In the first part of our Danish Design Series we introduce Jakob Jørgensen, one of Denmark's most exciting young designers.
No stranger to the spotlight, Denmark is responsible for producing some of the most recognisable designs around. Establishing what is now termed as ‘Danish Design’ soon after the second world war, this style is influenced by the German Bauhaus School and focusses on the ideas of simplicity and functionality.
From the 1950s onwards, figures such as Hans Wenger, Arne Jacobsen and Finn Juhl helped drive this movement, utilising the latest in available technology to create their now iconic products. Testament to their endeavours, many designs are still produced to this day. Original items are highly sought after and can command significant prices at auction.
Today, Denmark’s design trade continues to work to the highest industry standards and remains an influential force within the international market. The Danish Government, acknowledging the industry’s unique position, has made great strides to actively encourage the next generation of designers. This has been achieved through creating numerous grants and schemes that young designers are encouraged to apply for, alongside state funded workshops.
This approach has successfully produced many of todays pioneering designers and architects. Here we introduce the latest crop of Denmark’s rising stars:
Born in 1977, Jakob Jorgensen graduated as a furniture designer from the Danish School of Design in 2008. Specialising in handcrafted timber furniture with a sculptural expression, he began to achieve recognition via international competitions within a year of leaving college. In 2008 he was awarded the Gold Leaf during the International Furniture Design Competition.
Opting to forgo the advancements of the modern age, he has taken a purist’s approach to his work, using only the traditional woodworking methods to form his designs.
In his latest exhibition, ‘Materialising Beliefs’ at MindCraft 2014, Jakob explored this concept further by creating a complete set of traditional handcrafted tools.
Notable Achievements and Exhibitions:
- 2010: Awarded a working bursary from the Danish Art Foundation.
- 2012: Wallpaper Design Award
- 2012: Génération Design by ELLE Décoration Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris
- 2009-13: The Cabinetmakers’ Autumn Exhibition