The future is present / (Photo: press materials)

Eight new galleries, the restored facade of an 18th-century residence and a designer café await visitors to the reopened Danish Design Museum in Copenhagen.

Denmark is known for its fine design, and the Designmuseum Danmark in Copenhagen is among the most exciting in its class. After two years of renovation, on June 19, 2022, it reopened to the public. The museum’s opening culminated in 3 Design Days held simultaneously – one of the most important design events in Europe, where leading Danish interior design brands presented their new products.

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To mark the museum’s reopening, eight preliminary exhibitions were prepared on various aspects of design and its place in our lives and culture. As museum director Ann-Louise Somer emphasizes, the time of renovation was an opportunity to reflect on what a contemporary museum experience should look like and what themes should be. We focus more on the most pressing contemporary questions, incl. For health, identity and the environment. We believe that design, more than ever, can be a link between historical achievements and contemporary challenges on a global and local level. Somer explains.

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Museum director Ann Louise Somer / (Photo by Mary Bentzon)

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Today’s challenges are discussed in the exhibition The Future Is Present. The space arranged by Danish architectural studio Space & X offers not only proposals for solutions to the most pressing problems we face now and that we will face in the future, but also idealized insights and speculations about what society will look like.

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Luca Hesselberg’s photo

A quick course in Danish design is offered by the exhibition The Magic of Form, which takes visitors on a journey through 120 years of Danish design. We get acquainted with the whole range of ideas and activities of designers, from a purely functional and utilitarian approach to the creation of forms that enter the space of art.

Silver vase by Thorvald Bindesbølla / (Photo: Pernille Klemp)

Exhibition “Small table, cover yourself!” (“Small table, cover yourself”) is a table several meters long covered with dishes of different eras – from the Renaissance to the present day. Following the path outlined by the tabletop, we observe how everyday-use design has changed – from the opulence of silver to ethereal Art Nouveau forms to frugal simplicity focused on function.

Those who are closer to Danish fashion will probably be interested in the exhibition “Strong Styles”, which was put together in collaboration with the famous Danish fashion designer, artist and musician Henrik Vibskov.

Photo by Laura Stammer – Fritz Hansen

Designmuseum Danmark in Copenhagen: a well-designed café

In addition to thematic attractions, the museum authorities also took care of the relaxation of visitors. It is worth taking a break in a new café, the interior of which was designed by the famous architectural studio OEO Studio, which corresponds to, among other things, the decor of the two-star restaurant Kadeau or the famous Sanchez Cantine in Copenhagen.

Photo by Laura Stammer – Fritz Hansen

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