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A story about design in Denmark


People and their fur­ni­ture. Den­mark takes its design seriously. It is ubi­qui­tous, see­min­gly regard­less of age group, social class and design affi­lia­tion. Fur­ni­ture clas­sics by big names such as Arne Jacob­sen will be found in the student’s apart­ment as well as the public library. Danish design blends into people’s lives in Den­mark as seam­lessly as its sim­plistic style does into all types of surroundings.

This study is an attempt to inves­ti­gate the rela­ti­onship which the Danes of today have with their natio­nal design heri­tage. Four Danes of dif­fe­rent age groups and pro­fes­si­ons are asked to speak about homes, chairs and being Danish. The move­ment in archi­tec­ture and design in the 20th cen­tury must be credi­ted – to this day, neit­her its style nor its phi­lo­so­phy have lost ground. A demo­cra­tic design deve­lop­ment in the mid-century and a social sys­tem that blur­red lines bet­ween social sepa­ra­ti­ons made high qua­lity design avail­able to the broad public. Even today, child­ren grow up with the names of Jacob­sen and Wegner.

Bache­lor the­sis in Infor­ma­tion Design at the Uni­ver­sity of Applied Sci­en­ces Joan­neum, Graz. Men­to­red by Mag. Chris­toph Marek. 2015

Text, Pho­to­gra­phy & Design: Klara Vith

Klara Vith

Klara Vith
After a childhood spent depic­ting cats in every ima­ginable shape and tech­ni­que and on every ima­ginable sur­face, she deci­ded to study Infor­ma­tion Design at the Uni­ver­sity of Applied Sci­en­ces Joan­neum in Graz.

She moved to Copen­ha­gen in early 2015, gra­dua­ted shortly after and has since been working as a gra­phic desi­gner in Den­mark. In her spare time, she likes to expe­ri­ment with print and paper, pho­to­gra­phy and exo­tic food.


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