New spring 2015 accessories

Our calender for the first months of the year is booked with fairs were we will present our Spring news. We are always eager to show you the new additions to our product range and this time we have some smart and functional accessories coming up, mainly in the kitchen department. Read on for a quick overview and stay tuned because we will share their many lovely features with you throughout spring.

Krenit Salad Set in new colors

The Krenit Salat Set that matches the Krenit Bowls has been part of our collection for quite some time now. But while the Krenit Bowl comes in a wide selection of colors the Salad Set has so far only been available in black and white. Those days are over, because now we expand the color range with no less than five new ones! Three appetizingly bright hues; rose, red and turquoise and two that are more toned down; blue and grey, have been added to the range.

Pinch Cheese Grater

The new Pinch Cheese Grater has a simple but clever design. A flat piece of plastic is folded and attached to the blade forming a collection pan that gathers the grated cheese. No more cheese spills on the table! This little fellow is the perfect companion for eating pasta to top up with cheese at the table, but the grater also works well with ingredients like nutmeg, chocolate and lemon zest.

Pin Peeler

New to the kitchen drawer is also the Pin Peeler which is a reinterpretation of the classic vegetable peeler. Pin has a slender, minimalistic, almost futuristic, look which is accentuated by the vivid color range. The blade is rotatable, making Pin suitable for both right and left handed users. The silicone coating provides a good, comfortable grip.

Craft Mills in stained oak

Our popular Craft Series has been expanded with a new version of the salt and pepper mills in stained oak with white and brown marble. Craft is an exclusive series of high quality kitchen tools. The mills are made with a ceramic CrushGrind® grinder, which has been tested to grind salt and pepper for an equivalent of up to 200 years of normal household use without showing any notable signs of wear.

Play Coat rack

This playful coat rack with the fitting name Play is a charming and practical addition to the hallway or children’s room. The grain structure of the solid oak is visible through the painted pegs, giving the coat rack a warm and natural look. Play comes in three colorways which have different expressions. Choose between the cute Candy in inviting pastel hues, the cool Shadow in variations of grey or Oak with unpainted pegs for a classic look.

 

Visit our Paris stand

Friday, January 23rd the bianual Masion et Objet trade show in Paris started. This fair always gets us excited and we love the atmosphere, all the nice people we meet and of course the lovely city of lights.

We exhibited in Hall 8 which, according to Maison et Objet, is the hall where the new generation of designers is playing with forms and mixing styles with talent and inventiveness. In the very front of the hall visitors can find the Normann Copenhagen stand.

Scroll down to see how our stand looked!

Overview of the Normann Copenhagen stand

Form chairs and barstools on display

Our Era lounge collection providing bold blue and yellow comfort for visitors’ tired legs. 

Rows of versatile tables for the home – top from left: Tablo, Block. Bottom from left: Box, Stay

 The new Tap stools with their colorful and surprising, soft seats. 

A royal blue Swell sofa, Circus poufs and Block table teaming up for an eye-catching cozy corner. 

Natural wood dining room highlighted with a deep green linoleum wall

Bar area with Form barstools make for a comfy place to have a chat with guests.

Swing by the Normann Copenhagen Facebook page to see even more picture from the stand.

Our week

We have had an eventful week with lots of international guests, meetings, inspiration and fun. Thank you to all that came to Copenhagen and joined us at the Northmodern fair, in our Flagship Store and for the Form Exhibition. Get behind the scenes of Normann Copenhagen this past week.

Northmodern Fair 18-20 January 2015

Our week started a bit earlier than usual when the Northmodern fair kicked off Sunday the 18th of January. Northmodern is a new Scandinavian innovative lifestyle and design trade show based in Copenhagen and this edition was the very first.

New Form Table and Armchairs looking good together with the Pocket Series, also designed by Simon Legald.

One of the spring 2015 novelties, the popular Craft Series in a new stained oak version with brown and white marble.

CEO & Co-founder Poul Madsen being interviewed about Normann Copenhagen´s participation at Northmodern.

The Tap Stool comes in 5 colors with a choice of two bases in either oak or walnut.

Another of the spring 2015 news is this colorful and eye-catching Pin Peeler.

Stand seen from above!

The Pinch Cheese Grater was also presented for the first time. Will be in shops later this spring.

See more images from Northmodern here. 

Normann Copenhagen x Northmodern Cocktail Party

Monday night we hosted a cocktail party at our Flagship Store. Normann Copenhagen has worked closely with Northmodern to make the fair special with exciting new initiatives and events. This cocktail party was one of them. 500+ guests came to celebrate the launch of Northmodern, turning a grey Monday night into something special. Again thank you to all the wonderful people who joined us!

See more images from the party here. 

Designer of Form speaks about the design

Tuesday our in-house designer Simon Legald spoke at the fair about our new Form Collection. Form was actually Simon’s graduation project from the design school and it earned him top marks. As an in-house designer, Simon has been closely involved in the process of making the Form Collection, not only when it comes to the design, but also with the many choices regarding the advanced production of the furniture pieces.

Form was also exhibited in the grand entrance hall of Northmodern. The exhibition explored the process of making Form with details about its history, design and production. If you missed this exhibition, you still have the chance to experience Form at our Flagship Store where a similar exhibition will be on view until 13 March 2015.

Form Chair with legs in steel, creating a more slim profile and tone-on-tone look. 

The white industrial plastic shell gives a nice contrast to the warm natural walnut base.

Form Chair consists of 25 individual pieces. 

We hope your week has been great too!

 

Form exhibition

If you are in Copenhagen, you should pop in at Østerbrogade 70 to see our newest furniture venture. The entrance hall of our Flagship Store has been transformed into an exhibition space showing our new Form Series designed by Simon Legald.

When you look at a piece of furniture you often forget the extensive work that lies behind. This exhibition lets you in on the thoughts and choices of the 3 year long process of developing Form – from the initial idea to the finished product.

The exhibition is divided into four sections that show different aspects of the process.

Forming Form introduces the design concept. Every curve and even the smallest details of the design have been corrected and adjusted a countless number of times to achieve the best possible result. Compromising was just not an option. For example, Normann Copenhagen and Simon Legald had to develop a unique plastic connector in order to attain the desired smooth jointing of the shell and the frame of the Chair.

Creating Form offers an insight into the production methods used for Form – from industrial techniques to traditional craftsmanship. This part of the exhibition is filled with interesting facts about the many procedures that it takes to make a Form Chair or Table.

Expanding Form is about the Form Table and how its design relates to the chairs. The Form Collection includes a table, a chair, an armchair and a barstool. In addition there are three different types of frames for the chairs and 6 colors to choose from. See some of the many different combinations at the exhibition.

Last but not least the section One company, one designer, one vision unfolds the story of a young designer whose graduation project developed into a furniture series for Normann Copenhagen.

The colors of  linoleum used for the Form Tables are displayed on one of the exhibition’s walls. Linoleum is a natural material with self-healing and antibacterial properties.

Form Chair shells in a stringent set-up. A Form shell is molded using one single injection of polypropylene, resulting in an extremely strong construction.

Form Chairs lined up, here with oak bases. The wooden bases are made by highly qualified furniture craftsmen who assemble and sand them by hand.

The Form Table compliments the Form Chairs whilst still having its own distinctive expression.

A view through the exhibition space with a blue  Form Chair in front. The base of this chair is made in steel with a durable powder coating.

Small showcase windows display pieces from the design process. Here some sketches.

Miniature models of Form Chairs.

You can take home some cool graphic Form posters from the exhibition.

We hope to see you at the exhibition. You can look through the different pieces in the Form Collection on our website.

 

Form – an uncompromising design

During the last couple of years, Normann Copenhagen has evolved into not only being a design company with accessories, lamps and textiles, but also with a large range of furniture pieces. Something we are very proud of and happy about.

Here at the Normann Copenhagen HQ, we are very excited these days. You see, we are launching our new Form collection.

Since the initial idea, it has taken 3 years to develop the Form series. During the process, angles have been corrected, curves have been adjusted, colors have been tweaked and more than 20 prototypes with various angles and material thicknesses have been tested in order to find the right solutions and achieve the best comfort possible.

The end result is an uncompromising design, which blends craftsmanship with design history. The Form collection is a reinterpreted range of chairs and tables that combine a strong design idiom with comfortable curves and an innovative industrial.

Formning Form

Form is the story of a design company and a designer with a vision of creating the perfect chair. Form is a new interpretation of the classic shell chair made of molded plastic designed by the Danish designer Simon Legald.

The goal was to create a chair with a cohesive and unified look as well as a natural integration between seat and base.

The Form chairs combine a strong design idiom with comfortable curves and an innovative industrial production technique. It is a fresh and sophisticated design with both familiar and new expressions. At the same time, the series is a tribute to form itself.

The chair comes with or without armrests and as a barstool in two different heights. The Form Chair is mounted with a classic base with an exceptionally strong build available in lacquered steel or FSC certified American oak or walnut.

The shells are all created of the highest quality polypropylene, and have been molded using one single injection. That way you achieve an extremely strong construction with the finest and clearest surface possible.

Normann Copenhagen has developed an innovative and sleek mounting solution consisting of 4 molded plastic connectors, which fit perfectly to the bottom of the shell. This almost makes it appear as though the legs are growing out of the seat.

The Form series also contains a linoleum dining table in two different sizes, which is the perfect companion for the Form chairs.

 

A tribute to form itself
Simon Legald has been ambitious in his design of Form and in this has challenged the traditional type of construction seen in a chair. The name Form reflects the designer´s inspiration drawn from the design of chairs throughout history.

Simon Legald explains the concept:

”I had an idea of what the ideal chair should look like, and I have had this for many years. I wanted to unite the frame and the seat in a way I had never seen before. I have analyzed hundreds of chairs from different periods during the design process. To me, form is the essence of design. Form is what makes a product recognizable and sets the design apart from other products. Form is the first thing you see, you then experience the function. Form is also where a designer can put his personal stamp on a piece of furniture or a product.”

Over the next period, we will be digging much more into the design concept, the production and the inspiration behind the Form collection on the blog and our social media platforms, so make sure to stay tuned for our Form frenzy!

Happy new year!

Christmas is successfully over and we are beginning preparations for the last big night of the year. Whether you are planning a wild party or a small cozy dinner make you guests feel welcome by paying attention to the details.

 

A beautiful setting

Lay the table carefully to create the very best starting point for a wonderful evening.

Beautiful tableware is the alpha and omega of a well set table. The harmonious and elegant design of our Cutlery makes it an exquisite addition to your table. Each item has been carefully designed and is perfectly balanced so that it looks attractive on the table and is perfect in use.

These Long Drink Glasses are perfect for water and, of course, for Long Drinks! Glasses are also great as an alternative way of serving desserts and the Long Drink Glass looks gorgeous with for example trifle as the slim and stylish shape makes room for the buildup of multiple layers.

Add some decorative pieces to enhance the festiveness of the table. A group of sculptural Heima Candle Holders combined with some fun and colorful decoration will do the trick and create a look that is both playful and stylish. By choosing candle holders in a simple, minimalistic design you will also get a lot of use out of them in the coming year. Vary the color of candles and the decoration and they will work all year round.

 

Welcome the new year

The highlight of the night is the point where we can flip the calendar to 2015, make our New Year’s resolutions and toast to the new year. Here are some essentials for the turn of the year:

Keep track of time with the Watch Me Clock. The vibrant colors make this watch a joy to look at while the playful expression and lack of numbers send the message not to take the concept of time too seriously. A pleasant reminder when you stand at the edge of a year and feel it has passed way too fast.

Finally, when the hands on your watch read midnight, make sure all your guests can jump into the new year from a cool and steady chair. My Chair is the name of this timeless chair. The chair is stack-able so you can easily store some extra chairs for guests without having to give up a lot of space. The smooth surface is easy to clean with a wrung-out cloth – quite convenient at festive occasions where high spirits can result in a spill or two.

 

The thoughtful guest

If you are the lucky guest of an attentive host or hostess then show your gratitude by bringing a small gift.

A Brilliant Box is a sweet way of saying thank you, especially when it comes to the hostess. Tell her that you appreciate her eye for details by paying attention to the details yourself. Fill the box with her favorite sweets and you have the perfect hostess gift.

We hope you will have a wonderful evening!

Merry Christmas

Thank you for reading the blog. See you in 2015!

 

White Christmas

While we in Denmark will have to look far to catch a glimpse of snow this Christmas it does not stop us from dreaming of white winter landscapes covered in duvets of untouched snow, glittering in the sun. Due to the lack of snow, and because we simply love a clean, crisp white, we will brighten up the gloomy winter by adding some beautiful white and frosty pieces to our interior. Take a look below and maybe you will be inspired to create a white winter wonderland of your own.

 As still as a frozen creek

With its shiny surface and simple, elegant shape the Still Vase is almost like a small sculpture in itself. A classic vase with a harmonious and interesting shape that never goes out of style. Used it now with decorative, delicate branches or Douglas fir and in the spring time for fresh flowers.

Out on slippery ice

Ice can appear almost glass-like and therefore glasses work great to create a frosty feeling in your home. Here is a selection perfect for your holiday dinner parties. The Rocking Glass with its rounded bottom rocks from side to side like a bambi on slippery ice. The rocking makes the glass a fun and sensuous experience. The Cognac and Liqueur glasses have a beautiful tip which reminds us of icicles. The shape of the glass increases the intimate experience of drinking cognac by accentuating the deep color and movement of the liquid.

Ice Crystals

In this white color the Beater has a clean and minimalistic look which goes well with modern kitchen interiors.  A whisk is an essential part of your kitchen equipment and the clever design of the Beater makes it super functional and space-saving. The straws are gathered in the middle using a slid-able ring which functions as both an opening and closing mechanism as well as a hanging fixture.

Snow is falling

These Norm 69 lamps give a visual impression of giant snowflakes floating in air. The lamp consists of 69 folded pieces that you assemble yourself to give shape to this beautiful lamp. Since its launch in 2002, the Norm 69 Lamp has become a Danish design classic. A timeless piece that will give light to many dark winter nights to come.

Frosting

Speaking of snow, Frost is the name of the color used for these minimalistic pieces  from our Geo Series. White is not just white but can have different nuances and the one used for Geo is just as you would experience the color of frost. The series is perfect for serving tea and home baked treats for your holiday guests.

Light up the dark

Our LightHouse greets you like an illuminated landmark in the night. Place the LightHouse at your doorstep to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Your guests will be guided by the light and find their way into you home in the most beautiful and inviting way.

 

Gifts for him

Still looking for the last gifts? To help you with your Christmas shopping we have made a selection of gifts for the men in your life, whether it is your friend, brother, father, boyfriend or husband you are looking to find something special for. There are gifts for many different types as well as different budgets. Have a look!

For the wine connoisseur

The Basic Series has a unique character with its industrial materials such as titanium-coated stainless steel and silicone. The coating makes the material extra strong and gives it an exclusive silky finish. He will love pouring a tasty glass of wine for himself and his friends using this unique range of wine accessories.

For the shoe enthusiast

The unique function of the Shoehorn is the slim, flexible yet robust tip, which adjusts to the foot and shoe. The magnetic mounting fixture included makes it easy to hang the Shoehorn on the wall. A clever design for the man who appreciates a great pair of shoes.

For the pizza lover

Our Pizza Wheel is the perfect companion on a boys’ night. Not only will it slice up his favorite pizza within the blink of an eye, it also functions as a bottle opener. The pizza wheel is dishwasher friendly.

For the hedonist

The handmade Whiskey Glasses convey an elegant expression and the entire experience revolves around how you hold the glass in your hand. Aroma, temperature and volume all come together and the wide opening completes the indulgence. A must-have for his bar cabinet.

For the gourmet

Craft is a series of  luxurious high quality kitchen tools that will make him feel like a master chef. The mortar with pestle (pictured) makes the most of his strength by effectively crushing spices and herbs to set free all the wonderful aromas. Share this fact with him and he will be overjoyed!

For the humorous

This quirky set of Friends Salt & Pepper Shakers plays on the double meaning of the Danish word ‘bøsse’, which means both ‘shaker’ and ‘gay’. The two friends come one with and one without a painted leather vest, letting you know the difference between the salt and the pepper shaker. Perfect for the guy who wants to add some humor to the dinner table.

For the well behaved

Has he been extra good this year? Then spoil him with something that he will be able to enjoy for years to come. Every man should have a comfortable lounge chair. With its streamlined design and high quality, Era is a durable, long-lasting and versatile chair that easily accommodates modern interior’s need for flexibility. Choose a black leather version to underline a masculine feel.

Interview with Jan Gustav Sørensen

Today we continue our series of ‘Everyday Pleasure‘ interviews with a Q&A with the designer behind our Angle & Edge Cushions, Jan Gustav Sørensen.

Jan Gustav Sørensen graduated as a Design Technologist from TEKO Design and Business School, Denmark in 2004. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Art Direction and Concept Development from the Danish School of Media and Journalism in 2013. He uses his experience of fashion and visual concept development when he creates designs, concepts and visual identities on a daily basis for Normann Copenhagen.

This season Jan Gustav Sørensen has made two new cushion designs for Normann Copenhagen called Angle and Edge. Angle is a colorful cushion with a cool, graphic feel. The bold color combinations make this pillow an easy way to add a fresh new look to a room. The Edge cushion has a more minimalistic design with a tone on tone look created by the combination of two textiles with different textures.

Angle Cushion in nuances of Jan Gustav Sørensen’s favorite color; blue. See more colors here.

Edge Cushion in blue. See more colors here.

Everyday pleasure

What is your favorite everyday moment?

I live in Copenhagen and when getting from A to B, I like to bike next to the lakes of the city (also if it means it’s a detour) and especially crossing the area around ‘Dronning Louise’s bridge’, makes me smile. 

What makes this moment special?

It’s my favorite spot in the city, because to me it captures the essence of the city. There is always life, a huge variety of all sorts of people, bikes (!!!) and what I think is the true Copenhagen feeling. In the summertime it’s the perfect place to meet up with friends for a drink. I love running around the lakes (along with the rest of the citizens), and going for slow walks there with friends while sipping coffee. No matter if the sun is out or not, the sight always has a calming effect on me.

The lakes in Copenhagen. Photo credit: iamkaspar

What inspired you to make the design of Angle and Edge?

Angle and Edge are both designed with the idea to create a small colorful space in a cushion, you would only dream of painting in your home. I love spaces, and especially retail design, so I often get inspired by the more dramatic, brave and futuristic material and color combinations you would see in a design shop, a gallery or the set-up of an event or party. We often choose to decorate our homes with clean and simple colors, but even if it’s the more classic or the more bold color combinations, Angle & Edge are an easy way to create a new feeling in your home and get those more exciting color combinations into your everyday life.

What is great everyday design to you?

When a product helps me with a problem I haven’t thought of how to solve myself. And then I often find myself shopping for everyday design items after having visited my parents or older family members, since they often have these old, simple and classic, functional pieces, for example within the category of kitchen tools. All the design is gone, there is more or less just functionality left. That is great everyday design.

What is on your wishlist this Christmas?

Because blue is my all time favorite color, I am wishing for this picture by Mathias Juel Christensen.

3664 Benson Street’ by Mathias Juel Christensen

Take your queue from Jan Gustav Sørensen and take a calming stroll around the lakes in Copenhagen. It is a wonderful way of taking your mind off a long Christmas to do list. If you do insist on gift shopping, you could swing by our Flagship Store near the lakes and get some colorful fluffiness to place under the Christmas tree. The Angle and Edge cushions are perfect for the purpose! You could also just stay on your couch and have a look at all the lovely color options here.