3 Days of Design 2019 in Copenhagen

The 3 Days of Design event in Copenhagen was a celebration of Nordic, particularly Danish, design. The showrooms were open to the public, with designers displaying their latest products and the city brimming with fascinating exhibitions. The Finnish Design Shop team was on hand – read our report from Copenhagen!

3 Days of Design
3 Days of Design was held for the eighth time. The look for 2019 was created by the Spanish designer Jaime Hayón.

MENU – New office and hotel, The Audo

Menu has moved its headquarters and showroom to a new multipurpose facility, The Audo, which was opened in the district of Nordhavn during 3 Days of Design. In addition to Menu's office facilities, The Audo brings together a store, restaurant and creative working area, where several carefully curated brands are on display alongside those of Menu. Ten exclusive hotel rooms have been renovated in bold colours and with high-quality materials on the upper floor of the old building. Norm Architects designed the interiors.

“The new space is a hub for powerful ideas, beautiful design and inspiration. Through openness, knowledge-sharing and collaboration, Menu takes a new approach to running a design business. Our move to The Audo highlights the multidisciplinary, unifying nature of design, while serving as a showcase and testing ground for our new concepts”, says Menu’s Chief Design & Brand Officer Joachim Kornbek Hansen.

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Menu's headquarters and showroom moved into the new hybrid space The Audo.
The lobby's beautiful wooden staircase can also serve as an auditorium.
The store stocks several brands in addition to Menu's products.
Ten hotel rooms have been renovated on the upper floor of The Audo.
Menu Norm Architects
The layout of the hotel rooms was designed by Norm Architects.
The bathroom door is concealed among built-in cupboards. The bathroom is finished with marble and other natural stone surfaces.

HAY – The magnificent Lindencrones Palais

Hay presented new furniture, lights and accessories in the historical Lindencrones Palais in central Copenhagen. Hay's new products include About A Chair 100 by Hee Welling, the Bernard easy chair in various colours by Shane Schneck, and the Matin table lamps with their playfully pleated shades by Inga Sempé. Iconic lamps by George Nelson, which the Danish brand has added to its collection, were also on show.

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Hay presented its latest products in the Lindencrones Palais.
Hay Can sofa
A chrome frame has provided the Can sofa with a new look.
Hay Shane Schneck
The comfortable Bernard easy chair by Shane Schneck.
George Nelson's classic lamps will soon be available from Hay.
Inga Sempé's Matin table lamps and shades pay tribute to past times. The Bottoms Up vase was designed by Ingrid Aspen.
Hay Palissade
Palissade outdoor furniture by the Bouroullec brothers was on show in the courtyard of the Palais.

MUUTO – Showroom expands to two floors

After a long renovation, the Muuto showroom opened in Copenhagen city centre during the run up to 3 Days of Design. There is now twice as much space; products for households and public spaces are displayed on separate floors. The facilities have been decorated with a bold but harmonious colour scheme. The renovation created more space for Muuto's offices on the same premises. There is also a rooftop terrace connected to the showroom.

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Muuto's new showroom has been adorned with bold colours.
Muuto Beam Lamp
The Beam table lamp brings additional light for workspaces.
Muuto Stacked
An impressive but practical bookshelf has been assembled from Muuto's Stacked modules.
Muuto Loft Chair
The chairs are from Thomas Bentzen's Loft collection, while the table is a special version from Mika Tolvanen's Base collection.
Muuto's renovated showroom now spans several floors.

FERM LIVING – A tribute to Copenhagen

In The Home showroom, Ferm Living exhibited its new mini collection, a tribute to Copenhagen, the home city of the popular brand. The collection includes a canvas bag and household textiles, adorned by illustrations which were also painted onto the living room wall of the showroom. We had the chance to talk to Trine Andersen, the founder of Ferm Living. The interview will be published later on Design Stories.

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Ferm Living
Illustrations of sights around Copenhagen were painted on the wall of Ferm Living's showroom.
Ferm Living
Ferm Living celebrated its home city during 3 Days of Design.
Ferm Living
Ferm Living's products are ideal for various household settings.
Ferm Living
House plants and the green living trend was highlighted in Copenhagen.
Ferm Living
Ferm Living's latest products include the Ripple carafe set in smoked grey.

SKAGERAK – Collection now includes lamps

Skagerak, which is known for its high-end outdoor furniture, will add lamps to its collection in the fall. The lamps were designed by John Astbury and Bjørn van den Berg. Other favourites of ours included the new Georg side table and beautiful Aldus dining table by Chris L. Halstrøm.

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Up to eight people can fit round the Aldus table, which is made of oak.
The playful Piccolo lamp by John Astbury switches on when the shade is pressed.
A table lamp version of the Terne luminaire, which is reminiscent of Japanese lanterns, will be available in the fall. It was designed by Bjørn van den Berg.
Skagerak Georg
The minimalist Georg collection will be complemented by a side table, which can also be used as a bedside table.

&TRADITION – New products and an inspiring showroom

&Tradition's beautiful showroom next to the King's Garden is one of the Finnish Design Shop team's favourite venues in Copenhagen. In addition to familiar products, the brand presented new products previously introduced in Milan, such as Jaime Hayón's Setago table lamp and Elefy chair. The Bellevue floor lamp, designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1929, is now 90 years old; four new colour schemes were introduced for the collection. Other newcomer was the Flowerpot lamp by Verner Panton in red-brown colour. The new mid-sized version is ideal for installations above dinner tables.

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Jaime Hayón's Setago table lamp was first introduced at the Milan Design Week.
&Tradition Bellevue
Arne Jacobsen designed the Bellevue floor lamp in 1929. The picture shows the new, anniversary colour scheme.
&Tradition's showroom is located next to the King's Garden.
&Tradition Flowerpot
The Flowerpot lamp by Verner Panton was presented in a new, red-brown colour.

FRAMA – Frama Spaces

Frama's Copenhagen Studio Store is on the premises of a pharmacy, St. Pauls Apotek, established in 1878; its wooden shelves and pigeonholes are a reminder of its past. The Senses exhibition, curated by interior stylist & designer Louisa Grey, was on show in the store during 3 Days of Design. Frama has recently obtained access to an apartment which was once the pharmacist's residence, directly above the pharmacy. The 300 square-meter property, which was in poor condition, has been renovated. Paintwork and historical under-layers revealed under the wallpaper have been left on display. Frama's headquarters, photography studio and a small gallery are among the facilities now accommodated in the multispace area called Frama Spaces.

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Frama Spaces is a 300 square-meter apartment above Frama's store on Fredericiagade.
Frama Spaces
Some of the walls have been left unfinished, with their uncovered historical decor left on show.
Frama Spaces
Frama's stackable Chair 01.
Frama Spaces
The Senses exhibition, which was curated by House of Grey, was presented in Frama's Studio Store.

THE FINNISH AMBASSADOR'S RESIDENCE – Nordic Design – With a Finnish Twist

Nikari, Adea and Secto Design participated in the 'Nordic Design – With a Finnish Twist' exhibition together with Iittala, Teemu Järvi and Woodnotes. The Finnish ambassador's residence was stripped of its furniture, which was replaced with selected products by Finnish brands. The modern furniture and lamps fitted in well with their historical setting, creating an enjoyable contrast with the works of art.

Nikari Separat
The Separat room divider by Nikari, Fay chair and stool by Adea and a new wool rug by Woodnotes were a perfect match.
Secto Design
One room at the 'Nordic Design – With a Finnish Twist' exhibition was illuminated by lamps provided by Secto Design.
Nikari's chair collection.

GUBI – Preserving the Legacy

During 3 Days of Design, the Institut Français in Copenhagen and Gubi joined forces to present furniture which has been recently relaunched. The furniture was originally created by two legendary French designers, Pierre Paulin and Marcel Gascoin. The French embassy served as the exhibition venue, its magnificent salons providing the furniture with a truly majestic setting. Paulin and Gascoin, two influential designers in postwar France, were ahead of their time, incorporating minimalist Scandinavian forms in their work.

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Gubi Pacha Lounge chair
Pacha lounge chairs created by Pierre Paulin in 1975.
Gubi's 'Preserving the Legacy' exhibition is being held at the French embassy.
Chairs by Marcel Gascoin.

STILLEBEN No. 22 – Luonnos Exhibition

The Luonnos installation was created by the designers Reeta Ek, Salla Luhtasela and Wesley Walters, in cooperation with the Finnish Cultural Institute in Denmark and Stilleben. In place of completed products, the designers were tasked with focusing on the intuitive side of the artistic process, through painting, ceramics and woodwork. There was no precise design brief, leaving them with the freedom to sketch, explore and fail – making new discoveries on the way.

Stilleben Luonnos
The designers Reeta Ek, Salla Luhtasela and Wesley Walters participated in the Luonnos exhibition.
Salla Luhtasela
Salla Luhtasela working with clay.
Reeta Ek
Reeta Ek with draft illustrations.
Stilleben Luonnos
Luonnos exhibition focused on the intuitive side of the artistic process.

See also:

Salone del Mobile 2019 – the most interesting exhibitions of Milan Design Week >

Edit: Mikko Vaija Images: Rasmus Palmgren, Maja Karen Hansen, Rory Gardiner, Mikko Vaija and manufacturers

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