Phone: 01622 370 664
Collection
  • Afro Art

    Afroart was established  as a foundation in Stockholm 1967. The aim was to support, develop and spread awareness of Third World Crafts. Initially, Afroart, focused on the African continent, and later it expanded to include countries in Latin America and Asia.

    The idea to start a shop in Stockholm grew out of another project, the opening of the Rorke’s Drift Art school in South Africa. The teachers at the school, a group of Swedish artists, introduced new ideas and the works created at the school soon attracted international interest. This in turn created the need for sales channels outside South Africa. The idea of a shop in Stockholm was born!

     

     

     

     

    Over the years, Afroart has imported and sold handicrafts and sent volunteers as advisors to developing countries via grants from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. Afroart has worked to spread information about international crafts and has participated in several acclaimed exhibitions.

    In 2003, Afroart changed hands. Six textile designers took over the business and infused new vitality and energy into the organisation.

  • Aino Aalto

     

     

    As a designer, Aino Aalto is primarily known for her work in glass and interior design, and then as a furniture designer. But her interests included architecture and photography, as well as various areas of applied art and design. Among many other things, she designed furniture, glassware objects, ceramics, lighting, and printed fabrics.

    Aino Aalto came to play an important part at Artek; she was always closely involved in the company’s development, taking on the roles of Design Director and Managing Director. In many ways, it was Aino who laid the foundation for the aesthetics of Artek, which combined the modernist idea of clear form with simple surface ornamentation.

    Despite her untimely death, her international design legacy lives on, both in the Artek company and in her ever popular and much copied glassware.

     

     

  • Alva Aalto

     

     

     

     

    Recognised today as one of the great masters of modern architecture, Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) was born in Kuortane, Finland. During a long and prolific career, Aalto designed buildings for almost all key public institutions, as well as standardised housing and private homes. One of the co-founders of Artek, Aalto left a legacy with lasting resonance.

    Aalto’s architecture is distinctively Finnish, strongly individual, and marked by a warm humanity. His buildings derive their aesthetic character from their dynamic relationship with their natural surroundings, their human scale, superbly executed details, unique treatment of materials, and ingenious use of lighting.

    Aalto began designing furnishings as a natural extension of his architectural thinking. His first modern piece of furniture was created in 1931-32 for the tuberculosis sanatorium in Paimio, Finland. Artek was set up in 1935 to market and sell his and his wife Aino’s furniture, lighting, and textiles, particularly on international markets.

  • Andersen Furniture

    The company was established in 1916 by the master cabinet-maker I.C.A. Jensen. It started as a traditional cabinet-maker’s, before gradually moving into the production of architect-designed furniture.

    In 1978, the brothers Knud and Vagn Andersen bought the company and established Brødrene Andersen Møbelsnedkeri, which continued to produce high-quality architect-designed furniture. 14 years later, the next generation joined the company in the person of Jørgen Andersen, who looked after Sales and Marketing. Another 11 years later, Jørgen Andersen was joined by his younger brother Henrik, who became the IT and Finance Director of the company, which by then had grown considerably and moved into new premises at the current address in Hinnerup in 2007.

    In 2012 Poul Frandsen joined the management of the company, which he now runs together with the two brothers.

    Andersens' biggest markets are Denmark and Norway. It also sells to a number of European and Asian countries. The range includes tables, coffee tables, chairs, couches, sideboards and shelving.

    At Andersen, we believe in exceptional furniture that comes from the heart. With history, passion and a love of great craftsmanship. We also believe in furniture that lasts - both in quality and design. Furniture that, without being dictated by short-term fads, stands out and makes it easy to create individual homes with a distinctive character. That's why Andersen has been "timeless since 1916".

  • Anglepoise

    In 1932, when vehicle suspension engineer George Carwardine invented a spring, crank and lever mechanism that could be positioned with the lightest of touch yet would maintain its position once released, a blueprint for the first Anglepoise task lamp was born. The Anglepoise lamp has subsequently achieved iconic status and its engaging, anthropomorphic form is recognised and admired all around the world. Over the years, the Anglepoise lamp has been developed under the careful watch of the founding Terry family, without ever losing sight of its primary function, and unique, characterful form. From the creation of the Original 1227™ lamp, to the development of extended collections by esteemed industrial product designer Sir Kenneth Grange, to recent collaborations with renowned designers Paul Smith and Margaret Howell, incomparable British design remains at the heart of this progressive British brand. Today, Anglepoise lamps can be found today in homes and of offices, restaurants, bars and hotels in more than 50 countries.

     


    In 1932 automotive engineer George Carwardine develops a formula for a new type of spring. He discovers that pivoting arms supported by a sequence of these springs can be repositioned with the lightest touch yet will remain perfectly in place once released. Carwardine has just created the blueprint for an Anglepoise.

  • Anna-Maija Jaatinen

    Anna-Maija Jaatinen (born 1941) is a Finnish interior architect. Jaatinen’s contribution to the Artek collection is Clothes Tree 160. Designed in 1964, Clothes Tree 160 was originally created for an affiliate company established by Maire Gullichsen, one of Artek’s founders. When the affiliate company ceased trading, Artek welcomed Jaatinen’s design into its collection.

  • Anne Qvist

     

    Anne Qvist’s design expresses a sense of pragmatism combined with respect for both craftsmanship and context. She believes in changeability and diversity, and emphasizes design that is able to enter many different contexts with a high level of usability, functionality and humanity. She categorizes design in a larger context, where it takes on new meaning and has the ability to enact change.

     

     

  • Arabia

    The Arabia factory celebrated its 140th anniversary in 2014. In honor of the jubilee year, Arabia launched a set of 12 different jubilee plates, and also introduced a new brand image. This included a new logo and a brand promise: Arabia. All set for life. In 2016 Arabia's ceramic factory ceased operations in Helsinki, and production was moved to subcontractors abroad. In 2017 Finland celebrated its centennial and Arabia launched a set of centennial mugs with most beloved patterns from the past 100 years.


    Arabia starts 2018 with a launch of a new tableware series. Mainio Sarastus is a a new stackable series of multi-purpose tableware that is suitable for serving, preparing and storing food. The shape Mainio is a completely new one, where as the pattern echoes Ivalo pattern from 1965 by Raija Uosikkinen. Mainio Sarastus is designed by Arabia's in-house design team.

  • Architectmade

    We scour archives, drawings and museums to reveal what makes for mastery. The result? Architectmade is a glimpse into a few, rare design objects that some of Denmark’s leading architects created along their way to fame many years ago.

    Why do we do it? Our passion goes beyond form and function. We believe in moving away from a throw away culture and celebrating timeless products that last. These are products you don’t get tired of looking at, and with excellent craftsmanship alongside three rounds of quality control, they are made to stand the test of time. The Architectmade objects are designed to share, for generations to come.


    These products, as stated by one of our favorites, Kristian Vedel, “emerge from the inside out.”Each Architectmade object is designed with architect-precision and personal vision that comes from the heart, reflecting the individual values, beliefs and ways of life of some of the greatest Danish architects of our time.

    Testament to their elegant simplicity and refined craftsmanship, they’ve become icons, standing the test of time and serving as reminder that in today’s trending world, quality is still timeless.

  • ARNE JACOBSEN

     

    Arne Jacobsen was born on February 11, 1902 in Copenhagen. His father, Johan Jacobsen, was a wholesale trader in safety pins and snap fasteners. His mother, Pouline Jacobsen, was trained as a bank clerk and often painted floral motifs in her spare time. The family lived in Claessensgade, Copenhagen in a typical Victorian style home. Maybe that is why Arne, as a child, painted the coloured wallpaper in his room white, as a contrast to his parents’ overly decorated taste.


    BACKGROUND & SCHOOL RELATIONS

    At Nærum Boarding School, he met the Lassen brothers; later, Flemming Lassen was to become his partner in a series of architectural projects. Arne Jacobsen was described as a restless pupil, always up to pranks, and often with a self-deprecating humour. Already as a child, he showed an extraordinary talent for drawing and depicting nature through scrupulous studies. Originally, Jacobsen wanted to be painter, but his father felt that architect was a more sensible choice, and that is how it was. Nevertheless, Jacobsen later had ample opportunity to paint and to express his ideas through highly accurate drawings.

    THE PLEASANT AND THE NECESSARY TRIPS ABROAD

    Jacobsen’s travelling began already in his twenties, when he went to sea. The voyage, the only one in his career as a sailor, went to New York. Then followed an apprenticeship as a bricklayer in Germany and a series of study and drawing excursions to Italy. During this period, Jacobsen produced some of his finest watercolours with classic motifs, where he captures atmospheres and renders materials and shapes accurately and carefully. From the beginning of his career, Jacobsen turned his gaze abroad, without ever abandoning Denmark or the Danish traditions in his field.

    ARNE JACOBSEN BEHIND THE DESIGN

    In summarising Jacobsen as a person, one arrives at a picture that reflects to a high degree the nuances in his purely professional production: On the one hand the insistent, perfectionist modernist, to whom no detail was trivial, although the main picture was basically black/white and unambiguous. On the other hand, the nature-loving botanist and jovial family man. Overall, the professionalism and almost nerdy passion for his work are indispensable aspects in descriptions of Jacobsen - including his own descriptions.

     

  • Arne Jacobsen

     

     

    BACKGROUND & SCHOOL RELATIONS

    At Nærum Boarding School, he met the Lassen brothers; later, Flemming Lassen was to become his partner in a series of architectural projects. Arne Jacobsen was described as a restless pupil, always up to pranks, and often with a self-deprecating humour. Already as a child, he showed an extraordinary talent for drawing and depicting nature through scrupulous studies. Originally, Jacobsen wanted to be painter, but his father felt that architect was a more sensible choice, and that is how it was. Nevertheless, Jacobsen later had ample opportunity to paint and to express his ideas through highly accurate drawings.

    THE PLEASANT AND THE NECESSARY TRIPS ABROAD

    Jacobsen’s travelling began already in his twenties, when he went to sea. The voyage, the only one in his career as a sailor, went to New York. Then followed an apprenticeship as a bricklayer in Germany and a series of study and drawing excursions to Italy. During this period, Jacobsen produced some of his finest watercolours with classic motifs, where he captures atmospheres and renders materials and shapes accurately and carefully. From the beginning of his career, Jacobsen turned his gaze abroad, without ever abandoning Denmark or the Danish traditions in his field.

    ARNE JACOBSEN BEHIND THE DESIGN

    In summarising Jacobsen as a person, one arrives at a picture that reflects to a high degree the nuances in his purely professional production: On the one hand the insistent, perfectionist modernist, to whom no detail was trivial, although the main picture was basically black/white and unambiguous. On the other hand, the nature-loving botanist and jovial family man. Overall, the professionalism and almost nerdy passion for his work are indispensable aspects in descriptions of Jacobsen - including his own descriptions.

     

     

  • Artek

    Artek was founded in Helsinki in 1935 by four young idealists: Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen, and Nils-Gustav Hahl. Their goal was “to sell furniture and to promote a modern culture of living by exhibitions and other educational means.”

    In keeping with the radical spirit of its founders, Artek today remains an innovative player in the world of modern design, developing new products at the intersection of design, architecture, and art.

    The Artek collection consists of furniture, lighting, and accessories designed by Finnish masters and leading international designers. It stands for clarity, functionality, and poetic simplicity.

    The name Artek is a synthesis of "art" and ‘technology’ – concepts central to the international modernist movement that came to prominence in the 1920s. It was Walter Gropius, a key proponent of modernism, who coined the motto ‘art and technology – a new unity.’ Technology was understood to include science and industrial production methods, while the conception of art extended beyond the fine arts to encompass architecture and design.

    Modernism aimed to achieve a fruitful union of these two spheres. This same aspiration guided the founders of Artek in their naming of the company.

    Want to contact Artek directly?

    Tel: 010 617 3410
    Email: info@artek.fi

    Address:
    Artek oy ab
    Mannerheimintie 12 B, 4. krs
    00100 Helsinki

    www.artek.fi

  • Artek

    Artek was founded in Helsinki in 1935 by four young idealists: Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen, and Nils-Gustav Hahl. Their goal was “to sell furniture and to promote a modern culture of living by exhibitions and other educational means.”

    In keeping with the radical spirit of its founders, Artek today remains an innovative player in the world of modern design, developing new products at the intersection of design, architecture, and art.

    The Artek collection consists of furniture, lighting, and accessories designed by Finnish masters and leading international designers. It stands for clarity, functionality, and poetic simplicity.

    The name Artek is a synthesis of "art" and ‘technology’ – concepts central to the international modernist movement that came to prominence in the 1920s. It was Walter Gropius, a key proponent of modernism, who coined the motto ‘art and technology – a new unity.’ Technology was understood to include science and industrial production methods, while the conception of art extended beyond the fine arts to encompass architecture and design.

    Modernism aimed to achieve a fruitful union of these two spheres. This same aspiration guided the founders of Artek in their naming of the company.

  • Ben af Schulten

     

     

    Ben af Schultén (born 1939) had a long and distinguished career as Design Director at Artek, during which he designed a wide range of furniture and lighting pieces. First joining the company as a design student, af Schultén was appointed Interior Architect at the Artek Drawing Studio in 1964.

    His work at the studio focused on product development, with an emphasis on utilising the Aalto archive and creating new products to complement the collection. After becoming Artek’s Design Director in 1976, af Schultén took on responsibilities beyond furniture design.

    Nonetheless, over the next 38 years until his retirement in 2004, he created furniture that left a lasting legacy.

     

     

     

  • Carl Hansen

    At Carl Hansen & Søn, we believe that iconic design is a combination of simplicity, aesthetics and functionality brought to life through skillful work with the highest quality materials. 

    Through the years, Carl Hansen & Søn has maintained a strong focus on preserving Danish design classics while continuing to expand our collection to represent influential new designers. Our goal: to gather the best, most iconic modern furniture designs under one roof.

    Since Knud Erik Hansen, Carl Hansen’s grandson, became the third-generation leader of the family-owned business in 2002, Carl Hansen & Søn has significantly expanded its international presence.

    Dedication to working with the best designers and materials has always been fundamental to Carl Hansen & Søn, as has our commitment to honoring designers’ original ideas.

    When you choose a Carl Hansen & Søn product, you gain more than just a piece of furniture. You become part of a proud tradition of distinctive and beautiful craftsmanship, where nothing has been left to chance. The world’s largest manufacturer of furniture designed by Hans J. Wegner, we also produce works by renowned design masters such as Arne Jacobsen, Børge Mogensen, Ole Wanscher, Kaare Klint, Poul Kjærholm, Mogens Koch, Bodil Kjær and Tadao Ando. Carl Hansen & Søn represents over 100 years of Danish design history and our furniture is sold all over the world. 


    Want to contact Carl Hansen & Son directly?

    Email: info@carlhansen.dk
    Call: +45 66 12 14 04

    Address:
    Hylkedamvej 77-79
    DK-5591 Gelsted, Denmark

    www.carlhansen.com

  • Carlo De Carli

     

     

    Carlo De Carli (1910-1999) was not only an architect and designer, who made a profound impact on design in the 20th century, but also one of Italy’s leading and most respected professors, who left a fundamental mark of theoretical reflections and ethics of behaviour in an entire generation of architects.

    Carlo De Carli graduated in architecture from the Politecnico di Milan in 1934 – a university in which he was strongly connected to throughout his career, being Dean of the Faculty of Architecture from 1965 to 1968 and teaching there until 1986. A respected academic and writer, his philosophy focused on the integration of space, material and the human body and gesture, and with this ideology he effectively engaged a dialog between design, universities and the craftsmanship world.

    He worked with legendary architect and designer Gio Ponti, and his years with Ponti came to shape young Carlo De Carli’s language and approach to design. He later went on to set up a studio on his own, where his design quickly became widely recognized and manufactured by some of the most important and innovative Italian design companies.

    A fine sense for modern material, design and industry and a willingness to experiment and invent, characterizes Carlo De Carli’s contribution to postwar architecture and design, and earned him a reputation as one of the greatest masters of Italian design.

     

     

  • Cecilie Manz

    BIOGRAPHY

    With two artist parents, Cecilie Manz encountered the world of design in early childhood in their workshop. Her own career began in 1992 with an academic education from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Following a semester abroad at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, Manz started her own company, which has been the focus of her work ever since.

    The Danish designer’s universe revolves around her love of art, and the names of her products are often tributes to her favourite creative minds. In some ways, Manz’s work approach can be described as old-fashioned: she always works alone in her Copenhagen studio, produces her drawings on paper, and carries out the shape-making at her workshop in the studio’s basement.

    “I view all my works as fragments of one big, ongoing story, where the projects are often linked or related in terms of their ideas, materials, and aesthetics, across time and function,”Manz has said.

    Manz started her own company, which has been the focus of her work ever since.
    The Danish designer’s universe revolves around her love of art, and the names of her products are often tributes to her favourite creative minds. In some ways, Manz’s work approach can be described as old-fashioned: she always works alone in her Copenhagen studio, produces her drawings on paper, and carries out the shape-making at her workshop in the studio’s basement.
    “I view all my works as fragments of one big, ongoing story, where the projects are often linked or related in terms of their ideas, materials, and aesthetics, across time and function,”Manz has said.
    Over the course of her career, Manz has shown an impeccable ability to create lamps, ceramics, accessories for the home, and furniture design – always with an emphasis on uniting the Scandinavian tradition of simplicity with a modern, international expression. While her work tends to abide by a ‘form follows function’ philosophy, each design is also imbued with a serene beauty. The pieces are understated, yet present themselves to the world with an artistic twist. Manz strives to combine conceptualism with the Danish penchant for durable materials and sublime craftsmanship. In her lighting designs, she has continuously worked to develop lamps that do not steal attention from the light itself, rather ensuring that function always prevails. As her Mingus™ pendant illustrates, Manz’ designs for Lightyears are defined by an innovative, simple aesthetic and a profound sense of detail. When she and Lightyears launched the eye-catching, timeless pendant Caravaggio™ in 2005, it was an instant success and gained the status of a design icon. To this day, Manz’s lamp, which lends a modern expression to a recognisable shape, is a hugely popular item found in private homes, boutique stores and office spaces in Denmark and abroad.This signature aesthetic is clearly visible in the designs Manz has created for Fritz Hansen’s Objects collection. From ceramics to lighting, seating to storage, Manz has designed various pure, practical and narrative objects to play a role in our everyday lives. She has applied her clean, modern sensibility to earthenware vases and bowls handmade in a traditional pottery studio in Seto, Japan, as well as to poufs – all similar in shape to stepping stones. Manz’s designs for Fritz Hansen have also included the Essay™ dining table and, more recently, the minuscule™ lounge chair. Following a typically Danish furniture tradition, both designs combine curiosity and innovation with sculpted elegance and soft forms.The award-winning Danish designer Cecilie Manz is a master of modern minimalism. Manz is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Thorvald Bindesbøll Medal in 2011, the Bruno Mathsson Prize in 2009, the Kunstpreis Berlin in 2008, and the Finn Juhl Architectural Prize and the Furniture Prize, both in 2007. Her designs can be found in the permanent collections of such landmark institutions as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Design Museum Danmark. In 2014, Manz also received the Crown Prince Couple’s Culture Prize in Denmark, earning praise as a talent who never seems to stop creating outstanding design and who continues to surprise us with designs in new shapes and materials.

     

  • Company

     

     

    Founded in 2000, COMPANY is a Finnish-Korean design practice founded by Aamu Song and Johan Olin. Based in Helsinki, Song and Olin work as artists, designers, and producers, in addition to running their own shop, Salakauppa – “secret store” in Finnish. One of their projects is Secrets: travelling to remote areas around the world, Song and Olin seek out traditional manufacturers, based on whose specific fields of expertise they create new designs. COMPANY’s work belongs to the permanent collections of Design Museum Finland, EMMA Museum of Modern Art, Finland, Helsinki Art Museum HAM, Finland and The Icelandic Design Museum, and has been shown at Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York.

    The Finnish-Korean design practice COMPANY has its studio in Helsinki, but its founders dream far beyond the boundaries of Finland’s capital. Traveling the world to uncover the secrets of local craft expertise, they find inspiration for their playful and imaginative designs.

    In their light filled Helsinki studio, founders Aamu Song and Johan Olin of the Finnish-Korean design practice COMPANY draw, paint, sew and mold clay. Going for contemplative walks to the nearby coast with their dog Yaya, their creative process is often a silent one. “When you don’t speak,” Aamu and Johann say, “you learn much faster.” This approach results in designs of great beauty, originality and charm.

    Their dreams take them far beyond the boundaries of Helsinki; Song and Olin have discovered a novel way to explore the world, finding inspiration along the way. From Estonia to Russia, the USA, Korea and Japan, the duo seeks out traditional manufacturers at remote factories that retain local craftsmanship and expertise – for whom they then create contemporary designs. The products that are the result of these collaborations feel akin to uncovered secrets. “When we travel, we sometimes fall in love with new countries, cities, nature, and things. Often with people too.”

    Song and Olin’s search can be seen as a treasure hunt. Their process is interpretive and all about discovery. Not knowing what they will find, the duo must allow the forms of expertise they encounter to shape their ideas. Each country they visit tells them “where to go next”.

    But Helsinki is home and the place where Song and Olin came up with their contribution to Artek’s FIN/JPN Friendship Collection. To arrive at the designs, the duo asked themselves what gifts the Finnish delegation might have brought to Japan in 1919 to inaugurate Finnish-Japanese diplomatic relations.

    “In Finland, we are rich in nature, cities, architecture and furniture, but not so much in little memory pieces or ritual objects. Not many visitors can see and do what locals do, since much happens deep in the forest or at the lakeside,” Song and Olin say. So after much thought, they created a family of ceramics for Artek, each inspired by a Finnish seasonal or national ritual. Decorative and functional, the ceramics evoke the animist traditions of both Finland and Japan, and would have done a fine job of illuminating Finnish culture and folklore one hundred years ago.

    The Pauper Coin Collector, the Midsummer Dream Vase, the Lucia Candleholder, the Easter Witch Vase, and the Easter Dog Vase – each design illustrates a tradition connected to the Finnish seasons. Drawing deeply on tradition and nature, playful and imaginative, COMPANY’s designs continue to be recognised throughout the world. Their work can be found in the permanent collections of Design Museum Finland, EMMA Museum of Modern Art, Finland, Helsinki Art Museum HAM, Finland and The Icelandic Design Museum, and has been shown at Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York.

     

     

  • Daniel Rybakken

     

     

    Daniel Rybakken (born 1984) is a talented Norwegian designer based in Sweden, who has spent the early years of his career focusing on lighting design.

    Applying himself to the study and replication of natural daylight, Rybakken creates poetic products and installations whose subtlety contradicts the rigorous approach to technology and engineering that goes into their making.

    Rybakken thus shares Artek’s fundamental interest in bringing together the realms of art and technology. The first collaboration between Artek and Rybakken marked Rybakken’s very first furniture commission.

     

     

  • Done Deer

    Done by Deer is a Danish company, founded in December 2014. For the last three years we have designed modern lifestyle products for families with babies and toddlers.


    Combining great design, innovation and a daring use of contemporary colours to make every item outstanding, the Done by Deer interior and toys are for families who want to maintain a balance when decorating with kids in mind and still appreciate the simplicity of Danish design, which easily matches the rest of the décor.


    We combine modern Scandinavian design with features that are fun and playful for children. All of our products are designed in-house in Denmark and naturally tested thoroughly to comply with strict European safety standards.


    We are 100% friendly in everything we do, starting with designing products that puts a smile on your face, sourcing suppliers with similar values as ours and creating a friendly working environment within the company and with all of our business partners. We strive to do our best 100% of the time.

    Want to contact Done by Deer directly?

    Tel: +45 4422 6603
    Email: hello@donebydeer.com

    Address:
    Done by Deer A/S
    Soenderkrogen 7
    8600 Silkeborg
    Denmark

    www.donebydeer.com

  • Eero Aarnio

     

     

    Eero Aarnio (born 1932) is one of the great innovators of modern furniture design. Responsible for an array of distinct and visually striking work, Aarnio helped establish Finland in the international design market. A one-man workshop, his work encompasses interior design, industrial design, graphic art, and photography.

    In the 1960s, Aarnio began experimenting with plastics, vivid colours, and organic forms, breaking away from traditional conventions. His now iconic plastic creations include the Ball (1963), the Pastil (1968), and the Bubble (1968), pop art chairs that captured the spirit of the age.

    Over his long and remarkable career, Aarnio has refused to follow the rules, saying, “A chair must be comfortable for sitting, and after that everything is free.”

    Today, Aarnio’s work is included in the collections of the world’s most prestigious museums, including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the MoMA in New York, and the Vitra Design.

     

     

  • Elissa Aalto

    Elissa Aalto (1922-1994) was a Finnish architect, designer, and author. Born Elsa Kaisa Mäkiniem, she graduated in architecture from the University of Helsinki in 1949, and joined the office of Alvar Aalto the same year. The two married in 1952.

    Elissa worked closely with Alvar and was involved in all competition projects the office undertook. She also designed textile patterns, such as the popular H55.

    After Alvar Aalto's death in 1976, her work became increasingly focused on preserving his legacy; Elissa managed the office in Munkkiniemi, Helsinki and took over the chairmanship of Artek.

  • Ferm Living

    As we navigate expectations and dreams in the search for meaning and comfort, we long for a balanced life with room for chaos and calm,
    moments of reflection and times of joy. A place where we can be ourselves, realise the true value of things, and feel at home.
    Based on a passion for authentic design and clear functionality, we challenge ourselves to shape the future and take pride in creating
    products that help you balance the contrasts of life.

    Our soft forms, rich textures and deep colours allow you to create an
    authentic and composed atmosphere, while avant-garde shapes, striking patterns and curious details add a touch of the unexpected.
    From our base in Copenhagen, we work with artisans around the world, fusing our Scandinavian mindset with global skills and traditions.
    We take our responsibility to people and the planet seriously, and expect the same of our partners.
    We create collections of furniture, accessories and lighting, so you can create space to feel comfortably you.

    Tel: +45 7022 7523
    Email: info@fermliving.com


    www.fermliving.com

  • Flensted Mobiles

    Our first mobile was created in 1953 by Christian and Grethe Flensted. It was "The Danish Lucky Storks" which was a great success and they still fly all over the world.
    Christian became known as the "Uromager", a name impossible to translate into English, which means a "maker of mischievous things that are always on the move". The title fitted well with his ability to create beautiful classic designs as well, as fun and unique mobiles, that could create movement and balance.

    In 1954 Christian and his wife Grethe decided to open their mobile-business, at the time based in Aalborg, Jutland. However, this led to the business moving back to its home, the island of Funen, where Christian and Grethe founded "The Stork's Nest" in Tommerup. They stayed here for about 15 years.
     
    By 1971, the production had grown so much that a new premises were needed, and they moved to the old school "Frederiksminde" near Brenderup, Funen, which to this day remains the Flensted Mobile centre.


    OLE & AASE FLENSTED
    In, 1982 Grethe and Christian Flensted decided to pass the baton on to their son, Ole. In connection with the generation change at Flensted Mobiles, he – along with Aase – took over the running of the compa- ny. Since then, they have continued the busi- ness, paying every respect to the company’s values and creative angles on the world. The older generation gave the new generation plenty of space to make its own distinctive mark on to company, with new mobiles coming onto the drawing board and new market channels being added. The generation change proved a success.

    The design process
    Our mobiles are designed so the elements are in constant movement while the entire mobile maintains a harmonic balance. The development from idea to product is a process that takes time. The same applies for the production of mobiles as these are handmade. For each of our mobiles there is a deeper reflection and idea. The creative process with many hours of inspirations, ideas and prototyping has taken place before the mobile, with its story, shapes and colour is finalised.

    Our mobiles are made with great care by our experienced staff, and the mobiles are packed, so that they are ready to hang and spread poetry. The process of making a mobile is the following: Design - quality - handmade work.

    Creating mobiles is not just our job, it is our passion.

    Tel: +45 6444 1688
    Email: info@flensted-mobiles.com

  • Flos

    1960
    The beginnings of Flos (meaning “flower” in Latin) blossomed from a brilliant idea: to create  objects, starting with a light bulb, that would change the way of life for both the Italian market and the foreign markets.

    Dino Gavina and the small Eisenkeil manufacturing facility in Merano, had already been creating furniture alongside design masters such as Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Afra and Tobia Scarpa. But by the early ‘60s, Gavina became convinced the time had come to create new lamps.

    Using the same technology – conceived in the USA and tested at Eisenkeil – used for the Cocoon lampthe Castiglioni brothers and the Scarpa duo began creating lamps such as the Taraxacum or the Fantasma, with many other beautiful and surprising lamps to follow.

    And so, from day one, Flos was already reinventing the idea of artificial lighting.


    Tel: +39 03024381
    Email: info@flos.com

    Address:
    Flos Spa
    Via Angelo Faini, 2
    25073 Bovezzo (Brescia)

  • Fritz Hansen

     

    Founded in Denmark in 1872, the company has a long history of collaborating with leading international designers to bring their visionary concepts to life – and to the spaces they help transform. 

    Fritz Hansen’s highly distinguished Classic Collection comprises a number of the most iconic pieces of furniture from renowned Danish architects and designers, including Arne Jacobsen’s Egg™, Swan™ and Series 7™ chairs and Poul Kjærholm’s PK22™ chair and PK80™ daybed.

    The Contemporary Collection features new furniture and accessory designs from some of today’s most inspiring, internationally recognized modern designers, including Jaime Hayon, Piero Lissoni, Kasper Salto and Cecilie Manz. 

    Common to the two collections is a sculptural artistic expression that blurs the lines between design and art and unites function and form in unprecedented ways, giving each work significant presence and purpose. The Danish-based lighting company Lightyears has been part of Fritz Hansen since 2015. Working closely with internationally recognized designers and architects, Fritz Hansen Lighting develops and manufactures high-quality, modern lighting that unites tradition and innovation, continuing Fritz Hansen’s proud traditions of exquisite craftsmanship, quality, and timeless design.

    Today as in 1872, Fritz Hansen’s work is guided by the philosophy that a single piece of furniture can beautify an entire room or building – and heighten the well-being of the people who inhabit these spaces. With an international presence and an ever-expanding collection of iconic designs, Fritz Hansen continues its journey of creating elegant, human interior design essentials that never compromise on comfort, and to strengthen its place in the global design, luxury and lifestyle elite.

     


    Tel. (+45) 48 17 23 00
    E-mail: salessupport@fritzhansen.com

    https://fritzhansen.com/

    Fritz Hansen
    Allerødvej 8
    DK-3450 Allerød
    Denmark

     

  • Georg Jensen

    With a history that spans more than 100 years, the Georg Jensen brand represents quality craftsmanship and timeless aesthetic design, producing lifestyle products ranging from hollowware to watches, jewellery and home products.

    The philosophy of Georg Jensen himself was to create democratic designs possessing both functionality and beauty. His artisanal skill and artistic talent combined with his continuous ability to identify and support design talent was the foundation on which he built Georg Jensen in Copenhagen in 1904.

    Georg Jensen’s style embraced the Art Nouveau lines of the day but injected them with a distinctive vigour that continues to resonate today. Serene flowing forms are enriched by exquisitely sculpted ornamentation and his stylised bouquets of flowers and lush bunches of grapes reflect his sensual delight in nature. Our most important task is to leverage the ideas and principles of the master himself and translate these into the design of the present day.


    Want to contact George Jensen directly?


    Tel: +45 38 14 98 98
    Email:ukcustomerservice@georgjensen.com


    Address:
    Georg Jensen A/S.
    Søndre Fasanvej 7
    DK-2000 Frederiksberg
    Denmark

  • Gio Ponti

     

    Italian designer, architect and editor, Gio Ponti (1891-1979) is one of the most influential design visionaries of the 20th century. Ponti designed a wide array of furniture and products through his career - from cabinets, lamps and chairs to ceramics and glassware - and his buildings, including Pirelli tower in Milan, and Denver Art Museum, were erected in 14 countries. Through Domus, the design magazine he founded in 1928, Ponti promoted a new curiosity and open-mindedness towards new design thinking.
     
    Gio Ponti was a conceptualist who always drew lines between the architecture and the interior design. Ponti never viewed architecture as simply creating buildings. Instead, he often conceived of the building's interior as well; creating furniture, lighting appliances, and even ceramics, glassware and silverware to fit the overall concept.
     
    Ponti's signature furniture designs, such as the sleek Superleggera chair for Cassina or his elegant mirror collection provide a new perspective on traditional Italian furniture and blend style with functionality. His design was influenced by la dolce vita; he encouraged everybody to use good design to enjoy life to the fullest. This exact colourful, joyful, sensual Italian good life is reflected in his portfolio, and will certainly continue to influence artists and designers well into the future.
     
    Today, a wide range of Ponti's designs are snapped up by savvy collectors who want to give their homes a touch of Italian panache and effortless chic.

     

  • Gubi

    GUBI is a design company dedicated to celebrating the luxury of living life. Designs that combine the past and the present for the new to evolve. Designs that stimulate the senses, are beautiful yet usable.


    GUBI is pursuing perfection with passion and courage. Evolution is the essence.

    Tel: +45 5361 6368
    Email: gubi@gubi.com

    Address:
    Gubi A/S
    Klubiensvej 7-9
    2150 Copenhagen, Denmark

    www.gubi.com

  • Hans J Wegner

     

     

    Hans J. Wegner - cabinet-maker and furniture designer and one of the principals of 'Danish Modern'. He is one of the Danish designers who has achieved world fame. Wegner is a meticulous and admired craftsman and his furniture is a combination of good, solid details rooted in the tradition of the craftsmanship he highly regards. Fritz Hansen has manufactured the China Chair™ since 1944 and in 2008 the China Chair™ was introduced in a new black variety.

  • Harri Koskinen

     

     

    Designer Harri Koskinen (born 1970) studied at the Lahti Institute of Design and the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. In 1998, he established his own studio, Friends of Industry, which offers product and concept design as well as exhibition architecture.

    Characterised by practicality and strict aesthetic criteria, Koskinen’s uncompromising and outstanding design work received international recognition from the start. Renowned for developing innovative solutions for both consumer and producer, Koskinen has won several major design awards over the years.

    In 2009, he was awarded the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize. He has also won the highly esteemed Compasso d’Oro Award, which he received in 2004 for the Muu Chair. Koskinen’s works have been presented in numerous exhibitions worldwide.

     

     

  • Hay

    HAY was founded in 2002 with the ambition to create contemporary furniture that uses sophisticated industrial manufacturing to satisfy the needs of modern living. Today, this fundamental goal remains our mission: through our commitment to the design and production of furniture, lighting and accessories with an international appeal, we strive to make good design accessible to the largest possible audience.

    Inspired by the stable structures of architecture and the dynamics of fashion, HAY combines the values of both industries in durable, quality products that provide added value for the user. HAY’s continued vision is to create straightforward, functional and aesthetic design in cooperation with some of the world’s most talented, curious and courageous designers. This has resulted in many fruitful collaborations, and in 2018, HAY joined forces with American furniture company Herman Miller to deliver excellent design to a wide variety of customers and contexts.

    Want to contact HAY directly?

    Tel: +45 4282 0282
    Email: hay@hay.com

    Address:
    HAY A/S
    Havnen 1
    8700 Horsens
    Denmark

    www.hay.dk

  • Helen Green

     

      

    At Helen Green Design, we believe that it is essential to tailor a design solution that is a combination of both your aspirations and your tastes. In discussing all aspects of the property that are paramount to you and your vision, we are able to build a detailed interior design brief that reflects you, your personality and your lifestyle.

    Founded by the late Helen Green, in 2002, the studio creates luxurious, yet liveable, residences and strives to deliver exceptionally high, personalised levels of service – values which lie at the very heart of our business.

     

     

    www.helengreendesign.com 

     

    Contact Us
    Monday to Friday: 10:00 - 17:30
    Saturday and Sunday: Closed

    Call Us: 02073523344
    Email: mail@helengreendesign.com

    Helen Green DesignNo 29 Milner Street
    London
    SW3 2QD

     

     

  • Hella Jongerius

     

     

    Hella Jongerius (born 1963) is a Dutch designer and colour expert. An alumnus of the Design Academy Eindhoven, she founded her own studio, Jongeriuslab, in Rotterdam in 1993. Her design focuses on the combination of opposites – new technology and handmade objects, industrial manufacturing and craftsmanship, the traditional and the contemporary.

    Widely exhibited in some of the world’s most prestigious galleries and museums, Jongerius’ work encompasses textiles, crockery, interiors, and furniture.

    For Artek, Jongerius took on the task of reinterpreting some of the company’s classics, introducing her own tonal colour palette of wood finishes and textile designs while leaving structures unaltered.

     

     

  • House Of Finn Juhl

    In 2001 we were trusted with the exclusive rights to manufacture and relaunch Finn Juhl’s sculptural and iconic furniture by Finn Juhl’s widow Hanne Wilhelm Hansen. Today the unique Finn Juhl collection consists of more than 40 classic masterpieces, all of which we manufacture with the utmost respect for the original heritage and strict demands for quality. For us, venturing into Finn Juhl’s design universe has been like embarking on a joyful journey with constant surprises in terms of shapes, aesthetics and unique design details.

    Initially, Finn Juhl wanted to become an art historian. Since his early years, he had been interested in fine arts. However, his father wouldn't allow a career in the arts. Instead Finn Juhl enrolled at the Department of architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts in Copenhagen. Finn Juhl began his studies in the 1930s, which was an important period in furniture design, when modern design started to emerge. While he was still a student, Finn Juhl started working with the prominent Danish architect Vilhelm Lauritzen in 1934. At his studio, he worked on major projects such as the Danish Broadcasting House and Copenhagen Airport. Finn Juhl was kept so busy, that he never finished his studies. Despite this, he received the honour of becoming a member of the Academic Architect Society in 1942, and later in life, he became a visiting professor at the Institute of Design in Chicago. At the time when he had made himself a name as a furniture designer, he would always speak of himself as being a selftaught.

    Tel: +45 70 27 71 01
    Email: info@finnjuhl.com

    Address:
    Onecollection A/S
    Vesterled 19
    DK-6950 Ringkøbing

    www.finnjuhl.com

  • Hulger

     

    An open and playful approach to the design process, combined with a desire to make new technologies more accessible, such is the philosophy of the concept-driven design company Hulger. Hulger was set up in 2005 by Michael-George Hemus and Nicolas Roope. Together they are inspired by defects in things, which already exist. Navigating these uncharted territories can enable art, technology and design to come together as one.
    Light is the fundamental precondition for reproducing shape and colour and for creating atmosphere. According to Hulger, light should be cherished and beautifully presented. Plumen, the world's first designer energy-saving light bulb, is a light source capable of achieving this. In their first light design for Lightyears, Hulger has worked to make the light more user-friendly, while simultaneously enabling the lamp to accentuate the light source.

    With their product design, Hulger is keen to help us cherish and even celebrate light once more, in the way the old rulers were once celebrated. This is why Hulger has selected a product name centring on “Monarchs and Rulers”, to encourage the celebration of light.

  • Ilmari Tapiovaara

     

     

    Ilmari Tapiovaara (1914-1999) was one of the greatest interior architects and designers of his era. With the mind of an explorer and the soul of a craftsman, Tapiovaara was always looking for new solutions to improve everyday objects.

    During his long career, Tapiovaara created dozens of iconic objects loved by the public; it is often said that he captured the essence of Finnish identity.

    Tapiovaara graduated from the Department of Furniture Design at the Central School of Applied Arts in Helsinki in 1937. After completing his studies, he worked as an assistant at Le Corbusier’s office in Paris before becoming artistic director and designer at Asko Oy, then one of Finland’s largest furniture manufacturers.

    From 1946 to 1947, Tapiovaara designed furniture together with his wife Annikki for Domus Academica, the new student housing facility in Helsinki. It was in the course of this project that the famous Domus Chair was born.

    Tapiovaara was a great admirer of Alvar Aalto’s work, and he wanted to create products based on the same ideological premises. Embracing the principle that functionalism goes hand in hand with social equality, Tapiovaara felt that architecture was the starting point of his design work.

    Over his lifetime, Tapiovaara won a total of six gold medals at the Milan Triennale, in addition to many other prestigious architecture and design awards.

     

     

  • Jacques Adnet

     

    Jacques Adnet (1900 - 1984) was a French architect and Art Deco Modernist designer and an icon of luxurious French Modernism. After completing his studies at the Municipal School of Design in Auxerre and the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs, Adnet established the company JJ Adnet with his twin brother Jean Adnet. In 1925, Jacques Adnet was recognized as one of the most promising young designers at both the Salon d'Automne and Les Expositions des Arts Decoratifs. As well as designing furniture and mirrors, Adnet designed apartments and offices for numerous clients, including the French president Vincent Auriol and Unesco.

    Throughout his career, Adnet was always among the first artists to express new trends. As a true member of the avant-garde in his time, he was an innovative thinker and original in his choice of form and materials. He was among the first to integrate metal and glass in the structure and decoration of furniture and in the post-war period, Adnet began to cover his furniture with leather. To this day, he is one of the most revered French designers, whose perennial and innovative work is still highly sought for.

  • Jo Nagasaka

     

     

    Jo Nagasaka founded his own Tokyo-based multi-disciplinary firm, Schemata Architects, in 1998. His projects span architecture, large-scale installations, interactive interior environments and furniture design. In his work, Nagasaka recontextualises well known industrial materials and adapts traditional craft techniques in an innovative and decidedly contemporary way. With Artek, Nagasaka has further developed his ColoRing surface treatment, based on two age-old Japanese craft techniques , to be applied to beloved Artek classics.
    There are three products designed by Jo Nagasaka in the Artek catalogue

  • Jorn Utzon

     

     

    Danish architect Jørn Utzon (1918-2008) is best known for winning the competition to design the Sydney Opera House. Born in Copenhagen to a naval engineer, Utzon helped his father design and build boats as a child, often spending time with workers at the shipyard. The shipbuilding work of his youth provided inspiration later when Utzon was searching for his own, personal design idiom.

    After graduating from the Faculty of Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1942, Utzon travelled to Stockholm to work with the Swedish architect Gunnar Asplund. After the war, Utzon worked in the office of Alvar Aalto, where he assimilated the latter’s functionalist and aesthetic ideas.

    Founding his own practice in Copenhagen in the 1950s, Utzon designed buildings and homes all around the world. In 1982, Utzon was awarded the Alvar Aalto Medal in recognition of his significant contribution to creative architecture.

     

     

  • Juha Leiviska

    Juha Leiviskä (born 1936) is an architect and designer, especially well known for designing places of worship. Leiviskä studied architecture at the Helsinki University of Technology, qualifying as an architect in 1963. After taking on teaching commitments, he established his own office in 1967 .

    His buildings are monumental, yet still possess the quality of intimacy, with light taking a central role in the architecture. Further to his talent for using natural light in his architecture, Leiviskä is also a skilled lighting designer. He experiences interiors as “instruments played by light.”

  • Kaare Klint

    Recognized as the father of modern Danish design, Kaare Klint (1888-1954) designed icons such as the 1914 Faaborg Chair and the 1933 Safari Chair, as well as the design for the reception room of the Danish Pavilion at the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition.


    As the son of architect Peder Vilhelm Jensen-Klint, Kaare Klint was immersed in architecture from an early age, but made his mark on Danish design history as a furniture designer and educator. In 1924, he helped establish the Department of Furniture Design at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. As associate professor and later professor, he inspired some of the greatest Danish furniture designers and architects – including Hans J. Wegner, Mogens Koch, Arne Jacobsen and Poul Kjærholm – who would continue shaping the Golden Age of Danish design from the early 1940s. Today, Klint is regarded as a reformer: as one of the first designers to put functionalism and the practical study of architecture and furniture design principles above style, he redefined a period otherwise characterized by style-focused academic teaching.

    Klint had an outstanding sense of proportion and space, and created “human furniture” based on studies of the human body. He studied an object’s uses over its form, and renewed Danish furniture design by refining tradition and developing objects perfectly in relation to their primary purpose. Klint was also aware of designs’ relationship to its environment, insisting his pieces never dominate a space, but unite form and function for a greater whole.


    In all his work, he insisted on clear, logical design, clean lines, the best materials, and superb craftsmanship. Klint earned many accolades, including the Eckersberg Medal in 1928 and the C.F. Hansen Medal in 1954. In 1949, he became an Honorary Royal Designer for Industry in London.

  • Kasthall

    Kasthall is a Swedish company, designing and producing rugs & textile flooring for the global interior design community. Since 1889, the Kasthall factory in Kinna, West Sweden, has created rugs for all kinds of clients and spaces; from beautiful residences, lux yachts, and exotic hideaways to cool offices, boutique hotels and the Swedish Royal Castle.

    Kasthall is about transforming a vision into a realistic design solution for the floor. To create a Kasthall rug, there are several ingredients; high expertise and craftsmanship, the finest natural materials in the world, and excellent design understanding. Every step and every rug is guided by two motivations: perfection and passion.

    UNIQUE RUGS FOR UNIQUE CUSTOMERS
    From the moment we order yarn for each rug, we know who the piece is designed for. All our rugs are made to order and tailored to the customer’s individual wishes and needs. At Kasthall, each woven and hand tufted rug is one of a kind and receives a hand-signed label after its quality has been checked to the very last thread.



    THE BEST FROM NATURE
    We choose our materials with the utmost care. Aside from appearance, it is important that the yarns we use have the characteristics we demand for various types of settings, such as wear resistance, fire resistance and environmental requirements. Our woven and hand tufted rugs are therefore made almost exclusively from the finest natural materials; wool and linen.

    Factory
    Since 1889, Kasthall´s factory in Kinna, West Sweden, has created rugs using the finest materials with unique craftsmanship, and the latest design innovation. In our own factory, we bring together expertise and innovation. With our collaborative knowledge of how the natural materials perform, alone or together, each rug is unique and like no other. And everything we do is always with great respect to our environment and with minimum impact to the earth.

    One of the main reasons Kasthall can commit to impeccable quality standards is because we control the entire production process – from yarn to finished rug. This is unusual for a brand. Product developers and designers work side by side at Kasthall and the human eye and human touch play vital parts in every stage of manufacturing. New methods meet ancient techniques. Our commitment to quality will never go out of style.


    Tel: +46 320 20 59 41

    Email: customerservice@kasthall.se

    http://www.kasthall.com

    Ingmar Bergmans Gata 4
    SE-114 34
    Stockholm

  • Koichi Futatsumata

     

    Koichi Futatsumata’s manifold activities encompass interior design, architecture, furniture and product design. He is the founder of the design practices Case Real, with a focus on spatial design, and Koichi Futatsumata Studio, dedicated to product design. While fostering the functional aspect of design, Futatsumata is exploring new aesthetics, forms and ideas with rare attention to detail. Futatsumata’s work is part of the permanent collection at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and has been shown at Design Museum, London and Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.

  • Konstantin Grcic

     

    Konstantin Grcic (born 1965) was trained as a cabinetmaker at The John Makepeace School in Dorset, UK before studying Design at The Royal College of Art in London. Since setting up his own practice in Munich in 1991, he has developed furniture, products, and lighting for leading companies in the design field.

    Grcic defines function in human terms, combining formal strictness with considerable acuity and humour. Each of his products is characterised by careful research into the history of design and architecture and by his passion for technology and materials. Known for pared-down pieces, Grcic is often called a minimalist, though the designer himself prefers to speak of simplicity.

    His work has received international design awards and forms part of the permanent collections of the world´s most important design museums. Solo exhibitions have been shown at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam, 2006), Haus der Kunst (Munich, 2006), The Art Institute of Chicago (2009) and the Vitra Design Museum (2014).

    The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) appointed Grcic Royal Designer for Industry, and in 2010, he was a fellow at Villa Massimo in Rome.

     

     

  • Mia Lagerman

     

     

    Mia Lagerman has lived in Copenhagen since 1993, educated in both Stockholm and Copenhagen. She is an inveterate Scandinavian who believes in quality, functionality and aesthetics. Mia Lagerman has worked as a furniture designer in the past 25 years. Through her work with several international brands during the years she has managed to become a key player on the design scene.

    As a designer, Mia Lagerman views her constant development - from the creation of the idea, through to the production and the final result - as a journey towards achieving the best results, and where dialogue with collaborators and the development of new methods are a vital part of the process, always with the end-user in mind.

    Mia's designs are based on a Scandinavian aesthetic simplicity, as well as an understanding of materials and production. This applies to both mass production and smaller editions.

    Mia Lagerman’s work in the field between art and design is also reflected in her portfolio of new designs, where a wonderful mix of furniture for mass production, as well as experimental furniture in smaller editions can be seen. “The innovative products are a reflection of my need to try out different kinds of materials and craftsmanship.

    It’s OK for design to be tongue in cheek, but it must still have the ability to be taken seriously. It’s about creating a surprise, something unexpected. It’s about immersing yourself, seeking perfection with an open mind, quality and not least, stirring people’s emotions.”

    Good design is therefore many things for Mia Lagerman: “That’s when everything comes together as one. It’s best when it’s explained with few words, when you can understand it without a lot of long explanations, images and texts."

    "Aesthetics are very personal and evolve on a constant basis. Your eye develops its view on things throughout your whole life. I find it boring when everything starts to look the same and becomes too well organised and predictable. It needs to be a little disorganised, a little irregular, dirty or crooked for the eye to be interested".

  • Mogens Koch

     

    Koch’s works – which included homes, monuments, building extensions, graphic design, objects for the home and, of course, furniture – stand out as original examples of universal utility.

    From 1925 to 1932, Koch (1898-1992)  was inspired by the principles of Danish functionalism in a number of design studios – including Kaare Klint’s. Koch’s patient study, analytical mind and creative spirit resulted in functional solutions, showing a clear simplicity of form that respected and built on the work of previous generations. A focus on essential structural components and mathematics also played key roles in Koch’s process. Traditional ornamentation and decoration for its own sake were not part of his ideology – an object’s purpose led the way. 

    In order to capture meaning and create mathematical order, Koch developed the modular concept for one of his major design successes: his Bookcase System, with dimensions based on the most common book heights. His Folding Series is similarly renowned for its versatility, detail, and functionality based on everyday needs and the space constraints of modern living.


    The Bookcase System design – initially developed for Koch’s own home – offered a highly flexible, practical storage solution. In 1928, he drew the first sketches for the core square module, offering a minimalist aesthetic and intelligent, varied storage. 

    Following Klint’s ideologies, Koch’s Bookcase System has succeeded in bringing everyday home objects into graphic order for over 80 years.


    Koch was an influential professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen from 1950 until 1968. His numerous awards include the Eckersberg Medal in 1938, the C. F. Hansen Medal in 1963, and the ID Prize in 1992.

     

  • Naja Utzone Popov

     

    Naja Utzon Popov was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1973, into a family of artists. She inherited her creative genes from her grandfather, Jørn Utzon, a Danish architect known for designing the iconic Sydney Opera House in Australia; her mother, the esteemed Danish artist Lin Utzon; and her father, the acclaimed Australian architect Alex Popov.


    Utzon Popov’s childhood years in Denmark have always been an important source of inspiration for her work, as have the years she spent studying drawing, painting and etching at the Julian Ashton Art School in Australia.


    After moving to England, Utzon Popov continued her formal artistic training at the University of Westminster School of

    Media Arts and Design. Today, she is back in her native Denmark, where she works out of her studio in Copenhagen.


    The approach has been highly successful. Utzon Popov’s designs were well received at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York, and her large-scale clay installation for the event was acquired by the iconic Saks Fifth Avenue department store.


    Utzon Popov’s glass and ceramic designs can be seen around the world, including in the Feng Sushi restaurant chain in London and the Galeria Kunstmann in Mallorca. Her beautiful rug designs inspire poetic names, such as Botanica, Oceania and Woodlines.

     

  • Nendo

     

     

    Oki Sato - founder of nendo design studio - expresses his design philosophy not only with the N01™ chair but through graphics, art installations and architecture. He was born in Toronto, Canada and later moved to Tokyo, where he took a M.A. in Architecture at Waseda University. In 2002, he founded the nendo studio and today nendo have their name on both architectural projects as well as grand furniture designs worldwide. nendo's philosophy states that, in the same way that life is full of little "!" moments - or moments of surprise and richness - so are their designs. "Nendo" means 'modelling clay' in Japanese - a term perfectly suited to the studio’s sculptural approach to design no matter the material. For their work, nendo has been awarded with Dezeen, Wallpaper and Red Rot Design Awards among many more throughout the studio's lifetime.

     

  • Oeo Studio

     

    Designer and Creative Director Thomas Lykke (born 1971) trained as a fashion designer in Copenhagen and San Francisco before turning his eye to the design industry where he worked as Interiors Editor at Wallpaper* Magazine from 2000-2003 before setting up his own design company, OEO Studio, in Copenhagen in 2003.
     
    OEO Studio always seeks to instill a sense of necessity, one that reflects our belief that great design is driven by passion and shaped by the vision to make a difference in a relevant, natural and respectful way. Our approach to design is holistic. To OEO Studio, communication is just as important as the product itself. Indeed, truth lies in the totality of the approach. OEO Studio seeks to touch and inspire people on an emotional level, to create engaging design universes with a cosmopolitan outlook.
     
    "We are creative people with a unique and refined sense of the DNA and personality of a brand: its heritage, qualities and core essence. We have developed masterly skills at taking a brand and bringing it to centre stage. We strive to create products that can last for generations for their outstanding qualities and aesthetics. Finally, we are strong believers in craftsmanship, tactile materials and the lived-in experience when creating meaningful products and ambiances" says Thomas Lykke.
     
    OEO Studio has created award-winning designs for a broad spectrum of discerning clients, from the most respected centuries-old crafts companies to corporate brand producers of high-quality products, including Georg Jensen, Dinesen, Kadeau, Takashimaya, Brdr. Krüger, Leica, Japan Handmade, Stellar Works, Hosoo and Sony HQ.

     

  • Ole Wangscher

     

    Ole Wanscher (1903-1985) was integral to the core aesthetic and functionality of modern Danish design. He studied under Kaare Klint at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and later worked at Klint’s design studio before becoming an independent furniture designer. He helped shape Danish furniture design as a designer and as an educator when he took over Klint’s professorship at the Academy.


    Wanscher’s classic and contemporary designs made him popular.  In 1958, the Danish newspaper Politiken wrote: “Owning a Wanscher chair is an adventure every day, and will

    be so even several hundred years from now, for this is how long it lasts”. Today, his modern classics are still revered for their detail and his deep respect for materials.


    While traveling through Egypt and Europe, Wanscher studied furniture design, finding inspiration in varied visual expressions that he incorporated into his own unique design aesthetic. He viewed furniture design as a branch of architecture and emphasized slim dimensions and resilient forms – a quest exemplified in many of his works, particularly the Colonial Chair and Colonial Sofa.

    Wanscher created his best-known designs primarily between the late 1940s and early 1960s, in the post-war era when the “design for everyone” philosophy emerged. In Denmark, some of design’s biggest names created functional and affordable furniture for the Danish people and the small spaces they lived in. Wanscher took great interest in industrially produced yet high-quality furniture, designing several successful pieces.

    Wanscher’s design earned him numerous accolades, including the Copenhagen Carpenters’ Guild Annual Award and the gold medal at the Milan Triennale in 1960 – honors that underscored Wanscher’s esteemed reputation both in Denmark and internationally.

     

     

  • Oliver Schick

     

    Oliver Schick was born in 1969 in Darmstadt, Germany, and studied product design at the HBK - University of Fine Arts and Design in Saarbruecken. After graduating, he worked freelance for several studios and in 2005 he founded his own studio with a focus on furniture, lighting and interior design and has since worked for companies such as Ligne Roset and Skandiform.

    "My aim is to design products with character that are timeless and easy to comprehend. Often, only minor changes or unexpected details are needed to give a product a lively character which sparks the associations and emotions of the user." His Ronde Pendant clearly echoes this philosophy, with its understated yet effectual details.

    Schick also engages with a range of more experimental projects with design-related themes, focusing on materials, functions, usage and sustainable development.

  • Pancho Nikander

    The Mexican-Finnish designer and boat builder Pancho Nikander (born 1981) was born in Mexico, but lives in Finland. His most popular work is the versatile Kanto magazine/firewood rack designed for Artek in 2004.

  • Pierre Paulin

     

    Legendary French furniture designer Pierre Paulin (1927-2009) bestrode the 1960’s and 70’s with his recognizable and innovative style that instantly revolutionized everyday furniture. He studied at the École Camondo design school in Paris, where his teacher urged him to join Marcel Gascoin’s workshop. There Paulin took in Scandinavian aesthetics and gained great insight in the role that design could play in society.

    Through the 1950’s Pierre Paulin moved on to design furniture on his own and he began to experiment with stretchy, extensible fabrics that could be drawn across a chair’s armature. He started successful collaborations with Thonet France and Artifort, where the latter resulted in several iconic pieces such as the Mushroom, Ribbon and Tongue chairs, all of which have become sought-after design classics.

    A joyful modernist, Paulin’s low-slung pieces provided a new laid-back perspective on life and his forward-looking, eclectic and sculptural approach to furniture design instantly caught the mood of the swinging 60’s. The hedonistic, sinuous style of Paulin’s design also attracted the patronage of presidents Georges Pompidou and François Mitterrand, who asked him to redecorate parts of the Elysée Palace in the 1970’s and 80’s.

    Widely recognized, Pierre Paulin’s innovative designs can today be found in contemporary art and design collections around the world, from the Museum of Modern Art, New York to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London along with the National Centre for Art and Culture Georges Pompidou in Paris.

     

     

  • Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

    Paris-based brothers Ronan (born 1971) and Erwan (born 1976) Bouroullec form one of the most exciting design teams working today and have collaborated with numerous leading companies in the design field. Their oeuvre ranges from furniture and product design, textile wall systems and comprehensive collections to large-scale installations, architecture, and experimental projects.

    Sketching, model-making, and photography are the three main tools used by the Bouroullec brothers in their often time-consuming design process. Both brothers are constantly drawing, filling the pages of sketchbooks. In their notebooks, their fears, doubts, and sense of humour take shape in fantastical creatures, details from nature, and pages and pages filled with abstract forms.

    There are 10 products designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec in the Artek catalogue

    Their award-winning work forms part of the permanent collections of museums such as the Musée National d’Art Moderne, the Centre Pompidou, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the MoMA in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Design Museum in London.

  • Strand & Hvass

     

    Industrial designer Christina Strand (b. 1968) and architect Niels Hvass (b. 1958) founded their Copenhagen-based design firm in 1998 to unlock the potential of two minds working together to create truly innovative, purposeful solutions to universal design challenges.


    Their mutual design philosophy is user-centric, deeply rooted in Scandinavian culture, and based on research and a strong emphasis on function.

    This has resulted in simple and comprehensible furniture that conveys a deep understanding of the potential of various materials. Strand + Hvass focus on simplicity, superior quality, and the combination of uniqueness and industrial production to create the modern classics of tomorrow.


    With the Extend Table design, Strand + Hvass infused the modern Danish furniture tradition with a bold new expression and additional functionality.

     

     

  • Tadao Ando

     

    Acclaimed Japanese architect Tadao Ando (b. 1941) bases his work on a strong personal design philosophy that joins Japanese design traditions with modern Western expression.


    Born in Osaka, Japan, Ando’s interest in design began early on as an apprentice with a local carpenter at the age of 10. He learned to explore wood’s many possibilities by building model airplanes and ships. His approach to learning was unusual in that he preferred to work independently, without input from his mentors.

    Ando’s interest in architecture began at the age of 15 when he purchased a book of sketches by design pioneer, Le Corbusier. Today, Ando is still inspired by Le Corbusier and often evaluates his own projects relative to the modern master’s approach. Ando’s work is also strongly inspired by Danish design culture and the minimalist Scandinavian aesthetic philosophy. His work embodies the Japanese tradition of living simply and in harmony with nature – a cornerstone of the Scandinavian lifestyle.

    Frequently appearing in Ando’s projects, Hans J. Wegner’s furniture design is a source of great inspiration for the architect. Ando’s Dream Chair, produced in collaboration with Carl Hansen & Søn and informed by Wegner’s aesthetic, relies on century-long traditions of craftsmanship to fulfill his demands for perfection.


    Ando has been responsible for over 150 construction projects of various sizes in Japan and internationally, including the Azum building in Osaka, Chichu Art Museum in

    Naoshima, the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis, and the Teatro Armani in Milan.


    His original works have earned him a number of prestigious awards, including the Carlsberg Prize in 1992, the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1995, the Premium Imperiale Award in 1996, and the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal in 1997.

     

     

  • TAF Studio

    TAF is a Stockholm based design and architecture studio founded by Gabriella Gustafson and Mattias Ståhlbom. Creating products of extraordinary quality with a focus on the everyday, TAF Studio is preoccupied by context and origin, using materials and construction techniques in new and innovative ways to create designs both playful and thought provoking.

    Since its foundation in 2002, TAF Studio has achieved international acclaim. The studio has been exhibited at MoMA in New York and its designs are now part of the permanent collections of the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm and the Danish Design Museum in Copenhagen. Following a commission by the Nationalmuseum, in 2018 TAF Studio and Artek launch their first collaboration.

  • Tapio Wirkkala

     

     

    Tapio Wirkkala (1915-1985) was born in Hanko, Finland. A giant of Finnish design, Wirkkala was an artist of great diversity for whom no material was alien and who left no area of design unexplored. Wirkkala began his career as a commercial artist.

    A glass design competition held by the Iittala glassworks in 1946 was the event that set his career in motion; the first prize went jointly to Wirkkala and Kaj Franck. With an oeuvre that ranges from exceptionally beautiful pieces of glass art to industrial design in the form of beer bottles and banknotes, Wirkkala also designed jewellery, sculptures, and furniture.

    The recipient of many awards, honorary titles, and a doctorate, Wirkkala won three Grand Prix medals at the Milan Triennale in 1954 and an additional Grand Prix medal and gold medal at the Milan Triennale in 1960.

     

     

  • Ville Kokkonen

    A graduate of the Ontario College of Art & Design, Finnish designer Ville Kokkonen (born 1975) continued his studies at the University of Art & Design in Helsinki. Subsequently employed in the university’s Smart Products Research Group, he specialised in product concepts and futures research. Kokkonen joined Artek in 2006 as Research and Design Manager; from 2009 to 2014, he served as the company’s Design Director.

    Kokkonen has initiated and conducted several international projects, including the Artek Pavilion 2007, which he undertook in collaboration with architect Shigeru Ban and UPM. With Artek, Kokkonen developed the fragrance Standard (Eau de Toilette), complete with bottle and packaging, for Comme des Garçons, the Japanese fashion company. In addition to his work for Artek, Kokkonen lectures at numerous international seminars and universities.

  • Yrjo Kakkapuro

    Born in Viipuri in 1933, Yrjö Kukkapuro is one of the most internationally successful Finnish designers. He graduated as interior architect from the Institute of Industrial Arts in Helsinki in 1958 and founded his own design office, Studio Kukkapuro, in 1959. In addition to producing renowned and award-winning design work, Kukkapuro was a teacher, professor, and rector from the 1960s to the 1990s.

    Kukkapuro's most famous model is the Karuselli Chair, named the most comfortable chair in the world by The New York Times in 1974. With work in the permanent collections of several museums – including the MoMA in New York, London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, and the National Museum of Art in Stockholm – Kukkapuro has exhibited his work in dozens of solo and group shows across the world.

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