24 Jun Scandinavian Design for Dummies … Denmark
Please note that this post is a work in progress.
Let’s start with the big daddy of all the Scandinavian Countries, Denmark.
Danish furniture is simple, timeless and can be incorporated in any interior.
Most of the best known designers come from Denmark, more than any other Scandinavian country.
Danish design makes a home a home.
People don’t buy furniture for their brand and for status, but rather for comfort.
Well designed furniture gives you comfort, not only physical but also emotional.
The Danish people are also the inventors of the word ‘Hygge’, which meaning comes close to a vary special charm or a tender and comfortable feeling.
This word is not only used for heir furniture but can also be applied to people, things and surroundings.
We all know the Egg chair by Arne Jacobsen and the Vitra Panton chair by Verner Panton. Both chairs are still in production today.
These pieces of furniture are well designed and functional. Do well in any surrounding and make you feel right at home.
So let’s start with these two.
Danish furniture designers
Arne Jacobsen ( 1902 -1971)
Born in 1902 in Copenhagen he was the son of a wholesale trader and his mother was a bank clerk.
He studied architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of fine Arts in Copenhagen where he graduated in 1927.
Today Arne Jacobsen is primarily remembered for his furniture design.
In 1934 he started working with furniture manufacturer Fritz Hansen.
One of his biggest sources of inspiration is Charles and Ray Eames.
Two of his most successful chair designs are the Egg and Swann chair.
Both are still available and in production at Fritz Hansen
Verner Panton ( 1926 – 1998 )
Born in 1926 in Gamtofte. He also studied at the Royal Danish Academy of fine Arts.
In 1950 till 1952 he worked for the architect agency of Arne Jacobsen and in 1955 he started his own agency.
In the beginning of the 60’s he started working together with Vitra.
With Vitra he designed his most know chair, the Panton.
The Cone chair is one of his other great designs.