DesignTrade Copenhagen: More Highlights

11 October 2013 0


Before I take you on an endless journey to Canada and the USA as of coming week including fabulous design finds and travel tips, I’d like to return the view to the Danish capital once more. As you remember I’d spent a few fabulous days in Copenhagen attending the DesignTrade show and discovered lots of cool brands and designs. I blogged about them HERE. Today I’d like to share five more highlights from Copenhagen, and then we will move on. Promised:-)

1. Froh & Frau
If you love illustrations and funky posters, this will be heaven for you. I am a sucker for good and cool illustrations and fell instantly in love with Froh & Frau, a Danish design studio focused on the production of posters. I was smitten by the brand’s name as it is composed of two German words – ‘Froh’ meaning happy (hello there!!) and ‘Frau’ meaning woman. I have no idea if that was intentional, but anyway, this is definitely the source for great and fun posters!

2. Place de Bleu
While I was researching products and props for my booth styling at the DesignTrade show, I stumbled upon a brand called Place de Bleu. I was intrigued and after the first glance on their cushions my happy heart was sold. I needed one of their fun round cushions for my booth. I learned that this Danish design brand produces homewares with an ethnic and Scandinavian twist and all their products are produced by immigrant women in Copenhagen. Good and conscious design! Plus their cushions are made of amazing Kvadrat fabrics and are a tactile delight.

3. Brdr. Krüger
During the design show we were invited to the stand of a Danish furniture brand named Brdr. Krüger for drinks. I was pretty happy to go there as I spotted their iconic and beautiful Bølling table at Gerard’s booth. The Bølling tray table was designed 1963 by Hans Bølling and has now been updated with a new colour range – my favorite was a deep, ocean blue. Not only had we drinks but we were surprised to meet the designer himself – Hans Bølling was chatting along with us, telling us the design story and some other stories from his cool life. What a great man – this made me love his table even more!

4. Rie Elise Larsen
This Danish design company has been known for quite a while – mostly for their adorable paper products featuring great shapes, colours, patterns. I’ve known them for quite a while too and it was clear that I have to make a little stop at their stand and get a peek of their new Christmas collection. The collection is so new that some of the exhibited pieces were prototypes – but I got some pics nonetheless:-)

5. Kay Bojesen
The Danish designer Kay Bojesen is renown in the design world. Most people will link his name to the iconic wooden toys like the famous monkey. But did you know that the brand Kay Bojesen also designs high quality cutlery? Well, we were lucky enough to be invited to a breakfast at their showroom in Copenhagen and we not only looked at the sleek cutlery but also ate with it. I love the simplicity of their range with matte brushed steel – definitely a good investment for a stylish tabletop!

I hope you liked my little design highlights from Copenhagen. Which of these would be your personal favorite?

Photography by Igor Josifovic

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  • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar 11 October 2013 at 08:05

    Fantastic highlights – thanks for sharing. I need the ‘Internet Made Me Do It’ print in my life – so funny! Have a lovely weekend!

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 11 October 2013 at 08:17

      It’s my favorite too, what a surprise, right? LOL Have a fab weekend, Will!

    • Reply Johan 11 October 2013 at 11:31

      Haha that print can relate to anyone these days, although it would be a very nice one to have anywhere in your home. If someone ask why you did something, all you need to do is point!

  • Reply Angelika Leśniak 11 October 2013 at 08:15

    Heute bin ich mutig! Du hast so einen tollen Einblick in die Welt der Neuigkeiten, natürlich weiß ich das durch Deinen tollen Blog!
    Deshalb möchte ich Dich fragen: Was fällt Dir spontan zu meinen Arbeiten ein? Wo würdest Du so etwas sehen?

    Über eine Antwort würde ich mich sehr freuen!

    • Reply Angelika Leśniak 11 October 2013 at 08:28

      Du bist aber schnell, Igor. Herzlichen Dank! Tatsächlich kam mir die Idee nach einem Urlaub im Süden!

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 11 October 2013 at 08:38

      Das dachte ich mir fast:-) Urlaubsfeeling!

  • Reply stilzitat 11 October 2013 at 08:28

    I saw that ‘the internet made me do it’ poster a while ago & instantly fell in love! Now I know, who is the genius behind it! Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply Gerard @WalnutGrey 11 October 2013 at 09:41

    Lovely round up Igor & thanks for the wee mention. The Bølling tray table was my highlight from the show and meeting Hans topped it all off 🙂 That breakfast at Kay Bojesen was also fab. Susanne & Henriette were lovely people! And yes, even I loved you Place de Bleu cushion 😉

  • Reply Anya Jensen 11 October 2013 at 10:25

    Great recap and such cool designers. happy weekend Igor,

  • Reply Traveling Mama 11 October 2013 at 10:42

    Amazing! I can’t believe I missed it! I won’t let that happen again, but thanks so much for sharing such great highlights!

  • Reply Anonymous 11 October 2013 at 11:13

    Delightful piece on Kay Bojesen!
    Check out “Kay Bojesen USA” on FaceBook

  • Reply Johan 11 October 2013 at 11:33

    Great post ! Very inspirational, thanks Igor. As comment before I’m also in love with the ‘The Internet made me do it’ print – cause’ *suprise* I’m also a sucker for illustrations & funny quotes. Also Brdr. Krüger looks very cool! Have a lovely weekend!

  • Reply Lisa Hjalt 11 October 2013 at 15:39

    Where on earth have I been? I didn’t even realise you were back from your trip. I obviously have to use the weekend to do some serious catching up!

    Have a wonderful weekend and welcome back 😉

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 11 October 2013 at 17:53

      Thank you my dear! It’s been just a week but feels much longer now:-)

  • Reply Filipek 70 11 October 2013 at 18:26

    hello ,hello …great post as always :))) I ‘m choosing Mr Hans :))))I like so positve people as him :)) and then ….poster : The internet ….if there is any left :)))))))))) and Place the Blue !!!! greetings
    nice to see you again 🙂

  • Reply geraldine@littlebigbell 11 October 2013 at 20:43

    Beautiful pieces. I remembered seeing those pillows by Place de bleu at Designer Zoo in Copenhagen. The colours are wonderful. Have a good weekend Igor 😉 x

  • Reply Holly 13 October 2013 at 11:00

    Thanks for the intro to Froh & Frau and Rie Elise Larsen – both fun and great!

    So so cool that you got to meet Hans Bølling!


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