PRESENTATION OF LA BOUTIQUE DANOISE
La boutique danoise, founded in 1954 by Peter Holm, is currently managed and run by Benjamin and Alain Chapuis.
The shop is considered the mecca of Denmark's cultural presence in Paris, and has long been a cherished meeting point for the Parisian high-society. It brings together the most renowned Scandinavian artists and designers in all areas of furniture and applied arts.
The new La boutique danoise store, situated at 264 Bd Saint Germain in Paris, showcases a selection of timeless furniture by designers such as Hans Wegner, Borge Mogensen, Arne Jacobsen, Fabricus Kastholm and Bruno Mathsson as well as other young artists in the likes of Christina Strand, Louise Campbell and Thomas Pedersen.
Where lighting is concerned, La boutique danoise presents the famous works of Poul Henningsen (from the PH series to the Artichoke), in partnership with Louis Poulsen, as well as the playful creations of Le Klint.
The tableware displayed mainly consists in Royal Copenhagen porcelain, with the historical Flora Danica dinner and tea service designed for the Empress Catherine of Russia, the traditional blue plates as well as the successful Blue Flutted Mega collection.
The store of course also displays the beautiful glassware by Kosta Boda, the famous Orrefors vases as well as the numerous creations of Alvar Aalto.
Finally a special space is dedicated to the silversmith Georg Jensen (1866-1935) and includes many works of designer Henning Koppel (1918-1981).
Come and visit La boutique danoise today and experience for yourself the beautiful world of Scandinavian design!
The origins of Scandinavian design lie in the special relationship developed between the Northern countries – Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland – with the environment. Nature is one of the main sources of inspiration for the Scandinavian artists and designers and results in an omnipresence of wooden furniture and decorative items with sleek, clean lines.
Scandinavian design, as we know it today, stems from the desire of the 1920s and 1930s designers –Kaare Klint, Mogens Koch and Alvar Aalto – to create beautiful and functional furniture, accessible to all, and mainly based on the specific needs of the human body.
The heart of Scandinavian design can indeed be defined as the creation of beautiful objects, which purpose is to simplify and improve the everyday life of the masses.
It was also during the 1920s and 1930s that Kay Bojesen, the beloved wooden animal designer and Georg Jensen, the Danish master silversmith, created their most beautiful works.
If these pieces of furniture and other useful objects immediately encountered a widespread success in their respective countries, it was only after the Second World War that the phenomenon of Scandinavian design truly became part of a broader international movement.
The golden age of Nordic design was without a doubt the 1950s and 1960s. The many exhibition organized around the world propelled the innovative creations of some of the most talented Scandinavian designers (Arne Jacobsen, Borge Mogensen, Verner Panton and Hans Wegner) on the international stage. This was for instance the case of the famous Panton chair by Verner Panton at the beginning of the 1950s, which was the first chair entirely molded out of plastic, or later on the Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen with its wrap-around design and striking avant-garde colors.
Furthermore, the international breakthrough of these Scandinavian items also highly influenced the modernist movement in Europe and North America.
As from the early 90s, groups of young designers began to put a fresh face on Scandinavian design, by bringing together innovative ideas and experimenting with new shapes and materials.
Today, Scandinavian design is imposing itself as a timeless trend. Some of the most celebrated pieces of furniture, lamps and other functional objects by Scandinavian designers of the past have become true icons and continue to be produced and used around the world. Who hasn’t heard of the famous Egg chair by Arne Jacobsen, the Wishbone chair by Hans Wegner or the PH lamps by Poul Henningsen?
Thus, the Northern countries continue to perpetuate their unique expertise in the production of quality furniture: woodwork, top-level cabinet-making, design and production of fabrics, tradition of weaving (in Sweden)…thanks to the know-how of the many craftsmen who have passed on their knowledge from generation to generation.
La boutique danoise showcases both the greatest classics which have successfully crossed the boundaries of time, as well as the new creations of young Scandinavian designers which have in no way compromised with quality.