A tentative step into a post-Covid future, the first major design fair since the world screeched to a halt took place four months late in Copenhagen last week. From September 3-5, in showrooms across the Danish capital, the postponed 3daysofdesign 2020 proved with dozens of furniture launches that this is an industry that will fight back. After a short flight from Berlin, Interior Design was live on the scene to see many manufacturers reaching into the archives. And why not dust off an old gem? Following a Covid-19 test, this writer ponders the comfort of the familiar and an age not so long ago. From a freshly launched lighting company swapping plastic for mouth-blown glass to a turntable first introduced in 1972 and a fluffy lounge upholstered in spun sheep’s wool, here are 15 of our favorite finds.
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1. Divan 2 by Simon P. Henningsen for Lyfa
Three wood cabins in a grassy field marked the rebirth of Lyfa, a Danish lighting company shuttered in the 1990s. With creative consultation from the husband-and-wife design duo behind Gam Fratesi, careful up-market changes (think plastic replaced by mouth-blown glass) were made to 50 different pendants, wall, floor, and table lamps from archives dating back to 1903. Divan 2, in carefully positioned trapezoids available in mirror and multi-color or brass, was designed by Simon P. Henningsen in 1962.
2. The Mask stool by Eva Harlou for Mater
Beer waste finds new life after extensive research by Mater uncovered a ground-breaking new production method. Designed by Eva Harlou, the height-adjustable Mask stool has a fiber-based seat incorporating spent grain from Danish brewer Carlsberg’s beer production. The grain, as well as other fibrous waste materials, is then mixed in with post-industrial plastic waste and press-moulded.