The best modern Scandinavian designers

2 June 2014 | Workshop

In this review, you will find only those designers who have gained prominence in the last few years.

Some of them are very well known, some – not so much. At the end of the review – some talented students. Designers in Scandinavia are many; our sample is subjective, and its validity can be easily challenged. This is a necessary evil: mentioning all decent people, we would increase the review several times.

Prezde than go to the list, I will say a few introductory words. Scandinavian school of design, as is well known, took place in the middle of the XX century. Since then much water has flowed under the bridge, but Scandinavian design preserved and preserved it as a school, with a particular attitude to work, machinery, materials. Moreover, he is now going through a kind of flourishing, as it comes in the silver age.

To a large extent this is due to new factories – Muuto, Normann Copenhagen, HAY. Firstly, these plants often designed young designers, former students. Second, these firms organize competitions (announced, by the way, and on our website), which for many are the first step towards recognition.

Remarkable young designers themselves. These guys are in the third year do your website. If Russian designer from the third year he made his site that he hung there? Of course, cool visualization of innovative helicopter with logo solid state corporation on the board! Scandinavians hang photos of prototypes. Sometimes – photos of themselves as they rolled up their sleeves, bent plywood and polished stone. Scandinavian design – it is now, as seventy years ago, about the craft.

KiBiSi – one of the best design companies in Denmark. Its founders – designer Lars Larsen, architect Bjarke Ingels (the most famous among young Danish architects) and Jens Martin Skibsted, design theorist and founder of the company Biomega, which produces “designer” bikes.

Lars Larsen, Bjarke Ingels and Jens Martin Skibsted

Lars Larsen, Bjarke Ingels and Jens Martin Skibsted

One of the buildings, Bjarke Ingels in Erestade, new district of Copenhagen

One of the buildings, Bjarke Ingels in Erestade, new district of Copenhagen

KiBiSi design and furniture (in particular, is very famous for their metal chairs 2008 for HAY), and more complex things: bicycles Biomega and Puma, Headphones Aiaiai.

Bike Biomega Amsterdam, 2005

Bike Biomega Amsterdam, 2005

GamFratesi Stine Gam – an architect, and at first she worked as an architect. In particular, she was lucky enough to work in Japan in the studio of the legendary Fumihiko Maki. Enrico Fratezi – also an architect, an Italian, but worked in Aarhus, good local architectural studio Arkitema. Since 2006, they work together as furniture designers.

Stine Gam and Enrico Fratezi. Photographer Klaus Randrup (Claus Randrup)

Stine Gam and Enrico Fratezi. Photographer Klaus Randrup (Claus Randrup)

Their office is located in Copenhagen, but they are constantly moving between Denmark and Italy. Some spectacular things that they have designed for Sasamania and Ligne Roset, were released in 2012.

Tables Meduse. Casamania, 2009

Tables Meduse. Casamania, 2009

Form Us With Love – big Stockholm studio, founded in 2005.

Designers Form Us With Love

Designers Form Us With Love

They work for the Swedish factories Mitab, ateljé Lyktan (for them, in particular, in 2012, they made a sensational desk lamp-portability), for Cappellini made ​​metal floor lamp.

Plug Lamp. Ateljé Lyktan, 2012

Plug Lamp. Ateljé Lyktan, 2012

Muuto they designed for the emerging rubber bulb.

Lamp Unfold. Muuto, 2010

Lamp Unfold. Muuto, 2010

Form Us With Love pleasantly surprised by the attention to production technology. They put in their portfolio photos, which can be seen both in the subjects that they have designed, drilled holes, bent plywood and so on.

Habersdash, Stockholm store for the modern dandy. Authors Interior Form Us With Love, 2012

Habersdash, Stockholm store for the modern dandy. Authors Interior Form Us With Love, 2012