Top 10 Danish Design Legends

Danish designed furniture took off in the mid-20th century and is now known worldwide for it’s particular style. Who are the 10 greatest Danish furniture designers? Check out our suggestions below. We’re having a hard time picking favorites since they were all great influences, so we’ve listed them alphabetically. Who is your favorite? Did we leave someone out you think deserves a mention? Let us know in the comments!

1. Nanna Ditzel

Nanna Ditzel (1923-2005) was one of Denmark’s most prominent and innovative female designers. As a cabinetmaker Nanna Ditzel had a good understanding for furniture’s function ahead of its design and this contributed to making Nanna Ditzel both an innovative and experimental furniture designer.

2. Piet Hein

Piet Hein (16 December 1905 – 17 April 1996) was a Danish scientist, mathematician, inventor, designer, author, and poet. Architects, tired of square buildings but cognizant that circular buildings were impractical, asked Piet Hein for a solution. Applying his mathematical prowess to the problem, Piet Hein proposed to use the superellipse which became the hallmark of modern Scandinavian architecture.

3. Poul Henningsen

Poul Henningsen (9 September 1894 – 31 January 1967), Danish author, architect and critic, was one of the leading figures of the cultural life of Denmark between the World Wars. In Denmark, he is often referred to as PH. His most widely known creation was known as the PH-lamp.

4. Arne Jacobsen

Arne Emil Jacobsen (11 February 1902 – 24 March 1971) was a Danish architect and designer. He is remembered for his contribution to architectural Functionalism as well as for the worldwide success he enjoyed with simple but effective chair designs.

5. Finn Juhl

Finn Juhl (30 January 1912 – 17 May 1989) was a Danish architect, interior and industrial designer, most known for his furniture design. He was one of the leading figures in the creation of “Danish Design” in the 1940s and he was the designer who introduced Danish Modern to America.

6. Poul Kjærholm

Poul Kjærholm (January 8, 1929 – April 18, 1980) was a Danish designer. Born in Øster Vrå, Denmark, Kjærholm began as a cabinetmaker’s apprentice with Gronbech in 1948, going on to the Danish School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen in 1952. He was very articulate and with his natural authority he started an outstanding career as an educator in the same year (1952) but continued to study with Prof. Erik Herløw and Prof. Palle Suenson.

7. Kaare Klint

Kaare Klint (15 December 1888 — 28 March 1954) was a Danish architect and furniture designer, known as the father of modern Danish furniture design. Style was epitomized by clean, pure lines, use of the best materials of his time and superb craftsmanship.

8. Børge Mogensen

Børge Mogensen (13 April 1914 – 5 October 1972), was a Danish furniture designer. He was one of the most important among a generation of furniture designers who made the concept of “Danish Design” known throughout the world. Together with colleagues such as Arne Jacobsen and Hans Wegner, Mogensen created international respect for Danish furniture design, and his simple and functional designs have for more than half a century enjoyed worldwide demand.

9. Verner Panton

Danish architect Verner Panton caused a stir in the 1960s and kept on designing successful products until his death in 1998. Times they were a-changin’ – and Panton’s innovative ideas, daring use of modern materials and lavish colours were an instant hit. Panton became synonymous with sensational textile, furniture and lighting design. Panton designed the legendary textile pattern ’Geometri 1’ in 1960 – Recently revived on porcelain from Menu – and more popular than ever!

10. Hans Wegner

Hans Jørgensen Wegner, (April 2, 1914 – January 26, 2007), was a world renowned Danish furniture designer. His high quality and thoughtful work, along with a concerted effort from several of his manufacturers, contributed to the international popularity of mid-century Danish design. His style is often described as Organic Functionality, a modernist school with emphasis on functionality.


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