What is Danish Design?

Danish Design is a term often used to describe a style of functionalistic design and architecture that was developed in mid-20th century. Influenced by the German Bauhaus school, many Danish designers used the new industrial technologies, combined with ideas of simplicity and functionalism to design buildings, furniture and household objects, many of which have become iconic and are still in use and production.

In the late 1940s, shortly after the end of the Second World War, conditions in Denmark were ideally suited to success in design. The emphasis was on furniture but architecture, silver, ceramics, glass and textiles also benefited from the trend. Denmark’s late industrialization combined with a tradition of high-quality craftsmanship formed the basis of gradual progress towards industrial production. After the end of the war, Europeans were keen to find novel approaches such as the light wood furniture from Denmark. Last but not least, support in Denmark for freedom of individual expression assisted the cause.

The newly established Furniture School at the Royal Danish Academy of Art played a considerable part in the development of furniture. Functionalism based on the size and proportions of objects was the main objective of the designs.

Danish furniture design failed to make any new important contributions in the 1970s and 1980s. By contrast, industrial designers began to prosper, making use of the basic principles of focus on the user, respect for materials and attention to detail.

Today, there is strong focus on design in Denmark as industry increasingly appreciates the importance of design in the business environment. In addition, as part of its trade and industry policy, the Danish government has launched the Design Denmark initiative which aims to restore Denmark to the international design elite.

Our homes are full of great stories. About ourselves. What we love. And what we enjoy doing. We surround ourselves with our favorite things. Things that are important to us and things that allow us to live the life we want. So when we come home — we truly feel at home. Denmark is BoConcept’s home and it’s where we’ve been designing and manufacturing design furniture for almost 60 years.

To this day, we continue to produce furniture in Denmark, as well as in other parts of the world, where we have chosen to work closely with a few, select suppliers to ensure that our heritage and years of experience are carried through in everything we do.

Great design knows no borders. The basic need to feel at home is just as important in Shanghai or Berlin as in New York City or Copenhagen. BoConcept offers customized design so our products can be adapted to your needs and dreams, no matter where you live and how much space you have.

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