101 Danish Design Icons, as the name implies, lists 101 of the most celebrated creations of Danish design. The objects and furniture selected for the book represent everyday design found in ordinary homes around the world – not just auctions, museum collections and the residences of design aficionados. In the book, design experts and journalists, led by Lars Dybdahl, the head of the library and research at the Designmuseum Danmark, delve into the history of the objects and their designers in an effort to shed light on what makes such ordinary objects so desirable.
Denmark has long since written international design history. Today, Danish furniture, textiles, and home appliances and utensils from the sixties and seventies are more popular than ever. The beautiful pieces are meanwhile for sale at design galleries and have become a rarity at flea markets. In short, Nordic items for everyday use have become internationally sought-after trophies for sophisticates. This publication provides an extensive overview of those everyday objects that have to this day written design history both in Denmark as well as worldwide. Along with thirty-two leading scholars and journalists, the head of the library and research at the Designmuseum Danmark in Copenhagen, Lars Dybdahl, advances into the fascinating history of the individual objects. Playfully presented and situated in their historical context, the catalogue sheds new light on this unique world of objects.