A tentative step into a post-Covid future, the first major design fair since the world screeched to a halt took place four months late in Copenhagen last week. From September 3-5, in showrooms across the Danish capital, the postponed 3daysofdesign 2020 proved with dozens of furniture launches that this is an industry that will fight back.
Three wood cabins in a grassy field marked the rebirth of Lyfa, a Danish lighting company shuttered in the 1990s. With creative consultation from the husband-and-wife design duo behind Gam Fratesi, careful up-market changes (think plastic replaced by mouth-blown glass) were made to 50 different pendants, wall, floor, and table lamps from archives dating back to 1903. Divan 2, in carefully positioned trapezoids available in mirror and multi-color or brass, was designed by Simon P. Henningsen in 1962.
Beer waste finds new life after extensive research by Mater uncovered a ground-breaking new production method. Designed by Eva Harlou, the height-adjustable Mask stool has a fiber-based seat incorporating spent grain from Danish brewer Carlsberg’s beer production. The grain, as well as other fibrous waste materials, is then mixed in with post-industrial plastic waste and press-moulded.
Montana is known for its shelving, “but a lot of what we sell is actually sideboards,” admits Joakim Lassen, CEO and designer of the storage and furniture company.
Available in nine designs—three of which are sideboards with both open shelves and closed doors and drawers—Montana Mega shelving by Peter J. Lassen meets this demand in a rainbow of 40 water-based lacquered colors.
Designer Daniel Schofield rendered the compact, space-saving Crofton stool for Please Wait to be Seated entirely in Nordic pine, a high quality, locally sourced material that ages gracefully.
Not everyone takes their eggs the same way—or so thought Warm Nordic. With the brand’s newly expanded Fried Egg collection, Hans Olsen’s Fried Egg (1956) armchair is available in its mirror-image, with a new frame position. The line also now includes a sofa.
As a rare find at an auction house, a pair of FJ 53 armchairs designed by Finn Juhl in 1953 could set you back nearly $100,000. Today, the House of Finn Juhl holds the exclusive rights of production to Juhl’s illustrious design portfolio—but until recently, the FJ 53 series, produced by a Japanese manufacturer, was one exception. After new negotiations, the series is back in the fold, and the FJ 53 armchair and two-seater sofa returns from House of Finn Juhl with craftsmanship sensitive to the original design.
A celebration of solid wood, the Islets table collection by Maria Bruun for Fredericia consists of three sculptural tables—a large coffee table, a side table, and a dining table—rendered in solid oak.
First conceived for the compact homes of post-war France, the expandable B-Table (1950) by Marcel Gascoin for Gubi works just as well for dining and home office as it does for a game of bridge. Magnetic locks in the remastered version ease the transition from compact to spacious.