Speaking of Scandinavian design trends – and resuming the series about them – I must admit I love the atmosphere of Svenskt Tenn, but I promised myself to take a short break from Sweden and most probably return later on to write about Gustavian.
But this time I prefer to hop over to Denmark and more specifically Copenhagen. The Danish capital has and always will be one of my favourite cities, with its special style, fantastic atmosphere and even more special interior design.
Many Danes are huge collectors of iconic Danish designer pieces and so is the protagonist of today’s design trend: Danish modernist.
It is practically impossible to summarize Danish modernism in just a few words, but the essence of the movement reaches back to the early 1920s, when the style of minimalist and functionalist furniture and houseware design started to gain ground. The pioneer of the movement was Kaare Klint – oh my, my! I want to start a series about my favourite Danish designers! – who, in creating his clean lines and simple designs, was strongly inspired by Bauhaus. One of the basic principles of modernist furniture design was the focus on the requirements of the human body, when designing the different pieces, i.e. ergonomic design was very important. That is one of the things I like most in Danish modernist. If we take a look at buildings designed during that period, the first impression is that they are simple, minimalist, but most of all, functional.
Great minds like Arne Jacobsen, Finn Juhl, Hans Wegner or Børge Mogensen contributed to the huge success of modernist design, leading to mass production – Børge Mogensen was noted as the people’s designer, due to his down-to-earth style that was accessible for the many.
The home I would like to show you today is one of the most perfect examples of Danish modernist interiors, thanks to the fantastic sense of space and taste of its owners, a graphic designer and her husband. The entire space is decorated with the most popular modernist design pieces by our favourite designers I mentioned a few lines earlier. One could basically take a comprehensive course on the style and learn about the details that best characterize the period. Lamps by Poul Henningsen, Arne Jacobsen’s Ant chair, CH24 Wishbone chair designed by Hans Wegner, to mention just a few of the most characteristic examples.
And all this is complemented with carefully collected and displayed wall art. I love this space. Let’s see it.
Photography sourced from Femina.