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Normann Copenhagen

by Grace Bonney

Today I’d like to show you some news from the big Danish company Normann Copenhagen, and I’m throwing in some of my favorites from last year as well for the ones out there who aren’t familiar with this brand.

Normann Copenhagen was founded in 1999, and three years later they launched their first product, the Norm 69 lamp, which was a huge hit and now counts as a real design classic. They hire the best designers, like Marcel Wanders, Ole Jensen and Karim Rashid, and that eventually lead them to expand all over the world, and now Normann Copenhagen’s products are found in more than 77 countries.

Ole Jensen’s Collect Bookcase with it’s oblique expression and arousing color was made for lovers of avant garde design. Imagine it floating alone on the wall, merchandised with memories and other precious possessions. Beautiful and amazing.

58°N is the latitude where Denmark and Norway meet and it’s a salt and pepper set that can remain on the table everyday without getting old to look at. “Our idea was to design a salt and pepper set that was robust and elegant at the same time.”

The design of the Camping series has a recognition factor that brings thoughts over to leisure and togetherness, that many think are typical of camping. I like the thought of bringing outdoor pursuits indoors or, perhaps more correctly, freedom into the living room.

Sometimes design is very advanced and futuristic. I think we need to surround ourselves with familiar and simple things. Little Claus and Big Claus remind me of a work bench and milking stool that are very down to earth in their expression.

Quote from Claydies, designers of the True Feelings Tealight: “True Feelings is designed while blindfolded and by our fingers only. Focus is transferred from a visual approach to design to the sense of touch. This combined with the porcelain’s fine structure makes each piece unique and romantic.”

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