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101 Danish Design Icons

The book “101 Danish Design Icons” has been published by the Kunstbuch-Verlag Hatje Cantz. It gives you an overview into the various facets of Danish design. This extends from porcelain pieces from the 17th century up to the path-breaking furniture lines of the 20th century. The publication is an absolute must for beginners, experts and design lovers who would like to take a detailed look at the developments in designs in the country. Danish furniture, textiles, household items and utensils as well as selected communication designs are presented over 464 imposing pages. The large-sized volume invites you to leaf through its pages with pleasure and to take an intensive look at the design icons who have been presented in it. The many pictures provide you with an exciting change. That is possible through the excellent mix of product photographs, graphics, detail pictures as well as historical images, placards and advertisements. Each image is accompanied by a text which accentuates its specific character and special quality in an informative manner. While doing so, questions with regard to the designer and the period of the creation are also answered along with those regarding the production and technology or the role of the design in the social context. Thirty male and female authors who are associated with the Designmuseum Danmark (Design Museum of Denmark) in Copenhagen have worked on the texts.

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Rediscover Danish design classics

“101 Danish Design Icons” allows you to rediscover products, personalities and brands that you already know. Those that have made design history! These include, for example, the architect and designer, Arne Jacobsen, who is represented by the “Ant” series of chairs amongst others. What was revolutionary about the “Ant” were the seat and the backrest that were both made of a single piece of veneer plywood, for the very first time. The chair, which was designed in 1952 has become one of the most successful pieces of furniture, ever. There are also further seating classics such as the “Egg chair” – also by Jacobson – or the femininely curvaceous “GJ” chair by Grete Jalk, as well as the “Thermal Carafe” by Erik Magnussen for Stelton, or the hanging lamps by Poul Henningsen.

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The importance of Danish design for everyday use

In addition, the publication vividly presents the importance and influence of Danish design. It has had great influence on everyday life as well. That includes clothing, toys for children and logo design to the same extent. The striped T-shirt 101 by Jørgen Nørgaard from 1967, that is easily counted amongst the Danish fashion classics, is introduced to you. Nørgaard took inspiration from the success of white T-shirts in the American youth culture of the post world war era. It was made popular by male film stars and this masculine concept was transferred over to a piece of clothing for women. Another classic is well-known as a statement on innumerable cars and bicycles, the “Nuclear Power? No Thanks.” sticker with the smiling sun in the middle. This logo for the organisation, “Organisationen til Oplysning om Atomkraft“ (Organisation for the Abolition of Nuclear Power), was designed by Anne Lund in 1975 and became the symbol of the ecological movement all over Europe. This movement reached its zenith in the 1980s. It is for this reason that this volume will also satisfy readers who have focussed on furniture design and household objects, up to now.

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Get to know the background through well-founded tests

The publication was initiated by the Designmuseum Danmark in Copenhagen where several icons from this book are available and displayed. The publisher of “101 Danish Design Icons” and the head of the Research Department of the Designmuseums, Lars Dybdahl, could thus fall back on a comprehensive network of scientists and authors in the field of design. It is for this reason that a number of male and female authors were brought together for this book who had earlier worked together on an exhibition catalogue on design icons that is now sold out. The book ends with an overview of the core themes of Danish design and the essay “Trends and platforms in Danish design” by Lars Dybdahl who has, pointedly summarised the most important developments and criteria.

101 Danish Design Icons

Posted on 26.07.2017

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