The book “101 Danish Design Icons” edited by Lars Dybdahl is published by art book publisher Hatje Cantz. It offers a nuanced overview of Danish design and its influence on everyday life that stretches from the porcelain designs of the 17th century to the ground-breaking furniture lines of the 20th century. The publication was initiated by the Designmuseum Danmark in Copenhagen, where numerous iconic pieces from this book are collected and presented. Not only is Lars Dybdahl the editor, he is also the Head of the Library and Research at the design museum, and so had access to an extensive network of academics and authors in the field of design.

Danish classics and design icons

Over 464 impressive pages, the book presents Danish textiles, furniture as well as household items and kitchen utensils. The large-format book also features selected works from communication design. The mix of numerous illustrations, product photos, details, graphical elements and historical posters gives lots of variety when reading or leafing through the book. The accompanying texts provide information not only on the year in which the piece was created and the designer, but also on the techniques used and the production of the product.

For example, the book includes famous designer and architect Arne Jacobsen with his “Ant” chair series designed in 1952. Other characteristic classic seats like the “Egg Chair” and the feminine “GJ” chair with its flowing shape by Grete Jalk are also represented, as are classics such as the “Thermal Carafe” by Erik Magnussen for Stelton or for example the pendant lamps by Poul Henningsen. This publication is an absolute must-have for all those who are new to design, who know design or who love design, and who wish to take a more in-depth look at the country’s design development.


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