With the introduction of his Four®Us and Inno®Pod range, we thought it was time to delve into the world of Danish designer Anders Nørgaard to understand the true inspiration behind his products and discover his resonance within Scandinavian design.
First and foremost, Anders Nørgaard designs are intrinsically functional. With focus on the challenges amidst our daily lives he finds usable solutions, still maintaining a flair that correlates with his Danish heritage and what we know as contemporary Scandinavian design. The combination of both these elements, flair and functionality, has resulted in Nørgaard becoming one of the most celebrated contemporary Danish designers, winning a host of awards.
Furniture design has seemingly been Nørgaards’ fate since a young age. “I grew up with functionalism and craftmanship. Danish architects of the 50s and 60s were friends of my parents.” Nørgaard regularly spent hazy summer holidays at furniture makers’ workshops, being taught the trade and, most importantly, the true craft.
Not quite on the furniture design route as yet, Norgaard headed to the Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts, to study architecture. Nørgaard opened his own studio in 1994 that still very much focuses on providing innovative design solutions to our daily life. “Functionality can overrule beauty, but if you think outside the box and pay attention to the small details, you achieve a refined and characteristic expression.”
“He changes the chaotic, the mundane, into a stringent interior, aesthetically rooted in Scandinavian design traditions and Danish Modernism.”
Certainly, the ‘refined and characteristic expression’ shines through and enables Nørgaard to change the chaotic, the mundane, to a stringent interior aesthetically rooted in Scandinavian design traditions and Danish Modernism. Ocee has been looking forward to sharing Nørgaards latest series of designs the Four®Us and the Inno®Pod. The versatility of the two pieces demonstrates Nørgaard’s problem solving design; something he believes is achieved by focus on the entirety of the design process. The process begins with an impulsive intial sketch. “When you are no longer troubled to draw the next line on the paper, when you know how to move on, then the thought is optimal and the design complete.”