3 Days of Design 2022: best of Danish design, and more
Copenhagen’s 3 Days of Design (15 – 17 June) has returned with a city-wide showcase of innovative designs, furniture design classics, latest launches as well as new spaces that explore new approaches to our interiors. Discover our highlights from the three-day design festival.
3 Days of Design 2022: the Wallpaper* highlights
‘Studies of a Table’ by &Tradition
‘Tulip’ table by Luc Fuller and ‘Éclair’ by Teruhiro Yanagihara
At Apollo Kantine, &Tradition presents ‘Studies of a Table’ – a hybrid art-design exhibition in collaboration with five designers and design studios from across the globe, who will push the boundaries of what is traditionally considered to be the archetypal table. The designers taking part include: Studio Raw Material (India), Teruhiro Yanagihara (Japan), Luc Fuller (LA), Jacques & Lee Buys (South Africa), and All The Way to Paris (Denmark). These masterly designs will be spread out across three floors, allowing us to truly take in each varied piece.
’Barcelona Silver Bed’, by Paul Cournet, ’Wrap Yourself in Love’ mirror, by Laurids Gallée, and ’Morphed State’ vessels, by Alexander Kirkeby. Photography: Piercarlo Quecchia and DSL Studio
After debuting the show at Alcova during Milan Design Week 2022, Tableau brings to Copenhagen ‘Confessions’, an exhibition with Post Service addressing men’s mental health. Featuring commissioned work by 14 male artists, designers and architects, the show reflects on toxic masculinity, vulnerability and mental health through furniture, installations and objects.
For 3 Days of Design, Fritz Hansen takes over the garden of the Designmuseum Danmark (set to reopen on 19 June after a two-year restoration), joining forces with architecture firm Henning Larsen to create a specially designed pavilion in conversation with the leafy surroundings and a soundscape curated by Bang & Olufsen. Designed with a distinctively Nordic approach with particular attention to daylight and natural materials, the pavilion is a celebration of Fritz Hansen’s 150th anniversary and a fitting example of the sustainable design thinking shared by the company and the architecture practice.
At the newly opened Vipp Garage, interior stylist Julie Cloos Mølsgaard has commissioned artists Pettersen & Hein and Alexander Kirkeby to create artworks for a supper club table setting. A medley of music, design, art and food will be held in this cultural hub, including a public unveiling of Mathias Malling Mortensen’s mural and a range of carefully curated installations. Vipp’s outdoor collection is also being previewed on site, while the brand’s journal is launched, chronicling Vipp’s design tales.
Nonagenarian Danish designer Hans Bølling presents a new trio of pieces; a stool, a lounge chair and a coffee table. Bølling’s work is a product of collaboration with Brdr Krüger and AHEC, in which they were inspired by the 1964 design of the wooden ‘Tray’ table. Pinpointed as his proudest achievement, this early design was deemed a work of simple genius, with its reversible trays and collapsible frame, combining design with practicality. Bolling’s geometric rigour and timeless style signals a promising new collection, which you should not miss.
The interplay between home and work is the focus of Karakter’s ‘Co/Work’, an exhibition at the company’s Frederiksgade showroom presenting furniture and lighting by the likes of Gijs Bakker, Achille Castiglioni, Aldo Bakker, Michael Anastassiades and Joe Colombo. Styled by Pernille Vest, the space is a sophisticated merging of domesticity with workspace, each object performing multiple functions.
In collaboration with Anker & Co, Michael Anastassiades reveals new lighting from his own Unlimited Collection. The ‘Ta-ke’ and ‘Relay’ are the development of a lighting design language Anastassiades has been evolving for a few years, featuring a linear borosilicate LED bulb giving off all-round illumination, combined with a stone base (‘Relay’) or fastened to a composition of bamboo elements (‘Ta-ke’).
Designers Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay of London-based design studio Raw-Edges have created this armchair for +Halle, inspired by ’the dynamic nature of production in public spaces’. A hybrid furniture piece, the armchair features a swivel and is defined by a niche-like platform doubling as a desk, expanding its function from the domestic realm into the workspace. Say the designers: ’When [the user is] seated, every aspect of the object evokes free movement, with refined yet generous angles, opening for a wide welcome yet private sphere.’