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Friday, February 3, 2012

GREAT DANES: KLINT, JACOBSEN, JUHL,WEGNER, PANTON...A FEW OF THE GODS OF DANISH MODERN DESIGN

Kaare Klint, Arne Jacobsen, Finn Juhl, Hans Wegner, Werner Panton

Now that we've spent a week talking about Danish Modern Design, I want to show you some of the "Gods" of the movement.  I will include a brief (very brief) bio of each designer and a few examples of their work.  All of these men are easily researched should you long for more. 

Kaare Klint
Klint was a danish architect and furniture designer who was considered by most to be the father of modern danish furniture design.  Clean lines, quality materials and superb craftsmanship are the hallmarks of Klints work.
Kaare Klint cabinet
Kaare Klint faabory chair

                                                                      Arne Jacobsen
                        Considered the renaissance man of danish architecture and design.
Arne Jacobsen chest of drawers

Arne Jacobsen swan chair - definitely one of the most recognized pieces of DM design.
                                                                     Finn Juhl
Juhl was the first of the DM designers to be recognized internationally.  He formally studied architecture and was a self taught furniture designer.
Finn Juhl coffee table

Finn Juhl sofa

Finn Juhl desk
                                                                 Hans Wegner
Wegner, like most of his fellow DM designers, had an architecture degree but was also a skilled cabinet maker.  He was known for his love of natural materials and functionality in design.
Hans Wegner folding chair

Hans Wegner shell chair

Hans Wegner swivel chair.  I absolutely love this chair...reminds me of a bug....in a good way.
                                                                          Verner Panton
The most contemporary of all the designers I've mentioned, (he died in 1998), Panton was known for his use of high-tech materials, playful shapes, bold colors and his acerbic personality.
Verner Panton cone chair.  Gravity defying.

Vernon Panton globe lamp.  Yes please!
 In honor of the  month of LOVE...
Vernon Panton heart chair....I really really love this chair...cupid are you listening?
The reason I chose most of the above examples is because many of them are my favorites.  Now that we've been through this week of Danish Modern Design Muse, what are your favorites?  One of the things I love most about DM is that even though some of it dates back to the 1930's (Klint) it all looks so fresh and modern and would blend well with almost any modern decor.

I hope you enjoyed this week as much as I have.  As always I've learned so much.

Have a beautiful weekend.
yancey

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