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Danish design going global

25.04.2013  16:03
Danish design is alive and kicking. Today, the UN headquarters in New York will re-open having been redesigned by Danish designers and in Italy, Danish design is also solidifying its prominent place at the world’s leading design- and furniture trade exhibition, Salone del Mobile. Meanwhile in South Africa, the Space for Life is the place to go for inspirational Scandinavian vintage design with a distinct South African influence.

In New York

On April 25, the Trusteeship Council Chamber in the UN headquarters in New York will re-open having undergone a major restoration. 

The renovation is intended to bring the chamber closer to the original ideas of architect Finn Juhl, who designed the room in 1949. The chamber has been completely restored (see attached press release below) and updated with beautiful new furniture by designers Kasper Salto and Thomas Sigsgaard. To ensure that the general aesthetic of the room has remained intact, the refurbishment has been co-funded by the State of Denmark and philanthropic enterprise Realdania.
New York

H. E. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, HRH the Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Christian Friis Bach, Executive Director of Capital Master Plan, Assistant Secretary General Michael Adlerstein and designers of the Council Chair Kasper Salto and Thomas Sigsgaard, will attend the opening ceremony.
For updates on the re-opening please follow the Facebook page of the Consulate General in New York and the website of the Danish Agency for Culture.

In Milano

The concept exposition DANISH LIVINGroom was presented at the design- and furniture trade exhibition in Milano 9 to 14 April, showcasing 24 Danish companies.
The Consulate General in Milano has just conducting the 2nd version of the Danish LIVINGroom joint exhibition at world’s leading design- and furniture trade exhibition, Salone del Mobile.


300.000 international specialists visited the design- and furniture trade exhibition – many of them representatives from growth economies. The conceptual stand covered 240m2 and displayed products from 24 Danish companies in 8 “Danish” interior décor’s.

The Consulate General had this year hired schmidt/hammer/lassen design in Århus to conduct the exhibition, named “spaces”. Besides the trade exhibition itself, press activities and events was conducted. A special designed app was also been created and could be downloaded at app-store. The collective Danish presence in Milano had never been bigger than this year.   

In South Africa

From today and until Sunday (25-28 April), the Space for Life will be showcased at Decorex Cape placed at the CTICC. Space for Life, situated in the Cape Town Foreshore area, shares the re-use, re-create and re-invent philosophy being adopted by many forward thinking interior design, dcor and manufacturing ventures today.
Cape town

The exhibition presents beautifully designed and well-crafted furniture pieces from the fifties and younger, made by gifted Danish and other Scandinavian designers and crafters, to a South African audience.

Danish Focus

Within design and architecture, Denmark has a long tradition for developing sustainable, environmentally friendly and innovative solutions to consumer needs.

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The whole notion of making use of design for social, cultural and economic development is something that is very close to Danish hearts and society. Danish architecture and design has evolved profoundly in recent years, often being referred to as “The New Wave” in Danish architecture and design - exploring new ideas and conceptualisations within areas such as sustainability, social inclusion and urbanism. Danish architecture and design are therefore a natural key element in the Danish Growth Market Strategy towards South Africa.


To know more about the possibilities within Danish design and architecture  in a South African context, feel free to contact either Head of Trade Department, Per Christensen ( or Trainee, Jimmy Sell (

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