Designers of all kinds have been influenced by Scandinavian design for years, and it is no wonder. From the product design of every day items to the modern architecture blending seamlessly with the old world cities, Scandinavian design is at once contemporary and timeless.
On a recent trip to Denmark, I rediscovered a few of my favorite Danish designs and discovered some new ones as well. I hope you will be as inspired as I was. After all, it is the birthplace of Legos, so they must be doing something right!
Georg Jensen’s influential designs have been around since the early 1900s, and his skill for combining functionality and sleek beauty were ahead of his time. Today his legacy continues and the company he created in Copenhagen in 1904 continues to produce lifestyle designs (jewelry, home, silver). The fluid look of his pieces are recognizable and his style is timeless.
Georg Jensen Designs
Royal Copenhagen was founded in 1775 and is one of the world’s oldest companies. They are known for their exclusive quality porcelain products and hand painted designs in the classic blue and white palette. The company, however old and traditional, has kept the integrity and history of their product, while evolving their designs throughout the centuries. Royal Copenhagen dinnerware is still being set on the Modern tables of the new generation in Copenhagen.
Royal Copenhagen Mega Pattern
One of the iconic Danish Designs is the Wishbone Chair. Designed in 1944 by Hans Wegner, it has been produced by Carl Hansen & Son since 1950. The carefully crafted chair is a piece of sculpture for the dining room. The variety of colors it comes in today (www.dwr.com) is playful and can work with any décor.
Wishbone Chair, Hans Wegner