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All the Best Things to See at 3 Days of Design 2024

Denmark’s biggest design festival, 3daysofdesign, will be held this year 12 – 14 June. The theme for 2024 is “Dare to Dream,” and it couldn’t come at a better time. As design festivals around the world are re-considering their purpose and format, 3daysofdesign is digging in to what inspires us in the world of design, both as creators and consumers.

While there are countless events and exhibitions to attend the year, we’ve narrowed it down to our top ten so that you can enjoy yourself and get a taste of all the the Danish design world has to offer. Don’t forget, all of these design houses will be showcasing their latest work as well as hosting various events, so stop by for the activities if you have time, but otherwise you can always take a look around their exhibitions during the day.

Here are the best talks, exhibitions and events to visit during 3daysofdesign in 2024:

List Marker: Number 1Montana Furniture talk and backyard party

On the first day of the festival, make sure you see something inspiring and do something fun; that will set the tone for the rest of 3daysofdesign.

Montana furniture, known for their colorful take on storage, is hosting a number of events, including two on the 12th. First up is a talk by British artist David Batchelor called “What’s Wrong With Color?” in which the artist will discuss the way color is perceived in contemporary art and architecture.

Later that evening, wind down from the day with good music, good cocktails, and good company, all the charming surroundings of Montana’s courtyard in the centre of Copenhagen.

 

 

Talk: What’s Wrong with Color featuring David Batchelor

Skindergade 38
1159 Copenhagen K

Wednesday 12 June, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
This event is open to the public

 

Montana’s backyard party

Skindergade 38
1159 Copenhagen K

Wednesday 12 June, 8:00 pm – midnight
This event is open to the public but requires registration
 

 

 
 

List Marker: Number 2Nuura talks and breathwork classes

Nuura brings together Scandinavian lighting design heritage and modern sensibilities in a unique and profound way, making them a standout in the lighting world. They’ll be hosting two breathwork classes this year, allowing participants to slow down, de-stress, and enjoy the present moment. This is a great way to start your day, and you’ll enjoy the class in the gorgeous Nuura showroom, overlooking the famous Marble Church.

Their first talk of the festival will be held with Danish designer Jessica Vedel, who created the whimsical and poetic Florii collection, as well as Nuura Creative Director Sofie Refer. The talk will be moderated by Scandinavia Standard’s Editor-in-Chief Rebecca Thandi Norman.

Nuura’s second talk with take on the concept of “the good light” and how light affects our lives, moods, and homes, particularly in a Scandinavian setting. This talk will be with Nuura Creative Director Sofie Refer and hosted by Scandinavia Standard’s Editor-in-Chief Rebecca Thandi Norman.

 

 

Breathwork class with Pernille C. Lotus

Frederiksgade 14, 2nd Floor
1265 Copenhagen K

Wednesday 12, 9:30 – 10:00 am
Thursday 13 June, 9:30 – 10:00 am
Both events are open to the public

 

Talk: The Florii Collection with Jessica Vedel

Frederiksgade 14, 2nd Floor
1265 Copenhagen K

Thursday 13 June, 1:00 – 1:30 pm
 

Talk: The Good Light with Sofie Refer

Frederiksgade 14, 2nd Floor
1265 Copenhagen K

Friday 14 June, 11:00 – 11:30 am
 

 

 
 

List Marker: Number 3Royal Danish Academy Exhibition Tour

One of the best parts of any design festival is seeing what young and emerging designers are doing. It never fails to be inspiring, exciting, and puts the rest of the festival into perspective in terms of the future of design.

The Royal Danish Academy always does a great job of supporting their graduates in sharing their work, and this tour will be especially good because it’s guided by the graduates themselves. There are four tours, two per day on Wednesday and Thursday.

 

 

Tour: Royal Danish Academy

Af/krog Reffen
Refshalevej 167G
1432 Copenhagen K

Wednesday 12 June, 10:00 – 11:00 am & 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Thursday 13 June, 10:00 – 11:00 am & 5:00 – 6:00 pm
 

 

 

 

List Marker: Number 4File Under Pop: An Artwork in Process – Artist Performance by Ida Tinning

File Under Pop is a studio that curates colors and textures on walls, floors, and ceilings. For the festival this year, they are collaborating with architect and artist Ida Tinning. She’ll be doing a live performance of her palm tree leaf installation art; this is going to be a fascinating glimpse into her process, as well as how File Under Pop works with artists.

 

 

Live Event: Artist Performance by Ida Tinning

Bohrsgade 32
1799 Copenhagen V

Wednesday 12 June, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Thursday 13 June, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Friday 14 June, 4:00 – 5:00 pm

 

 
 

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List Marker: Number 5Søuld: The Art of Traditional Eelgrass Thatched Roofs

Have you ever seen eelgrass made into thatched roofs? We haven’t either, but now you can actually try it for yourself! In this workshop, a skilled thatcher will take you through the thatching process as well as explain why this is such a sustainable material. Bonus: you get seaweed ice cream!

 

 

Workshop: Eelgrass Thatched Roofs

Båd 44, Refshalevej 169E
1432 Copenhagen K

Wednesday 12 June, 10:00 – 11:00 am & 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Thursday 13 June, 10:00 – 11:00 am & 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Friday 14 June, 10:00 – 11:00 am & 1:00 – 2:00 pm
 

 

 

 
 

List Marker: Number 6Moebe: “Tiny Details, Big Impact” Talk

How is detailing integrated in to minimalist design? What are the elements to look for when considering the details – and quality – of furniture? Moebe explores this question, along with the introduction of their latest design piece, a modular sofa. The talk, moderated by our Editor-in-Chief Rebecca Thandi Norman, features two of the Moebe co-foudners, Anders and Nick. There will also be coffee and light breakfast bites, so stop by!

 

 

Talk: Tiny Details, Big Impact

Store Kongensgade 118
1264 Copenhagen K

Thursday 13 June, 8:30 – 9:15 am
 

 

 
 
 

List Marker: Number 7Carl Hansen & Son: The Weaving of Kaare Klint’s KK96620 Faaborg Chair

Ever wondered about the the traditional techniques of French cane weaving, as used in the iconic Faaborg Chair by Kaare Klint, the father of Danish design? Now you can see it carried out in person at the Carl Hanse & Søn flagship store in central Copenhagen. While you’re there, you’ll see a handful of the famed Danish production house’s other pieces, including the CH24 Children’s Wishbone Chair by Hans J. Wegner, the new VLA62 Radio House Mirror by Vilhelm Lauritzen, and the launch of the Sideways Lounge Chair and Lounge Table by Rikke Frost. It’s a Danish design buffet!

Chair Weaving Event

Flaskehalsen 2
København K

Thursday, 13 June, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

 

 
 

List Marker: Number 7Fredericia Furniture: Furniture Croquis with Ida Holm

Have you ever tried croquis drawing? It’s typically done with a human model, and is the creating of sketches done very quickly, usually within a few minutes, and then the model changes position for another sketch.

In this workshop, do your own croquis drawings, but this time with furniture! Danish illustrator Ida Holm walks you through the process. Fredericia Furniture will provide all the necessary tools, so you just need to show up. All artistic levels welcome!

 

 

Workshop: Furniture Croquis

Løvstræde 1
1152 Copenhagen K

Thursday 13 June, 8:30 – 9:30 am
 

 

 

 
 

List Marker: Number 8Verpan: Happy Negroni Party

Welcome to the most fun you can have with Danish design: Verpan, the company producing Verner Panton’s colorful, space age designs. This event takes place in their showroom, so you can enjoy the fantastic design, plus enjoy music by Jonas Visti and aperitivo (negroni, please!) by Locale 21. What a great way to wind down after day two of the festival.

 

 

Drinks: Happy Negroni Party

Møntergade 19
1116 Copenhagen K

Thursday 13 June, 3:00 – 7:00 pm
 

 

 

 
 

List Marker: Number 9Fritz Hansen: Care and Repair Workshop

Taking care of indoor furniture is fairly straightforward, but how about outdoor furniture? Fritz Hansen and skilled craftsman Søren Nissen take you through the process of caring for your outdoor furniture (focused on teak wood), and how to prep your pieces for the summer season. This extends the life of your furniture and keeps it looking beautiful for years to come!

 

 

Workshop: Care and Repair

Ekvipagemestervej 18
1438 Copenhagen K

Friday 14 June, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
 

 

 
 

List Marker: Number 10Reflections Copenhagen: Aperitivo Hour

Explore the colorful, charming world of Reflections Copenhagen whilst sipping on their signature pink gin, made in collaboration with HAFN Spirits Lab. This is the ideal time to relax after a long and exciting festival, take in some inspiring glasswork, and raise a glass with friends.

 

 

Drinks: Aperitivo Hour

Valkendorfsgade 15
1217 Copenhagen K

Friday 14th June, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
 

 

 
 

List Marker: Number 11Dusty Deco: House Party

Edin and Lina Kjellvertz founded Dusty Deco to curate vintage furniture, interior accessories, and art. After years of collecting unique pieces from around the world, their home and storage spaces were filled with rare designs. A decade later, they transitioned from selling vintage items to creating their own collection of furniture, rugs, and accessories, establishing Dusty Deco as a contemporary design brand infused with storytelling and craftsmanship. Join Dusty Deco for a house party with drinks and music in the Nuvole store.

 

 

Dusty Deco House Party

Store Regnegade 2
1110 Copenhagen K

Thursday 13th June, 5:00 – 10:00 pm
RSVP to [email protected]
 

 

 

 

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