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Danish design brands

Updated on July 22, 2012

What is Danish design?

Danish design is a term which is generally being used for simple and functionalistic designs, and derives back to the mid 20th century. The style was applied to furniture, household objects and buildings in the period around the 50s and 60s, and some of the most famous Danish designers of that era are Arne Jacobsen (architect) and Poul Kjaerholm just to mention a few. Danish furniture design is most probably what most people associate Danish Design with, but the term covers a much broader range of products. The designs have evolved a lot, and more modern trends have emerged over the years, and today cover a wide range of design products within the home- and kitchen areas as well as a variety of accessories and decorations. Generally speaking Danish design is within the Scandinavian design family, but this article's main focus is based upon designs from Denmark such as Georg Jensen and Rosendahl.

Here is an introduction to some of my favorite Danish home ware designs & accessories.

Danish design by Georg Jensen

Among the most popular and trendy Danish brands you'll find Georg Jensen up the top. The brand Georg Jensen is named after GEORG ARTHUR JENSEN, a Danish silversmith, who opened his own little silver smithy in Copenhagen back in 1904. The tiny business' quality products and designs soon became a success, and the company has been ever growing since with worldwide branches, and internationally recognized designers introducing a variety of product collections.

Some of my favorite items are the salad bowls and candle holders as seen below.

Georg Jensen - Less is more - simple and elegant designs for the home

Georg Jensen kitchen ware

Well, Georg Jensen isn't just all about salad bowls and candles! Today the company is much more than just the man ;-) and is internationally renowned for its design concepts.Their product range is enormous and boats a lot beautiful things for almost any part of the home, as well as a big collection of jewelery and watches. I really enjoy their designs and the quality is absolutely top notch. Some of the products I have had for years, and they just keep on going.

The following items are fairly popular items that you'd often give someone as a gift, and they can therefore quite commonly been seen around Danish family homes.

Rosendahl - another popular Danish design company

Rosendahl is yet another popular brand with focus on simplistic and elegant designs for the home. It's a much never company compared to Georg Jensen, but well established on the international design scene. The company was founded by ANDREAS ROSENDAHL in 1984 and its headquarters are based just north of the capital of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Rosendahl's products are designed by roughly 20 different artists, designers who are all well recognized within the Scandinavian design field. Among them are LIN UTZON, OLE KORTZAU and OLE PALSBY (who also have done designs for Georg Jensen).

Rosendahl also has an inhouse design group who since 2003 has been working with the development of Grand Cru products, the so called "new classics" which are simple items for the table all with a Nordic touch.

Rosendahl's design products - The Grand Cru edition

Kaj Bojesen designs

Kaj Bojesen was an apprentice at Georg Jensen's silversmithy in Copenhagen back in 1910, and after completing his training he ventured to Germany and France where he worked for a couple of years, and then returned to Denmark to work as a silver smith. In the 1930s Kaj Bojesen's life took a new turn as he discovered the beauty of wooden figures. He started to experiment with different materials, and his talent soon brought him success, and today long after his death in 1958 (born in 1886) his smiling figures are ever so alive and well liked around the world.

Kaj Bojesen worked under the concept of that everything must have "life and a heart", which clearly shows in his wooden animals.

ROSENDAHL bought the rights to Kaj Bojesen's work in 1990, hence his designs are sold under Rosendahl's license.

Hope you enjoyed your visit. Do you like Danish design? Let me know what you think, I appreciate your comments.

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    • Meloramus profile image

      Meloramus 5 years ago

      My kind of design. Simple, yet with a timeless quality.

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      OldStones LM 6 years ago

      I love the simple, yet elegant style of Danish design. Thanks for the interesting look at Danish designers and their products.

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      I like the clean lines, very beautiful designs.

    • ForestBear LM profile image

      ForestBear LM 6 years ago

      Thank you for your comments!

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      Chazz 6 years ago from New York

      Simply beautiful design and enjoying a well-deserved resurgence in popularity.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Simplicity and elegance are joined together beautifully in Danish Desigh

    • katiecolette profile image

      katiecolette 6 years ago

      I love simplicity and functionality. Great lens!

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      Homelust 6 years ago

      Love Danish designs, A fav for me is Ikea!

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      These are great designs.