The Chair & Furniture for the People @ Design Museum, Copenhagen


I can’t say that the Design Museum in London is one of my favourite establishments. I don’t dislike it. I actually think they hold some very good exhibitions, however it is too awkward to get to for me to consider visiting on a regular basis. I recently went on a three-day trip to Denmark and visited there Design Museum which REALLY impressed me, leaving the London museum look a little inferior.

The Danes, and all of Scandinavia have some pretty impressive designs. Skandium will forever be one of my favourite home-ware stores while Denmark produced such designers as Hans Wegner and Arne Jacobsen. When I arrived at the Danish Design Museum, they were hosting two exhibitions entitled WEGNER – just one good chair and Furniture for the people! Borge Mogensen 100 years, both of which, were mesmerising.

The chair focused exhibition is the one I first came across, with two giant chairs greeting me in the foyer of the museum. The show is a homage to Hans J. Wegner who dedicated his career to designing ‘the perfect chair’ and who was born a century ago. Wegner not only made one beautiful chair, but hundreds, 150 of which are on display along with designs and sketches from his contemporaries. The museum also shows chairs which have never been seen before previously, including a lounge chair which was only ever used by the designers wife. I honestly never believed I could be so enthralled by an exhibition consisting solely of chairs, but Wegner and the Danish museum succeeded in me wanting to go on a good chair hunt when I returned home.

The Borge Mogensen display also celebrated the centenary of the designers birth, who designed furniture for the home, hence the titled ‘furniture for the PEOPLE.’ Morgensen preoccupied himself with designing furniture to enhance everyday life which he certainly succeeded in doing. The exhibition presents 30 of Borgenson’s pieces along with work from their own collection made up on tables, beds and yet even more fabulous chairs.

To anyone who happens to be travelling to Copenhagen this summer, I strongly urge you to visit this fabulous museum, you certainly won’t be disappointed by what’s on offer!

WEGNER – just one good chair is on display until 2 November 2014
Furniture for the people! Borge Mogensen is on display until 11 January 2015

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Lizzy Vartanian Collier aka Gallery Girl is a writer and curator based in London. Her work has been featured in publications including Dazed, Hyperallergic and Vogue Arabia. She was curator of Perpetual Movement during AWAN Festival 2018 and in 2019 had a residency at the Lab at Darat Al Funun in Amman, Jordan. She has also worked with Armenia Art Fair for its inaugural edition and previously worked as an editor at I.B.Tauris Publishers. In 2019 she co-founded Arsheef, Yemen’s first contemporary art gallery. She has given workshops at Manara Culture in Amman, Jordan and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK. As of 2020 she is currently in law school, with the ambition of greater understanding the intersection between art and the law.

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