3 Days of Design is a whirlwind of events in different showrooms around the city and like a scavenger hunt on your bicycle you go from location to location searching for clues. Of course, there are no real clues just the enjoyment of understanding Scandinavian, and specifically Danish design at it's best.
Furniture companies, galleries and concept stores, like Carl Hansen & Son, Republic of Fritz Hansen, Muuto, House of Finn Juhl, Frama, Menu and countless others prepare exhibitions and host openings during 3 Days of Design in Copenhagen.
Copenhagen is probably my favorite city out of all the Scandinavian capitals, I have to admit. Sure Stockholm and Helsinki are edgy and cool, Oslo is both modern and classic but Copenhagen is absolutely charming and with its demanded bike riding there's a different type of experience involved. Getting lost and wandering up and down little streets finding cafes and vintage shops on my bike has become my specialty.
There were many events going on in the city of Copenhagen for 3 Days of Design. There were beautiful furniture pieces to be found all around the city. Design, really is a way of life in Scandinavia and therefore product design and materials are much more thought out when produced. Timeless, historic, modern and thought-provoking are concepts that are included in the production of furniture pieces. However, more than the others, 2 exhibitions really stood out to me.
The exhibitions that I found thought-provoking were greatly due to their exhibition layout. The use of space and architecture are strong personalities on the scene of interior design. You cannot deny one while resolving the other.
The Frama Studio Store opened the doors to the Frama Studio Apartment, home of founder Niels Strøyer Christophersen for the second time as participating venue of 3 Days of Design. This year the studio apartment was presented in a minimalist fashion, celebrating materials and space for reflection. The proposal focused on simple forms which carries over into the design practice of the Frama brand. It made me reflect on all those things we accumulate, don't actually need but store in our homes any way taking up space.
A room full of vintage Scandinavian chairs from the 30s, 40s, and 50s made a statement in colorful upholstery. The room was part of a larger exhibition in the old Orlogsmuseet also known as the Royal Danish Naval Museum, titled HOMAGE. Participants in the show included colorful one-of-a-kind vintage chairs by EEN Kobenhavn, sculptures by Josephine Alberthe, bed linens by TEKLA fabrics, vases and side tables by Frederik Nystryp Larsen, among others.
The space used to be a museum dedicated solely to the Royal Navy and before that, it was the Royal Navy Hospice. The building has significantly high ceilings, and beautiful daylight, which, even on the rainy day we were there, was impressive to experience. It would be difficult to habitat a space so large but the pieces in the exhibition were laid out in a way that suggested placement almost as free-standing objects. A bed in the middle of the room as a focal point, and grouped pieces as a conversation piece.
Copenhagen is one of those cities to discover new designs, historic designs and a few tips on how to enjoy a day when the sun is out. Good design is not only about great products but also wellbeing and living better.
If you'd like to know about all the companies that were hosting events and exhibitions you can visit the website 3 Days of Design.