This year, just a few days after the spectacle of Salone del Mobile, the Danish capital invited the design community to 3daysofdesign. In normal times, there would be a two-month gap between the two events, this time, we barely unpacked. In Copenhagen, Scandinavian brands transformed their showrooms and headquarters into beautiful exhibitions presenting their new collections. In true local style, the Clippings team jumped on bikes, pedalling from location to location. Here are ten new furniture and lighting products that our colleagues think you should know about. Get in touch with our team if you want more info about any of these products. Coming soon to the platform.
Plivello Pendants by Le Klint
Paper lighting specialist Le Klint introduced the Plivello series by Danish designer Christian Troels. He broke down the shapes of traditional tiered chandeliers, translating them into simple overlapping rings holding the neatly folded, FSC-certified paper. The series includes three versions, ranging between 49 and 97 centimetres in height, all gently illuminating their surroundings. Available from September.
Hippo Sofa by NORR11
At the NORR11 showroom, we got to see more of the wonderful Hippo collection and Studio sofas, both of which we introduced in the UK at our Breakfast Insights event in March at the brand’s London showroom. The Hippo range welcomed a newcomer: a sofa. Also designed by Kristian Sofus Hansen, it’s a simple, sculptural piece that is surprisingly comfortable to sit on. The signature joint detail, which stands out on the chair versions exposing the wood, is here hidden away under the fabric cover. It feels more subtle, making the piece an excellent option if you need to design a seating area away from walls.
Apiales Wall Light by Nuura
Most of our partner brands hosted drinks and parties throughout 3daysofdesign, but Nuura had another reason to celebrate: the lighting brand has just moved into a new showroom right next to the Frederiks Kirke. They presented a range of new products, including the Apiales wall light, a range extension to the existing chandeliers. With no visible screws, this harmonious, simple lamp – with a matt glass sphere attached to a metal fixture – comes in brushed brass or matt black.
Easy Sofa by Verpan
While gentle neutral colours set the mood in most showrooms, Verpan, the brand that holds the rights to many of Verner Panton’s designs, went down the opposite route. Fully embracing deep or vibrant hues, the Danish brand filled the historic rooms of the Lindencrone Mansion with larges seating constellations in vibrant greens, blues and yellows. The company also presented the Easy Sofa, which first debuted in 1963. Featuring signature curves, the sofa’s round base hosts four seats with hugging backrests.
Tabata Wall Light by &Tradition
&Tradition cleverly transformed its home into an exhibition space showcasing the 2022 collection – they even created a cute little restaurant for meetings. On display was Tabata, a lamp by Luca Nichetto, bringing a soft touch to an industrial aesthetic. Nichetto became intrigued by the idea of creating a light appearing to float on the wall. The shade with three connected metal modules can be installed horizontally or vertically.
Colour Cabinet by Hay
Stepping into the magnificent Hay House marked a welcome change in energy. The showroom and store, where Hay presented the autumn/winter collections, were full of bold hues. Even the storage category joined this festival of colours: the new Colour Cabinet series by Muller van Severen. Combining various saturated colours, the smooth surface of the cabinet and sideboard is contrasted with sliding doors made from ribbed glass.
Bukowski Chair by New Works
For New Works, Brooklyn-based designer Steven Bukowski came up with an intriguing twist on classic Scandinavian mid-century armchairs. By tapering the legs towards the armrest and backrest, the Bukowski chair feels more sculptural and dynamic than traditional versions. The round seat mirrors the round shape of the legs, creating a harmonious look and feel. It’s made from solid walnut, oak or beech.
Ark Sofa by Normann Copenhagen
Many local brands threw open the doors of their headquarters, turning them into showrooms, exhibitions and bars. Normann Copenhagen resides in a four-storey former printing house, where they presented many new furniture, lighting and accessory collections. The 2022 releases included Arc, a modular sofa range designed by the brand’s creative director Simon Legald. Seemingly assembled from plush cushions filled with a mix of high and low-density foam, the pieces compel with their friendly appearance. Arc launches with centre and corner modules and an armchair.
Basket Sofa by Gubi
Residing just outside the city centre, Gubi’s office and showroom is a 15-minute cycle away from the main design hub. Well worth a visit, it is located in a former industrial building in Nordhavnen, a docks area currently being developed into a new business and living quarter. Here, Gubi showed the 2022 outdoor pieces, like the Pacha outdoor seating collection and the brand’s latest launches, including the Basket collection, a seating series designed by Joe Colombo in 1967. The rattan is hand-woven onto the steel frame, which also holds the plush cushions.
Eclipse Desk by Menu
Menu took full advantage of its home setting. In Copenhagen, the brand operates from The Audo, a high-end hotel that also houses showrooms, a concept store and a restaurant – furnished with many Menu pieces. During 3daysofdesign, their team filled the gorgeous lounge with the company’s new launches, including the Eclipse Desk. Designed by Fred Rigby Studio, its asymmetrical shape is inspired by the spheres of celestial bodies. The steel column, a contrast to the solid oak table top, hosts a storage container.