Denmark Design at Auckland Art Gallery

We’re excited to be partnering with the Auckland Art Gallery’s upcoming exhibition, Denmark Design. Celebrating the country’s rich history of design innovation, over 200 original objects will be on show from late October. We can’t wait to see how many pieces we recognise.

Pioneering, practical and timeless – Danish design has consistently been at the forefront of the applied arts and is today considered a shorthand for modern living and the modern home. 

Charting developments in Danish design from the 19th century until today, with a focus on the post-World War II period, Denmark Design presents over 200 original objects, from furniture to fabrics, graphic design to jewelry, and ceramics to toys. Through the icons of Danish design, the exhibition explores the makers, ideologies and social contexts from which some of the archetypes of modern domestic design developed.

The exhibition features iconic works, such as the ‘Egg’ chair, the ‘PH Artichoke’ light and the Lego brick. Among the pioneering designers and manufacturers whose creativity and skill are represented are Royal Copenhagen, Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl, Arne Jacobsen, Verner Panton, Nanna Ditzel, Henning Koppel, Georg Jensen, Komplot and Ursula Munch-Petersen.

Featured: Heart Cone Chair (1958) designed by Verner Panton. Maker: Vitra

Featured: Heart Cone Chair (1958) designed by Verner Panton. Maker: Vitra

 
Featured: Fried Egg Chair, designed by Hans Olsen (1956). Silhouette Floor Lamp, designed by Svend Aage Holm-Sorensen (1956). Maker: Warm Nordic

Featured: Fried Egg Chair, designed by Hans Olsen (1956). Silhouette Floor Lamp, designed by Svend Aage Holm-Sorensen (1956). Maker: Warm Nordic

 

Our Favourite Danish Picks

To get you inspired, each member of our gallery team has picked out a favourite Danish-designed piece from the Good Form range.

Silhouette Floor Lamp

Designed by Svend Aage Holm-Sorensen (1956). Maker: Warm Nordic
”Design objects that look like typography always appeal to me. This characterful lamp has a balance of perfect lines and geometric forms which speak to the era it was designed but suit a contemporary space.” – Emma

Fried Egg Chair

Designed by Hans Olsen (1956). Maker: Warm Nordic
”I’ve loved this chair since we started representing the brand last year. It’s a simple, unpretentious design that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The generous curved armrest is perfect for lounging, especially with your legs dangled over the side.” – Florence

 
These objects are renowned across the world as timeless in their ingenuity and international resonance.
— KIRSTEN PAISLEY | AUCKLAND ART GALLERY DIRECTOR
 
 
Denmark Design will showcase the groundbreaking creativity and enduring appeal of Danish design.
— KIRSTEN PAISLEY | AUCKLAND ART GALLERY DIRECTOR
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Finn Juhl ‘United Nations Clock’

Designed by Finn Juhl (1950). Maker: Architectmade
”This clock demonstrates how a design can be pared back to essentials to highlight the materials and form.“ – Finn

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‘Model 18’ Sideboard

Designed and produced by Omann Jun (1958)
“When I saw this sideboard for the first time, a vintage rosewood piece about 10 years ago, I thought it was pretty close to perfect. The refined detailing in the handles and beautifully tapered legs sets off a design which is otherwise deceptively simple.” – Dan

 
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Monkey

Designed by Kay Bojesen (1951)
“I love that the their arms and legs move so you can change their position – they’re especially cute when hanging off a ledge!“ – Rachel

 

Designer danish Lounge Furniture

 
 

Designer Danish Lighting

 
 

Designer Danish Homeware