The 20th century

The starting point for this exhibit is some of the overall ideas and thoughts that have been meaningful for people and for society in the 20th century, and which are reflected in design.

The exhibit ranges from the avant-garde dream of a new and better world in the start of the century, functionalism's FDB furniture seen as a social tool, and 1990s globalization and visions of environmentalism and recycling.

Danish design classics

The exhibit’s many Danish design classics are put into an international perspective and compared with foreign design icons. The changing design trends are put into perspective with developments in architecture and interior design.

The Danish approach

Danish designers have always been more interested in finding practical forms that can make everyday items more useful and beautiful than in revolutionising society with utopian ideas and art history manifestos. Danish industrial design is largely inspired by revolutionary forms and ideas from abroad: the Danes improve and refine these ideas so they match the pragmatic and democratic lifestyle in Denmark.

Contemporary Danish designers need to pay their respects to the Danish design tradition, but they are also part of the global production reality and design debate, where sustainability is as important as artistic style.



Before you visit

Do you wish a quick intro to Danish design? We have created a podcast series of three episodes that will give you an intro to our museum, the ‘Danish Modern’ period and Danish design today.

You will get to know world famous designers like Hans Wegner, Børge Mogensen and Arne Jacobsen. And how these great pioneers still inspire designers in Denmark and around the world.

You will get an understanding of the qualities that makes Danish design special. From the famous chairs from the Golden Age of Danish design to the modern solutions of today, where designers bring important issues like sustainability and environmental issues into their designs.

Listen to the podcast here