If I’ve not said it a thousand times already, I’m a huge fan of Scandinavian design and being invited to the Danish design show in Copenhagen was super exciting, I had to go! This is the third northmodern show at the impressive Bella Centre and having visited before, I was looking forward to seeing how it’s developed and find some cool new products to swoon over and style with.
northmodern is a trade show unlike any other, it’s SO laid back, minimal and stylish which pretty much embodies the nordic design culture that I adore. After spending the majority of the three days at the show (it was just too pretty to leave) I did indeed find some great things!
Onto the brands that stood out for me.
D U B O K K
A simplistic stem holder for plant lovers, available in a variety of powder coated colours, chrome or brass finish. “By using a very minimalistic approach, scrapping away all unnecessary surfaces, we kept our focus on what’s important – the plant. STEM is a plant holder which can be used to hold flowers, small bouquets or as originally intended – just a simple leaf.” More beautifully minimal products to view on their site.
H A N D V Ä R K
Keeping all of their production facilities in Denmark, Handvårk aim to create furniture with aesthetic sustainability and that will last a lifetime. “We work with genuine marble, solid brass and aniline leather&mdashmaterials that will only become more beautiful over time. These materials are worked with care and dedication to embody the simplicity and applicability of our design. Design that above all stays true to the Nordic DNA which imbues HANDVÄRK.”
K A R T O T E K
A Copenhagen based stationary company. The styling is beautifully minimal paper products including notebooks, notepads, greeting cards and calendars. “In KARTOTEK we are exploring ways to slow the pace of everyday life.”
M E N U
Danish company, Menu, have launched their new ‘Modernism Reimagined’ collection. It’s breathtaking, strikingly simplistic and to any minimalist lover, it’s a dream. I am certain that you will think so too.
“With the new Menu collection, introducing our full furniture collection, we aim to create design objects that look like the simplest things you could imagine yet it is without doubt the richest we have ever done. The pure, minimalist objects are exquisite, while our furniture are light and carefully thought out. At Menu, we this year want to honour the late modernists, like them we think design is supposed to remake the world, to make it better, less complicated, but also to do something very essential: To design beautiful things. We call it Modernism reimagined.”
R E W I R E D
Rewired is an independent brand from Danish lighting company Frandsen projects. With years of product development and using mostly Danish material suppliers they’ve created a stunning range of lighting, proudly made in Denmark. With innovative production and intelligent craftsmanship, Rewired are certainly a lighting company to look out for.
F E R M L I V I N G
Celebrating a successful 10 year anniversary (congratulations!), Ferm Living have launched a beautiful new collection with well crafted and honest materials. My particular love was for the plant stand, punctual shelving system and Frame pin boards. There are so many more items I love it’s hard to choose!
T O R T U S C O P E N H A G E N
Master potter, Eric Landon co-founder of the Copenhagen based pottery, Torus Copenhagen designs and creates stunning ceramics. With increased popularity via social media and impressive instagram following, Tortus has a huge fan base also collaborating with the likes of Calvin Klein and Carl Hansen. I was lucky enough to attend a talk and demonstration of Eric throwing at the wheel, it was seriously impressive!
M O E B E
MOEBE is a Scandinavian design brand based in Copenhagen, founded by cabinetmaker Anders Thams and architect Martin D. Christensen. Producing simplictic and minimal designs such as the transparent frames, mirrors, lamps etc.
“we produce and we keep things simple. The world is complex enough already – we won’t contribute further.”
N E W W O R K S
New Works is a Copenhagen based design studio, collaborating with international designers they aim to create pieces that both celebrate and challenge their Scandinavian heritage. Basing their work on four key values; Natural, Experimental, Rough and Craftsmanship.
S T U D I O T R U L Y T R U L Y
‘Truly Truly is a design studio operating from the Netherlands. Founded by Australian designers Joel & Kate Booy, the studio
tackles all manner of creative challenges, ranging across objects,
furniture, lighting, textiles and spaces.’
These are just a handful of incredibly talented designers and brands, I’m sure I’ll share more within my future posts. I’ll be looking forward to visiting northmodern again in August. Trade shows never stay the same, they develop and grow and I have a feeling that northmodern will become an even bigger part of the design world.
*Feature image by Hannah Trickett, Brand images sourced via their websites.*