomics and functionality.

The Children’s Home of the Future

In the town of Kerteminde, Denmark, Danish CEBRA architecture studio has designed a new children’s home. The Children’s Home of the Future combines the traditional home’s safe environment with new pedagogical ideas and conceptions of what a modern children’s home is.

Creating spaces – A Room within a Room

Architecture is a space – constructed and experienced – a space in a building, in the city or in the landscape. How we use a space is very different. However, we always want to get as much as we can from a space; that requires that every option is taken into consideration.

Play for the sake of play

We set out to investigate the special Danish method for designing play experiences, so we talked with Karen Feder, Design School Kolding’s Manager of the LAB for Play & Design.

The recipe for designing good playgrounds

We asked two Danish playground companies how they make their solutions playable and meet the challenge of designing for children.

CEBRA paves the way for new ways of learning

Danish architectural practice CEBRA has recently completed work on HF & VUC Fyn – an adult education centre in Odense, Denmark.

Danish design prize aims to change the world

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.

Reporting back from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ Graduation Exhibition

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.

A new haptic power-glove tool

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.

Creating space for learning: On Danish-designed education buildings

We have taken a closer look at three Danish-designed education buildings in which form and function come together to create interesting spaces for learning. With two located in Denmark and one in England, we examine the diversity in the buildings’ shapes and sizes.

Danish architects design modern hybrid library in Canada

By Ida Relsted Kærup, Architectural Communication Officer at schmidt hammer lassen.  The first, large-scale, modern hybrid library to open in Canada in recent years, the new Halifax Central Library, designed by Danish firm schmidt hammer lassen architects, has just opened in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The goal of DANISH™ is to promote Danish architecture and design in a broad perspective, and demonstrate all the potentials in these fields.

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