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
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.
LOOP Architects designed a new distillery for Stauning Whisky. The result is five barns that frame the whisky experience for everyone to enjoy. Now, Morten Nymann of LOOP Architects gives us a close tour of the architectural details.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!"
A new book recently launched on the initiative of the “Danish Concrete” association explores 21 architectural successes made with concrete. The projects of Danish studios Henning Larsen Architects and Friis & Moltke are featured. In Scotland Gehl is part of a masterplan creating 50 houses a year over the next 30 years due to increased population.
Throughout our ‘Old Versus New’ theme of May, we’ve dug into the fascination of old times, and now the art of cooking has caught our eyes. A Danish cookbook author and a rawfood restaurant manager also share their views on why the 2010s have become the decade where more people are preoccupied by what they are putting in their mouths.
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.
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.
Copenhagen has a new bridge, and maybe even our next landmark, it is Cirkelbroen designed by Danish Icelandic Olafur Eliasson. It is funded by Nordea Fonden and it opened 22 August where over 7000 Danes participated in the opening.
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
"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.
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?
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.
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.
“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.)
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
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.
"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.
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.
From public church to spa center. Denmark has allowed more than one church to be converted into something entirely different. The way Danish architects have figured out how to optimize the unused historic gems at the island of Læsø in a new and modern way is just one example.
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.
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.
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.
In Copenhagen, a modular housing concept for the homeless combined with urban gardens is currently on its way. The architectural framework will be incorporated as a healing bridge back to the community.
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.
”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 Danish architectural firm Tegnestuen Vandkunsten uses wood as a central element in many of their projects. According to one of the company’s wood aficionados, architect Kim Dalgaard, wood is returning to the building sector as a load-bearing material.
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.
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.
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.
From time to time you come across summer houses so well-designed that experiencing the mere presence of the architecture makes you feel good – sometimes even great. But we’re quite sure these two examples will leave you breathless.
The team of Danish schauman & nordgren architects and Swedish mandaWorKs is in more than one meaning on the way to the top: Recently announced winners in international open architecture competition about the area of Tampere Hiedanranta in Finland. The Jury awarded the proposal, ’hiedanranta innovation Bay’ with a shared first prize.
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 term livability tends to sum up what we associate with the welfare of a city, the architecture, and the urban development. Livability suggests that quality of life is the holy grail of urban development but it creates a clear hierarchy where architecture and design is at the top. Words come from Jeff Risom, Partner and Managing Director at Gehl, US in his latest blog.
We have, with help from a number of Danish architectural firms, compiled a list of the 10 most beautiful pictures of Danish architecture. Get lost in these beautiful pictures, and then read about the visions behind each project.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Danish architect, Jes Vagnby, has been working with temporary architecture and music festivals for the past several decades, at the same time discovering new perspectives on more permanent cities. According to Vagnby, temporary festival spaces can move focus away from individualism towards a more concentrated community feeling and social sustainability.
The Danish architectural firm JJW Architects has designed a new multifunctional health-care centre in Albertslund, a suburb 15 kilometres west of Copenhagen. The new building is a combined health-care centre, nursing home and department store, and has recently opened its doors to the public.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When looking at the term ‘temporary’ in relation to architecture, a whole world of impermanent architectural projects unfolds. Here, we want to give you a glimpse of a few Danish projects and events that focus on ‘temporary’ as a quality in architecture.
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.
During 2015 we featured a lot of interesting architecture and a common denominator in a number of them were staircases that blew us away. In this recap we will share these staircases with you once more, as a stair is more than just a means of getting from one floor to another; it is a focal point that can enhance great architecture solutions.
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.
During 1969 and 1970, Danish architect Arne Jacobsen designed a summer house called Kubeflex that incorporated strong references to structuralism. It was a break with centuries of eclecticism, where facades had for a long time been decorated with elements from every thinkable period.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
Located in a charming little holiday town in Jutland with the Kattegat on one side and Vejle fjord on the other, you find the holiday home of architect Bjarne Hammer, founding partner of schmidt hammer lassen.
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.
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 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.
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.