At the close of 3daysofdesign, Copenhagen’s annual design event, we speak to three leading brands about the past, present and future of Danish design.
Since its beginnings in an old warehouse in the Østerbro neighborhood of Copenhagen, 3daysofdesign has blossomed into a renowned event on the international design circuit, inviting attendees to explore an array of showrooms, talks, exhibitions and product launches in the Danish capital. This year, 3daysofdesign featured more than 80 exhibitors from all design disciplines.
To explore what has turned Danish design into a set of ideas and principles that are echoed throughout the world, we speak to three different brands about its past, present and future.
House of Finn Juhl
Hans Henrik Sørensen, Owner
Why are Finn Juhl’s designs still relevant today?
Because Finn Juhl was an original. He approached furniture design from an artful standpoint and that breathed longevity into his objects. He was inspired by modern art and he fused that with ideals of functionalism, allowing him to create a new design idiom.
What influence has Juhl had on contemporary Danish design?
Juhl has inspired a whole generation of designers. His work paved the way for Denmark’s breakthrough moment as a design nation in the mid-20th century. He established himself in the USA early on in his career and held multiple exhibitions of Danish design there throughout the 1950s, carrying the term “Danish modern” into the world.
When does design shift from being contemporary to being timeless?
Two elements are prerequisites for timeless design: talent and renewal. The Danish greats who paved the way between 1920 and 1970 had an abundance of talent and brought forth new ideas that in turn shaped modern functional design into what it is today.