The Copenhagen collection houses furniture created by both up-and-coming and iconic designers from diverse design traditions. Since 1970, Copenhagen has been and continues to be, a design destination, or contemporary showcase, of designers worldwide.
John Mortensen - an internationally renowned Danish architect and furniture designer - began his career in 1959 after graduating from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and earning highest distinctions. Mortensen started out as a cabinet maker for Christensen and Larsen and slowly transitioned into designing dining, office, and living room furniture for Danish and international furniture manufacturers.
Throughout his career, Mortensen has specialized in woodwork, creating each of his prototypes in his personal workshop before sending them on for production. He shapes, carves, and crafts wooden furniture with sophistication and finesse. As such, his designs have quickly become mid-century modern classics.
Copenhagen is proud to feature original designs by Mortensen in the Copenhagen collection. To see more of Mortensen's design work, check out his gallery at DegnTimm.dk/JmDesign/Index.html!
Andrea Lucatello - an industrial designer based in Treviso, Italy - is an accomplished international designer with extensive experience, creativity, and knowledge of his craft. Lucatello specializes in interior and nautical design and, as part of the design process, experiments with manufacturing techniques for different types of materials. His design pieces are characterized by distinctive lines, angles, and details and are intensely original.
Tone Kvello earned her bachelor's degree in Product Design at Oslo and Akershus University College and later her Masters degree at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO). In 2008, she joined the Ekornes Stressless YOU team as an industrial designer, where she works to revolutionize comfort through the creation of contemporary, high quality reclining chairs and sofas.
Al Glass, a talented designer for BDI, is well known for his clean, simple, and sophisticated design style. In his work, he uses simple proportions to design pieces that are contemporary classics, often adding subtle, distinctive details that set his work apart. Glass' unique details are inspired by his love of the beach and coastal life.
Jason Guidry, one of BDI's leading designers, approaches the design process with a focus on the aesthetic and experiential aspects of design. He is passionate about creating pieces that are exemplary in both form and function. As a result, Guidry's work is characterized by fine attention to detail and subtle, artistic touches that distinguish piece of furniture as a work of art.
Bjørn Wiinblad, born in 1918, was a Danish painter, designer, and artist who was best known for his work with ceramics, metals, and graphics. Throughout his successful career, he worked as a poster designer for Denmark's Tivoli Gardens and for renowned organizations such as the Royal Danish Ballet and New World Symphony Orchestra, designing costumes, graphics, and art. Notably, he worked with Rosendahl Porcelain Company, creating dinnerware and home decor that is admired for its superior detail and craftsmanship. Wiinblad's work frequently features the motif of round-faced people in 19th-century clothing. He weaves in natural elements like trees, vines, flowers, and fruits, sometimes with bold colors and metal accents, or often in black and white.
Jan Armgardt, an internationally recognized German designer, began his career by studying all aspects of the furniture building profession. Apprenticing with interior decorators, upholsterers, and welders and joiners enabled him to establish solid foundation of knowledge and expertise that he draws upon as both a master designer and professor/academic.
Armgardt is known for his environmental consciousness and belief that creating durable, high quality furniture helps to reduce material waste and conserve resources. Though Armgardt has his own studio and small-scale manufacturing company, he collaborates with a wide range of furniture manufacturers and design companies to develop new merchandise- all the while remaining keen on further influencing and educating those in the furniture industry about the importance of conscientious design.
Wilhelm Bolinth collaborates primarily with German furniture manufacturer W. Schilling to create high-quality, contemporary leather furniture. Bolinth has a natural understanding of the designs and furniture that people will welcome into their homes and uses his unique creative vision to develop eye-catching and comfortable bedroom and living room furniture. Bolinth's style deeply influences the design of W. Schilling's leather furniture and is recognizable by the fine detail and sophisticated elegance worked into every piece.
Patrick Selmay, based in Quebec, Canada, has led a successful career as a both a furniture designer and entrepreneur. After graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering, Selmay went on to establish his own furniture manufacturing company called Mobican in 1988, where he has continued to serve as Chief Executive Officer. Since its founding, Mobican has remained a family-owned and operated company and dedicated itself to producing top quality, affordable furniture. The bedroom, dining, and living room sets manufactured by Mobican have a distinctly contemporary, Scandinavian style and are constructed of high quality woods that are long-lasting and beautiful.
Copenhagen carries bedroom and dining room furniture designed by Mobican, as well as media chests.
Matt Weatherly, based in the United States, has gained wide acclaim for his designs produced in collaboration with the American furniture company BDI. Weatherly, inspired by Danish modern design, attended the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts to enhance his understanding of architecture and woodworking and earned a degree in Industrial Design from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
At BDI, Weatherly has specialized in designing office suites, media consoles, and work modules that are versatile, functional, and modern. His work incorporates wood, glass, and metal materials with minimalist finesse, reflecting his dedication to creating aesthetically innovative furniture that is highly functional and designed with nature in mind.
Weatherly’s award winning Corridor media console and bar and Sequel Wall Mount Desk are part of the Copenhagen collection, as are many of his other pieces.
Hans Wegner, a Danish furniture designer and architect who started his career in the early 1930s, is one of the most prolific designers of his time. Internationally recognized as an innovator in the realm of furniture design, Wegner forged a path by creating his own distinctive style and merchandise. Wegner is known for drawing upon design traditions from different eras and cultures and shaping his products, primarily chairs, into works of modern minimalism. His background in cabinetmaking enabled him to create his own method of working with wood—a skill that is evident from the variety of forms and shapes his chairs assume. By the end of his career, he had designed over 500 chairs, many of which have become iconic in the design world.
Frans Schrofer, a Dutch furniture designer based in the Netherlands, bases his design philosophy on the principles of simplicity, functionality, practicality, and elegance. The desks, tables, and dining room furniture he designs mix traditional and contemporary elements that have high aesthetic and functional value.
Throughout his career, Carl Muller—an independent furniture designer located in Seal Beach, California—has fostered a strong partnership with the American furniture manufacturer Elite Modern, producing an impressive array of desks, tables, and work suites for the home and office. After graduating from California State University with a degree in Industrial Design, Muller has gone on to collaborate with Elite and other large manufacturers, all the while maintaining and further developing his contemporary style.
Muller works to make each of his designs aesthetically innovative and functional while maintaining an affordable price-point. When designing a new item, he considers global design trends and marketplace factors as he chooses materials and styles—a practice that speaks to his interconnectedness to the current design community.
Copenhagen is proud to carry many of Muller’s premier designs, all of which can be viewed below as part of the Copenhagen collection.
Per Hånsbæk, a Danish architect and furniture designer, has collaborated with the Danish furniture company Skovby for over 25 years, creating dining room tables, chairs, sideboards, and display cabinets with superior craftsmanship, elegance, and functionality. Skovby describes Hånsbæk as “the architect of dining room functionality”—a moniker that speaks to his belief that good design is inseparable from considerations of practicality and use.
As can be observed by studying his designs in the Copenhagen collection, Hånsbæk strikes a perfect balance between aesthetics and function. His dining room tables, in particular, expand with innovative and simple mechanisms and seamlessly adapt to needs of every household.