Scandinavian & Danish Furniture Design

“In addressing a task, one almost always has several possible options, sometimes only a few, and they may all be practical and functional.

That is the artistic task: To choose the best from these solutions.” – Arne Jacobsen Danish furniture design, often referred to as Danish functionalism or organic functionalism, is a philosophy that was likely derived from conditions endemic to Denmark – aconviction in the equal merits of quality and beauty, long harsh winters spent indoors, a closeness with nature, and an economy and ingenuity with regard to materials. Consequently, design has continually been a critical element in Danish living, and a proud Danish legacy. Danish furniture was never designed to be flashy or even ornate, the goal of Danish furniture was to embody understated references to nature, creating clean but sensual, organic forms. Why is ‘Danish design’so often referred to rather than the individual designers?