Nordic, minimal and functional; nothing left to take away

DESIGN / 22 OCT 2016 / BY GEORGIA HARIZANI

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Scandinavian (nordic) design is a term used to represent a design movement characterized by simplicity, minimalism and functionality that emerged in the 1950s in the five Nordic countries. “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

The DOTS by Lars Tornøe

MUUTO
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The DOTS designed by Lars Tornøe © MUUTO.
First class oiled oak and ash wood (coloured versions in ash wood).
MUUTO. Østergade 36-38 / DK-1100 Copenhagen, Denmark / muuto.com

“The DOTS, designed by Lars Tornøe, are already a design icon, having introduced a new perspective on the coat hook. Produced from high quality wood, The DOTS sculptured design can be arranged on the wall in exactly the pattern and colour combination that is desired. They are very versatile and can be used in multiple settings. Being a very social set of hooks. The Dots love to welcome other Dots to join them on the wall.” They come in three sizes and a range of colors. The material used is first class oiled oak and ash wood (coloured versions in ash wood). “ The wood has been carefully selected for this product, as a knot will ruin the design of the product. The wood is cut, glued together in 2 pieces and processed in a CNC turning lathe.” Lars Tornøe has definitely outdone himself with this one, can’t wait to see what comes next from this inspiring designer!

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The DOTS designed by Lars Tornøe © MUUTO.
First class oiled oak and ash wood (coloured versions in ash wood).
MUUTO. Østergade 36-38 / DK-1100 Copenhagen, Denmark / muuto.com

LARS TORNØE has won several awards such as Designer of the Year in Norway and the Award for Design Excellence. His work has been shown at many international exhibitions and The DOTS for Muuto is part of the permanent collection at the Danish Design Centre. Muuto is rooted in the Scandinavian design tradition characterised by enduring aesthetics, functionality, craftsmanship and an honest expression.

Suspence Nomad by GamFratesi

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Suspence Nomad™ designed by GamFratesi © Lightyears.
Lightyears. A/S Balticagade 12, 1.E 8000 Aarhus C Denmark / lightyears.dk

“Suspence Nomad™ is GamFratesi challenging conventional thinking in the area of lamp use, designed to be placed on a horisontal surface e.g. a floor, staircase or terrace. It carries an appeal to be moved from place to place, without a permanent residence – just like a nomad. The lamp encourages casual use and is easily moved around by lifting the silicone handle at the top. Suspence Nomad™ is available with a red or grey plastic cord and handle. It has a natural place in the room – as a central part, in the corner, on the stairs or on the terrace on a cosy summer evening. The comfortable light is particularly suitable for lounge areas, restaurants or public spaces.” Scandinavian functionalism and clear communication of the ideas behind the design are the key words for GamFratesi’s design. The design duo was formed in 2006, and consists of the Danish architect Stine Gam and the Italian architect Enrico Fratesi. GamFratesi’s design takes its creative power from a fusion of tradition and innovation along with an experimental approach to the selected materials and techniques.

The Stack Collection

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STACK NO 5 + NO 7. Materials: Sides: Ash wood. Base: Ash veneer.
Collection of trays for Fritz Hansen Objects Collection © WEDNESDAY ARCHITECTURE.
WEDNESDAY ARCHITECTURE. Refshalevej 189, 1432 Copenhagen K, Denmark / wednesday-architecture.com

The Stack Collection, designed by Wednesday Architecture and available through Fritz-Hansen’s Object Collection is an excellent example of a carefully handcrafted object. “Objects are made from genuine materials, reflecting Fritz Hansen’s proud heritage of high quality and exquisite craftsmanship. ” The up and coming contemporary Danish design company, lead by architects Sofie Trier Mørk and Lise Bjerre Schmidt have designed the STACK Collection as “comprised of two moulded trays; No. 5 and No. 7, in ash wood, inspired by the traditional Shaker bentwood boxes from the mid-eighteenth century.”

Gusto – Flavour infusing spoon

JOSEPH JOSEPH
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Gusto – Flavour infusing spoon © Joseph Joseph.
Joseph Joseph. The Grove 30 Great Guildford Street London SE1 0HS United Kingdom / josephjoseph.com

The Gusto flavor infusing spoon by our favorite brand of innovative, modern kitchenware & utensils, Joseph Joseph is here to make your cooking a little easier. “If you’re making a soup, stew or curry and want to add herbs and spices such as cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods and star anise without fishing them out later, Gusto is the answer. Simply load the spoon with your herbs and spices, close the lid and stir in as you cook your meal. Then once you’ve finished cooking, simply open the lid and throw away.” The Gusto perfectly combines functionality with aesthetics in a minimalist kitchen gadget!

Byoh Matcha Bar

NORM ARCHITECTS
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Byoh Matcha Bar © Norm Architects.
NORM ARCHITECTS. Snaregade 14, 1205 Copenhagen, Denmark / normcph.com

Norm Architects was founded in 2008 in the heart of Copenhagen. “The name Norm indicates the importance of drawing inspiration from traditions and norms that have been refined for many centuries within the field of architecture and aesthetics. Norm makes it a virtue to focus on quality, durability and timelessness. They want their designs to not only be of good materials and good craftsmanship, but to embody beauty, history and, most importantly, outlive fleeting trends.

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Byoh Matcha Bar © Norm Architects.
NORM ARCHITECTS. Snaregade 14, 1205 Copenhagen, Denmark / normcph.com

The design process of Norm Architects is based on not just asking the question “how?” but to ask the question “why?”. Why should we create this? Why does the need for this product exist? When you ask the question “why?” you open up for deeper design dimensions and you embark on the road to create truly durable products. In spirit with the tradition for scandinavian simplicity Norm strives to cut to the bone in their designs.” Their design culture is evident in practice in the newly established Byoh Matcha Bar in Denmark, “Copenhagen’s first and only Matcha Bar styled solely with Menu.” For Norm, “The light and airy designs are a perfect match to the pure and serene atmosphere we wanted to achieve in this place of health and tranquility” and we must agree!