Danish design is more popular than ever before! Both at home and abroad, Danish design is dominating the markets for furniture, accessories, fashion and lamps. But what is the secret behind this success? Are the old classics from the Golden Age of the 50s to thank, or should we be worshipping the modern brands that have reimagined Danish design with a touch of innovation and modernisation? Let’s journey back in time and have a closer look at the history of Danish design.
After the Second World War, we finally had the space to pick up design, development and manufacturing. The war’s iron grip on the world began to loosen and new concepts awakened as creativity came out of hiding. Hans Wegner
, Arne Jacobsen
and Poul Henningsen
are some of the biggest names to come out of that era of Danish design – and all their designs continue to reign supreme to this day. Back then, the idea was to produce solid furniture that was accessible to the general population and that wouldn’t ever go out of style. Classics like the Ant, the Y-Chair, and the Egg were popular then, but the designers back then probably hadn’t imagined that they would retain their popularity this long.
Poul Henningsen designed his first popular PH lamp back in 1926, but it wasn’t until the PH5 lamp was released, in 1958, that the PH lamp became a must-have for people all over the country. The lamp became hugely successful thanks to the revolutionary shape of its shades, as they created an amazing light. Danish design became synonymous with modernism and functionality, which was incredibly popular in the post-war era, where people were trying to figure out how to enjoy simplicity again. Nowadays the PH lamps
are incredibly popular and can be found in homes all over the country.
Likewise, the handmade wooden figures made by Kaj Bojesen are found in homes across Denmark and they have even started breaking through to the international market. Kaj Bojesen designed the Monkey as a hook for children’s rooms and nowadays the collection offers a range of animals and other figures.
Blue and white don’t necessarily scream ‘Denmark’ as a whole, but for one particular brand, they do! Royal Copenhagen is insanely popular, thanks to its lovely design and high quality. This royal porcelain is sold en masse in shops all over the world.
But back to the lamps! There have been plenty of amazing designers throughout Danish design history who have added at least one phenomenal lamp to their CVs. Read more about them here.