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Learning from history

July 27, 2018

Lighting by Poul Henningsen.


Finn Juhl designed the Japan sofa in 1953. The display cabinets are part of the original museum interior and designed by Kaare Klint.

When you stroll along the streets of Copenhagen Danish design is constantly present. The Danish design tradition has influenced every area of the city. If you find interest in the history of Danish design presented in the most beautiful surroundings the Danish Design Museum in Bredgade is the place to visit. The museum was founded in 1890 and opened to the public five years later. In the early 1920’es Ivar Bentsen and Kaare Klint started the restoration of Frederik’s Hospital in Bredgade to house the museum and it’s growing collection of Danish and international industrial works of design. The museum re-opened in it’s new location in 1926. Kaare Klint and Ivar Bentsen had asked Poul Henningsen to design the lighting for the museum and the furniture were designed by Kaare Klint. The rococo building by Nicolai Eigtved and Lauritz de Thurah was transformed into a design temple, a sublime combination of function and tradition.


The Sphere Bed was designed by Kaare Klint in 1938.


Rug designed and made by Anna Thommesen, 1957

The main purpose of the museum has from the commencement been to communicate the idea of quality within design. This is done through various exhibitions linking past and present with an aim to educate and explain the design history to the visitor. The collection consists of Danish design as well as a large collection of international design. The Danish designers were influenced by the design tradition of foreign cultures as different as Japanese and French. This is displayed with exquisite examples of pieces of design from near and afar inspiring visitors coming from all over the world.


French inspiration with furniture by Kaare Klint and Poul Kjærholm.


Japanese inspiration. Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi, 1957. Folded pendants by Le Klint and nesting tables by Grete Jalk.


The Arne Jacobasen room. The Giraffe chair was designed for the restaurant at the SAS Royal Hotel, 1958. The year before Jacobsen’s plywood chair won the Grand Prix at the Triennale in Milan and was named The Grand Prix Chair.