Reputed to be the happiest city in the world, Copenhagen is known for its canals, excellent food, the Tivoli Gardens and for once being home to the children’s writer, Hans C Andersen. In this article, we would like to present to you the top 20 interior designers from this beautiful city. These top creators have a global influence and are known for their amazing ideas and creative projects!
#1 – Space Copenhagen
Space Copenhagen is a design studio based in Copenhagen, founded in 2004 by Peter Bundgaard Rützou and Signe Bindslev Henriksen. The studio is known for their interiors of high-end restaurants such as Restaurant Noma, awarded 1st by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, and Restaurant Geranium by Bocuse d’Or winner Rasmus Kofoed, as well as furniture designs for Fredericia Furniture, Mater, &tradition, Pilar Varón and Stellarworks. Space Copenhagen’s clients include Fritz Hansen, Georg Jensen, Hotel D’Angleterre, René Redzepi, Rasmus Kofoed, Malene Birger and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.
#2 – Olafur Eliasson
Eliasson is a Danish-Icelandic artist known for sculptures and large-scale installation art employing elemental materials such as light, water, and air temperature to enhance the viewer’s experience. In 1995 he established Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin, a laboratory for spatial research. Olafur represented Denmark at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 and later that year installed The Weather Project in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern, London.
#3 – Helle Juul
Together with her husband and partner Flemming Frost, Jull has worked mainly in the area of urban planning and development. In 1990, she and Frost founded Juul Frost Arkitekter in Copenhagen and created amazing projects all over Europe since then.
#4 – Mette Hay
Together with her husband, Mette Hay founded the pristine and widely popular Hay House, one of the top design studios in Denmark. A young and imaginative mind that’s shaping the future of Danish design especially when it comes to residential design.
#5 – Barke Ingels
Ingels is a Top Danish architect, founder and creative partner of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), widely known for buildings that defy convention while incorporating sustainable development principles and bold sociological concept. In Denmark, Ingels became well known after designing two housing complexes in Ørestad – VM Houses and Mountain Dwellings.
#6 – Kim Herforth Nielsen
Nielsen is a Danish architect, co-founder and principal of 3XN. He graduated from Aarhus School of Architecture in 1981 and has been a prominent figure in Danish and international architecture since then. Kim Herforth Nielsen has been at the forefront of a number of noteworthy projects, such as Ørestad College and Royal Arena in Copenhagen, the Danish Embassy in Berlin, International Olympic Committee’s HQ in Lausanne and Sydney Fish Market.
#7 – Jacob Gubi Olsen
Gubi Olsen together with his wife, Lisbeth Olsen, founded GUBI in 1967. From the outset, the company has been based on product design and development. Over the years, the designer couple has created a large collection of upholstered furniture.
#8 – Niels Strøyer Christophersen
Niels Strøyer Christophersen is the Founder and Creative Director at Frama. One of the brightest minds of the New Wave of Danish Design, Christophersen is well deservedly considered one of the top design minds of his generation.
#9 – David Thulstrup
David Thulstrup is an architect and designer with a refined yet diverse approach to interiors and architecture intertwining classic aesthetics with a modern design. One of the biggest names of modern-day Scandinavia.
#10 – Cecilie Manz
Manz is considered one of the leading Danish furniture designers of her generation. In November 2017 she was awarded Designer of the year in the Design Awards by Bo Bedre, Costume Living, Nordic Living and Boligmagasiet in 2018 by Maison et Objet. She extends the understanding of the function and aesthetics of design and challenges the established concepts of industrial design. Her work of includes furniture, jewelry, lamps and sculptures. Her Mikado table has been included in MOMA’s design collection.
#11 – Erik Bagger
Erik Bagger is a Danish goldsmith, industrial designer and businessman. Erik Bagger is particularly known for its glass series Grand Cru, Opera and Rosendahl. Erik Bagger and his wife Caroline Bagger have begun to design a furniture collection in 2013. Erik Bagger Furniture A/S was launched by Erik Bagger with his first complete furniture collection. In the same year, Erik and Caroline designed a stainless steel sign in honor of The Little Mermaid’s 100th birthday. It tells the story of The Little Mermaid, Denmark’s largest tourist attraction.
#12 – Kasper Salto
Kasper Salto first trained as a cabinet maker before attending the Danish Design School, graduating in 1994. From 1994 to 98 he worked for designer Rud Thygesen. At that time he met Peter Staerk: their friendship would have a deep influence on his professional life. In 1997, he designed the Runner chair for Peter Staerk who made the chair famous in Denmark, but also abroad. In 1998 Salto opened his own design studio, working for companies such as Fritz Hansen, DubaB8, Engelbrechts and Lightyears. In 2003 he opened a new office, Salto & Sigsgaard, together with architect Thomas Sigsgaard.
#13 – Jakob Jørgensen
Jakob Jørgensen is a Danish furniture designer who mainly works in wood. He collaborates with Line Depping under the name Depping & Jørgensen. He has exhibited at Galerie Maria Wettergren in Paris and has been represented on the Cabinetmakers’ Autumn Exhibition since 2009. In February–May 2018, he is one of four designers featured at the exhibition Helstrøm, Odgaard, Depping, Kørgensen at A. Petersen’s exhibition space in Copenhagen.
#14 – Foersom and Hiort-Lorenzen
Foersom and Hiort-Lorenzen is a Danish design duo consisting of Johannes Foersom and Peter Hiort-Lorenzen. They have collaborated since 1977 and won a number of awards for their furniture design. They are one of the top names of Scandinavian design!
#15 – Louise Campbell
Louise Campbell is a Danish furniture and lighting designer. She is a leading figure in contemporary Danish design and experiments with free, unconstrained forms and new technologies. She has won several awards and her products are produced by many renowned producers like Louis Poulsen Lightning, Zanotta, HAY, Muuto and Holmegaard.
#16 – Bodil Kjær
Bodil Kjær worked as a senior architect at the Arup building consultancy in London (1967–69), has been a professor at the University of Maryland (1982–89) and has had studios of her own in Copenhagen (1960–65) and in London (1969–79). Inspired by the Modernist masters Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Breuer, she has always given her work an international appeal. Her interior design work has included the development of furniture, lighting, and glass for a wide range of buildings from housing in the African tropics to factories, offices and universities. She has since conducted research into the future of cities and has worked as a planning and design consultant.
#17 – Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects
Vilhelm Lauritzen was born in Slagelse, Denmark. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, graduating in 1921. The following year he founded his own firm, Vilhelm Lauritzen Arkitekter, in 1928 and remained active in the firm until 1969. He died in 1984, but his amazing firm still lives on to this day and it is hellbent on preserving Lauritzen’s legacy and amazing vision. Some major projects included the national Danish Broadcasting Corporation DR Radio Building (Radiohuset).
#18 – Gesa Hansen
Hansen enhanced her training in Paris working for Jean Nouvel Atelier and H5 but also in Japan at the Nippon Design Center. Following a long family tradition of Danish designers, she founded her design studio in 2009: The Hansen Family. Hansen’s work was exhibited at DesignMai in Berlin (Germany), at 100% Design festival in Seoul (Korea), at Artlab in Brussels (Belgium), at Benetton Group’s Fabrica research centre in Treviso and Bologna (Italy), at Salone del Mobile (Italy), at ICFF in New-York and at Meet My Project in Paris and in Milan. Hansen’s work was awarded by two Red Dot Design Awards and the Good Design Award.
#19 – Carsten Juel-Christiansen
Carsten Juel-Christiansen is an architect and professor of architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture. He was appointed to the Committee for Architecture for the Culture Canon in 2005. He has simultaneously served as a practicing architect, from 1976 in his own studio, as well as teaching and research at the Academy of Fine Arts.
#20 – Claus Bjarrum
One of the top names of Danish modernist architect, Claus Bjarrum heads Claus Bjarrum Architects Firm. He was the architect of the DSB in the period 1992 – 1997. His main work is the sculpted Avedøre work at Avedøre Holme.
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