It’s Barbecue Time!

Fire up the grill, decorate the terrace, mow the lawn and fill up the kiddie pool, because barbecue season just started!

In the North we cannot wait for warmer summer nights, so when the sun finally comes out and makes the night a little warmer, we stay outside a little longer. A perfect opportunity to enjoy a tasty barbecue with family and friends. Before you put the steak on the grill and enjoy a sip of your cold beer, make sure you have what you need to season your food and keep the buzzing bees at arms length.

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Whether it’s salt or pepper, use Craft to add some flavor to the meat on the grill

We all know that a perfectly grilled piece of meat beats most other summer foods so make your guests crown you as the unofficial barbecue master. Make sure to grind some fresh black pepper on top of the steak when it is simmering to enhance the grill flavor. It’s hard to enjoy a barbecue when the insects start buzzing around your food. Keep the mosquitoes, wasps and bees away from your grill and guests by always having a flyswatter close by and ready at hand. 

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Keep buzzing insects away with the Buzz flyswatter. It is both functional and aesthetically pleasing

A perfectly grilled steak can’t make an entire barbecue. Fresh ingredients and small side dishes add an extra flavor for a tasty combination. Peel some carrots, radishes, and beetroots and mix them together with strawberries, apples, and fresh feta cheese for a fresh and delicious salty and sweet salad to be enjoyed in rich volume. 

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Use a colorful Peeler to brighten up your summer salad  

When darkness falls and the food is gone continue the cozy vibe for you and your guests. Light up the garden with candlelight for a warm and lovely evening, a perfect way to end a successful night.

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Create a lovely evening atmosphere with Light House

Writing this post made us hungry, so do invite us if you a planning on a barbecue tonight. We can practically already smell the grill going.

Tap is nominated for…

We are proud to announce that the Tap stool, designed by Simon Legald is nominated for a German Design Award 2016.  Normann Copenhagen has a strong tradition for taking part in this prestigious competition. We are proud that products like our Era lounge collection and the vacuum flask, Geo are previous winners of the award (2015 and 2013 respectively).

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The German Design Award started in 2012 and is already an acknowledged design competition. The German Design Award is the international premium prize of the German Design Council. Only designers nominated by the council is taken into consideration for an award. A jury of international experts from several fields within the world of design choose the winner. This year our fingers are crossed for The Tap Stool to win the award!

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Simon Legald has taken up the challenge and breathed new life into the traditional archetypal three-legged stool with original materials and details. In doing so, he has created a practical and beautiful design in the cross field of craftsmanship and industry. Tap is an unexpected, different, yet familiar stackable stool in a class of its own.

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Here at the Normann Copenhagen office we cannot stop smiling when we think about the nomination for the Tap Stool. The winners will be announced in the autumn 2015. Stay tuned if you are curious to know how the outcome.

Want to know more about the award? Then visit the German Design Councils website here.

Summer equals picnic

Picnic time is one of our favorite things to do during summertime; there is something magical about sitting on blankets in the sunlight and sharing great food, wine and talks with the people who are important to you. It is around the blankets you laugh together, drink homemade fresh juice, share you best summer memories, and tell secrets and stupid stories when the wine hits the blood.

We already packed our baskets and can’t wait for a summer full of picnics and memories.

If you want to come along, below you can find inspiration on what to pack for a perfect picnic.

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Ekko throw blanket and Sprinkle quilt are perfect for a relaxed atmosphere

First of all you need a basket, a tote bag or backpack is fine, but a basket makes it all the more elegant. A small radio or speaker is always a good idea so you can relax and listen to music and perhaps do a little dancing to some fresh summer tunes. You will need a carafe, we recommend one with cups in different colors, this will make it easy to tell which cup belongs to who. Don’t forget a knife to cut the cheese, salami, and fresh fruit. Most important of all are a couple of blankets to sit on. Layer a few in different colors and the sitting will automatically feel more warm and cozy. A bonus is the bigger space to spread your picnic out on – which means more friends can join.

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Our Cristal Carafe with five cups in different colors makes it easy to separate your cup from your friends’

It is all about minimal prep. Make tasty sandwiches with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella before you leave home. Don’t forget the drinks. Make a fresh ice tea drink which is enjoyable for the entire family. Use a teabag in a carafe full of water, let the tea chill for a couple of hours, and the result will be a fresh and perfect cooling summer drink.

Remember there are no rules for when to picnic, you can do a picnic breakfast, picnic dinner, picnic party. In the park, the forrest, the beach or in your backgard. As long as you have packed the basket right, nothing can stop you from picnic all day and everywhere during the summer.

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You can never go wrong with the Geo series, and some tea to make a cooling summer drink. 

We can’t wait to picnic with you!

Summer weddings

The summer is here, meaning that wedding season is already full motion. It is time to celebrate love and embrace each other. Whether you are the one getting married, going to a wedding or maybe having romantic dreams about your future wedding, we have gathered some wedding design and gift inspiration for you!

Even though all weddings are different, some big, some small, some very stylish, and some barefoot in the sand, a wedding is and will always be one of the most memorable events in your life.

With that said, there is no doubt that a summertime wedding can be one of the most fun, lovely and moving events imaginable. Everyone from kids to grandparents get a peak into the world of two lovers that have promised themselves to each other. Food, wine, fashion, music and decor can help create the perfect setting for a celebration where guest and lovers let loose and celebrate the love until the sun comes up.

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Floe tealight holder, perfect for a romantic table decor

As you approach the day of your wedding, you’ll want to ensure that all aspects will be remembered. Create your dream wedding and make the perfect setting for your guests. Magic can happen when you gather around a beautifully set table to talk, laugh, cry and sing together. Place small design accessories on tables to set the romantic scene. Light up the garden with lanterns when darkness falls so you and your guests can dance all night long. 

Give your guests a place to relax in between all the dancing, eating, and speeches. A cozy corner with plenty of blankets and pillows offers a bit of rest for tired party feet. Add some floor lamps, and this will be a popular talking corner as the party stretches into the night.

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 Light house and pouf’s perfect as a gift, or for creating a relaxed atmosphere for the guest

If you are going to a wedding as a guest, remember to give the newlyweds a gift that comes from the heart. But remember that just as with the wedding ceremony itself giving a wedding gift is full of traditional don’t and do’s. Here is a couple of tips to help you navigate and select the best kind of gift: 

  • According to folklore, a knife signifies a broken relationship and is bad luck to give as a wedding gift.
  • In Denmark, wedding etiquette would probably be against the idea of giving money as a wedding gift.
  • In many countries like in Japan, however, money is a common gift.
  • At Polish, Turkish and Greek weddings it is very common that guests pin money on the bride’s gown. Typically, the money is to fund the honeymoon. 
  • A statue is a thoughtful gift for a Buddhist couple. A statue of Goddess Laxmi, the Goddess of prosperity or Buddha would most likely be well received.
  • If you are attending an Islamic wedding a wedding gift “do” is a personalized name canvas with Islamic calligraphy. These are personalized with the names of the bride and groom and meant to last forever.

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 A beautiful bed linen is always a good wedding gift. Find more gift inspiration here 

No matter if your summer tag is “just married”, wedding guest, or dreamer, we wish you all a great summer of endless love and memorable weddings!

Lonely Planet travel guide

Copenhagen is a city in nonstop motion. New Instagram friendly cafés, Michelin restaurants, designer shops, and sustainable fashion is a proving factor of the constant innovation in the city.

All this and much more has contributed to the huge international attention the city has received in the last couple of years. Magazines like Monocle, Wallpaper and acknowledged blogs have already crowned Copenhagen as “the place to be”.

2012_May_Normann_FlagshipStore_1nologoOverview of the Normann Copenhagen Flagship Store

2012_May_Normann_FlagshipStore_7The long shelves of the entrance hall filled with design accessories for the home

Recently, Lonely Planet published their new travel guide, Pocket Copenhagen. Here you can find the most up-to-date advice on what to see and do in Copenhagen. We are proud that our Flagship Store located on Østerbro is featured as one of the hidden discoveries to explore when in Copenhagen.

Just like rest of Copenhagen the Flagship Store is in constant motion. Every month our creative team change the decoration in the store and style new environments that contain different themes and settings. The window decoration is changed from day to day. Normann Copenhagen also hosts different events, so at any given time you might find a pop-up shop, a food tasting, an exhibition, or something completely different to explore.

2014-06. Normann Space - Stine Goya 10Image from Normann Space. A concept where different creative personalities were invited to decorate a room in their very own style. Picture above is the concept of Danish Fashion designer, Stine Goya.

2015-01. Form Exhibition (1)The Form exhibition at the Flagship Store

Come and join us and step into the Normann Copenhagen world. When visiting Copenhagen and not on a bike, you can always take bus 1A, 3A and 14 which all stop very close to the store.

Hip Hip Hurray for Constitutional Day!

Today, is a festive day in Denmark. Not only do we pay our tribute to all the great fathers with Father’s Day. We also celebrate that it is exactly 100 years since Danish women and servants were given the right to vote and the opportunity to stand for election.

We actually kick-started the celebration earlier this spring with the film “If the Constitutional Act was a piece of furniture”. We did this because Poul Madsen, CEO and co-founder of Normann Copenhagen, is one of the 100 selected individuals to raise awareness about the 100th anniversary.

Framegrab_7_Button_blogWatch the film here. 

We asked Poul about what it means to him to be part of the celebration and what makes the perfect Father’s Day in his eyes. If you are curious to know what he said, then continue reading…….

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What does it mean for Normann Copenhagen to be a part of the 100th Anniversary celebration of the Constitution?

It means a lot! We are very proud and honored to be selected as a representative for the creative industry. Even though we tend not to think about it in our daily lives, the Constitution is the basic framework for our society. In that way, it plays a big part in how we think business, design and much more. For us it was natural to contribute with a speech that took its point of departure in our own daily lives, in our business. That is how the idea to make the film came in mind.

Speaking of your speech; you compare the Constitution with a piece of furniture. Why is that?

It seemed very natural to make the comparison. The Constitution is made to embrace all, regardless of gender, race or age. Just like a piece of furniture! Like with a classic piece of furniture, there is room to shape our individual lives around it. Now and then, furniture pieces might need a new upholstery to last longer. Occasionally, the Constitutional Act might need new upholstery  too in order to continue to be up-to-date, metaphorically speaking.

In Denmark, Constitution day and Father’s Day always fall on June 5th. Do you think it would have been different to be a father today without the Constitutional Act?

I think it would have been different for both parents. With the Constitution Act of 1915 it was not only the women who got the right to vote. Men under the age of 30 and without their own household gained the right to stand for election as well. This was a big step for the equality between men and women and across all levels of society. However, when it comes to equal rights for moms and dads, we still have some fights to make.

What makes the perfect Father’s Day?

Spending the day with my daughter and wife.

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Remember to hug your dad one more time today, and to watch the big celebration show on Danish DR1 tonight (in Danish).

We wish you all a happy Constitutional Day –  and Father’s day of course!

Read all the speeches from the 100-year celebration of the Consititutional Act here.

Talking Form with Simon Legald

The Danish designer Simon Legald (b. 1986) has created the Form collection for Normann Copenhagen. Simon’s designs are often created in a dialogue between craftsmanship and industry, and the Form series is no exception.

Form has quickly gained a lot of attention and is fast becoming one of Normann Copenhagens most popular series. We had a small chat with Simon where he explained about the long process designing this innovative series of tables and chairs. Read the interview below to get a glimpse of how Form was born and find out how Simon Legald went from designing a chair to developing a full range of furniture.

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What inspired you to design the Form series?

I always had the idea of making a chair one day that would stand alone as an integrated entirety; a chair where even the smallest details were taken into consideration. From a functional perspective you are limited in how you can design a chair. It must have legs, a seat and a backrest. For the design of Form, it was essential for me to work with the integration of the frame and shell in a new way, and therefore how I could solve this in the most elegant way. I have analysed hundreds of chair designs from different decades. I have looked at which aspects could be rethought and optimised. It started with an idea for a chair, but rather quickly developed into a range of furniture.

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You received top marks for your graduation project, ´Form´, at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Can you tell us more about that?

For my graduation project, I actually showed the version with the armrest. I had been working on drawings for the chair for several years, just prior to my graduation project. I decided that it should be the Form project and worked intensively on the design for six months. My original drawings of the shell have evolved a lot since the beginning. For example, the directions and lines of the curves are much more natural now. But the overall concept of the chair is the same.

What is unique about the Form series in your opinion?
I have developed a new design principle for the assembly of the base and shell. It consists of 4 moulded plastic connectors. What is unique is that the chair can be adapted to different base types and still keep the same natural connection between the base and the shell. For example, swivel bases or bases in wood or steel are used without the connection being visible on the chair. Multiple bases can also be mounted on other designs of shell chairs, but if you look underneath most chairs, you can see that the holes made are for different base types. I think that’s a shame, because for me great design lies in the details. Therefore, my goal was not only to design a chair, but also to anticipate and implement all possibilities for future frames.

An important detail is also the varied thickness of the material used in the shell. I have made a small curve at the top of the backrest, making the chair easier to pull out from under the table. I also like that the series contains both chairs and tables. It makes it possible to complete my vision of creating an integrated entirety. Although the Form chairs, Form barstool and Form tables are different, they share a common design DNA. I have, for example, used a similar principle to assemble the tabletop and legs as the one used for the chairs.

I worked on the project for a long time and the series is carefully thought out, which is reflected in the details. The end result is exactly how I pictured it. Meaning it holds a special place in my heart. The Form series has evolved from an idea of one chair, into a design concept that can be adapted to various frames, colours and therefore functions. Thus it is not only one chair, but also any chairs (and tables) in one.

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What does the concept ‘form’ for you?

To me, form is the essence of design. Form is the thing that makes it possible to recognise the product and what differentiates the product from other designs. Form is the first thing you see before you experience the function. Form is also where a designer can put his personal stamp on a piece of furniture or a product.

There is a lot happening on the Danish design scene these days. What does Danish design mean to you and how is this reflected in the Form Series?

Danish design is characterised by minimalism, functionality and traditions. I don’t think that much about the concept of “Danish design” when I begin a new project. But like most people, I am a reflection of my surroundings, so it’s natural for me to explore my own history, thereby often including elements from the Danish design language in my designs. In this way, the Form series is also made with respect for Danish design and craft traditions.

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We hope this interview gave you a little understanding of how Form came to be – from the first sketches to the finished product. If you are tempted to see more of the Form series, than take a look on our website right here.

Form in the press

We are always happy to be featured in magazines from around the world, and we love seeing the different styles and moods our products become a part of. We have gathered a small selection of the Form press coverage which we have received during the last few months.

blogpost_johanne_500pxCredits: Schöner Wohnen March 2015 (Germany), Plaza Deco February 2015 (Sweden), VTwonen March 2015 (Holland), Bonytt Juni 2015 (Norway), and FORM Magazine May 2015 (Sweden).

blogpost_johanne2_500pxCredits: Bo Bedre March 2015 (Denmark), Bolig magasinet May 2015 (Denmark), Designbase January 2015 (Denmark), Design February 2015 (Korea), AD Architectural digest June 2015 (Italy) and Interni May 2015 (Italy)

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Spice up your living room

Summer is slowly on its way, and that means a change in mood, color, behavior and even desires.

Everything becomes brighter and the sun shines through the window from early morning and until late afternoon. The living room changes and it becomes time to create the perfect space for one’s personal desires.

Most living rooms have multiple purposes to suit individual needs. Whether you feel like lounging, reading, working, or relaxing you should go for an interior design that meets your different wishes.

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Angle Cushion

Combine furniture pieces and accessories that can easily be moved around so you quickly can change the setup. Add fun and functionality to the living room, by using rugs to mark different areas. You can change your area rugs to reflect the season, using light colors for warmer days.

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By mixing distinctive materials and colours, you can boost a personal feel and bring new life to your living room. Mix soft pastels with dark tones. Combine steel and wood, or organic materials with plastic for bringing beautiful contrasts into your space.

The last step for creating the perfect setup for your summer dazzle is to use recognizable and characteristic silhouettes. This will make the living room yours personal, and more like a home you feel relaxed to use. Add different sculptural items to the room, such as vases, lamps, poufs, and candle holders. You can place them by themselves or together in various combinations to give the room an individual feel.

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Circus Pouf

Agnes about Agnes

We have a crush on vases! The high. The low. The small. The Big. The round. The square-shaped. At age 17, designer Agnes Fries knew that her dream was to do ceramics. She gratuated from The Royal Danish School of Design in Denmark and has worked with clay ever since. Today, she splits her time – and business – between Scandinavia and China. We had a talk with designer Agnes Fries about vases, and her own design for Normann Copenhagen; the Agnes vase. Below, you can dive into the fascinating world of vases made by passionate artists and craftsmen and -women.

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Which stories do you believe porcelain can tell?

Porcelain is one of few materials that doesn’t change over time. In museums you’ll find ceramic vases from Jingdezhen that look exactly the same as they did 1700 years ago. This means that whatever we make in porcelain today can survive thousands of years and tell stories about our time. This is of course quite mind-boggling since most fields deal with much shorter time frames than that. If you’re just chitchatting you should probably choose another material, or at least consider if it’s worth passing on.

1020_Agnes_Vase_BlackWhite_All_On_Blush_Wide.500A cluster of Agnes vases. 

Where did you find inspiration for the Agnes vases?

I spent a summer researching how to translate brush strokes to ceramics. I often work like that, picking a topic and then focusing on how to boil it down and express that essence. Porcelain is my medium, a way to communicate, and with Agnes I wanted to show the beauty of freshly painted brush strokes. First came the feeling, than came the shape and the technical way of expressing that feeling.

How do you work with function?

With Agnes I really looked into flowers and what size they actually have. Long stem lilies, roses, big bucket of tulips or a little handful of coltsfoot are different, and the proportions are chosen accordingly. The decorations are also adapted to the sizes of the vases, so the balance of black and white fits the different shapes. I’m intrigued by relations and how things interact. Functional objects relate to us and are parts of our lives. I make a vase and then someone puts it in a room, next to another object or three. Then time changes, and maybe five or twenty years from now the home looks different and things feel different too. To design something that can work in as many variations as possible without taking over or loosing its identity is perhaps the biggest thrill in my work. Designers do it intuitively, and these are some of the aspects we look for when detecting something that has ‘it’.

Can you tell us more about the artistry techniques you are using in your work?

I try to honor the material and craft itself and to create something that highlights it. The black decoration on Agnes is there to show the blackness of the strokes, the whiteness of the porcelain and the traces of hand. I often work with color and decoration like that, as a contrast to the amazing white surface that porcelain offers. I basically just work with color and shape and how they relate to one another, expressed through porcelain.

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Do you favor working with a specific technique or glazing?

My mother is a print maker and my father was a surgeon and painter and I can see their fields combined in my work. I like my work to be graphic, colorful and precise – something porcelain and over glaze ideal for (the technique used for the Agnes vase). I love working with sharp lines and then seeing them come to life after firing, through that slight warp that makes the clay feel natural.

In 2012, the Agnes vase was handpicked to become part of the Danish Craft Collection. What did that mean to you? 

Danish Crafts have supported me a lot over the years, and Crafts Collection was important since it gave me the opportunity to show my work to an international audience. My first client through their show at Maison & Objet ended up being Paul Smith, and then Normann Copenhagen approached me about putting the vases in production. The response has been quite overwhelming and I’m very lucky to live in a part of the world where we have art funding and support to develop those ideas that might take a while to finalize.

1020_Agnes_Vase_BlackWhite_all_On_Row.500The Agnes vase comes in 7 sizes. 

What fascinates you about vases?

A vase has an outside and an inside, sometimes open enough to see both at the same time, sometimes closed and secret with the inner space almost hidden. It’s an interesting metaphor for people, and I like to think of my vases as family members. I often work with series of objects that can stand on their own as individuals, together as a whole or combined in different ways. The Agnes series consists of seven different shapes that work like that, and they also need to work with flowers or other contents or in someone’s home. I’m always happy to see pictures from people’s private homes showing my vases in a new context. That’s the beauty of functional objects – they get a life of their own and become part of someone’s everyday life. They’re used, moved around and become part of expressing our human urge to and talent for composing and decorating our surroundings. Flowers in a vase is a nice symbol of life, something that withers and something that stays.

What is your all-time favorite vase

The large Thorvald Bindesbøll earthenware vases in the collection of Designmuseum Danmark takes my breath away every time I see them. They’re so effortless and bold and tactile and have everything I wish I could do at some point in my own work.

How do you use vases yourself? For small flowers, big buckets or…?

Both my studios and my home are filled with vases but I rarely have flowers in them. I like vases that work with or without content, and I like using them for my tools such as paintbrushes, pencils or drawings. I like functional objects that are beautiful as they are, and then go through some kind of transformation when used, and I suppose I like treating functional objects as flowers too. Kitchen tools, cutlery and spare candles end up in vases too, and I got a gorgeous ostrich duster from my mother, which is perfect in a vase. My big collection of scissors and brushes look just as good as flowers, plus they never go bad.

What is your best styling tips with vases?

I sometimes bring my vases to the florist and ask them to choose something for me. It’s fun to see their skill and knowledge in action and I learn something every time. If I have a big bouquet I like taking one or two flowers and put them separately in a smaller vase to see them in a different way. I tend to move the vases with me, so I can see them in as many places as possible.

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agnes-vases-flowers.500Agnes´s own picture with different Agnes vases with flowers.