SCANDINAVIAN MANUFACTURING #GREATDANETRAVELS
The final part of our Scandinavian design adventures with the Arent&Pyke team saw us packing up our suitcases and traversing the great Danish countryside by car!
With the weather on our side – we were repeatedly told by our hosts how lucky we were to experience such warm sun in the middle of February – we departed Copenhagen in search of the heart of Danish manufacturing.
We were welcomed into some of the most important and historically rich places for Scandinavian furniture making. The dk3 factory where our Tree Table and the Poul Cadovius Royal System are manufactured is the oldest operating timber workshop in Denmark. Dk3 owner Jacob Plejdrup talked passionately about their love of the natural form of timber. Dk3 celebrate the unique nature of each piece by observing each plank’s original knots and integrating them into the final design.
The Le Klint light factory which has been in operation since 1943 (P.V. Jensen-Klint, famous for designing Grundtvig's Church in Copenhagen was the first to come up with the pleated design); is most famously known for its uniquely constructed paper shades. We were told it takes about a year to master each design and were in awe of the delicate way each fold was created. As part of our tour, we were provided with a sheet of embossed unfolded shade to practice on... We did our best to impress but were out shun by the graceful Le Klint pleating ladies!
At J.L. Møller the new generation – Grand Daughter of Founder Niels Otto Møller and daughter of Jørgen Henrik Møller has recently taken the reigns of running the workshop. Bringing with her degrees in economics and environmental affairs, her love for the timber workshop she has called home since birth is contagious to say the least.
To enter the PP Møbler workshop, is to get as close Hans Wegner’s legacy as one can possibly get. Yet another family-operated workshop, PP Møbler has been the birthplace of so many Wegner designs. Vintage posters of film stars and American presidents alike sitting on PP Møbler furniture line the walls of the buildings. Three generations of the PP Møbler family still visit the workshop every day to make sure the production of each chair bench or table is constructed just the way Hans Wegner had originally instructed.
We hope you've enjoyed visiting Scandinavia through our eyes this year. It's been a dream of us to show you more of the Scandinavia we have come to love and bring you the stories of our dedicated partners and the many friends we have made over the years. We're looking forward to bringing you lots of new pieces and stories in the remainder of 2017!