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Alvar Aalto

Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto was a Finnish architect and designer. His work includes architecture, furniture, textiles and glassware, as well as sculptures and paintings, though he never regarded himself as an artist, seeing painting and sculpture as "branches of the tree whose trunk is architecture.

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Rainer Bachschmid

The man behind the RABA SIDEBOARD for dk3, the Swiss-based German designer Rainer Bachschmid was originally educated as a carpenter.

His designs are characterized by a great passion for furniture of solid wood and raw, organic materials, and he has a unique craftsmanship approach to the entire design process. With the whole world as inspiration, he creates beautiful, functional and creative solutions for dk3 and a number of other international brands.

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Poul Cadovius

Poul Cadovius (1911-2011) was one of the most colorful and successful persons in the history of Danish furniture industry. He was originally educated as an upholsterer, but became very interested in design at an early stage, in 1945 he established his own furniture manufacturing company Royal System. A few years later, in 1948, he designed the ground-breaking and award-winning shelving system ROYAL SYSTEM®. Followed by SYSTEM ULTRA in 1957 and SYSTEM CADO® in 1960. All his life Poul Cadovius was an exceptional entrepreneur and innovator, and he achieved to take more than 400 patents during his long career.

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Ib Kofod-Larsen

Ib Kofod-Larsen (1921-2003) belongs to the same generation as his more famous colleagues Hans J. Wegner and Børge Mogensen, and like them he took the journey from carpentry to architectural school.

From the late 1940s, he designed a number of startling furniture for Cabinetmakers Guild exhibitions.

Ib Kofod-Larsen has not achieved the same fame in his home country as many of his colleagues. This is probably due to the fact that his furniture has been produced and sold by various producers outside Denmark, mainly USA, UK and Sweden.

In 1956, the Danish furniture architect Ib Kofod-Larsen got an assignment from the Swedish furniture maker OPE Möbler to design a series of “Danish” furniture in order to breathe life into the dying Swedish furniture industry.

One of the most prominent pieces of this assignment is the Seal, which comes as two armchairs – one low back and one high back - and one two-seater sofa.

Most people know the Swan and the Ant as Danish chairs classics - but what about the Penguin?

In the United States during the 1950s this series of chairs by furniture designer Ib Kofod-Larsen sold more than its more known Danish cousins. The light and modern chairs were successfully launched in 1953 by the U.S. furniture company Selig and in the following years Selig imported and sold thousands of copies on the U.S. market.

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Tove & Edvard Kindt-Larsen

Edvard Kindt-Larsen (1901–1982) was a Danish architect and furniture designer who worked closely together with his wife Tove Kindt-Larsen (1906–1994). From the 1930s to the 1960s, the couple were among Denmark's predominant designers, active the areas of architecture, furniture design, silverware and textiles.

Much of Kindt-Larsen's success is due to collaboration with his wife Tove whom he married in 1937. Both had studied under Kaare Klint at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in the late 1920s. Working as a team, they exhibited a high sense of quality and appreciation of current trends.

They specialized in furniture design, presenting their work at the annual exhibitions of the Cabinetmakers Guild, organized by Edvard from 1943 to 1966. Their pieces for factory production were rather simple in design but they also designed more elaborate individual pieces. Kindt-Larsen was fascinated by the idea of contrasts, as can be seen in his furniture where he often combined glossy painted surfaces with untreated wood or simply used several different kinds of wood for a given item.

Ditlev & Anna Sibast

In 2012 the grandson of Helge Sibast, Ditlev Sibast and his wife Anna Sibast establishe d the company Sibast Furniture once again to resume the manufacturing of Helge Sibast unique designs.
Their passion for Danish design and in particular for Helge Sibast design lead to the very first re-launch of the Danish design classic; the dining chair Sibast No 8.

Following the great success relaunching the No 7 and No 8 chairs, the couple has now reinterpret the No 7 and have created the wonderful No 7 Lounge Chair.

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Jacob Plejdrup

A multicultural life in Denmark, England, Germany and Switzerland has had a decisive influence on Jacob Plejdrup's design philosophy, since he began his career in the furniture and interior business back in 1991.

The culmination came in 2009, when Jacob Plejdrup founded dk3 to place his undivided focus on creating design furniture under the dk3 brand combining nature's aesthetic elements with pure and timeless design.

He is the designer behind several dk3 furniture pieces, such as TREE TABLE, TREE COFFEE TABLE, dk3_3 TABLE, LESS IS MORE TABLE, LOWLIGHT TABLE, LOWLIGHT COFFEE TABLE, HIGHLIGHT TABLE and GRAND SIDEBOARD.

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Jeppe Utzon

Is a third generation architect - and fourth generation designer. As the grandson of the famous Danish architect Jørn Utzon, who created the Sydney Opera House, Jeppe Utzon continues a rich family tradition through his work in the art of architecture. He runs a design studio in the historic center of Copenhagen, and is doing projects for clients in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The projects are as diverse as private luxury homes in Denmark, eco-holiday resorts in Nicaragua, iconic commercial buildings in Shanghai, and floating social housing in Bolivia.

As a designer, his career was kick-started by his multiple award winning Jeppe Utzon BBQ for Electrolux. Since then his furniture and product design work has grown considerably and now accounts for half of his studios work. In 2014 he started a design collaboration with dk3 and introduced the JEPPE UTZON TABLE #1 for dk3 in 2015.

Svend Aage Madsen

As is the case for many Scandinavian designers from the mid-century period, little biographical information on Danish designer Svend Åge Madsen has survived. What is known has been gleaned from vintage dealers working with limited archival materials, like sales catalogues. Outside of Nordic countries, the designer’s name is often written "Svend Aage Madsen”. While some rare designs date from the late 1950s, the overwhelming majority of Madsen’s furniture was designed in the 1960s.

Madsen’s creations epitomize the Danish modern style: he favored warm teak and rosewood, organic silhouettes, and minimal decorative details. More specific features of his work include “boomerang” legs; sloped, arching desk drawers; and “floating” desk tops.

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Björn Dahlström

A Swedish furniture and industrial designer. Dahlström is internationally recognized and has designed during his career many beautiful and functional pieces of design furniture and other products. His product range is wide and includes furniture,dishes, carpets, toys and even bicycles. His customers are well-known furniture and tableware manufacturers such as CBI Magis, Atlas Copco, Iittala, Marimekko and Nikari. Björn Dahlström has been awarded with several prizes for his work, for example with the very recognized Torsten and Wanja Söderberg design prize of 2001.

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Claesson Koivisto Rune

Since the early days of our architectural practice, we have been asked by a succession of clients to custom-design a simple wooden table to fit their particular needs.

Once we met the master craftsmen, carpenters and people of Nikari, we knew we had found a partner with the know-how and expertise to realize this concept as a true commercial product. The Edi table design concept is based on proportions, rather than fixed dimensions, meaning the customer can freely adapt the size of the table to their particular situation while always being certain that the results will be well proportioned.

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aamu Song & Johan Olin

A design duo based in Helsinki. They work as artists, designers, and producers and since 2000 they operate their design studio COMPANY X SALAKAUPPA focusing on interior, graphic and editorial design. They have their own style, which is inspired by Korean, Scandinavian and international design. The designer duo creates playful, but at the same time functional products. Aamu Song is a Korean designer, graduate at the University of Art and Design Helsinki, Finland (1998–2006) and at the Seoul National University (1994-1998). Johan Olin is a Finnish designer, graduate at the University of Art and Design Helsinki, Finland (1995-2001). They have received several award, for e.g. 2010 the State Prize for Design of the Art Council of Finland, 2009 the World Changing Award (Attention Grant, for Company production) in the U.S., 2008 the Special Mention Award (for Company Secret Shop) at the Milan Furniture Fair, Salone Satellite, Italy, 2004 the Golden Award. Blickfang Design Fair, Zurich, Switzerland.

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Thomas Sandell

One of the most highly acclaimed architects and designers in Sweden, renowned for furniture design, interiors and several major buildings. He has received numerous awards and realized many prestigious commissions nationally and internationally. Thomas Sandell works for clients such as B&B Italia, Cappellini, DePadova, OFFECCT, Ordning & Reda, Ericsson, Nikari, the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Architecture in Stockholm.

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Nao Tamura

A designer in the most modern terms. Her talents cross-over cultures, languages, disciplines, concepts and styles with consistency of smart thinking always at the heart of her work. She is truly global in her insights and execution. As a product of Tokyo and New York City creative communities, her solutions are equally at ease in the world of 2-D and 3-D with an uncanny ability to find that emotional connection with the audience. Nao defies the kind of categorization that the industry status-quo often insists upon. Her unique solutions are more than simply design and possess a rare balance of innovation and beauty.

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Louise Campbell

Being the daughter of a Danish father and an English mother, she grew up and was educated in both countries. After graduating from the London College of Furniture in 1992, she returned to Denmark and continued her studies in Industrial Design at Denmark's Design School, graduating from here in 1995. She set up her own studio in 1996, from where she has worked independently since. Her main focus is on furniture and lighting design, but the studio is increasingly involved in product and interior design projects as well.

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Jørgen & Nanna Ditzel

In 1956 Jørgen and Nanna Ditzel designed a spacious armchair with round, organic shapes. It was unofficially called “Nursing chair,” presumably because it had ample space and provided comfortable support for a nursing mother with her child in her arms. The chair has not been in production for many years and has only been found at auctions or from vintage furniture dealers.

In cooperation with Nanna Ditzel Design, Brdr. Petersen has now reconstructed the chair from a vintage piece, since the original drawings for the chair have been missing for a long time.

The armchair has never had an official name, but the chair has now been named “Oda Chair” as a tribute to the Japanese professor and furniture collector Noritsugu Oda, who was a good friend and supporter of Nanna Ditzel and her work. The Oda Chair is available in fabric and legs in oak, walnut or teak. Matching the chair there is a small footstool.

Nanna Ditzel (1923-2005) was a cabinetmaker and went to The School of Arts and Crafts, Copenhagen. She became a furniture designer in 1946, and together with her husband Jørgen Ditzel (1921-61) she designed jewelry, textiles and furniture in particular. She is known for her fine sense of what the needs the furniture had to meet. Her style is bold and experimental, and throughout her career she let herself be inspired by new materials and new production methods. Nanna Ditzel has received numerous awards and honors both at home and abroad.

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Helge Sibast

The history of Sibast Furniture begins in 1908 in a little cabinetmaker in the countryside on the island of Funen in Denmark. Peder Olsen Sibast opened a little business making handcrafted wooden furniture.

The years went by and his son, Helge Sibast grew up and decided to follow in his father’s footsteps. He served his apprenticeship with him and developed skills of high quality craftsmanship and his sense of fine simplicity and sustainability within his furniture designs. He created the foundation for the international furniture corporation Sibast Furniture.

Danish design classics were manufactured by Sibast Furniture and from the 1950’s a yearlong collaboration between the well known Danish furniture architect Arne Vodder and Helge Sibast began. This collaboration resulted in an adventure of exporting Danish furniture Designs around the world in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

In 1984 Sibast Furniture was sold by the Sibast family, just a year before Helge Sibast passed away. Fortunately the copyright to the furniture stayed in the Sibast family, which is why the iconic designs now are re-launched by the grandson and his wife; Ditlev and Anna Sibast, the founders of Sibast Furniture today.

Asger Soelberg

Asger is a self taught designer and has worked professionally with design since 2004.
Asgers work is often characterized by thorough analysis and great knowledge of and curiosity in the materials he works with.

As a designer Asger Solberg works in a strategic and process oriented way towards simple solutions to complex challenges. Always looking for a design with an overall greater value than the sum of its building components - and always with a touch of magic.

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Søren Juul

The designer behind the JEWEL TABLE, dk3 (1943-2013) had a lifelong experience within both design and architecture. He was educated as a cabinetmaker, then studied furniture design at the Design School in Copenhagen and the Architect School in Aarhus.

After having graduated, he was employed by the well-known architects Friis & Moltke, where he worked for more than 40 years. He was primarily engaged in designing furniture, lamps and fixtures for schools, hotels, offices, etc. According to Søren Juul the ultimate design should be simple, functional and honest, and the quality should be no less than perfect. 

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Kaare Klint

Kaare Klint (1888-1954) stands as a father figure for Danish furniture design. He was a furniture designer and teacher, in 1942 he became assistant professor at the Art Academy in Copenhagen and started a whole new movement of furniture design. His students included names such as Børge Mogensen, Hans J. Wegner and other famous designers.

Kaare Klint had a huge interest in the movements and measurements of the human body. A knowledge that he used to create furniture pieces perfectly adapted to the human anatomy. He completed the construction of the Grundtvig Church in Copenhagen after his father, and in 1936 he designed the iconic CHURCH CHAIR, dk3 for the Grundtvig Church. 

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Børge Mogensen

Børge Mogensen (1914-1972) was one of the most influential and famous furniture architects in Denmark. Along with colleagues such as Arne Jacobsen and Hans J. Wegner, he achieved to move Danish furniture design up on an international and highly respected level. His simple and functional designs created a natural connection between his furniture and its users, which was essential and evident in all his works.

Børge Mogensen was productive as few. The ideas came to him at all times of the day, and they were enshrined on matchboxes, napkins, half curled envelopes, or whatever was at hand. Thus, he created some of the 1950s and 1960s most recognized furniture classics, including the world-renowned SHAKER TABLE from 1958, which became a role-model for many subsequent tables. Together with the SHAKER TABLE he also designed the BM1 CHAIR and the BM2 CHAIR in 1958. In 1972, he was awarded with the title "Honorary Royal Designer for Industry" in London.

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Christian Troels

Christian Troels has a Master Degree in Industrial Design from Kolding School of Design, Denmark, and established his design studio Christian Troels Product Design in 2013. He is a versatile designer mastering both the conceptual and technical aspects of the design process. He has a very playful approach and always strives to add characteristic features and personality to the product and make it stand out from the crowd.

Christian Troels has been working within many different categories of product design, from futuristic electrical cars to pink horse stables for Lego. The first result of Christian Troels' design collaboration with dk3 is the CORDUROY TABLE, created in 2018.

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Kurt Østervig

Trained as a shipbuilder in Odense on the Danish island of Funen, Østervig's attachment to wood rather than steel led to his being employed as a furniture designer in E. Knudsen's Studio, among the largest of the times. In 1947, Østervig established his own studio, from where he worked with several of Scandinavia's largest furniture manufacturers. Particularly fond of working with oak, often combined with leather, he designed many special sets of furniture for ships, hotels, cinemas and nursing homes. His distinctive designs aroused widespread international interest, resulting in his work being exhibited in New York's Museum of Modern Art.

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Jenni Roininen

A creative director at Nikari Oy in Finland since 2011. Jenni holds Master's degree in interior and furniture design from the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. She is one of the finalists of the design competition organized by Habitare Fair in 1999.

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Cecilie Manz

Designer of furniture, glass, lamps and related products, mainly for the home. In addition to her work with industrial products, her experimental prototypes and more sculptural one-offs make up an important part of her work and approach.

The task or project itself often holds the key to inspiration; ideas don’t come from waiting but from leg-work,drafting and trials. My work goes from the inside out, and a project has to possess a sound, strong and relevant idea or functional justification before I address the actual physical design. My work has always revolved around simplicity, the process of working toward a pure, aesthetic and narrative object.”

Recipient of the Thorvald Bindesbøll Medal 2011, the Bruno Mathsson Prize 2009, Kunstpreis Berlin 2008, the Finn Juhl Architectural Prize 2007, The Furniture Prize 2007, The Crown Prince Couples Cultural Award 2014, the Three-Year Working Grant from the Danish Arts Foundation and several other grants.

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Klaus Haapaniemi

The London-based, Finnish, artisanal design and lifestyle brand Klaus Haapaniemi was founded by Klaus Haapaniemi and Mia Wallenius 2010. Their design approach is influenced by nature, Finnish folklore and traditional decorative arts with a modern twist. The inspiration for their prints comes from a rich selection of cultural references: the worlds of art, ballet, music and storytelling. Klaus follows ethical principles in all production stages. Fair and equal collaboration and responsible use of resources are part of their design process.

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Johanna Gullichsen

Finnish textile designer, Johanna Gullichsen was born in Somero, southern Finland. Before finding an interest in textiles she studied art history, literature and languages at the University of Helsinki. She then pursued education in the skill of weaving at Porvoo Crafts School.

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MaRTÍ GUIXÉ

“The MARCH wall bench for Nikari, is a wooden bench that has to lean on a wall to be able to function. This new typology originates from a certain misuse of a ladder: people using one of its steps as a seat. The perception of the MARCH wall bench as a kind of wrong wooden ladder enriches the object by giving it a multi-context; it becomes an extension of the wall, it creates a domesticated area around and a fictive memory, based on the unconscious recognition of the nostalgic and iconic image of the wooden ladder.”

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SIMO HEIKKILÄ

“The material, function and construction are the key elements guiding my work. One usually becomes more important than the others, depending on the project at hand. This combination doesn’t leave very much space for visuality, but whenever there is a chance for it, it will be taken.”

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Samuli Naamanka

Interior architect Samuli Naamanka is known as a versatile designer whose work combines carefully considered vocabulary of form with creative technical innovation. As well as product design and interior design, Naamanka specializes in environmental design. Amongst other things, he has carried out groundbreaking work in the development of concrete products.

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Wataru Kumano

Born in Tokyo in1980. From 2001 to 2008 studied studied Furniture design at Lahti Polytechnic (2001-2004 BA), and University of Art and Design Helsinki (Aalto University) for Postgraduate studies (2005-2008 MA). After returning to Japan, he started work as an assistant designer to British Product Designer Jasper Morrison in Tokyo. Set up own design office "KUMA" in 2011, and work for interior, furniture, product design and project management. In 2013, He was inaugurated R&D for Japan Creative.

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Vilhelm Lauritzen

In 1936 the architect Vilhelm Lauritzen got the assignment to draw and decorate the Danish Radio House in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen. Now, 75 years later, one of the most distinctive pieces of furniture from the interior has been relaunched – The Radio House sofa – recreated by Brdr. Petersen Polstermøbelfabrik.

When the Royal Danish Academy of Music took over the Radio House building, they wanted to recreate some of the original interior and Brdr. Petersen was given the assignment of recreating the sofa.

The Radio House Sofa is produced in the two original sizes, P2 with the length of 84.64" and P3 at 101.57", respectively, 2 and 3 leg set. The sofa is available in fabric with a frame in oak, walnut and teak.

Vilhelm Lauritzen (1894-1984) got his degree as an architect from the School of Architecture in Copenhagen in 1921. The following year he established his own studio, Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects. Besides the Radio House (1936-41), he is best known for having designed and decorated Copenhagen Airport (1937-39). Vilhelm Lauritzen received several awards for his work – including Eckersberg Medal in 1941 and the Architects’ Association Honorary Medal in 1964.

Arne Vodder

Arne Vodder (1926–2009) was a Danish furniture designer, a close friend and partner of Finn Juhl who had been his teacher.

Arne Vodder was trained by Finn Juhl, who became his friend and business partner. Before concentrating on furniture alone, in 1951 he opened his own studio with the architect Anton Borg. Together they designed some 1,100 low-cost houses which proved to be a great success. In the 1950s and 1960s, at a time when Denmark was receiving international recognition for its furniture, he designed a wide range of items. Despite the originality and timelessness of his style, he is not as well known as contemporaries such as Børge Mogensen and Arne Jacobsen. Yet his works are simple and modest, crafted in natural materials such as rosewood and teak and, in particular, are free of sharp edges.

From the 1950s, Vodder worked with the furniture company Sibast on several sets of office furniture which did particularly well on the American market, even arousing the interest of Jimmy Carter. In the 1960s, the furniture not only reached the White House but could be seen in banks, airline offices, embassies and hotels across the globe. Vodder also arranged international exhibitions in Sweden, England, Austria and the United States together with Verner Panton and Nanna Ditzel. Vodder worked with a number of manufacturers including Cadovius, Nielaus, Erik Jorgensen, Fritz Hansen, Sibast Furniture and latterly Kircodan in Bangkok.

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Knudsen / Berg / Hindenes & Myhr

The Norwegian group of designers consists of Petter Knudsen, Anders Berg, Steinar Hindenes and Frode Myhr, all graduates from the Bergen Academy of Art & Design. They mainly work with furniture-, product- and interior design, always aiming to create material and production driven objects with a distinct character.

The four designers have developed the PLANK SOFA in collaboration with the world-famous Danish solid floor plank manufacturer Dinesen. The designers were fascinated by the enormous dimensions of the Dinesen floor planks, which inspired them to create new kinds of products based on these planks, and one of the results was the PLANK SOFA. 

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Hiromichi Konno

Hiromichi Konno is a Japanese designer who has studied design in both Japan and Sweden. He established his own design studio in 2002 and is currently based in Tokyo.

Hiromichi Konno has been participating in design projects around the world and in particular, he is well known for the collaboration with various Danish and Japanese brands. His designs are characterized by simplicity, sensitivity and sensuousness, and he is always focused on drawing out the best from the materials as well as to add a feeling of warmth to the products.

Besides product design, he has been working with the development of concept design, supervised design brands and also conducted workshops for children. Through these diverse positions, he continues to seek an ideal form of design for the future. Hiromichi Konno has created the KONNO COFFEE- & SIDE TABLE for dk3 as an exciting merge of Japanese and Danish design traditions.

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Søren Rose

The Danish designer Søren Rose established the Soren Rose Studio in 2008. The New York based studio specializes in residential living through bespoke product design, and the work is characterized by natural simplicity, strong personality and responsible quality.

To Søren Rose a perfect design is all about quality and unique details, which make the products live past our times and become a feeling and a statement rather than a brief trend. The PLATEAU COFFEE- & SIDE TABLE for dk3 series by Søren Rose is developed with inspiration from a tree trunk, created with the ability to blend into any setting or room where aesthetics and quality are paramount.

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Johannes Andersen

Andersen was born in Aarhus, Denmark in 1903. He apprenticed as a cabinet maker, becoming certified in 1922. By the mid-1930s, when Danish modern design rose in popularity beyond Denmark, he opened his own workshop. He continued to work with other design houses as well, including Bernh. Pedersen & Son in Denmark and Trensum in Sweden. 

Scandinavian furniture was known for its distinctive shapes, flowing contours, and “restrained chic.” Andersen certainly followed this aesthetic in his designs. Looking at his work, it is also easy to see the influences of the culture and environment that surrounded him. The hallmarks of the Scandinavian ethos are present, but interpreted in a way that is Andersen’s alone. 

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Salla Luhtasela & Wesley Walters

Helsinki-based designers specializing in ceramic tableware and wooden furniture. They share an interest in functional, understated forms that highlight each material’s tactile qualities, as well as in the production process itself. They met while studying at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture and have collaborated on a broad range of professional projects under the studio name Kaksikko.

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Rudi Merz

A Swiss-Finnish carpenter, interior designer and teacher, born in Emmental, Switzerland, but moved to Finland 30 years ago, where he has been a member of Fiskars artists and craftsmen cooperative from 1996. He worked as a carpenter and a designer, among others for the company Nikari. He pays a great attention to quality and sustainability in the products manufacturing. Rudi Merz has received many awards for his designs, such as the Habitare Eco Design Award in 2012 and 2013 and many of his works are exhibited in various museums.

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Antrei Hartikainen

A master cabinetmaker and designer from Finland known for his exquisite works in wood. Awarded young designer of the year 2018 by Design Forum Finland.

The award-winning pieces, including functional products and pure art works, achieve heights of sensuality, elegance and craftsmanship that place them with the finest examples of modern Nordic carpentry.

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Kari Virtanen

The Finnish carpenter Kari Virtanen founded his first workshop at the age of 19. His ambitious approach to the craft caught the attention of the most powerful figures in Finnish design. His first collaboration partners were Alvar Aalto and Kaj Franck. He has been a sought-after partner for designers in need of a skilled cabinetmaker. Virtanen’s works are widely used in public spaces and reception facilities. He creates the pure and restrained design, evolved from the intended use of the object, its structure and the characteristics of wood. The goal is to create an implicit form. Virtanen’s chairs Kiasma have been chosen for the Museum of Contemporary Art, since “it was not designed”. Kari Virtanen has received several awards, for e.g. the Design State Award in Finland in 2005 or the Bruno Mathsson award for Nordic design.

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Laura Mattila & Mikko Merz

Together they are Mattila & Merz, a design and architectural office specialized in wood. They execute projects varying from product design to buildings. Mattila & Merz are based in both Helsinki and Fiskars, Finland.

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Harri Koskinen

Harri has an uncompromising, bold design aesthetic that has gained him international renown since the early days of his career. Practicality, a spare style and a conceptual approach to product and spatial design are Koskinen's trademarks. In 2009, Koskinen launched his first namesake collection, Harri Koskinen Works. In January 2012 Koskinen was appointed Design Director of the Iittala brand. Koskinen's works have been on display in exhibitions around the world. He has been awarded several major design prizes, such as the Kaj Franck Design Prize (2014), the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize (2009), the Pro Finlandia Medal (2007) and the Compasso d'Oro prize (2004).

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Alfredo Häberli

Was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1964. He moved to Switzerland in 1977 and graduated 1991 with distinction in Industrial Design at the Höhere Schule für Gestaltung in Zurich. Today, he is an internationally established designer based in Zurich and is working for some of the leading companies of the international design industry such as Alias, BD Barcelona, BMW, Camper, FSB, Georg Jensen, Iittala, Kvadrat, Luceplan, Moroso, Nikari, Schiffini and Vitra. He manages to unite tradition with innovation, joy and energy in his designs and his work is strongly influenced by his early childhood in Argentina as well as his curiousness and studies in everyday life. The results are works with a strong expression and emotionality.

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Mikhail Barashkov

"Can a functional and comfortable piece of furniture be made of just a few elm strips? How about having a drink sitting on the SEPTEMBER bar stool by Nikari and thinking about it…?

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JASPER MORRISON

"We talked about the pleasure in making things and the idea of a chair that could be bought in a box and built at home. Considering Nikari's skill in wood work, we worked up the idea of a chair which could be made by following easy instructions. The core of the design is the seat frame which is already assembled, to which the legs and back rest structure are attached with a combination of screwing and glueing. It's a basic but comfortable low chair with a slightly rural character and definite Scandinavian influence, the kind of chair you would have in a country house near the fire, though it could work in a city apartment or a hotel lobby just as well."