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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

3 x Scandinavians

At Normann Copenhagen we love to work with different designers. We collaborate with well-established design names and new talents from around the world.

The latest collection is the epitome of true Normann Copenhagen aesthetics. It includes daring and eye-catching products in a contemporary design as well as bold, vibrant colors. The products have a minimalist idiom characteristic of Scandinavian design.

Therefore we thought it could be interesting to take a closer look at three of the Scandinavian designers behind the latest collection.

Get ready to learn more about Simon Legald, Jonas Wagell and Günzler.Polmar.

From Denmark: Simon Legald

Simon Legald graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in the summer of 2012. His work consists of both small- and large scale products. Simon’s designs are often created in a dialogue between craftsmanship and industry. He also likes to incorporate the techniques that are necessary for the structure of a product into the design by highlighting them visually.

Normann Copenhagen was quick to spot Simon´s big talent. He barely graduated before he became our first in-house designer and since he has designed everything from a sofa to candleholder, pouf, lamps, vases and much more.

Simons says this about his designs: “Honesty is what makes a product understandable and is what describes the products functionality. If you understand the product, it doesn’t need any explanation. The essence of my design is for it to be bought and used. Therefore it has to satisfy not only the functional aspects, but also the psychological and aesthetic needs. For me simplicity describes the true identity of objects and makes them trustworthy. In my design I try not to add any unnecessary details. I work with simplicity by highlighting the necessities instead of hiding them. It gives the product a simple and honest expression.”

New Fall 2014: Nyhavn X-Large in creme

The Nyhavn Vase was first introduced in Fall 2013. It now comes in a larger voluminous version perfect placed on the floor or on a wide windowsill combined with other decorative objects such as vases, candlesticks and plants. The new larger version will be available during this Fall.

New Fall 2014: Nyhavn X-Large in plum

The Nyhavn Vase got its name as the different sizes and dimensions of the vases reflect the varying heights and widths of the houses of the historic Nyhavn harbour in Copenhagen. 

From Sweden: Jonas Wagell

Jonas Wagell was born in Linköping and worked as a graphic designer and project manager until 2001 where he started considering a future within the field of product- and interior design. Jonas started studying Interior Architecture and Furniture Design at Konstfack University College, where he graduated with a MFA in 2007. Today, Jonas Wagell works with architecture and design.

“My ambition is to create simple and honest products that have strong character and warmth. Often with humor and color. I have always been fascinated by minimalism but often find myself lacking something personal or a trace from the creator. Maybe my work could be described as “expressive minimalism”. I believe it is important that design has a connection to local traditions and heritage on some level, without risking being outdated with time.”

New Fall 2014: Stay Table 40 x 40 cm in stone grey

New Fall 2014: Stay Table in 40 x 52 cm in burgundy

Stay is a range of small multifunctional tables available in two sizes and three colors. Stay Table will be in the shop during the fall.

From Norway: Günzler.Polmar

The Norwegian design studio Günzler.Polmar consists of Victoria Günzler and Sara Wright Polmar. They met when they were both students of Interior Architecture & Furniture Design at the National Academy of Arts in Oslo. After finishing their studies in 2011, they started their own design studio. Their work has been shown at trade fairs and exhibitions in Paris, London, New York, LA, Stockholm and Oslo.

“We are fascinated by the potential design has of making an impact on people’s everyday lives. To us it is not a question of function or aesthetics. We believe that both elements must be present to create a good design. The aesthetic of a product can also be a function in a way. The things we surround ourselves and the way they are designed influence our daily lives. Functional items can make things simpler while aesthetically pleasing things can help increase our sense of quality of life”.

New Fall 2014: Ekko Throw Blanket in four color combinations

The Ekko Throw Blanket was first shown as part of the 100 % Norway Exhibition in London in 2012. Normann Copenhagen spotted the beautiful design and the cooperation began. Later this Fall the Ekko Throw Blanket will be available for purchase – perfect for yourself or as a great gift for someone you love.

Interview with Studio Klass

Our fall collection is inspired by life’s little moments – the everyday scenarios that give you a special feeling of pleasure even though they may seem small and insignificant. The designs of the fall collection are to enhance this everyday pleasure, be it their function, form or appearance giving that little extra oomph to your daily life. But what is everyday pleasure, how can we define it? We have asked some of the designers behind the collection’s different pieces about their favorite everyday moments.

First in line is Studio Klass. Behind the name are the Italian designers Marco Maturo and Alessio Roscini. The duo is educated at the European Institute of Design in Milan, where they now both work as design professors. Studio Klass’ mission is to create innovative solutions for the functionality of a product and the way it is used via colors and choice of materials.

For Normann Copenhagen’s fall collection, Studio Klass has designed Squeezer, a citrus squeezer made in flexible silicone that can be adjusted to fit different kinds of citrus fruits.

EVERYDAY PLEASURE

What is your favorite everyday moment?

Breakfast. It’s the moment in which you can mostly feel free during the whole day. Contrarily to the lunch and the dinner, that are usually part of a daily routine, breakfast leaves you the opportunity to think on how you feel that day, how much time you have available, who you want to meet, what and where you want to have it. Breakfast tells a lot about people’s lifestyle.

What makes this moment special?

The freedom to decide how you want to start your day. You can have a big breakfast after an early morning run or you can quickly drink a coffee before going to work. It’s up to how you feel when you wake up.

What inspired you to make the design?

The first intention was not to design the product itself, but was more try to understand how people could use it. We designed a new way to use a citrus squeezer, in trying to evolve the usage into something as pleasant as possible, with a new natural and instinctive gesture. 

 

What is great everyday design to you?

We do not think it is something connected to functionality, ergonomics or design itself. It is more about some aspects that make you feel comfortable with a product or a piece of furniture, something that reminds you of a story or just something that evokes good feelings without a specific reason. We can say that great design works on our humanistic side rather than the pragmatic one.

 

Stay tuned until the next interview! In the meanwhile, dear blog reader, please share with us:

What does everyday pleasure mean to you?

Kitchen Craftsmanship

Whether you are a master chef or a kitchen rookie, great tools can enhance your experience of cooking. The Craft Series oozes quality and adds luxury to your kitchen adventures. The series is now being expanded with a mortar with pestle and a rolling pin.

Cooking is all about using your senses and preparing a good meal can be almost meditative if you do not rush it. Be aware of your sensuous experience while cooking and enjoy the aromas and the tastes of the ingredients, as well as the feeling of the tools in your hands.

The combination of oak and marble used in the Craft Series gives it a special tactile quality. The marble ensures a solid grip and the wood is robust yet soft to the touch. The utensils have a comfortable weight which adds further pleasure to the user experience.

 

The craftsmanship of cooking should always be met with the craftsmanship of well designed tools executed in excellent quality. Craft is made in the best materials and designed to last. The salt and pepper mills are made with exclusive CrushGrind® ceramic grinders, which have up to 200 years of normal household use in them!

Craft has a classic timeless look while the use of materials gives it a modern expression. The raw natural materials and the simplicity of the design produce that special Scandinavian feel. Put the pieces on display and they will make a beautiful addition to the kitchen décor.

Get your hands on Craft at our webshop here. The mortar with pestle and the salt and pebber mills are already available, but you will have to wait a little while for the rolling pin which will arrive in December.

Now, let’s get cooking!

Normann Copenhagen opens store in hamburg

From Wednesday the 24th of September, all of Hamburg’s design lovers will have a new place to shop and get inspiration for the home. You see on this day, we will be opening our very own 200 m2 store in stilwerk, Hamburg’s high-end shopping center for design and furniture.

To celebrate the grand opening we will be giving the 50 first purchasing customers in our new store at stilwerk a free Normann Tea along with their purchase!

Find us here:

Address:
stilwerk Hamburg
Große Elbstraße 68
22767 Hamburg

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

What to expect when you visit the store

In the new store visitors can expect to see a wide selection of the Normann Copenhagen collection. Our main focus it to introduce the citizens of Hamburg to our growing furniture range through minimalistically styled home-like environments which will range from living room and dining room to kitchen and hallway. The store will also include our versatile collection of home accessories and lighting.

Stilwerk is located in an old malt house in the industrial area by the harbor and our new store will be located in the shopping center’s rustic sub-level. The space is characterized by raw brick walls, arched ceilings and large steel pillars and we love how the setting adds an industrial contrast to the clean lines of our designs.

 

Normann Copenhagen + stilwerk – A natural partnership 

With shopping centers in Hamburg, Berlin, Düsseldorf og Vienna stilwerk has truly become a hot spot for International design and an natural partner for us. In fact, it isn’t the first time we’re working together with stilwerk.

This year marks the 350th Anniversary of the partnership between the area of Hamburg called Altona and Copenhagen. Stilwerk celebrated the occasion in August with the “Danish Design Weeks” where they created a large exhibition focusing on Danish design. The exhibition showcased design classics as well as new icons. We we’re of of course thrilled to be part of this with several of our products like the Norm 69 Lamp, the Block Table, the Swell Sofa, and the handmade ceramic Grass Vases, just to name a few. Check out the images from the exhibition here.

We can hardly wait until Wednesday when we open the doors to our new store and we hope you can’t either!

You can visit Normann Copenhagen at stilwerk in Hamburg until the end of February 2015, so there is plenty of opportunity to explore our collection.

Stay tuned for pictures here on the blog once the store has opened!

 

3 handmade vases

One of our favorite ways of bringing joy and beauty into our homes is something as simple as fresh flowers. The perfect bouquet can be everything from stunning flower arrangements brought home from the local florist to flowers handpicked in the garden or at the roadside. But you don´t get far creating that speciel cozy little moment without the right vase, right?

We have selected 3 of our handmade vases that speak to different tastes. Which one is your favorite?

A Masculine Twist

Vases often have a feminine expression in their form, color or decoration. Our new Still Vase has a simple, clean shape. In the grey version, Still also blends seamlessly into more masculine interiors.

The Still Vase is one of Normann Copenhagen´s Fall 2014 novelties

The characterful Still Vase is made of mouth-blown glass. The look is classic and elegant at the same time, making the vase very evocative. The essence of Still lies in the two cylindrical shapes that meet in soft arched curves. They create an organic and stringent mode of expression.

The Still Vase comes in two sizes and in two colors.

With its white interior and dense profile, in either clear or grey-colored polished glass, Still has a light feel while at the same time appearing robust and durable.

The white Still Vase has a true clean Scandinavian look.

This characterful vase is a timeless addition to the decor and looks beautiful both with and without flowers.

A Softly Curved Vase

The iconic Swing Vase is one of the first vases in the Normann Copenhagen collection. The essence of Swing lies in the uniqueness of each vase. The shape varies from vase to vase due to the fact that each one has been mouth-blown. The Swing Vase is decorative just in itself.

The Swing Vase comes in 3 sizes and many color options. The grey version brings a new modern twist to the classic Normann Copenhagen product.

Raw & Graphic Feel

The simple and contrasting range of vases named Agnes have been beautifully decorated with intense black brush strokes. The vases have been hand-painted which makes each one different and gives them all their own unique personality. The contrast between the fine white porcelain and the intense black brush strokes of the vases gives them a raw and graphic feel.

The Agnes Vases comes in 7 sizes. Each vase fits perfectly to different types of flowers.

The Agnes Vase is available in seven different sizes and is a beautiful piece either with or without content. Use one vase by itself, place several different sizes together or create your own look by combining the Agnes Vase with other vases from around the home.

Get inspiration for more vases here.

The new Geo Series is so much more!

This Fall our Geo Vacuum Jug has been accompanied by a whole range of complementing pieces. The Geo series consists of a tray, sugar bowl, milk jug and lidded jars.

The collection carries on the distinctive geometric feel of the Geo Vacuum Jug, with its masculine sharp edges and minimalistic mode of expression. The color range differs slightly from the one used for the jug, but complements it beautifully and creates an interesting play with colors.

The series’ obvious usage is the serving of tea and coffee. The different pieces can be combined to create a visually interesting setting that can give great pleasure to your daily routines and will also most definitely impress your guests!

The Geo Jars are perfect for small servings and the pastels will make everything you serve look appetizing and mouthwatering. Stuff them with colorful candy or snacks and enjoy that the dishwasher friendly material make them quick and easy to clean.

AND MUCH MORE..

Besides for the purpose of serving, the Geo Jars can fulfill many other purposes around the house!

In the bedroom the Geo Jars can be used to keep jewelry and other personal belongings. In the office they are useful as containers for paperclips.

Use them in the kitchen for the storing of grains and nuts…

In the bathroom for cotton pads…

…Or in the hallway or living room for keys and coins and all the bits and bobs you have lying around and do not know where to put. We are sure you can come up with more ideas!

No matter what they keep, the Geo Jars are a decorative element in a modern décor.

Find the Geo Collection here!

New Designs for Everyday Pleasures

Last week we showed you some picture of our trade show stand in Paris, and today we’d like to share our new collection with you.

The new collection is inspired by life’s little moments and includes everything from new ranges of cushions, throw blankets, vases and storage boxes to decorative objects and kitchen accessories. The new collection is centred on shapes and materials that on the one hand are natural and organic and on the other hand are geometric, graphic and industrial.

The new Edge Cushion in the Era Lounge Chair.

For this collection, Normann Copenhagen has focused on how design can help to create daily pleasure by use, shape, color and being in the home. Like the quality time you enjoy when cooking or having a cup of coffee with good friends and family, or the sense of calm you enjoy when relaxing in the sofa with your favorite cushion, a throw blanket and a good book. Or simply when you find pleasure in something beautiful on the wall, table or in the windowsill.

 

Nyhavn now comes in an X-Large size in Plum and Creme

New hand made Still Vases

Autumn has officially arrived here in Copenhagen and the flowers outside will start to wilt soon. This is just all the more reason to buy yourself some fresh flowers to keep the summer feeling for a little while longer. With a new bigger size added to the Nyhavn range, you can buy a huge bouquet to enjoy looking at every day. Or opt for one of the new hand made Still Vases for a timeless addition to the decor. Both vases looks great both with and without flowers.

An abundance of colorful new Angle Cushions

The wonderfully woolen Ekko Throw Blankets

Besides being nice to look at, the Angle Cushions and Ekko Throw Blankets are just the thing to add a pinch of color and spice up a neutral sofa. The cushions have a firm feel, making them very comfortable and supportive to lean against. The throw blanket is ideal for wrapping up in on a late summer evening in the garden, as well as on a cold winter day with a great book.

The Craft Collection gets expanded with a rolling pin and mortar & pestle

The new Geo Series

Enjoying a nice dinner or coffee with friends is on the top of the list of favorites for most of us.  Nice kitchen utensils and serving pieces can help make that experience even better. Let the Craft Rolling Pin and Mortar & Pestle make your cooking a cinch. The new Geo series is easy to combine with your vacuum jug, but can also be used by themselves  for everything from serving candy and treats to storing cotton balls, office supplies and food in.

The new Brilliant Boxes

Brilliant is a range of small glass boxes designed to keep your valuable belonging safe. They are inspired by precious stones like diamonds and rubies which can be seen both on the faceted cut of the lid and the colors. Enjoy looking a them every day wherever in the home you place it.

Join us here on the blog during this Fall where we ask some of our designers what their favorites everyday pleasure is.

Maison et Objet Fall 2014

Starting from today, you can browse through our Fall´s novelties. We have been very busy getting everything ready for the fair. We always look forward to coming to Paris showing all our news.

Normann Copenhagen will present the new Fall 2014 collection in Hall 8, Stand E1-F2 from the 5th – 9th of September 2014. If you are in Paris, please stop by and see for yourself what will be in shops this fall. Find out more about each new product here.