’Made in Denmark’ shortlisted for 100% Design/Blueprint award
Some of Denmark’s most talented designers and furniture makers will participate in the UK’s premier contemporary design event at London’s Earls Court from 20-23 September.
Danish furniture design received a British stamp of approval prior to next week’s 100% Design show in London when The Embassy of Denmark, organiser of the Made in Denmark-stand, was shortlisted with six other finalists for the 100% Design/Blueprint award as ‘best new exhibitor’.
The Made in Denmark exhibition at the UK’s premier contemporary design event presents a new and exciting generation of Danish furniture designers who combine the rich heritage of cabinet making with a sense of quality and a new aesthetic sensibility. Among them are award-winners Louise Campbell, Cecilie Manz and Thomas Bentzen.
Their work is rooted in the golden era of Danish design, noted for its experimental and innovative methods that explore the possibilities of wood and production techniques. In the 1930s, architects and cabinetmakers collaborated closely, and this tradition still thrives today among the young designers, who are pioneering refreshing, exciting and groundbreaking techniques.
A number of the exhibiting Danish designers will be present at the Made in Denmark-stand, and Louise Campbell will participate in a seminar on ‘The Best of European Design’ on Friday 21 September.
Made in Denmark forms part of 100% Futures, the emerging talent showcase at 100% Design. Other members of the Danish design community will feature at the show, which takes place during the London Design Festival. These include London-based designer Mathias Bengtson, who will discuss new design technologies with Gareth Williams, curator in the V&A Department of Furniture, on 21 September.
On the opening day of the show, Louis Becker and Peter Thorson, who represent two prominent Danish firms, Henning Larsen Architects and Lundgaard and Tranberg Architects, will take part in a workshop on sustainable architecture.
The curator of the Danish stand is designer Nina Tolstrup, who runs Studiomama from the East End of London.
Featuring some of the best young Danish design talents, Made in Denmark is one of two major Danish design initiatives in London this autumn along with the Townhouse DK project – the complete transformation of a traditional English mews house into a modern Danish design home (www.townhouse.um.dk)
Made in Denmark is supported by the Danish Arts Agency, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Embassy of Denmark and a number of private Danish sponsors: The Knud Højgaard Foundation, the Sonning Foundation, the Augustinus Foundation, Træfonden and DSV Transport.
For further information about the individual designers and Made in Denmark, please contact the Embassy of Denmark: