Copenhagen 2021 – “During the pandemic, external factors forced us to stay at home. Here, we found out how important it is to surround ourselves with furniture and colors we like.” Says Signe Byrdal Terenziani, director of 3 Days Of Design 2021, Copenhagen’s annual design celebration. “Never have we been painting and decorating as much as we have during this period. But we also found out that things must mean something to us.”
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Frama tuned with this concept with the Utilitarian Living exhibition featuring new designs with a profound purpose and significance, enhancing everyday living through their inherent materiality and craftsmanship. “The passage of time creates strong connections between our sense of self and the objects we engage with. This connection furthers our sentiment with them — finding beauty in new scratches, markings, and shapes that reflect our lives. A concept that sharply contrasts today’s themes of seasonality, newness, and exaggerated ornamentation.”
At the Sense of Urgency exhibition, Christian+Jade design duo showcased the Proud To Be Humble mirror featuring a hand-crafted aluminium sheet creating distortions so that you can search for what you want to see. “During the lockdown, the things you live with become your best friends. That challenged us to rethink how objects can, in authentic ways, influence how we feel, both in our mental and physical spaces.” Explain the designers.
Danish designer Maria Bruun “visualises her ideas in a spatial context in relation to its surroundings,” explained at Fredericia, which presented the Islets series of tables. Crafted from premium oak, the collection juxtaposes a slim, round table top supported by solid, cylindrical legs.
Inspired by the spectrum of bold hues commonly used to mark flocks of sheep, Kvadrat and Peter Saville launched Technicolour – a craft-orientated, sculptural collection that visually and haptically translates the industrial processes in textile production. Like rural graffiti, the collection opens a sensorial, thoughtful new chapter. “The narrative arches from agricultural to industrial and reminds us that nature is not just a place to visit – it’s our home too.”
Soft lines, rounded shapes, earthy tones and a modular imprint allowing to arrange multiple displays are the key features of Anderssen & Voll‘s Connect Soft Modular Sofa for Muuto. The modular seating system brings a geometric and elegant perspective to the archetypal modular sofa, paired with an ultra-soft comfort for hours of lounging.
At its HQs, the brand gave visibility to seventeen young emerging designers exploring sustainable values and processes with the Ukurant Perspectives exhibition. Elly Feldstein upcycled a discarded oak desk into a series of stools. George William Bell challenged the perfectionism traditionally associated with industrial glassmaking with a collection of quirky vessels.
Hay, Normann Copenhagen and Vitra presented their new way of feeling good at home at their expanded or brand-new showrooms in town. Danish brand Hay has completed the renovation and expansion of its shop in a four-storey high historic building on Amagertorv square. The Knit coat-rack by Japanese designer Jin Kuramoto was developed from three interconnected metal pipes and inspired by the tactile experience of touching materials and the experimental processes of bending and knitting ropes and metal rods.
Normann Copenhagen unveils its brand new headquarters featuring three gallery floors of the combined flagship store and showroom and a lush, green courtyard in the very heart of the city. The company also presents the new stool Circa by Simon Legald. Smooth and curved edges rest on a sturdy base crafted in black powder-coated steel. An airy appearance counterbalances the sturdiness of the construction—a neat celebration of contemporary classicism.