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Fat chance that new stylish restaurant will not be equipped with seating by Wegner or Jacobson. Danish design furniture has since it’s start always furbished the interiors of office towers. It provides for that magic mix of properties that make people love it.
Craftsmanship has been instrumental for Danish design. Early twentieth century the art and craft movement had revived Danish crafts. Skønvirke magazine gave the movement the right podium for broad public attention. The magazine grew into the bible of a new Danish design era. Elements of it closely aligned to Art Nouveau and Jugenstil while focussing heavily on crafts and assembly techniques. This style lasted from 1895 till 1915 and provided a foundation for future Danish design movements. The key ingredient that moved further into the century was the craftsmanship. It is that craftsmanship that made Danish design.
Really started the mid-centrury Danish design era already in 1914 with the creation of the Faaborg chair. Klint was named later chair of the in 1924 initiated furniture design faculty of the Danish Academy of Arts. He became the high priest of Danish modern and many key Danish designers studied in his faculty. He instigated a complete overhaul of Danish furniture design. From then on emphasis for the key essentials and eradication of everything that had no function.
Mid-century design, the era, dates roughly from the early 30s to the late 70s. It is this window of time that Furnip zooms in on.
So what was it that allowed the leap from aesthetic work to mid century masterpieces?
- Geography. The cold dark Northern geographic position.
- HYGGE. Danish style version of cosiness and comfort. Danes consider Hygge as something archetypal for Denmark and has everything to do with their type of living and how the spaces they live in are furbished.
- Craftsmanship. Key to establishing Danish leadership in furniture design.
- Collaboration. Not unimportantly is the seamless connection between manufacturer and designer. For instance the collaboration between Erhard Rasmussen and Børge Mogensen created more than the sum of their capabilities. The net result was a technology driven craft utilizing every possibility of assembly and material in creation of new designs.
- Pushing the envelope on production technologies and material selection and use. Just highlighting the use of plywood, popular out of necessity to cover material shortage post WWII, adopted by the likes of Hans J Wegner and Børge Mogensen in designs that initiated broader use.
Classics designed by genious designers and made by master furniture crafters are coveted by many, collectors and enthousiasts alike. Take the PH Artichoke lamp, designed by Poul Henningsen and made by Louis Poulsen, a design icon in its time and still today. That particular design came to life in 1958 with leaves that covered yet channelled light in 360 degrees without flaw.
Market pull for mid century Danish design is currently at a high and covers low to high end. Furnip aims to market the broad mid range in mid century modern. Timeless appeal and quality of Danish design allows for eyecatching fit with any present time house interior.
Little black dress….
Just as that little black dress you have Danish design is timeless looks great and fits with most other furniture ‘garments’. As we all know, better to have one quality dress over 5 washed off rags.
Both to collectors and private buyers Danish design offers great value, they literally last a lifetime. We say ‘furniture for life!’ So keep on shopping ;-)