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Danish Design: Modern and Beyond with Mathilde Ploug Andreasan


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From the 1940s onwards, Danish Modern, with its sleek shapes, warm materials, and pure lines, appealed to audiences far beyond Scandinavia. In this conversation, we will explore how danish ideals of modesty and functionality became an international export success. We’ll trace Danish modern back to its roots in craft tradition and industrialization, all the way to the present.

Under the guidance of Kaare Klint, a generation of influential Danish furniture designers was taught at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Here, modernist ideals were taught along with traditional craftsmanship, resulting in a wealth of imaginative and functional furniture. We’ll learn how Danish modernism is much more than muted colors, simple lines, and sensible functionality. It has a wide pallet ranging from comfort and warmth to cool and modest, from the strict to the comical.

We will look into the stories behind famous chairs by Arne Jacobsen, Børge Mogensen, and Hans Wegner. Dive into design publications from the period, look at how the furniture where produced, and see how Danish design has evolved since then.

Led by an expert in design and local Copenhagen resident Mathilde Ploug Andreasen this conversation will deepen our understanding of the history and aesthetics of Danish design. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels (or design purchases!), learners will emerge with a more nuanced appreciation of Danish modern.

Mathilde Ploug Andreasan has an MA in design from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Her interest within design is what it can tell us about the broader culture and changes in society. She sees design as a field that lays between function and aesthetics, that can show us what our ideals of ‘the good life’ are. Mathilde has lived in Copenhagen for the last 8 years, she has studied design at schools in Copenhagen, Eindhoven (Holland) and Kolding (Denmark). From these experiences gained a wide knowledge of different approaches to design. She has worked with children ranging from ages 2 to 15 years and has from this, and her own family life, solid experience in how to create truly engaging communication.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Not up to usual standards

While Ms Andreasan clearly knows the subject matter, her graphics were not useful and her presentation did not present in any sort of logical way the key elements or reasoning behind Danish design and why, for example, it became so popular in other countries.

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Not up to usual standards

While Ms Andreasan clearly knows the subject matter, her graphics were not useful and her presentation did not present in any sort of logical way the key elements or reasoning behind Danish design and why, for example, it became so popular in other countries.