New design branches grow up



In late October, 19 new furniture prototypes were unveiled that are included in the 2014 edition of the Danish furniture design project Branching Out (Skud på Stammen), which this year has the theme “Above the line”.

Branching Out is an annual project, which aims to make young carpentry apprentices, and graduate cabinetmakers from Copenhagen Technical College familiar with the proud Danish furniture design tradition and at the same time develop it by creating new and innovative furniture.

This is achieved by letting the young cabinetmakers work closely together with a number of leading Danish furniture designers in teams, which over a four-week workshop produce prototypes of the new design furniture.

Branching Out is also an interdisciplinary project involving other programs at Copenhagen Technical College, like photographers and graphic designers, who produce images and other presentation material for the new furniture.

The furniture at this year’s Branching Out exhibition can be seen at Trapholt Art Museum in Kolding until 1 February 2015.

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Two of the contributions of Branching Out 2014:

The sofa Phararo is designed by furniture designer Troels Grum Schwensen who wanted to create a monumental sofa with an organically shaped upholstered top and a single base in black stained oak. Phararo is made by cabinetmaker Torkel Milling and upholsterer Nikoline Tryde Hølund. Photo: Daniel Rex Dybmose.

The designer Rasmus Appel has created the unconventional sideboard or TV table Aquarium, which with its slender stick construction and sliding glass doors acts as a display cabinet or display case in the room. The materials are ash and compact laminated MDF. Aquarium is made by cabinetmaker Jens Holdgaard Pedersen. Photo: Mads Rahbek.