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Sustainability

Bikes are the New Black

Danish-founded company Sanitov is busy with urban good life and sustainability, which shows in their two newly launched bikes; movE and speeD.

5 Things That Tell You're Into Danish Architecture

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

Nordic Design on the Agenda at SXSW 2017

Design isn't only about beautiful buildings and iconic items. Peter Kamph, Head of Communication at Danish Design Center, gives his take on design after visiting this years SXSW in Austin, Texas.

Preserving Crafts, Creating Classics

While maintaining the quality of the right craftsmanship the founder of the Danish design brand Mater wants ethics in production to support the idea of a greener planet, and make people involved in the production to benefit from it.

Passionate about the Minimalistic Multifunction

Recently winning a German Design Award for his plywood bed, Danish designer Nicholas Rose showed that tireless focus on refining the same materials pays off.

Six Danish Designers to Watch

A plunge into the realm of exciting Danish designers to watch in the future.

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.

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.

The Poetry of Oak Knots

The Oak Men are truly engaged in their craft, where wood, especially oak wood, is the focal point. We visited them in their workshop and office space near Aarhus to have a talk about the poetry of wood, including knots.

Architecture in the Circular Economy

Can your house be recycled and thereby transformed into new buildings or products? According to architect Kasper Guldager Jensen, a frontrunner of incorporating circular economy in the building industry, it sure can.

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.

The Corky Output of an Abundant Alliance

An opportunity to exhibit a piece at the Stockholm Furniture Fair, where the keyword for the furniture pieces showcased was ‘extreme’, led to Danish designer Rikke Hagen deciding to create a chair made from one of the most extreme materials she knows: cork. At the same time, the chair is the outcome of a prolific collaboration between designers.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.)

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.

When Rønnow Preserves Danish Architectural Heritage

“Our main purpose is always to keep the credibility of a building and its story intact and we strive to maintain a very humble approach when changing, modifying or rebuilding historic sites," states Inge-Lise Kragh of Rønnow Architects.

Report: Bjarke Ingels’ talk at the Aarhus School of Architecture

The man behind architectural developments such as the VIA 57 West courtscraper, the new Google Headquarter in Mountain View and the “grand vision” behind SpaceX’s Hyperloop, was giving a talk on social infrastructure and hedonistic sustainability.

Creating a Wooden Success from the Outskirts of Jutland

Far from the beaten track, Carsten Thor has created an award-winning manufacturer and workshop that produces furniture from upcycled azobé wood.

The Subtle Elegance of Metal

Iron, aluminium, copper and brass are the cornerstones of Danish designer Arash Nourinejad’s lighting company, Anour.

Combining Digital and Ecological Design

Graduate architect Mathias Højfeldt Nielsen's final project focuses on how to explore the possibilities of combining digital and ecological design methodologies in order to reduce climate changes caused by human impact.

Evoking Vernacular Architecture – From turf

We continue our series of graduation project with graduate architect Sindri Þorkelsson from Aarhus School of Architecture, who deals with sustainable design.

Poetics of Transition

Louise Linthwaite’s graduation project is a study of a ruin, its revitalisation, and relationship to the city and the body; executed by the exploration of fragmented contextual devices across the mediums of models, reliefs, collage, and drawing.

A Tutti Piace Il Terrazzo

Broken pieces of surplus marble cast into a mixture of marble dust, cement and pigment. Terrazzo is the story about a sustainable Italian product invented at a time when making use of all resources was a virtue. Industrial designer Alberto Bellamolli has reinvented the material.  

Lars Vejen's DESIGN COLLABORATIONS photo reel

Friday 3 June, the Danish designer Lars Vejen and manufacturing partners celebrates the power of design and collaboration in a show of diversity, innovation and attitude.

Export market enlarged by green transformation

Danish furniture manufacturer focuses on consumers’ eco awareness. A new sustainable furniture series, an eco label and greener production methods aim to strengthen the position of Mogens Hansen Møbler A/S in two key export markets. The strategy stood the test at the biggest Nordic furniture show, Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair.

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.

Architecture for the many

We go behind the exhibition ‘Art of Many and The Right to Space’, which is the Danish contribution to this year’s architectural Biennale in Venice, Italy.

Not enough sex in sustainability

We give you a short recap of Copenhagen Fashion Summit, where speakers under the headline 'responsible innovation' shouted out for more transparency and communication, and a change of values in fashion.

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.

Recap of this spring’s winning architectural teams

We bring you a small selection of Danish architectural firms that have won tender competitions or have been appointed to create new architecture during the last couple of months, so get ready to explore a diverse range of winning projects.

Milan Design Week one-on-one

Weren’t you able to go? -Not to worry. We bring you the guided tour around Salone del Mobile from a DANISH™ perspective.

Resilience: More than sustainable

We delve into resilience, which is the idea of making architecture last the test of time, so that it can adapt to new surroundings and different demands.

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.

The quality of retaining and renewing architecture

Based on the desire to upgrade and unite office and canteen areas for administrative and manufacturing staff, the Danish architectural studio Tegnestuen Mejeriet has redesigned an old malt factory in Haderslev, Denmark, for the Danish brewery Fuglsang.

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.

An offer with plenty of architecture

From 10 to 20 March, Copenhagen Architecture Festival will take place in the Danish cities of Aarhus, Aalborg and Copenhagen. The festival feature more than 150 events that offer a wide range of approaches to architecture.

Utilising sustainable bamboo

We Do Wood creates furniture with an emphasis on both actual function and visual expression. On top of that, the Danish furniture brand is continually searching for ways of making its furniture as sustainable as possible.

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.

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.

Go-to exhibitions this spring

We have hand-picked three exhibitions that, all put together, showcase a spectrum of architecture, design and art. In addition, the unique displays are presented in thrilling exhibition spaces.

"I am pretty old-school"

The Danish designer Lars Vejen had an almost 20-year long career as director of one of Denmark’s biggest architectural firm’s in-house design department before he became self-employed. We had a talk with him about his design process, why he went solo and what design is capable of.

"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.

Top 10 most-read design articles of 2015

We made a list of the most popular design 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.

Three contemporary Danish chair designs

We delve into three modern chair designs that all expresses a contemporary idiom, each adding their touch on the idea of what a chair should look like.

The revitalisation of an Aalto masterpiece

The contemporary art museum Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, originally designed by world-renowned Finnish architect Aalvar Aalto together with Elissa Aalto and Jean-Jacques Baruël, reopens on 23 January after a thorough restoration led by Danish architect firm Erik Møller Arkitekter.

Danish-designed architectural workplaces

We delve into three cool workplaces designed by the Danish architectural firms 3XN, C.F. Møller and KHR architects.

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.

Behind the scenes at THORS-DESIGN

The Danish company THORS-DESIGN creates bespoke furniture made of upcycled azobé wood sourced from decommissioned ferry landings and wharves.

Making a high-rise feel like a low-rise

The Danish architectural firm 3XN recently designed a new 49-storey high-rise in Sydney called the Quay Quarter Tower. The new high-rise excels in creating space for local and international business by being comprised of five separate volumes stacked upon each other.

Turning shipping containers into modern housing

Danish architectural practice Vandkunsten recently helped design CPH Shelter, a sustainable mobile housing system built using traditional shipping containers.

Q&A with Martin Bay from Nordic Appeal

Nordic Appeal is a Danish brand that designs accessories for Apple’s products. We had a talk with co-founder Martin Bay about why they use plywood in their products, why ergonomics is so important and a talk about what is in store for the brand.

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.

Behind the Scenes of We Do Wood

We Do Wood in their production in Copenhagen. Join us, for a glimpse behind the scenes and hear all about the famous Lilly Chair as well as some brand new products. This video is a unique insight into the design process and craftsmanship that goes into the making of a We Do Wood product.

When design is made to save lives

Different designs are conceived to support many different needs, and each design serves a purpose, e.g. a chair lets you sit, a knife lets you cut and a watch tells you the time. Some designs even have the ability to save lives.

From industrial waterfront to lush urban space

Danish architectural firm C.F. Møller Architects won the competition to transform the Danish city of Aalborg’s waterfront in 2004. This September, the second phase of the transformation was launched. We took a plunge into the new water-centric urban space.

The multifaceted use of urban gardening

The urban gardening – or urban farming – movement has become increasingly popular these past few years. We decided to find out some interesting ways of doing gardening in the city.

Five Danish architects to watch

Many Danish architectural offices are enjoying international success these days. But which architectural practices should you pay particular attention to in the future? We set out to find five Danish architects to keep an eye on.

Redesigning Denmark’s busiest train station

Danish COBE Architects and Gottlieb Paludan Architects have redesigned Nørreport Station in Copenhagen. Focusing on sustainability, the two architectural practices have given new life to one the busiest traffic hubs in Denmark.

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.

Copenhagen’s Panum complex goes green

C.F. Møller Architects, together with SLA and Rambøll, have won the competition for the new extension to the University of Copenhagen’s Panum complex, which will be finished later this year.

Designing a future-proof hospital

Danish architectural firms Arkitema Architects and AART Architects are part of a consortium that has recently designed a new hospital to be situated in Gødstrup, near Herning, Denmark.

RISING: Aarhus Pre-Event

Tomorrow, 29 August, a new architecture exhibition called CREATE WITH aarhUS is opening in Aarhus, Denmark, as part of the RISING Architecture Week’s Pre-Event.

INDEX: Award: Here are the winners!

Last night saw the presentation of the international INDEX: Award in Elsinore, Denmark. The award, which recognises design that improves life, was presented to five winners that a jury chose from among 46 finalists that had been shortlisted from 1123 nominations.

Wooden high-rise goes back to basics

Danish architectural firm C.F. Møller has recently designed a wooden high-rise building, where an innovative use of materials and sustainability are key elements.

From worn-out containers to a modern office building

UNIONKUL STACK 1 is a three-storey high office building made from worn-out shipping containers in the Northern Harbour of Copenhagen.

RISING Architecture Week is just around the corner

September will see architecture as the focal point of tremendous activity in Copenhagen with the city running its first RISING Architecture Week from 15 - 18 September 2015. We have selected a few highlights for you here.

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.

Arkitema Architects designs village-like student housing complex

Danish architectural firm Arkitema Architects has recently designed Uptown Nørrebro – a student residency project providing around 500 new student residences in Copenhagen.

EFFEKT’s harbour farm creates co-dependent community around sea-life

Danish architect practice EFFEKT has designed a harbour farm for Copenhagen’s inner harbour – a place for both urban fish farms and recreational activities.

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.

3XN's Green UN City

Danish architectural firm 3XN have been designing corporate and governmental buildings all around the world for quite some time. Today we focus on one of their bigger designs.

Add a Room

During 3 Days of Design, Danish housing brand Add a Room exhibited their ONE+ housing module next to Pakhus 48 in the Nordhavn district of Copenhagen.

C.F. Møller submits ambitious housing plan in England

Danish C.F. Møller Architects has submitted its proposal for new housing in the village of Waddesdon, England, after it won an international architectural competition in 2013.

Two Danish architecture companies are among the world’s most innovative

Fast Company has nominated the top ten most innovative architecture companies in the world. Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) is number two on the list, and C.F. Møller takes fifth place.

The art of running a two-fold design company

Helle Herman Mortensen and Jonas Herman Pedersen are the founders of Herman Studio and Herman Cph. They run a two-fold design company that combines a design studio with its own design brand while still designing for other brands – something they see only as an advantage.

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.

3XN Designs the New Headquarters for the International Olympic Committee

The International Olympic Committee’s new headquarters will be in Lausanne on the bank of Lake Geneva on a 24,000 square metre site. 3XN was selected to design the headquarters after an international architectural competition. The new building will bring together 600 employees.

New Sustainable Hothouse for Botanical Gardens

A snail-shaped hothouse cladded with EFTE foil cushions now embellishes the Aarhus Botanical Gardens. The hothouse was designed by C.F. Møller Architects with an emphasis on sustainable design and advanced computer technology.