From architects to homewares via coffee pots and Lego, Danish designs are icons all over the world. Its success hinges on one enduring principle of design which is function over form. In Denmark the buildings and the furniture are made not just to be pretty but also to be practical. They’ve got cool clean lines and organic shapes and they’re made out of very practical but also very funky materials, which is what gives them their timeless appeal. To find out more about timeless Danish design Shannon checked out the Museum of Art and Design in Copenhagen.
Arne Jacobsen is probably the most famous Danish designer in the world. One of Shannon’s favourite pieces has to be the egg chair. The form is so classic that you it’s sort of this continuous line, you never tire of it, it’s almost female the way its formed.
Pol Hennningson grew up with paraffin lights and it was a soft toned light, and when he started working with those harsh electric bulbs he wanted to create the same sort of light as the paraffin light. The most sold and the most famous lamp is the PH5 lamp which is in a bout 30% of homes in Denmark. These lamps are interesting because they are quite industrial in their form and you would expect their light to be quite a harsh light. But in fact they’re very ambient and very soft.
An egg chair can set you back about $10,000 and a PH5 lamp $2000. But in Denmark they seem very happy to spend this kind of money on a quality product that will last forever both in function and aesthetic. In Australia, if we spend a lot of money on a classic piece of designer furniture then we tend to put it up on a pedestal. Or put it into a cool minimalist environment that accentuates its sleekness and perhaps draws attention to how much money we’ve spent on it. We don’t tend to interact with the furniture, because for us, it’s all about the form. But in Denmark they bring classic design into the home to create a warm and cosy interior, because for them it’s there to be used not just to be looked at.
These designs will always be classic and they just strengthen our idea that Danish design will always be cool and will always be timeless.
Kunstindustrimuseet (The Danish Museum of Decorative Arts)
Bredgade 68 DK-1260 Copenhagen K
t - +45 33 18 56 83
Danish Design Centre
HC Andersens Boulevard 27
DK 1553 Copenhagen K