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dkVOGUE To Show Films On Danish Design At ICFF

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dkVOGUE, a source for authentic Danish design, will premiere a series of nine documentary films detailing both historical and contemporary icons of Danish architecture and design and their landmark projects. The film collection will be presented as part of an exclusive installation in the Danish Pavilion of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). The films will screen continuously throughout the Fair. These films are the result of dkVOGUE founder and CEO Kim Nielsen’s passion for Danish design. “I hope that the films that we have created for this series will educate the North American audience about the celebrated legacy of Danish design and inspire participation in the field’s bright future,” he said. The series addresses Danish design from multiple viewpoints, ranging from a look at the history of renowned manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son A/S, to the interior design choices that give New York’s Aquavit restaurant its distinctive Scandinavian atmosphere, to profiles of contemporary Danish designers such as Louise Campbell and Cecilie Manz. The centerpiece of the dkVOGUE film series is Life By Design, a feature-length exploration of how Danish design has evolved from the “Golden Age” of the 1950s and 1960s through the present day, while still remaining true to its core characteristics of authenticity, soundness and quality. The film begins with Hans Wegner, Poul Kjaerholm and Arne Jacobsen; the first generation of Danish designers to combine traditional craftsmanship with the Modernist shapes and ideas that were sweeping across Europe in the aftermath of the Second World War. It traces the rise of “Danish Modern” in the United States, its subsequent fall and the resurgence of interest sparked by the use of Danish pieces to furnish the freshly renovated Museum of Modern Art in 2004. Concluding the film are members of the exciting new generation of Danish designers who are striving to find the balance between maintaining their identity as Danish designers, while also participating in the global design community. The remaining eight films are individual studies of designers, manufacturers or projects. The new stars of Danish design, including Louise Campbell, Kaspar Salto, Cecilie Manz, Hans Sandgren Jakobsen, and Neils Hvass & Christina Strand, each receive individual consideration. Knud Erik Hansen, third-generation CEO of the legendary Carl Hansen & Son A/S, recalls being 10 years old and watching Hans Wegner creating designs for the company, which is still the primary manufacturer of these classic furniture designs. Arne Jacobsen’s architectural and interior designs for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen—including the iconic Egg and Swan chairs—are the topic of another short, while an exploration of the interior design of New York’s Aquavit restaurant rounds out the collection. About dkVOGUE: dkVOGUE offers the largest and most comprehensive collection of Danish furnishings and accessories in North America. The company is passionate about modern and contemporary Danish design and committed to offering pieces of only the highest aesthetic quality and workmanship. With outlets in Sarasota, Florida and Los Angeles and a contract showroom in New York City, dkVOGUE is a unique resource for architects, design professionals, students, scholars, and those interested in the celebrated legacy and bright future of Danish design. www.dkvogue.com

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