Sunday, June 29, 2008

Danish Design

One of the occupational hazards for designers is that, while millions might easily recognize their work, most people have never even heard their names (except for a few superstars).

For example, most adults are very familiar with Danish Design, often called Danish Modern, but few people, other than designers, know the people who created the designs. Names like Hans Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, Borge Mogensen (above right), Finn Juhl and the godfather of the period, Kaare Klint, are not household names for most of us but they are among a dozen or so designers behind the popular Danish Design look enjoyed around the world. With a recent revival of interest in the style, many of their chairs now sell at auction for tens of thousands of dollars.

Students need to know that designs, from type faces to buildings, have names and are associated with particular designers. Having students memorize the names of designers, like in traditional art history courses, is not the point, but students should have design personalized for them so they can find their own personal heroes in the design world and maybe aspire to become like them. Students need to know that designs are done by real people and they could grow up to be designers themselves.

Click on the heading above to see information about some Danish designers.

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