jan 30 09
what do we think of when we say danish design?
> simple, functional, clean, tranquil, humanistic, functional [what the american students said]
> social/democratic…relating to the danish national spirit?
> a problem-solving process to create an identity between user + implementation
> danish landscape forms design? danish landscape as form for design?
> collaboration between craftsmen + artists + mass production
> (equally?) aesthetically and functionally focused
> influenced by climate, sunlight, nordic ‘way of life’
> according to the Danish Design Cluster Report in 2007, “The foundations of Danish design are the principles of functionalism combined with a Danish legacy of good craftsmanship. Principles include ‘form follows function’ and ‘less is more’, combined into ‘timeless arts’”
the Danish Design Council categorizes the realm of danish design into 5 sub-clusters:
graphic [32%], product [26%], textile/fashion [13%], interior [11%], furniture [9%].
of the 15 Danish Design Prize Recipients 2008/09 here are my personally-judged winners from each sub-cluster:
FURNITURE - the Stingray, by Thomas Pedersen. can be produced in a huge variety of materials: originally launched with a shell in vacuum-molded plastic, can also be developed in innovative 3D-veneer with leather or textile padding
PRODUCT: the Minima Series, by Cecilie Manz. 'one of the best takes on Scandinavian modernism in 2008,' this example of storage design re-interprets the plastic milk bottle tradition and features a spectrum of colors/nuances, lidded bottle heights, and stackable bowls + glasses
INTERIOR: Madeleine's Madteater, by Mette Sia Martinussen+Nikolaj Danielsen. housed in a 1000 square meter hall with white floors and white screens as walls -- apparently the 'ultimate' multimedia dining experience -- where the meal becomes sublime food design based on light, sound, scent, and taste...with dancers, food slot machines, video/light installations, foot massages...
FASHION: Jørgen Nørgaard's t-shirt 101. not a 2008/09 winner, but 2007 -- the first time ever that the prize has been given to a fashion (acknowledgement by the design industry that fashion is gaining increasingly more importance). opened in 1958, Nørgaard på Strøget is a trailblazer for danish youth fashion, and has sold over 3 million long-sleeved t-shirt model 101s
GRAPHIC: Vokseværk, logo for Københavns Naturskoler (Copenhagen’s Nature Schools) by Kursiv. simultaneously expresses openness and structured form, which provides flexibility of usage; fractal-like pattern also lets the logo blend naturally into its surroundings