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Designmuseum Denmark unveils new OEO Studio-designed public spaces

The café and shop represent the museum’s only major redesign work since its opening in the 1920s.

02/08/2022 2 min read

Designmuseum Denmark has unveiled a new OEO Studio-designed café and shop, the first major design work undertaken at the cultural institution since its opening in the 1920s.

The museum was originally the vision of Kaare Klint, commonly considered the father of Danish furniture design. A titan of the creative industries, he championed austere lines, quality materials and finely honed craftmanship – his legacy forming the starting part of OEO Studio’s concept for the reimagined spaces.

Founders Thomas Lykke and Anne-Marie Buemann reintroduced elements of Klint’s, including the Le Klint 101 pendant lamp which they contrasted with a ceiling lamp in brass and folded paper designed by the studio. Vintage Klint poster frames were reused, while decorative wall hangings in blue Vidar by Raf Simons for Kvadrat are new additions.

Reflecting Klint’s impact on Danish furniture design, pieces by celebrated local makers are deployed throughout, including the Principal Chair by Bodil Kjær, the Piano Chair by Vilhelm Wohlert, the Wishbone Chair by Hans J. Wegner and the Drop Chair by Arne Jacobsen.

In the main café space, a monolithic 6-metre-long bespoke counter references a custom design by OEO Studio for the Copenhagen-based Garde Hvalsøe – a renowned cabinet manufacturer known for its joinery and artisanship.

For the design of the museum shop, existing elements such as glass cabinetry designed by Klint were retained, imbuing the space with a sense of history and narrative. New interventions include the creation of zones and ‘small islands’ to offer retail-centric visual focus and custom fitted cabinetry.

In addition to the interior design development, OEO Studio devised a blue colourway for the X-Line furniture collection designed by Niels Jørgen Haugesen for Magnus Olesen, that is used externally in the garden; while museum’s doors were updated with hot rolled steel for a more contemporary impression.

Photography: Christian Hoyer

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