Herman Studio

Herman Studio was founded in 2012 by the two architects, Helle Herman Mortensen and Jonas Herman Pedersen. Their work spans from textile, ceramics, lighting and furniture design to interior design. A characterstic feature of their design is their focus on the objects’ contours. By working with a distinctive outline for each object, the craftsmanship allows the design to stand out whilst remaining simple and readily recognizable. Their great passion for design and their appreciation of aesthetic principles are complimentary to their use of traditional materials and methods. They work in an iterative process between sketches, models and prototypes. Their design process begins with the detailed study of construction methods, an approach which plays a central role throughout the design process. The workshop is therefore an essential part of their studio.

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Werner

The design of the Shoemaker Chair dates back to 1936 in Odense, Denmark. In the 1970s, the design was affiliated and assimilated by the Werner family who come from a long line of fine wood turners; a profession almost non-existent today. Over three generations the family have renewed and finetuned the Shoemaker Chair and reestablished the design and production to where it is today - a true archetypal classic. They have tirelessly optimized the chair over the years, adjusting minor aspects of the production flow and the finished product. For example, the T legs were added for extra stability and the seat re-shaped and rounded to offer greater protection to the topline in case the chair falls. On the island of Funen, The Werner Family worked from the woodturning joinery Gislev Drejerforretning, founded in 1913. The third Generation of the Werner Family is still part of the joinery. So, the designer and the woodturner are still one and the same.

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Alexander Seyfarth

Alexander Seyfarth is a Danish furniture designer based on the Danish Island, Fanoe. With a background as a joiner, he works with a great passion for traditional craftsmanship and has a profound respect for the importance of detail. His greatest source of inspiration is found in the honesty of great craftsmanship and in challenging the traditional with a renewing approach. He sees qualities in the intuitive and sensual design, exploring joints and textures. For Alexander Seyfarth, the importance lies in the discovery, and thereby the consciousness that ensues. For Seyfarth good design is timeless if the craft and composition can inspire in its most natural form.

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Jonas Lutz

Finnish-born designer Jonas Lutz began studying design in Turku, Finland, and continued at the renowned Malmstens Linköping University in the outskirts of Stockholm in Sweden. He finished his studies with an exchange to Eindhoven, Netherlands. Despite travelling further from home, Nordic design traditions remain embedded within his work. In 2016, Jonas began focusing on his own work from a light-filled studio in one of the oldest harbors in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Lutz creates objects of bold and ingenious simplicity which are inviting to touch. The foundation of his form language lies in a deep understanding of the inherent qualities of materials and the production process. Elegant solutions are visible in the way parts intersect to form a unity, projecting both subtlety and strength. Jonas finds inspiration in Nordic furniture traditions as well as in the lively design culture of his adopted city of Rotterdam. “It’s never been a question of whether or not to make something, it’s just a natural thing for me”.

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Hallgeir Homstvedt

Hallgeir Homstvedt is a Norwegian product designer. After studying industrial design at the University of Newcastle, Australia, Homstvedt returned to Norway in 2006 to join the design collective Norway Says. In 2009 he founded Homstvedt Design which now operates out of a 19th-century factory building in the center of Oslo. He designs everything from door handles to upholstered furniture. In 2017, he was awarded as Designer of the Year in Norway. Homstvedt believes that one of the advantages of being a multidisciplinary designer is that you are not fully emerged in any specific design category. Meaning he can approach a design task with “fresh” eyes and question the status quo. Homstvedt’s work is known to offer a new perspective through the use of new materials, production techniques and its playful character.

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Kristian Vedel

Kristian Vedel was a Danish industrial designer and part of the early Scandinavian Design movement. Educated as a cabinet maker in 1942, he studied at the Department of Furniture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and graduated in 1946 from the School of Arts, Craft and Design in Copenhagen. He was acting chairman of the Danish Furniture Designers and founding member and acting chairman of the first Society of Industrial Designers in Denmark. Between 1968 and 1971, Kristian started the first Department for Industrial Design at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Heavily influenced by Kaare Klint and the Bauhaus School, the Kristian Vedel Style was the “Classic Modern” with a creative use of materials and a strong sense of functionality and ergonomic demands. Kristian Vedel was also a pioneer in using an early form of plastic known as melamine in the 1970's. He died at the age of 80 in March 2003.

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