Japanese design magazine focuses on Danish furniture design

By Kent Dahl

The leading Japanese interior magazine, Elle Décor, ran a special supplement about Nordic design in its latest issue. The issue focuses especially on Danish furniture designers, who did their masterpieces before and in the 1950ies, as well as how the furniture is used in daily life today.

Elle Décor has published a yearly Nordic design special edition for the past ten years. According to the team behind Elle Déco, its reader base has come to look forward to its release every summer.

This year Elle Décor decided to feature Kaare Klint as well as many of his contemporary Danish furniture designers. That be, for instance, Arne Jacobsen, Finn Juhl, Poul Henningsen, Hans J. Wegner, Børge Mogensen or other Nordic contemporaries like Finnish Alvar Aalto.

As a tribute to Kaare Klint ,the Elle Décor team visited the Faaborg Art Museum in Denmark for which the Danish architect designed the “Faaborg Chair”. The chair had its 100th anniversary this year.

It is known as one of the first modern design classics in Denmark. Likewise Elle Décor also features Danish art museums like Louisiana Art Museum and Ordrupgaard. The later being in the vicinity of the Danish furniture designer Finn Juhl’s house.

The interest in Nordic design has grown in Japan along with the use of Nordic furniture in restaurants, cafes and public institutions as well as in private homes. Especially Arne Jacobsen’s 7-chair and Hans J. Wegner’s Y-chair or Wishbone Chair have spearheaded the use of Danish design furniture in Japan. As a result, the knowledge of the names of Nordic designs and designers have become much more widespread.

According to the Elle Décor team there is something in Nordic design, including furniture, which resonates with Japanese people. Especially Japanese traditional woodwork craft works as a strong link between Japanese and Danish people’s affinity for design and craftsmanship.

Elle Décor has a circulation of around 70.000 and around 40 pct. of its readers work in the creative field.

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