Cover Kvadrat and Peter Saville Technicolour

The latest edition of 3 Days of Design in Copenhagen, one of Scandinavia’s most popular design events, featured clever lighting pieces and an explosion of colour. Here are the main highlights.

In Scandinavia, where days with only a few hours of sunshine make up half of the year, lighting is an important consideration for homeowners and a key focus for designers and architects. Perhaps it comes as no surprise that the recent edition of 3 Days of Design—called 3DD for short—held in Copenhagen, Denmark last September saw many companies launch new lighting collections that not only to provide illumination but serve as conversation starters as well.

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1. Umage Forget Me Not lampshade

Umage, a fairly new Danish company, introduced the Forget Me Not lampshade. Crafted in Scandinavia and made from oak veneer, the lamp’s organic shape is inspired by the flower of the same name.

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2. Gubi Unbound collection by Space Copenhagen

Cult brand Gubi launched the new Unbound Collection, in collaboration with design studio Space Copenhagen. It features a practical but poetic lantern with a distinctive sculptural character and an elegant teardrop-shaped grey marble base.

Available from Danish Design Co 

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3. dk3 Flower lamp by Poul Cadovius

The company dk3 brought back to the market a classic Danish piece: Flower lamp designed by Poul Cadovius in the 1968, which now comes in anodized aluminium.

Available from Danish Design Co 

4. Menu Hashira Floor Lamp by Norm Architects

Other covetable designs include the Hashira Floor Lamp by Menu, which features a cylindrical silhouette and textile upholstery. 

5. New Works Tense pendant lamp

The new Tense pendant lamp from New Works is a covetable design as well, made with a soft Tyvek 100 per cent recyclable membrane and a LED light source.

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6. Magnus Olese 8000 series chair by Rud Thygesen & Johnny Sørensen

There was a major injection of colour at the design event, with brands employing hues outside the usual pastel spectrum that has come to define the signature Scandinavian look. The company Magnus Olesen celebrated the 40th anniversary of the iconic 8000 series chair, designed by Rud Thygesen & Johnny Sørensen, by issuing them in a new vibrant palette.

7. Jotun's Global Colour Card 2022

Jotun, one of the world’s biggest paint companies, also released their Global Colour Card for 2022—shades meant to “inspire reflection and reconnection” as we continue to make our homes our sanctuaries. They come in lovely names such as Soft Comfort, Thoughtful and Friendly Pink, which might have minimalists reaching for that paintbrush.

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8. Brandt Collective

Creating a hygge mood is par for the course when it comes to Danish design and there was a smattering of beautiful, practical pieces to elevate a space. Highlights include Brandt Collective’s new ambience collection. which features oil burners and door handles crafted from noble materials. 

9. Kyo series by mazō and Snorre Læssøe Stephensen

The Kyo Series, a second collaboration between mazō and Snorre Læssøe Stephensen, showcased porcelain cups and bowls that combine Scandinavian and Japanese styles. 

10. Kvadrat and Peter Saville Technicolour

Textiles were also a highlight, with Kvadrat and Peter Saville, launching Technicolour, a new collection comprised of three rugs and two curtains.

Available from Kvadrat

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