{Denmark} Design Museum Danmark

August 4, 2014

Denmark

A couple of months ago, I visited Denmark, known as a leading light in the world of interior design. I was attending The Hive, a blog conference also attended by many interior design bloggers. How could I not pay a visit to the Design Museum Danmark? Founded in 1890, it is the largest museum in Denmark for not only Danish but also international design e.g. from Germany, France and China, with a focus on the significance these collections for the development on nordic design.

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My visit was largely dominated by chairs, from the larger-than-life chair in the museum entrance, to the special exhibition about furniture designer Hans J. Wegner (1914-2007) who became famous for – you’ve guessed it – chairs! During the length of his career, Wegner created around 500 different chairs. “Hans J. Wegner – just one good chair” celebrates the 100th anniversary of his birth.

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While chairs also seemed to dominate the rest of my photographs, if not the rest of the museum, the exhibitions also include other types of furniture, alongside applied and decorative art such as ceramics and porcelain, and a fashion and textile exhibition which was sadly closed due to renovation. Much of the museum’s extensive collections are kept in storage but access for study purposes can be requested in advance in writing. A print and drawings, and a poster collection, which both supplement the museum’s other exhibitions, are also only available to view by prior appointment.

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I’m not really sure what I was expecting from my visit. Until relatively recently, my knowledge of Scandinavian design stretched to flat pack furniture, so I was approaching the museum with a fairly open mind. If you’re hoping to immerse yourselves in the world of the famous Danish design names and brands that have become buzzwords in interior styling these days, then you’re probably better off spending an afternoon strolling around Magasin department store, though some of those names are also represented at the museum. But if you have a general interest in applied and decorative art from the 18th century to the current day, then you would probably spend an enjoyable afternoon at the museum. I saw several people sitting around with sketch books, totally immersed in the displays. And towards the end of the displays (if you are following them chronologically), you will find some of the quirky kinds of designs that have helped to make Denmark’s design reputation what it is today.

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The Design Museum Denmark is situated on Bredgade 68 in downtown Copenhagen, and open Tuesdays to Sundays with late night opening on Wednesdays. Admission is 90 DKK, with concessions for pensioners and free admission for students, people under 26 years and ICOM members. Further details on admission times and prices are available on the museum website.

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