Functionality, simplicity and excellent craftsmanship are some of the words that characterize Danish design – be it in furniture, electronics, jewellery and metalsmith, medical technology, industrial design and many other industries. Denmark may be a small country but it has made a name for itself by producing some of the world’s best known names in design.
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Finn Juhl. Recognized for his work in furniture design, he was also known for bringing the “Danish Modern” style of furniture to the US. A multi-awarded architect and designer, Juhl was a major force in promoting Danish design during the 1940s. His signature design was the upholstered chair with floating back and seat.
Arne Jacobsen. Another famous name in Scandinavian design is architect and designer Jacobsen. Although he has built and designed several buildings (The Bellevue Theater, the SAS Royal Hotel, the City Hall to name a few), his name is more closely associated to furniture design. His legacy of work include the Egg chair, the Swan and the Cylinda line of cocktail ware.
Georg Jensen. His jewelry, silverware and flatware are among the most sought-after luxury Danish items, known for the exquisite craftsmanship and design. His retail shops can be found in major cities around the world – from the very first in Copenhagen to New York, London, Paris and many more.
Kaare Klint. He is known as the “Father of Modern Danish Furniture Design.” He founded a furniture school at the Royal Academy and was a major influence in the works of future famous designers such as Borge Mogensen and Poul Kjaerholm. His best known works include the Safari Chair and the Propeller Stool.