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.

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

Design with a Nordic Approach

Whether Danish designer Ulrik Nordentoft is doing product design in a smaller scale or completing entire interior decorations within the field of hospitality two characteristics are always present: he is true towards his nordic heritage and he prefers collaborational creativity in close relation with the customer.

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.

World Tour: Thors-Design at both ends of the world

Danish wood designer Thors-Design stretches to both ends of the world with their customized solutions. You don´t have to change your language but come with us on a stroll to Australia and then to the UK.

A hotel with a history        

Frandsen Project has customized lamps for the exquisite Boutique Hotel in Oslo’s Amerikalinjen, which is hosted by Nordic Choice Hotels in the renovated building of the first transatlantic ferry-line going from Oslo to New York.

Chromatism: A rug collection structured around colours

The Chromatism concept: 6 colour themes, 30 overlock yarn colours, 20 borders plus blind binding and cut finishing options and an endless number of shapes.

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.

Real Living Secrets of the Nordics

Why is it that the Nordic ways of architectural design and the usage of materials are so sought after? And why is it, that it is so #€%! hard to replicate, if you’re not from this part of the world? Architect Anders Barslund has a take on why.

Subtle contrasts are key

Danish architect, interior decorator and furniture designer Mads Emil Garde uses discrete contrasts to design state-of-the-art projects. His company is called GARDE. and no task is too big or too small – as long as scale-wandering is possible

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.

Shaped for Humans

Danish design company MILLION has created a quite exquisite chair that uses technology to ensure the best human fit, but that still honours Danish design traditions.

Last Chance to Save the Planet

The open call for Prix BLOXHUB Interactive ends on February 15th – This is the last chance, to enter with an urban visionary solution that might just save the world.

Tear Down the Walls

Tear down those white office walls and open up the building. Give your employees community and unity – and, in return, you will get innovation and growth.

Steel the Industrial Style

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.

Five Designers to Watch

Based on their use of classic materials such as oak and plywood to minimalistic stainless steel, here is the DANISH™ take on which five designers to keep an eye on right now.

Long Live Tapestry

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.

The Future of the Architect

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

More Than Meets the Eye

Every now and then, a design delivers something more than you expected. A little surprise, something extra – something you didn’t know you needed. We’ve found five suggestions for you.

Design and Mind in Perfect Harmony

Copenhagen-based design company MOEBE designs and creates products that are simple yet quite extraordinary.

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.

Why the Fashion Industry Loves ege Carpets

Carpets play an increasing role in creating the right look for the fashion industry. Danish Ege Carpets is among the world’s greatest manufactures and they are widely used in the fashion world. This is due to their eco-friendliness and their dedication to complete customization.

Damn, this is smooth architecture

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 presents: A New Collaboration

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.

Designers by chance

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.

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.

New Lighting from Anour Expands the Alphabet

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.  

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 1

As the summer is closing in on us, we’ve gathered the ten most popular design articles during the first half of the year. This is the 10th to the 6th place on the list. Enjoy!  

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!

Fascination of Old Times – Furniture

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.

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!"

The Short News on Architecture - June

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.

Throwback Danish Design Festival 2018

In the rear mirror of Danish Design Festival we give you a short recap of some of the events that took place. Just makes you want to forward time to Danish Design Festival 2019.

Fascination of Old Times – Food

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.

Danish Design Award 2018

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.

Plan Your Day at 3daysofdesign

Copenhagen will be transformed into a city full of design events for three days next week when the Design Event is held there over three days, from 24th to 26th May 2018.

Old Versus New – QUIZTIME on retro

You can see how the classic designs influence contemporary design, but are you able to tell the masterpieces from the newcomers? Try our latest quiz to see how well you know Danish design.

Tactile details

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.

Details spot on

As part of our tour de force around the power of details, DANISH™ invites you to take a look around you to find beautifully designed details. Let the light guide you...

Cirkelbroen – a step towards an inclusive city

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.

How Your Home Becomes Your Atelier in Style

The times for exhibiting art on your white walls are over, if you ask Danish interior stylist Mikkel Kure. Instead your home can now become your atelier and your walls your canvas.

VE2 is Moving the Brand Zone Denmark Through Design

Brand manager for Danish company Zone Denmark looked for external assistance in order to move the brand on its journey from dusk to dawn, and found: VE2.

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

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.  

Trinidad - Rebranding a Design Classic

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?

Modular, Durable and Colourful - Why Danish Designers Use Plastic to Design Outdoor Furniture

Let’s have a look at how HANS SANDGREN JAKOBSEN and Lars Vejen used plastic to make seating for public spaces that is durable, easy to move around and that you can transform both in shape and colour.

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  

Scaling The Business – Screening the Collaborators PART TWO

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.

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!

Living with Folding Furniture

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.

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.)

Challenging the Stereotypical Kitchen

What happens when you challenge the stereotypical idea of a kitchen  and explore the boundaries of what's possible?

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  

Finn Juhl in His Right Element

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.

Zilmers Learns from Others to Improve Own Professional Palette

It's necessary to be on your toes and improve your skills if you want to stay in top of your league.

The DANISH™ Guide to IMM Cologne

DANISH™ guides you around IMM Cologne - the international interiors show.

Top 10 Most Read Articles This Fall, part II

Revealing the five most read articles this fall.

3XN Architects Have Designed the Good Neighbour

“Our most important question before starting out the Royal Arena project was: How do we design the venue as a good neighbour for this area?”

No Strings Attached – New Cordless Lamp by ANOUR

From cables to cordless, the development in lamp designs can seem to travel at the speed of light.

Fairy Tales by Aviendo Connect People Through Historic Fairy Tale Design

Dive into the magic universe of fairy tales with Fairy Tales by Aviendo.

Carpets as Scenery of an Alter Ego

The Hôtel de JoBo in Paris needed a customized solution as the historic hotel wanted new scenery for their interior decoration and so they naturally turned to ege Carpets.

Two New Wooden Designs from FRIIS & MOLTKE

New wood on the way! FRIIS & MOLTKE has launched two new designs, and more to come.

The Bed of Your Dreams

"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.

Top 10 Most Read Articles This Fall, part I

Fall is over and we've collected your favourite articles for this season, counting down from #10 to #6.

3. Advent: 8 Nuggets of Advice from the Professionals

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

Zilmers is Ready to Take On the World

Danish wallpaper by Zilmers is ready to take the world by storm. With a twist of gold.

2. Advent: Architectural Christmas Getaways

Open the second window in DANISH™'s advent calendar to see what's behind.

Beauty by Presents…

Jensen Retail has transformed the online universe of into an offline luxurious hotel-like experience in Roskilde. Read their Guest Blog and see all the pictures from the transformation.

Drawn Towards the Daylight

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.  

1. Advent: All We Want for Christmas Is Danish Design

Open the first window in DANISH™'s advent calendar and enjoy some of the finest Danish Christmas designs.

The Past, the Present and the Future with David Thulstrup

Sometimes dreams do come true, but it takes hard work and dedication. DANISH™ has done a portrait of Danish designer David Thulstrup.

When Religion Converts, part II

What happens when old, religious buildings arise with a new purpose? Read the second article in our mini series of When Religion Converts.

When Religion Converts, part I

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.

A New Table Lamp is Born

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.

Noma To Go - Trendsetting Danish Michelin Restaurant Sells its Furnishings

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.

Schønherr Wins Danish Landscape Award 2017

Congratulations to Schønherr, winner of the Danish Landscape Award 2017. The Plaza is a fine example of a multifunctional urban space, which contains spaces for contemplation as well as activity.

Stay on Top – Four Remarkable Rooftops

How about a skiing slope or a theatre stage on top of your house? Rooftops can have so many more cool features than just keeping us dry and safe during rough weather, check some of them here!

Designing Experiences You Won’t Forget

An informative report from Cluster Square, part of Aarhus Festival 2017, from the cultural event design agency Culture Works.

Takes on Architecture, part VI: geometry

What does geometry means to our panel of architects? Read the last article in our series Takes on Architecture.

Takes on Architecture, part V: aesthetics

Rethinking the Classic Rocking Chair

Fredericia Furniture stays trendy with their updated version of Thomas Pedersen's Stingray chair.

Designing the Perfect Waiting Experience

Waiting for something? Spend your waiting time together with AART Designers.

Light Up My Trip

Integrated lighting to give a unique experience in our surroundings.

The DANISH™ Guide to Maison & Objet Paris

Ready for the Maison & Objet Paris fair in September? Let DANISH™ guide you to find the best Danish designs in Paris.

Towards the Hybrid of a Pulsating City and an Active Harbour

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!

Takes on Architecture, part IV: Minimalism

In a series of articles, DANISH™ asks a group of experts to elaborate on different architectural parameters. This time our experts share their thoughts on minimalism

Carpets Bring History to Life at Hotel Danmark

Feel the presence of history at the newly refurbished Hotel Danmark in central Copenhagen.

3 Danish-Designed Summer Essentials

All Danish design, the following summer essentials will make everything go more smoothly.

Steaming Hot Bathroom Designs

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.

Watch Out For The Time

”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.

Architecture and Sports Unite at Vestre Fjord Park

Vestre Fjord Park. The new project designed by ADEPT had a baptism of fire at this year's DGI Sport and Cultural Festival.

Prepare for Take-Off

From Aarhus to Copenhagen in 45 minutes? Yes please!

3 On-Water Structures That Ooze Coolness

Cool, fluctuating functionality and fine details all characterise these top-tier projects from some of Denmark’s finest architects.

Countdown to the Danish Design Award: Game Changer

Four finalists, but only one golden D. Read about the good ideas in the Game Changer category.

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.

Countdown to the Danish Design Award: Building Markets

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.

Legacy: A New Collection from Mater and PEDERJESSEN

Danish design company Mater has expanded their furniture family with a new lounge collection.

5 Things That Tell You're Into Danish Architecture

Watch our new video and let’s see if you’re into Danish architecture.

The Idea of a Chair

DANISH™ asked two designer duos and one individual designer to elaborate on the question: What is the idea of a chair? See their answers here.

Easter is Coming

Easter is almost here and the festive season calls for an article. Take some time of and enjoy this list of nice Easter-ish designs. HAPPY EASTER!

What’s Cooking in the Danish Kitchen Industry?

What makes a good kitchen? We have looked at the latest trends in Danish kitchen designs to get you up to date on the hottest kitchen fashions right now.

Meet the New Nordic identity

The New Nordic wave has been around for a few years now, but to define what New Nordic is, we need to take a closer look at Nordic landscapes

This Temporary Complex Combines Urban Gardening with Housing for the Homeless

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.

A Fundament for Better Thoughts

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.

6 Danish Architecture Feeds to Follow

We proudly recommend you 6 Danish architecture feeds to follow on Instagram.

The 2016 Design Award Winners

22. September, Design Awards 2016 took place at the Folketeatret in Copenhagen, and DANISH™ was there to congratulate all the winners!

Exploring the Boundaries of Good Craftsmanship

With close to unparalleled focus on great finish, good materials and uncompromising designs, PIECE of DENMARK seeks to combine the sculptural with the functional.

Moebe – No nonsense

”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”.

A Wooden Boom

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 Design: The birth, rise, fall and resurrection

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.

Crafting insights are worth as much as gold

“My workshop is just as important as my pencil,” claims furniture designer Hans Sandgren Jakobsen, who is one of the most prestigious and sought-after designers in Asia these days.

Caution! Playground Ahead

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.

Why is Danish Design so Successful?

By Marie-Louise Munter Editor and Content Curator, "So, why is Danish design so successful?" This is a question I am often being asked by journalists from around the world

Luminous Sustainability by Monica Förster

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.

5 Signs That You’re Obsessed with Danish Design

We've collected the Top 5 causes to your hunger for Danish design, so that you can figure out if you are a real Danish design aficionado.

5 Fresh Interior Design Picks from Instagram

See DANISH™ and the editorial staff’s go-to Instagram profiles for inspirational images, particularly concerning the best and most creative of Danish design.

Winter ‘16/’17: Design News

Even though we’re at the end of the winter and summer seems so far away, there is still news that can satisfy your longing for Danish design.

The Story of Benny Frandsen and his Lighting Company

Recently, the man behind one of Denmark's biggest lighting adventures told DANISH™ the fulfilling story of his company – Frandsen Group.

Q&A with Bang & Olufsen’s Head of Brand, Design and Marketing

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.

3 Lush Cars from the hands of Danish Designers

We dive into the world of automotive design with three staggering cars that all have one thing in common – their exterior is designed by Danish designers.

2 Summer Houses That Will Leave You Breathless

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.

Darma Wants Us to Build Sustainable Housing

The Danish architect Darma Duus uses hay and clay to create what she calls “the eco-friendliest housing with the healthiest indoor climate you can imagine.”

Danish/Swedish coop upon Urban Development goes to the top

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 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.

Gehl Architects on Livability

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.

The 10 Most Beautiful Pictures of Danish Architecture

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 for the Many

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.

The 10 Most Beautiful Pictures of Danish Designs

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.

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.

Top 10 Most-Read Design Articles of 2016

We’ve collected the 10 most-read design articles of 2016 for you.

Design Makes Life Magical

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.

In a City of Bikes, Double U Brings Joy and Order

”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.

5 insta-picks recommended by Spring/Summer

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.

Schønherr Rises to the Challenges of Climate Change

In order to deal with the ongoing and future changes of climate it requires insight, will and skill, particularly when renewing urban spaces. Danish Schønherr walks this fine line.

Architectonic Approach in the Design Distillery

Whether it’s about architecture or design, it is significant for Troels Grum-Schwensen that, with everything he gets involved in, the concept of spatiality is part of the job.

Autumn '16: Design News

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.

Design for Sharing

By Thit Juul Madsen, CEO, D2i – Design to innovate

Doll’s house 1: FEM

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.

A cool branding tool

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 give you rewired

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!

Designing a Luxurious Travel Experience On-Site

The German luxury travel company Designreisen chose the Danish architectural firm Henning Larsen Architects to design a new store in Munich.

7 Danish Design Feeds to Follow

We proudly recommend you 7 Danish design feeds to follow on Instagram Photo by Marianne Jacobsen

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.

Conquering New Land with Design

A leading European toilet equipment supplier captured a new clientele with a fresh product range that broke with an old, antiquated image. Ve2 is behind the design of the products.

Temporary Architecture, Part I: Roskilde Festival

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.

Too Many Chefs – Improve The Broth!

Falafel, dolma, dates. Kofta, coriander and thin soft bread. Taste à la Gellerup places 80 different food cultures on the kitchen table and converts food into a mass medium.

The Care Home of the Future

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.

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 for the world's most important people

We focus on energy, design and health for children by talking to two of the most popular Danish children’s brands, asking them how they make great designs for children.

Video: Godsbanen – A Creative Powerhouse

We went to Aarhus to experience and document a little part of everyday life in the old freight area in the centre of Denmark’s second biggest city.

Europe’s coolest harbour area?

Denmark’s second largest city, Aarhus, is in the middle of a transformation from an industrial harbour to a recreational urban area featuring some of the most significant architecture.

Sharp design with a green profile

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.

Vivid Danish lighting

The Danish design company, VITA copenhagen, a lighting producer has combined two ideas: `Fly like a feather´ and `Shine like the light´ into a lamp called Eos.

Designed for Manhattan's skyline

A new partnership between Bjarke Ingels Group, KiBiSi and Republic of Fritz Hansen presents the VIA57™ chair – an example of architecture and design going hand in hand.

A total experience of design

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.

Choose your route for 3daysofdesign

To make the most of the major design event 3daysofdesign in Copenhagen, we hereby offer you five different routes to choose from. We hope you enjoy them!

Beautiful framing of precision and poetry at Designmuseum Denmark

The renowned designer Alfredo Häberli exhibits in collaboration with BMW a compelling installation at Designmuseum Denmark during the Summer 2016.

Probably the most powerful industry in the world

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.

Fine dining with great furniture and wine

Today, more and more restaurants are focusing heavily on interior design, and here, we bring you a sneak peek of three of Copenhagen’s coolest restaurants.

DDA '16: The winners are...

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.

Reporting from a tour de force in design

Almost 100 Danish design brands gathered to showcase their best products at the Trends & Traditions design fair, and here we want to give you a recap of its highlights.

Alternating the methods of innovation

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.

Long live good design

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.

Designer with insight and perspective

Nature’s scarce resources should be carefully managed, says the Danish furniture designer Hans Sandgren Jakobsen, who always considers both ethical and aesthetic aspects in his design work.

A playground for artistic and personal growth

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.

Danish highlights from the Stockholm Furniture Fair

We took a dive into the Danish design pool at the furniture fair in Stockholm that was held last week. Here are our favourites.

A look at temporary Danish architecture

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.

Das Haus at IMM Cologne by Sebastian Herkner

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.

360° on Danish Design

The 360° on Danish Design event in Amsterdam-IJburg will provide you with the opportunity to meet some of the new and established Danish talents.

"People need smart living"

We talked to Partner and Architect Dorthe Keis from Arkitema Architects about new types of accommodation, work-life balance – and how it affects dwellings, and the capabilities of a great architect.

The best staircases of 2015

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.

northmodern is here

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.

Three Danish takes on modern student housing

We explore three examples of recent Danish-designed student housing complexes by Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitekter, Henning Larsen Architects and Tegnestuen Mejeriet.

TOP 10 most-read architecture articles of 2015

We made a list of the most popular architecture content from our online magazine this year, so sit tight, when we delve into the top 10 most-read design articles at DANISH™ in 2015.

A house-to-go in 1970 and in 2015

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.

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.

Behind the Scenes at VIPP

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.

Behind the scenes at Dinesen

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.

An architectural holiday centre for everyone

On the edge of the coastline, next to the Great Belt between Funen and Zealand, lies Musholm Bay Holiday Centre, which is one of the most accessible holiday, sports and conference centres in Denmark.

PULK – a sledge turned upside down

There is something very Scandinavian about a sledge. It is an object familiar to all children and grown-ups during winter, and the cause of hours of fun in the snow.

Copenhagen Architecture Festival – CAFx 2015

Copenhagen Architecture Festival 2015 will be taking place simultaneously in both Aarhus and Copenhagen, featuring around seventy events spread out over the two cities.

Celebrating 10 Years

Normann Copenhagen’s flagship store in Copenhagen first opened its doors on 21 November 2005. This year, the store is celebrating its tenth anniversary.

Q&A with Harley K. Dubois from Burning Man

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.

A design kind of Easter in Copenhagen

Easter is upon us – and what better way to celebrate it than to treat yourself to a Danish design tour around Copenhagen’s restaurant and bar scene?

Could we talk about design?

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.

DANISH™ Architecture in Copenhagen

We aim to show how Copenhagen is a city to watch when it comes to showing the effects that good and innovative architecture can have on society. We hope you will enjoy our video!

“Our apartment is one big prototype”

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.

The Kitchen of Today

Today, we not only want a kitchen that fulfils a practical need and looks good, we want to have custom-made solutions that reflect our personal style.

Times are changing

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.

Working in a historic cannon boathouse

The need for something bigger was inevitable for Danish architecture firm 3XN as it had outgrown its office space in the Christianshavn neighbourhood in Copenhagen.

Changing the ways of New Yorkers

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.

Rejuvenation of a megacity

The Danish urban design practice Gehl Architects has in recent years created increased social interaction and public well-being through careful urban planning in Brazil’s biggest city, São Paulo.

How to build a brand

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.

A Life on the water

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 place for togetherness

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.

DANISH™ took Milan!

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.

Danish Design takes Milan

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.

Trends in interior design

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.

Behind the screens of the new Gubi store

Modern classics are perfectly aligned and styled in the new Gubi store in Copenhagen by designer Caroline Ost and Jacob Gubi. Caroline is a former Senior Designer from Dimore Studio in Milan.

OeO on Dinesen’s new Showroom in Copenhagen

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.

Introducing Poul Madsen – Normann Copenhagen

During Northmodern, the Danish fair, which was just held in Copenhagen from 18th–20th January, we caught up with Poul Madsen, who owns Normann Copenhagen, together with Jan Andersen.

Behind the making of Form by Simon Legald

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.

Turn up the Volume

The Danish/Italian design duo GamFratesi has designed a new lamp for Lightyears. It is inspired by the volume button on 1980s stereo amplifiers. We got hold of their drawings so you can get a glimpse into their design process.

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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