Intro to Danish Design by Designmuseum Danmark

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Design plays an integral part in our lives, surrounding us at home and in our work life. The products of design – whether in the form of household products, packaging, fashion, software, and industrial equipment, or promotional images in the mass media – can be seen both as objects of beauty and as the result of creative human endeavour.

Especially Danish design is renowned for its functionalistic and simplistic design, incorporating these design elements into architecture as well as to every day household items and unforgettable Danish design furniture such as chairs.

If we take a look back in history it was during the mid 20th century Danish design came into its own and got its international breakthrough. The years following World War II lead to a new flourishing of what became known for the world over as Danish design.

What makes Danish design unique is the fact that it never really goes out of style. Danish furniture – such as Arne Jacobsen's stylishly simple chairs – are still displayed in design showrooms across the world as the ultimate image of modernity. The timeless allure of Danish design is due mostly to its simple lines, a deliberate lack of decoration, and a consistent pursuit of functionalism and material knowledge.