International Furniture and Lighting BrandMILLION is a Copenhagen-based brand that was established to create iconic design using high quality materials and exacting production methods. Founded in mid 2015, it unites the talents of its co-founders Jens Kajus and Claus Jakobsen, who collaborate with a carefully selected group of designers and architects to innovate new products, all of which are conceived in Copenhagen and made in Denmark.
In Design, the last 5% count 100%
Focused on a rigorous approach to design in order to create distinctive furniture, lighting and design objects, MILLION is a contemporary brand catering to the international interiors and professional markets. MILLION upholds the Scandinavian design tradition defined by human scale and functionalism. The collection is marked by a precise aesthetic, unparalleled materials and stringent production principles – all combined to create a premium finish. The result is pieces that will be part of a home’s everyday for years to come.
Furniture, lamps and objects shaped by modernist inspiration and Scandinavian humanism form the basis for MILLION, a design firm ready to take on the world from its Copenhagen base.
‘Our vision is to build a platform and a brand that lets us design, develop and produce products that we are excited about,’ says Jens Kajus, one of the two founders of the furniture and lighting brand MILLION. Claus Jakobsen is the other founder, and the two entrepreneurs have a shared history, both on a personal and a professional level. On a personal level, they have been friends since their childhood north of Copenhagen. On a professional level, they have handled several interior projects together alongside their former jobs as, respectively, a product developer at HAY and Muuto and a Creative Director at the branding agency e-Types & playtype.com, another companys that Jens Kajus co-founded.
They have a modernist idiom. Simple and stringent, based on the classic motto of form following function. Thus, aesthetic and functionality are two sides of the same coin in their collection, which blends easily into a variety of contexts and works well in the company of iconic furniture from design houses such as Vitra or Cappellini. Their collection reflects recognizable references and a simple expression in an interpretation that incorporates modern technology, smart materials and a contemporary colour scheme. Furniture and lighting at the intersection of cosy homely settings and functional hotel and restaurant interiors. Furniture with a strong, international outlook and a clear expression that is intuitively understandable in pure materials such as marble, glass, steel and wood.
‘Our idiom is Nordic, but it is equally inspired by German and Dutch influences from the early twentieth century. We have a fascination with design heroes such as Alvar Alto, Gunnar Asplund, Poul Kjærholm and Børge Mogensen, but we are also inspired by contemporary French, Japanese and American designers and architects,’ says Jens Kajus. ‘The strength of the collection is that all the products work well alongside vintage, classic or modern furniture. Hence, the collection was not designed as a set but as independent elements with a strong individual presence as well as the capacity to work in conjunction with other designs – that’s the way we decorate our own homes. We all want our home to reflect our interests and who we are as persons. That is one of the reasons why we chose the name MILLION – because we embrace the idea that home interiors can take on countless different expressions.’
The furniture and lamps in the collection are made in Denmark, where the two partners have found dedicated manufacturers capable of producing quality products on a small scale that live up to the two founders’ high quality and aesthetic demands. ‘Our design philosophy is based on a simple modernist design imbued with Scandinavian warmth and based on high-quality materials and finishes. To achieve this, we use small and medium-sized manufacturers located close to our base, including in Denmark and southern Sweden, where we are never far away from the people operating the machinery. We believe that the last 5% count 100% – we don’t compromise on quality. It’s important to us to make products that will stand up to everyday use for years,’ Claus Jakobsen explains. Jens and Claus designed most of the collection. But their ambition is to invite skilled designers in to develop and complement the collection further. The young Danish talent Terkel Skou Steffensen is the first designer to join the MILLION team with the table series EASE and the coat rack HUG.
‘We are both trained designers, and we’ve had very different careers, but the synergy between our professional skill sets and networks make a lot of sense, given our ambition of building an international design brand,’ Jens points out. This is where the company name comes into the picture. ‘We wanted a name that was recognizable and easy to remember, and which had an international ring and a strong typographic profile. We think MILLION is perfect for an international premium design brand based in Copenhagen. Also, it’s fun and unpretentious,’ says Jens.