Danish Modern Furniture Design is Born
Worldwide tastes may differ, but Danish Modern Furniture has always been in a class by itself. Yet, its roots lie in the design philosophy of the German Bauhaus school.
Professor Kaare Klint was a young Danish architect, who in the early 1920’s was heavily influenced by the teachings of the Bauhaus University in Germany. At the University of Copenhagen, he taught the Bauhaus methods to young Danish architecture students. These students worked with Danish cabinet makers, together with developing a Danish Modern style of design and craftsmanship that became famous the world over.
The success of Danish Modern design is unquestionably due to the addition of one more ingredient to the Bauhaus formula of “form follows function”. That extra ingredient is “beauty”. Without disturbing the purely functional design of the Bauhaus method, the Danes added soft, beautiful, and sometimes, almost sculptural lines. They created furniture that was not only functional but very attractive in its own right that, by its existence, added to its owner’s quality of life.