Instantly recognisable and seemingly timeless, Mid-Century Modern Scandi style has been enjoying a revival in recent years. Not to say that it ever went out of style, on the contrary, many designs have been in production since their conception. At once minimalist and innovative, Danish design was always at the heart of the movement. Moving away from the decadence and intricacy of Art Deco, it favoured functionality and efficiency in every area, from design to materials. Emerging in the late thirties and gaining prominence well into the 1960s, it speaks of a post-war society and a changing economy; with the rise of small-scale homes and city living, the new design aesthetic channelled less is more. To honour their contribution to interiors and design, here’s a who’s who of great Danes.

Kaare Klint (1888-1954)
Who better to begin with than Klint? Known as the father of modern Danish furniture design, his iconic 1933 Safari chair epitomises his style: a chair that is light and portable without compromising on comfort or quality. His part in founding the Department of Furniture Design at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1924 was a further lasting contribution to the field. He would go on to inspire a generation of designers in his teachings on functional analysis and prioritising design principles above style. Hans J. Wegner, Børge Mogensen and Arne Jacobsen, to name a few of his students, would go on to fully realise the potential of what would later be known as Mid-Century Modern, earning them a place within design history (and this piece).

Poul Cadovius (1911-2011)
Considered one of the greatest designers of the 20th century, Cadovius had over 400 patents by the end of his career. The 1948 Royal Shelf system is widely accepted as his most influential design. The revolutionary modular system was Cadovius’ take on wall-mounted storage and shelves, created with the intention of freeing up floor space. The gridded structure distorted the boundaries of storage and display by integrating boxes amongst linear shelves, offering efficiency alongside elegance.


Finn Juhl (1912-1989)
'Art has always been my main source of inspiration. I am fascinated by shapes which defy gravity and create visual lightness.'
Trained as an architect, Juhl’s understanding of furniture design was self-taught. It was not until 1945 that he became known for his expressive and often sculptural designs. His collaboration with renowned cabinetmaker Niels Vodder made his name as the conceptual piece, later named the Grasshopper, disrupted traditional styles. Despite a critical reception to the piece, Juhl went on to become an internationally recognised pioneer of modern design. Unlike Klint and his students, Juhl favoured form over function: treating his designs as a sculptor would, he would use the body as a frame of reference to inform the shape and individual components of each piece.

Børge Mogensen (1914-1972)
As a student and later a teaching assistant of Kaare Klint, Mogensen’s style sits firmly within functionalism, though perhaps more classically inclined. Minimal design was underpinned by high quality, Nordic materials to create something strikingly simple. With thousands of designs to his name, it’s not hard to gauge the influence he continues to have within the industry. Perhaps his most renowned piece, the 1958 Spanish chair embodies his style: a low, solid wood frame with a seat and back of saddle leather is at once refined and modest.

Hans Wegner (1914-2007)
'A continuous process of purification and of simplification – to cut down to the simplest possible design of four legs, a seat, and a combined back- and armrest.'
With over 400 seating designs to his name, Wegner's style was one of minimalism, stripping traditional design back to its most basic form. Despite this, his designs were sculptural in shape and impressively comfortable. The iconic elegant wooden frame of the Wishbone chair was warmly received and has been in continuous production since 1950.

Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971)
As one of Klint’s students it’s not hard to understand why Jacobsen situated himself firmly within the Functionalism movement. He distinguished himself through nature-inspired designs, from the 1952 Ant chair to the 1958 Swan chair. Both incorporated seats with curved lines and rounded edges juxtaposed with harsh metal legs. With only three legs, the Ant chair was particularly innovative. These experiments with contrasting materials, natural shapes and industrial design culminated in his famous 1959 Egg chair. The chair's signature curves were inspired by clay working, which Jacobsen used to find the perfect shape for the shell.

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