where does danish design come from? [lecture 2 + reading]

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

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

minima-series

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. a food theater housed Housed in a 1000 square meter hall with white floors and white screens as walls, Madeleine’s Madteater hosts varying shows, sometimes employing dancers, food slot machines, video installations, foot massages and light installations and always delivering a unique and unforgettable experience.

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, t-shirt 101.

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

Vokseværk, logo for Københavns Naturskoler

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


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