New Danish craft and design

At Maison&Objet, Paris

Danish Crafts’ collection CC16 contains 23 brand new products, which will be launched at Maison&Objet in Paris later this week. Twenty-three products characterized by outstanding design and quality, most of them handmade and – in keeping with tradition – made in Denmark.

The cream of the crop of Danish ceramics, glass, textile and furniture is represented in Danish Crafts’ annual collection of modern Danish craft and design, Danish Crafts Collection CC16. Furthermore, for the first time ever, all the products are brand-new, so there is a lot of new material to choose from for the buyers from leading and international lifestyle shops, museum stores, galleries and design magazines.

As another common characteristic, many of the products in this year’s collection contain references to familiar things. Traditional and contemporary features are mixed, often in one and the same product, and thus the collection suggests an interpretation of culture and history.

A craft renaissance

All the selected designers master their craft to perfection in terms of both materials and design.

– The craft renaissance that we are currently witnessing makes these products attractive to buyers and the press, because they are unique, handmade and – in keeping with the tradition for Danish design products – made inDenmark. In a global world where everything looks increasingly similar, and where the same products, brands and chains are found all over the world, the uniqueness that craft represents becomes a sought-after quality, says Curator Nina Tolstrup. Danish Crafts’ annual collection thus focuses on both products and designers, showcasing the richness and diversity that Danish craft and design have to offer.

Prototypes ready for production

Danish and international manufacturers are among the main target groups of Danish Crafts’ annual collection. For several years, therefore, Danish Crafts has collaborated with leading design manufacturers.

– To us, Danish Crafts has been a source of inspiration ever since our beginning, says Poul Madsen, CEO of normanncopenhagen, one ofDenmark’s leading design manufacturers. We strive to select products that represent high-quality craftsmanship, and over the years, we have come across several products showcased by Danish Crafts that were perfect for our collection, because they had an innovative design and were also very usable.

This year’s curator is the London-based Danish designer Nina Tolstrup, who also curated the two previous collections.

This year’s participants:

Agnes Fries, Strokes (series of seven wheel-thrown vases in various sizes)
Akiko Kuwahata, STiTCH (consists of two elements: a round table with stitching in coloured wax string on a conical base and a matching stool with a coloured, woven cushion)
Akiko Kuwahata, 30° (perspective frame in 3-mm Oregon pine with a yellow, grey or sky-blue based painted with magnetic paint)
Anne Tophøj, Fictile 12.1 (ceramic series)
Finnsdottir, Lights (collection of lampshades cast in porcelain with textile cords)
Foxy Potato, VEGA (magazine rack)
Friis & Black, Wallpapered (collapsible table)
Jane Holmberg Andersen, Tree Vase (series of three vases in various sizes)
keis&fiedler, Lupin (series of grey or rose-coloured round bowls in various sizes)  
Monamore, Turn Dish, Clay Tray (dish, tray in glazed and unglazed stoneware)
Marion Fortat, Owow (vase for a single flower)
Meyer-Lavigne, Flower me happy pots (three vases and three flower pots)
Nina Bruun, HALO (small and large wall-mounted lamp in copper and stainless steel)
Pernille Snedker Hansen, Marbelous Wood Wall – Cabin Cover (hand-decorated wooden panels)
Peter Johansen, All good things come in trees (nested tables)
PLACE de BLEU, Collection Mosaics (collection of cushions and a pouf)
R7B Copenhagen, Crafted Urns (stoneware urns)
rebelldesign, Django (cork rocking horse)
Rikke Hagen, Big Orla (pendant lamp with a lampshade cast in porcelain with shiny enamel and a neon-coloured nylon suspension)
Sen-Sen, New Nordic Knit (consists of the blanket Grey Sweater and two pillows: Grey Sweater and Yellow Sweater)
Tora Urup, Candlestick-1 (mouth-blown in clear glass and varying tones of coloured glass)
Trine Charlotte Find, Filigreetree Mini (Christmas tree)
Victoria Ladefoged, OUR HOME COLLECTION (bread bag and tea cosy)

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