The design trade show northmodern is new to Copenhagen, but it doesn’t feel that way. With an array of beloved Danish brands like Paustian and Muuto as well as exciting emerging design such as Lemur Design, Mirins Copenhagen and I LOVE MY TYPE, there was something for every interior category.
Here’s a slice of what was on display:
A Danish typography foundry that’s having a major international moment, Playtype is everything I love about design. It’s useful, it’s beautiful, it’s fun and it’s always evolving.
One look at the work of Søren Ulrich and you’ll agree that mid-century modern Danish design is alive and well. A master woodworker, Ulrich’s designs have a sense of strength and durability about them, yet they remain minimalist and sleek. It’s work like this that gets me excited about design; you can see the handiwork that goes into each piece. If there’s a better place to store your liquor than his Hjemme Bar, I haven’t seen it.
Danish tm functions as a magazine, a creative agency and an artistic collaborator. They not only produce interesting articles about what’s going on in the Danish architecture, art and design scene, but also create unique projects with international artists.
There’s lighting and then there’s lighting. This is an incredible combination of industrial design and artistry, with use of shape and reflection to create light source in innovative ways.
Design doesn’t have to be so serious. The Bambi Stool and Ice Cream Mirror are particularly adorable. An occasional humorous or whimsical touch can make a room more relatable and fun. This is a great emerging brand with a strong sense of self and a focus on usability.
He may not be Scandi (Auberg is from The Netherlands), but his work was just too cool not to include. “Everyone says they make customized design,” he told me, “but actually creating it is very rare.” So he decided to put customization in the hands of the consumer. His rugs have multiple multicoloured layers, which can be shaved back by the owner, revealing a unique, personal design in each one.
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