The danish design phenomenon
The phenomenon of Danish design became more and more important after the second World War thanks to the combination of several favorable factors. The late industrialization of Denmark helped initially the slow conversion of crafts, with its high standards in terms of quality, in a more intense industrial production, under the supervision of the best architects and cabinet makers of the time.
The desire for renewal also became more and more important after the destructive parenthesis of the second World War. Danish furniture and light design, then became completely differerent from previous styles.
Another important element, the Danish design left much room for individuality, which coincided with the development of new humanistic thoughts and a demand increasingly strong for freedom and full respect for the individual.
This is only during the 70s and 80s that the Danish design started to face new international competitors.
During the 1990s, young designers gave a new face to Danish design by providing modernist ideas and experimenting new forms and materials.
Danish design today
Today two major trends persist. On one side there are the traditionalists, whose creations clearly respect the classical tradition, but which experiment with new materials and new technologies today. These traditionalists include creators Soren Ulrik Petersen, Cecilie Manz, Kasper Salto, Hans Sandgren Jakobsen, Christina Strand and Niels Hvass.
On the other hand, there is what we might call modernists, with their sculptural creations often colorful. The young designer Louise Campbell is one of the most fashionable modernist of the moment.