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by Klaus Nienkamper II
Stranded in Copenhagen - Passport MIA
"Last fall on a trip to visit the fair in Cologne, I thought to extend the trip and Check out Copenhagen, tagging along with some friends that happened to be going. Well I ended up extending the trip more than I thought after losing my passport and therefore having to spend an extra few days, there are worse places to be stranded.
...crazy to think that after some 25 years in the business, I had yet to check out the birthplace of some of my favourite designers and brands and a current hotbed of design creativity.
So I made the best of my extra days there and visited with some of my favourite brands, now available at KLAUS: &tradition, Louis Poulsen, Normann Copenhagen, MENU, Engelbrechts, and Fredericia".
... is a region in Northern Europe, with strong historical, cultural, and linguistic ties. The term Scandinavia in local usage covers the three kingdoms of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. However many consider this to also include Iceland, Finland and the surrounding areas.
...is a design movement characterized by simplicity, minimalism and functionality that emerged in the early 20th century, and which flourished in the 1950s, in the five Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
From the 1930s, designers such as Alvar Aalto, Arne Jacobsen, Borge Mogensen, Hans J. Wegner, Verner Panton, Poul Henningsen helped to create a "golden age of Scandinavian design".
"Established in 2010, &Tradition is a Danish design company that marries tradition with innovation. Our unique portfolio of furniture and lighting spans designs from the 1930s to the present day and includes interior objects by internationally acclaimed designers.
We find beauty in objects that can be created by the latest industrial processes as well as those that maintain techniques that have evolved over a long time.
We push materials to the limit of their potential and reconsider how they are processed to create a new aesthetic.
We strive for timeless beauty and quality that is born out of tradition and revolution".
by Space Copenhagen
The SAS Royal Hotel turned to Space Copenhagen founders Signe Bindslev Henriksen and Peter Bundgaard Rützou, who designed a chair that would look lovely in the hotel - and actually anywhere.
“The SAS Royal Hotel lobby is an essential part of their legendary interior,” says Henriksen. “It’s enormous and elegant. We wanted to design a piece of furniture that could create a sense of intimacy in this very open space.”
Whether for an exclusive hotel, club or lounge, or a private living space, Loafer offers the ultimate in luxury. The freedom to lounge in style forever.
by Jaime Hayon
With its outstretched arms like a friend ready to greet you with a warm, welcoming hug, the Catch Lounge Chair builds on Hayon’s penchant for humour and personification. At the same time, it introduces a higher back and elongated seat in a singular shell supported by a metal armature. The result is a leisure chair that’s angled back just a bit – so you can sit down, relax and, as the name implies - lounge. “The more we work with Hayon, the more we appreciate his ability to bring humanity and warmth to all his concepts,” says &tradition Brand Director Martin Kornbek Hansen.
“A lounge chair should be inviting to look at. In a way, it should be almost irresistible. Meaning you can’t help but sit back, get comfortable and have a chat. That’s what I wanted to achieve. With the added element of the two arms, like a friend, happy to welcome you.”
by Anderssen & Voll
The current Pavilion was built in 1958 by architect couple Eva and Niels Koppel in homage to modernism. Echoing its own ability to endure is the Pavilion chair by Andersen & Voll.
Here the challenge was to design a stackable chair used for mass seating in this iconic, multi-purpose venue, the Langelinie Pavilion. Torbjørn Anderssen and Espen Voll wanted to link early modernism with new modernism.
“Often tube chairs are constructed at fixed angles,” notes Anderssen. “We wanted a freer form of expression and explored the idea of bent tubing teamed with bent plywood.” “The Pavilion chair has an airy feeling, with slim arms and legs that give it a light appearance,” explains Voll. “A softer aesthetic in a curvaceous silhouette that’s barely there.” The effect is lyrical, graceful and poetic.
Engelbrechts was founded by Morten Engelbrecht, and at the very beginning he sold a variety of high end products from around the world. After a successful start, Engelbrecht expanded the business concept to include furniture developed by Engelbrechts. This inspired him to convert Engelbrechts from a Danish furniture retailer to an international furniture manufacturer selling furniture through an exclusive dealer network.
Encouraged to develop more products for the company, Morten began his next close collaboration, first with the designer Erik Magnussen and subsequently Jørgen Rasmussen and Anders Hermansen.
by Jørgen Rasmussen
KEVI is designed in 1958 by architect Jørgen Rasmussen. It was originally designed for the company KEVI, but after the addition of the double-wheel caster, the chair quickly went on to become an international success.
In 1965, Jørgen Rasmussen invented the double-wheel caster. The KEVI casters are considered to be a reinvention of the wheel and were a true innovation and improvement to all existing furniture wheels. The double-wheel caster made KEVI more manoeuvrable with less wear on floor surfaces. The wheels became an instant success, and are now used on furniture across the world.
by Anders Hermansen
Choose a JOINT chair to fit the specific need. On wheels or gliders, with or without armrests, or with the capability to tilt to ensure flexible seating comfort. Seen from any angle, JOINT suggests sovereignty with a measured elegance of its own.
Anders Hermansen designed JOINT for Engelbrechts in 2012. The series consists of exclusive chairs and tables, complimenting each other in form and expression. JOINT is available with a four- or five-star base. Choose with or without armrests, tilt and height adjustment.
In 1924, Poul Henningsen created his influential Paris lamp for Louis Poulsen, and the origin of how we still design to shape light can directly be traced back to his views on the dualities of design and light.
Founded in 1874, Louis Poulsen is a Danish lighting manufacturer born out of the Scandinavian design tradition where form follows function. The function and design of our products are tailored to reflect and support the rhythm of natural light. Every detail in the design has a purpose. Every design starts and ends with light.
by Poul Henningsen
Poul Henningsen developed the PH 5 in 1958 in response to constant changes to the shape and size of incandescent bulbs by bulb manufacturers.
The PH 5 was introduced as a classic new product, and no one knew at the time that it would eventually become synonymous with the PH light.
“After 33 years of basically Christian behaviour I have converted to Islam in my relationship to the manufacture of incandescent bulbs. For a generation I have believed that consideration for the consumer and common sense would prevail, but now I have become a fatalist. I have accepted fate, and with Louis Poulsen´s permission I have designed a PH fixture which can be used with any kind of light source, Christmas lights and 100 W metal-filament bulbs. Although a fluorescent tube would be too much to ask in the existing form!” Poul Henningsen.
by Clara von Zweigbergk
The briefing took place in TIVOLI. CIRQUE is a play between colours and forms inspired by balloons, carrousels, colours and light. The idea to the colour rankings comes from the experience of colours in circular motions where they often are perceived as continuous lines. The shape is inspired by the well-known onion shaped domes on several of the buildings in the TIVOLI garden.
Normann Copenhagen is a Danish design company with the mission to create original and innovative products in a simple and contemporary design that withstands the test of time. Or in other words, to challenge conventional thinking and make the ordinary extraordinary through great design.
Established in 1999 by Jan Andersen and Poul Madsen, the Normann Copenhagen brand encompasses a wide and continuously growing collection of furniture, lighting, textiles and home accessories. The products are sold in more than 80 countries throughout the world and have collected more than 80 design awards along the way.
by Simon Legald
With the mission of creating a shell chair with a more unified look that would stand as one cohesive unit, Simon Legald has created the Form Chair for Normann Copenhagen.To achieve this seamless, integrated look, a new and innovative solution for gathering the seat with the legs has been developed.
The molded plastic seat and frame of oak, walnut or steel are naturally integrated with the seat using a unique cup system. The plastic seat and wood or steel legs meet elegantly, accentuating the high quality craftsmanship of the design.
by Simon Legald
Danish design traditions have left a clear mark on Simon Legald’s chair series, Herit, which is short for heritage.The simple and honest style that characterizes Danish furniture history stands as a clear frame of reference for a collection draped in nostalgia.
But Herit is just as much a design that looks forward. Innovative production methods, new material compositions and timeless silhouettes give life to a chair that stands tall on its own.
Menu's philosophy is simple. We want to make the world better, less complicated, a little bit nicer to wake up to. Collaborating with
super-talented designers, we make objects to be treasured now and
forever. We work with some of the most exciting and driven creative individuals from the worlds of architecture and design to produce high quality design with a crisp Scandinavian look.
At Menu we are obsessed with clever solutions for modern living. We want to make beautiful objects for everyday use, whether that's an indispensable item of kitchen equipment, a clever floating shelf, or a beautiful vase that adds the finishing touch to your living space. Wherever we can, we work locally with craftspeople around the world, preserving skills while creating the best modern design.
by Norm Architects
Conceived during the design process for MENU’s new creative destination Menu Space located in Copenhagen’s thriving Nordhavn (Northern Harbour) area, the Harbour Chair is the result of fulfilling a variety of needs (among others) comfortable versatility.
Designed specifically for Menu Space, the dining chair is ideal for anything from restaurants, conferences, offices, or in the comfort of one’s own home. A hybrid space that mixes office, showroom, café, co-working and event space in One, Menu Space required a chair that could suit a range of purposes. Finding a perfect balance between geometry and organic shapes, the shell’s armrests bend outwards for maximum support, as does its high backrest, providing not only comfort, but also an elegant and slim appearance that will appeal to any discerning design aficionado.
by Afteroom Studio
The beautifully minimal Afteroom Chair pays homage to functionalism and the Bauhaus school of art. A MENU bestseller since its launch in 2012, the chair is the work of Afteroom, a young Stockholm studio founded by designers Hung-Ming Chen and Chen-Yen Wei. The duo takes the chair to a new level with Afteroom Chair Plus.
Like the original, the chair is deconstructed and stripped of unnecessary components, with the additional feature of a wider backrest and a luxurious upholstering of both seat and backrest. The result is a blissfully simple chair that embraces minimalism and clean lines without compromising on comfort.
Fredericia Furniture began as a thoroughly Danish design house, born of a proud heritage. A heritage of unfaltering dedication to the perfection and progression of the design craft.
Simple principles guide us along in our ambition to create and deliver a collection that we believe will be the modern originals of tomorrow. Simple principles that honour outstanding quality through a careful selection of materials, functionality and attention to detail.
by Borge Mogensen
With the Spanish Chair Mogensen expanded upon his work with solid oak and saddle leather. The chair was launched in 1958 as part of an innovative living space exhibition, in which all tables were removed from the floor to create an open living space.
In 1950, the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild’s exhibition presented furniture under the theme ”A Hunting Lodge”, in which Mogensen had, for the first time, designed furniture using a solid wood framework with saddle leather forming the seat and back. This methodology was inspired from medieval Spanish furniture construction, something that Mogensen would return to time and time again.
by Space Copenhagen
Space Copenhagen designed Swoon to fill the gap between a conventional lounge chair and a typical armchair – for use in lounge areas as well as private homes. The organic, yet structured design holds the seated body and provides an instant feeling of relaxation while offering excellent back support.
The Swoon chair was born out of specific need with many modern interior designs. In their work with the conceptual interior design of hotels and restaurants all over the world, Signe Bindslev Henriksen and Peter Bundgaard Rützou of Space Copenhagen often had difficulties finding a small easy chair, something between a conventional lounge chair and a typical armchair, that would fit into lounge areas. With Swoon, they designed exactly the chair they were looking for.