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Danish Designers

Danish Design is a difficult concept to describe with words, yet is immediately apparent to the viewer. It's sometimes described as Danish Functionalism, a style of functionalistic design and architecture that was influenced by the German Bauhaus school. The style developed in the mid 20th Century.

Denmark at that time was ripe for an explosion of design creativity. The country was late to industrialize and it possessed a longstanding tradition of high-quality craftsmanship. Additionally, there was cultural support for the exploration of new design ideas. Art cooperatives were a feature of the period and many of the best known names in Danish design either worked together or studied with the same teachers.

Partly because Denmark is a small country, and partly because of artistic expression, many Danish designers tended to work in work in more than one media, designing buildings, furniture, silverware, and experimenting with industrial design.

One of the key figures in the development of Danish Design is Kaare Klint, who trained a generation of Danish designers while founding the furniture school at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 1923 and also serving as Professor of Architecture at the Academy.

We invite you to explore the history and works of some of Denmark's leading designers, creators and artists. This small and dynamic group had immense influence on the development of design in the 20th Century.

Danish Design is a difficult concept to describe with words, yet is immediately apparent to the viewer. It's sometimes described as Danish Functionalism, a style of functionalistic design and architecture that was influenced by the German Bauhaus school. The style developed in the mid 20th Century.

Denmark at that time was ripe for an explosion of design creativity. The country was late to industrialize and it possessed a longstanding tradition of high-quality craftsmanship. Additionally, there was cultural support for the exploration of new design ideas. Art cooperatives were a feature of the period and many of the best known names in Danish design either worked together or studied with the same teachers.

Partly because Denmark is a small country, and partly because of artistic expression, many Danish designers tended to work in work in more than one media, designing buildings, furniture, silverware, and experimenting with industrial design.

One of the key figures in the development of Danish Design is Kaare Klint, who trained a generation of Danish designers while founding the furniture school at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 1923 and also serving as Professor of Architecture at the Academy.

We invite you to explore the history and works of some of Denmark's leading designers, creators and artists. This small and dynamic group had immense influence on the development of design in the 20th Century.

LastUpdate: 2016-05-07 09:32:18