New York Times names 12 Treasures of Europe

There’s nothing like starting a new week with some great news. This morning we were very happy to discover that the New York Times has named Normann Copenhagen one of the 12 treasures of Europe in their latest travel issue that hit stores on October 19th. The journalists and editors has selected their favorites places and items to discover if you are planning a trip to Europe.

Read the article here and find out what the other 11 treasures of Europe are.

Popstars

After an age long break the TV-show ‘Popstars’ is now back on Danish television. The search of Denmark’s next popstar is well under the way and the suspense increases as we approach the final. With a judges team counting actress and entrepreneur Christiane Schamburg-Müller, Danish pop singer Medina, and producer and songwriter Søren Rasted (you might remember him from the pop group Aqua and their big international 90′s hit ’Barbie girl’), the contestants are up for a tough challenge.

During the selection process, the contestants hang out in the Popstars apartment where Normann Copenhagen has a hand in the décor. The show’s interior stylist has decorated the apartment with several Normann Copenhagen furniture and accessories styles. The contemporary expression of the Normann Copenhagen pieces looks great in contrast with the classic apartment. The stylist’s use of colorful artwork provides the finishing touch.

Agnes Vases

Ding Table, Brick CushionOnkel Sofa

 Era Lounge Chair, Block Table, One Step up Bookcase, Ducky, Mormor Cups

At the living room’s cozy seating arrangement an Onkel Sofa is made extra comfy with a Brick Cushion in fresh green hues. The mint green color of the cushion’s central square recurs in the cute Block Table. The Ding Table in coral provides a bold contrast to the blue/green color range and goes well with the paintings.

Shorebirds

Slice Table, My Chair, Nyhavn Vase, Lumberjack Candle Holders, Shorebirds

Our Slice Table has been given a prime location in the beautiful bay window in the judges room. It is accompanied by My Chair in a buttery soft leather upholstery. The window sill is decorated with Normann Copenhagen accessories.

Folk Candle Holders

 

Hello Floor Lamp, Kabino Sideboard, Era Chair

The rest of the apartment holds many more Normann Copenhagen items. Our Folk Candle Holders create a cozy feel at the big dinner table in the kitchen and in the TV-room a Kabino Sideboard works perfectly as hifi furniture while an Era Lounge Chair in black leather provides comfortable seating.

The show is on every Tuesday at Danish Channel 5. Take a look and see if you can spot our pieces.

Lighten up

Here in the North darker times are quickly approaching. The days are getting shorter and daylight will soon start to feel like a fleeting pleasure. We cuddle up inside and light becomes both a necessity and an evocative joy. For many of us fall sparks the urge for making your home the most relaxing and cozy place. Maybe it is time to add a few new lamps or to find a replacement for the lamp that never really gave a pleasant light.

The right lighting is about both function and atmosphere. The strength and dispersion of the light should fit the purpose, so think about how you want to use the lamp. Will it be used for reading, to give light over a dinner table or as extra light in a corner? We have three newcomers in the lighting category, which can fulfill different needs and match different tastes.

CAP

Cap is a table lamp that oozes with personality. The design is inspired by the cartoon character Calimero, a small chicken with an eggshell on its head. The shape of Cap’s lamp shade resembles the rounded shape of the Egg shell.

Cap has a rotatable shade which makes it possible to direct the light. This makes Cap suitable for reading or any other occupation that requires a direct light. Cap can also be used solely for the purpose of creating a cozy feel. Besides giving a nice light the lamp’s quirky yet simple design will add a refreshing playfulness to your home. Cap comes in a selection of fashionable colors; choose between an effectful Midnight Blue, a delicate Misty Blue, a soft Blush or a winter-like White.

AMP

Our new Amp lamps have a nostalgic and at the same time modern expression. The combination of the solid marble and the delicate glass makes for a sophisticated and well balanced design. Amp is inspired by old tube amplifiers from the 1960′s and this is also where the name for the series comes from. 

Use the Amp lamps to create a warm and pleasant atmosphere by adding a little light to your dark corners. The Amp Pendants can be used separately, in pairs, or you can make them form a light installation by hanging several lamps together in a group. Check out the effect in this Instagram photo. Amp is also made as a table lamp, which works great placed on a side table or in a window sill. The lamps are available in two colorways; black marble with smoke colored glass and green marble with golden glass.

BELL

Bell was introduced in 2012, but for 2014 more Bells are ringing! An X-Small and Large version have been added to the product range for a total of four different sizes to choose from. The lamps have an iconic bell-like shape and great attention has been put into designing the connection between the cord and the lamp. Instead of being hidden away, the connection has been accentuated as a unique feature of the design.

Bell provides a directional light and can be used in many different ways depending on the size you choose. The lamps are ideal over a dinner table, in the kitchen or in the hallway, just to name a few. Bell is available in sand and grey; two neutral colors that can fit many different interiors. Choose one color or mix them up.

Browse through our full selection of lighting options right here

Interview with Hans Hornemann

Today’s post in our series of everyday pleasure interviews features Normann Copenhagen in-house designer Hans Hornemann.

The young Danish designer graduated as a Master of Engineering in Industrial Design from the University of Aalborg 2014. Hans Hornemann emphasizes the combination of aesthetic simplicity and high functionality in expressive and light-hearted design. He is fascinated by the industrial and technical solutions in design in terms of both material and mode of expression.

For Normann Copenhagen’s Fall collection Hans Hornemann has designed the Slice Table and Buzz, a fresh new take on the classic flyswatter.

EVERYDAY PLEASURE

What is your favorite everyday moment?

My favorite everyday moment is dinner time. For me food is an important everyday pleasure. I have always enjoyed eating a well prepared meal and in my opinion, dinner is the best tasting meal of the day. At dinner the atmosphere is often relaxed; a good day of work is done and the mind is filled with energy. This state of mind merges perfectly with a good meal.

Snapshot from one of Hans’ dinners with friends

What makes this moment special?

Dinner is always different. Sometimes, I look much forward to the next day to come, sometimes I am thinking about the day that has passed, and sometimes I am thinking or talking about something completely different. It is an easy time and nothing beyond your togetherness decides what the agenda is. 

Since dinner time is your favorite everyday moment tell us, what makes a good dinner table?

A good dinner table works as a gathering point for people and can fill several different functions. The table must have a simple design in order to fit many different rooms in the best possible way, and I like when the design is easily understandable. A simple table also works as a great canvas for the items you place on it, which I think is important. In the process of designing the Slice Table, I wanted to work with oak. In my opinion you get a lot offered when you work with wood. The structure of the oak is very expressive, and this makes it unnecessary to add a lot of extra shapes and details to the design. I like sitting at a table with a natural surface and I think the oak also adds a nice warmth to its surroundings.

What inspired you to make Buzz?

Personally, I get quite annoyed by insects and especially wasps. I wanted to create a product that could help me solve this problem during the happy summertime. The shape of the product is inspired by a folded newspaper, which is probably the most commonly used flyswatter worldwide. The opening in the end is designed so you can easily pick up the insects without touching them. The soft silicone is selected because it can reach into corners and the wood is chosen to soften up the industrial material besides providing a good comfortable grip.

Hans’ sketches of Buzz

What is great everyday design to you?

To me, great everyday design is not a single thing. It is many different factors that come together in a product, and the factors differ from time to time depending on the type of product. It happens when form and function come together in a unit. Great everyday design is honest in its expression and easy to understand and use. When no necessary qualities are neglected and all unnecessary is removed.

Get greater pleasure from your dinner time with a beautiful table to set the scene. Hans Hornemann’s Slice Table is available at our online shop. If you want to prevent insects disturbing your cozy dinners, go get your Buzz and be prepared!

Read the previous interviews:

Studio Klass, Sigurjón Pálsson and Günzler.Polmar.

Color is an easy fix!

If you are tired of the same old surroundings and in need for some change, there’s no need to redecorate your entire home. Even the smallest change can be a breath of fresh air. A couple of new cushions or a throw blanket thrown casually over an armrest will instantly change the atmosphere of the space and lighten up the room. This fall we are introducing several new textiles which are just perfect for updating your home in a quick and easy way.

Colors can have an impact on your mood and a new colorful addition to your decor can feel like a boost of energy. Whether you are attracted to muted shades or bright eye-catching hues, the textiles will bring a fresh feel to your home. In addition, their soft look will contribute to the creation of a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

CUSHIONS

Among our Fall news are the cushions Angle and Edge which are perfect for color experiments.

Angle has a graphic and modern look and the bold color combinations make it a great choice for those of us who love color, but are not daring enough to live out our affection entirely.

Angle in the colorway Blue

Angle in the colorway Rose

Angle in the colorway Blue/Green

Edge has a clean look and is made in luxurious fabrics with a nice mix of textures. Edge is great in combination with the more bold Angle Cushion, where it helps to keep the overall expression in balance.

Edge in the colorway Green

Edge in the colorway Blue

Throw Blankets

Cuddle up in the Tint Throw Blanket or in our newcomer Ekko. Both made in 100% pure lamb’s wool. The wool is brushed to make the throw blankets extra soft and warm.

Ekko has a characteristic pattern of repetitive circles and cylinder shapes, creating a dynamic feel and making the blanket interesting to look at. The special weaving technique used for Ekko makes the back and front become contrasting color reflections of one another.

Ekko in the colorway Navy/Rose

Ekko in the colorway Raspberry/Mint

Tint, on the other hand, uses a simpler pattern of long wide stripes created by using different shades of the same main color. Tint’s color play is inspired by the change of the seasons moving from light to dark and  how the light changes over the course of a single day from morning to midnight.

Tint in the colorway Blue

 

Tint in the colorway Pink

Both blankets can change expression by the way they are folded, making different parts of their patterns visible. Use the blankets to add an exhilarating splash of color to any dull lounge area.

This is just a selection, there are many more colors to choose from than the ones pictured in this post. Find your favorites and get your color fix here!

Normann Copenhagen on stage

We love seeing our products in many different settings. Right now our products can be seen in action in a new play conducted by The Royal Danish Theater’s Red Room.

The Royal Danish Theater’s new production of Henrik Ibsen’s famous drama Hedda Gabler premiered the 24th of September. The role of Hedda Gabler is played by young actress Johanne Louise Schmidt who has recently won the Danish crown prince couple’s prestigious talent award.

The somber drama takes place in the big and expensive house that Hedda Gabler and her husband Jørgen Tesman move into after returning from their honeymoon. Tesman has done everything possible to give Hedda the home she has dreamt of. As part of this dream house setting you will find a selection of items from Normann Copenhagen.

You can see the actors eating snacks from our Geo Jars and sipping drinks from our Long Drink Glasses. Everything is of course served on the Geo Tray.

Geo Jars in colors Mint/Frost and Nude/Frost

Geo Tray in Mint

Long Drink Glasses

Our Nyhavn Vases are also a central part of the décor. They look great filled with big bouquets of flowers.

 

The medium Nyhavn Vase in Light Grey

The medium Nyhavn Vase in Sky Grey

Using simple effects the stage designer has created a modern home in a tasteful subtle color palette. The Normann Copenhagen pieces fit perfectly into this scenery.

You can catch the play until January 29th 2015, and we warmly recommend making the trip to the theater.

If you feel inspired to add some dusty pastels to your own home, you can get all the featured items at our online shop here.

Interview with Günzler.Polmar

We are continuing our series of designer interviews with the Norwegian design duo Günzler.Polmar. We have asked the duo to share their thoughts on everyday pleasure, as a follow up on our Fall collection’s source of inspiration.

Günzler.Polmar consists of designers Victoria Günzler and Sara Polmar. They met at the National Academy of Arts in Oslo where they both studied  Interior Architecture & Furniture Design. After their graduation in 2011 they joined forces and formed a design studio under the name Günzler.Polmar. They have exhibited their designs in Oslo, Stockholm, London, Paris, New York and Los Angeles.

Sara and Victoria have contributed to Normann Copenhagen’s Fall collection with the throw blanket called Ekko. The blanket is named after its characteristic pattern which repeats like an Ekko. Ekko is made in 100% pure lamb’s wool, making it very soft and warm.

EVERYDAY PLEASURE

What is your favorite everyday moment?

In our work as designers we often draw inspiration from the everyday life, and so we often think about and reflect on what everyday life really consist of; the series of small moments, many of them seemingly insignificant, the repeating rituals, our set habits. One of our favorite everyday moments is the times where we allow ourselves to stop and have a break, drink a cup of coffee or tea, breathe, before going back to work again. 

Time for a break. Coffee served in a Günzler.Polmar design

What makes this moment special?

It is fascinating that it is often in one of these breaks; the moment you pause and remove yourself from what you are doing, that new and interesting ideas appear. You suddenly see things differently from when you were right in the middle of the work flow. 

What inspired you to make the design?

When we started working on the blanket we wished to examine weaving as a technique, and the possibilities that lie in weave as a medium. We also wanted to work on a two-dimensional level and to approach the graphic pattern as a picture. By using repetition, pattern and colors we hoped to create an interesting and dynamic, yet well balanced composition.

Sketches of the pattern for Ekko

What is great everyday design to you?

To us great everyday design are not the mundane objects that subtly makes everyday life function and keep things going as usual; but rather the objects that makes you stop and reflect on the things you do, even if you do them every day. Great everyday design is common objects you surround yourself with all the time, yet they demand your awareness and deserve our attention.

Thank you, Sara and Victoria, for sharing your favorite everyday moment with us.

Read the previous interviews with some of our other designers here and here. If you are warming up to the colorful Ekko Throw Blanket, you can get yours here and stay toasty during the cold winter season.

When world class art & design meet

We are proud to say that our Circus Poufs have moved into one of Denmark´s best art museums; the Museum Jorn in Silkeborg.

The playful and Nordic design of Circus Puf has been selected as seating for the exhibition ” Dr. jorn’s institute of artistic disturbance”. The poufs are used as resting places around the exhibition, where visitors have the opportunity to relax and enjoy the art along the way.

Outside view of Museum Jorn in Silkeborg, Denmark

Circus Poufs in grey in front of the “Stalingrad” – the masterpiece of Asger Jorn which he worked on from 1956 to 1972. 

“We have turned the normal exhibition concept inside out, so you can see everything that goes on behind the scenes at a museum. The idea is to look behind all Jorn´s work, see the techniques behind and even test them,” says museum director Karen Friis Herbsleb about the exhibition.

She explains: “The Circus Poufs fit absolutely perfect with our exhibition. With their form and expression, they capture the playful spirit of the Dr. Jorn institute exhibition. Besides fulfilling their obvious use as seating, they are also a mere embellishment in themselves.”

The museum has chosen the Circus Poufs in both sizes in red and grey.

Museum Jorn holds the collections that were created by Asger Jorn from the early 1950s until his death in 1973. Jorn’s generous gift is one of the two largest donations of art ever made in Denmark.

In consequence, the museum is not only home to the most comprehensive collection of Jorn’s own works but also holds thousands of paintings, sculptures and works on paper by other artists – members of Cobra and older international artists who inspired Jorn or were kindred artistic spirits including, among others, Max Ernst, Francis Picabia, Fernand Leger and Man Ray.

 

If you are in Denmark, we recommend you to visit the exhibition.

The exhibition ends November 2nd, 2014.

Interview with Sigurjón Pálsson

If you have been following us on the blog you might have noticed that we have a new collection coming out. Everyday pleasure may be the words that best capture the feel of the Fall collection. The collection focuses on everyday moments and how even the smallest things can bring great pleasure to your daily life.

We have asked some of the designers, who have contributed to the collection, about their favorite everyday moments. This post will introduce you to the Icelandic designer Sirgurjón Pálsson’s universe.

Designer + Crime Writer

Sirgurjón Pálsson has since his graduation from the Danish Academy of Fine Arts won several awards for his designs, which are characterized by their simplicity and harmononious expression. He strives to find the right combination of shape, function and materials to achieve this harmony - and create a design that is beautiful yet stripped from everything unnecessary. Pálsson is not only recognized for his designs, he is also an acknowledged crime writer.

 Sigurjón Pálsson holding one of the Shorebirds.

For Normann Copenhagen Sigurjón Pálsson has designed Shorebird, a range of decorative wooden birds. There are three sizes of birds resembling three different species of wading birds with their own unique character and personality.

  A selection of the Shorebirds by Normann Copenhagen.

EVERYDAY PLEASURE

At the time of the interview Sigurjón Pálsson was traveling in China.

What is your favorite everyday moment?

At this very moment,  after a tiring, hot late summer day in the hazy and stinking air of the overcrowded Emperor Summer Palace in Beijing, my thoughts go to one specific place. I close my eyes and I am there instantly: Grásiða, my summer house in Iceland.

It is a chilly Fall morning, clear and quiet. I stand on the balcony with the morning’s first cup of steaming freshly brewed coffee. It is a weekday and I am looking forward to a new day of work. Here, I am all alone. The summer season has ended and my neighbors are only here in the weekends.

Iceland on a cold, fresh Fall morning.

What makes this moment special?

Melancholy silence – Even the last migratory birds have flown south and a feeling of loss seems to spread among those who are not leaving, making the silence absolute. I fill my lungs with clear, cold morning air, heavily scented with the aromas of Fall. When I exhale, a cloud of steam rises. The sun slowly comes out over the treetops and the spider’s manifold masterwork is revealed by the morning mist. As soon as the sun gives off heat, the morning fog lifts, the web disappears and so does this magic moment. Or does it?

Such a moment lasts forever, if you want it to. Nothing inspires one more to sit down and create than moments like that. Moments of silent solitude. Create something extraordinarily beautiful, evident and natural. Something so simple that it almost could not have been done differently. If you take something away it does not work and if you try adding something it becomes superfluous.

 Outside Grásiða – Sigurjón Pálsson´s summer house in Iceland.

How did the design of Shorebird come to life?

Shorebird is the result of a rather long, diffuse and undefined period of preparatory work where birds were the theme. I deliberately kept approaching the origin which in the end came to be a few figures whose simple silhouettes in an evident and live way resembled birds which everyone was familiar with, in postures characteristic for each and every one.

The materials should be as few as possible without unnecessary decorations. Gradually and consequently I decided that the bird should also be made in the simplest way; by a small joiner company with the most primitive tools and machinery.

I studied photographs and movies of birds and their behavior. I ended up choosing the posture they have when they are searching for food on the beach. That posture also gave me the three necessary „legs“ for the figure to stand on; its two long legs and beak. A small adjustment of style and some minor refinements, and the posture could easily be done by a lathe. Finally all it needed was finishing, three holes and an equivalent number of colored steel sticks. The bird was ready.

What is great everyday design to you?

The optimum design must be when function, form and aesthetics come together in an inseparable unity that cannot be meddled with, without being destroyed. Such a human creation is unlikely to exist. Why? Because we all have different tastes, needs and sense of aesthetics. But still, it is our, the designers, task and duty to strive for perfection every time we give shape to an object and then we will see how close to perfect we can get.

If you want to add a touch of the enchanting Icelandic atmosphere that Pálsson so vividly describes, you can find his beautiful and curious birds right here.

We have more designer interviews coming up. In the meantime you can read the previous interview with Studio Klass here.

See our New Store in Hamburg

Yesterday we opened our brand new store at stilwerk in Hamburg and we couldn’t be more excited about it! The new store is our very first one outside of Copenhagen and we really look forward to being a part of Hamburg for the next five months!

Have a look at the picture from the store below and make sure to pay us a visit if you are in Hamburg.

All photos are courtesy of our friends at stilwerk.

See more pictures from the store on Facebook right here. You can also click here to read more about the new store!

You can find us here:

Address:
stilwerk Hamburg
Große Elbstraße 68
22767 Hamburg

Opening hours:
Mon – Fri: 10 am – 7 pm
Sat: 10 am – 6 pm