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Key Takeaways from "3 Days of Design" in Copenhagen


3 Days of Design is a renowned design event held in Copenhagen, Denmark, showcasing the best in design and interior architecture. As an Interior Designer, it's important to find connection to the industry, continue your education and find new ways to be inspired. I was thrilled to give myself a break from my daily routine of balancing work and motherhood to attend.


(Large, yellow balloons were set up in front of each location on the program. This was so helpful!)


If you are a designer, architect, or design enthusiast, I highly recommend attending. Copenhagen is a beautiful city to host such an event. The event is organized so well plus its free! The event had a cool app which made it easy to organize your showroom visits, talks, etc as well as posted large, yellow balloons outside each event which was so helpful!


Overall, if you attend the event you can expect the following:

1. Inspiring Exhibitions

2. Showroom Visits

3. Design Talks and Discussions

4. Collaborative Projects

5. Open Studios

6. Networking Opportunities


Day 3 was incredible and hit all the high notes just like Day 1 & 2. I hope you enjoy reading my recap from Day 3 of 3 Days of Design.

 

I started my Day at HAY!



Hay is a Danish furniture company that gained international recognition for its modern, functional, and innovative designs. The brand offers a wide range of furniture, lighting, home accessories, and textiles. Its products are available in design stores, furniture showrooms, and online retailers worldwide, making it accessible to design enthusiasts and consumers around the globe.


Hay's designs are deeply rooted in Scandinavian design traditions, characterized by simplicity, minimalism, and clean lines. I think the price point for many products is cost effective. The range of colors is fun especially for projects involving kids or multi purpose spaces.


I am a fan of the following products:


The Crate Collection had a relaunch! I tested out the the lounge chair and it was very comfortable with or without the seat cushions. The chair has a low seat with a sloped back and generous armrests.



Made with respect for the original design, the Crate Lounge Chair shares the same precisely balanced proportions and transparent construction to minimize production costs and optimize the assembly process.


The collection includes a dining chair, lounge chair, low coffee table and cushions.

 

After touring the Hay showroom, I headed to the next stop: Le Klint


Le Klint is known for its distinctive and iconic lampshades made from hand-folded pleated paper, creating a unique and diffused light effect.


Le Klint's product range includes a variety of pendant lights, table lamps, floor lamps, and wall sconces. These designs often combine traditional craft techniques with modern aesthetics, resulting in elegant and timeless lighting solutions.


This women has been making these lampshades by hand for 18 years at Le Klint!


Le Klint has its flagship store and showroom in Copenhagen, where visitors can experience the brand's extensive collection of lighting fixtures firsthand. The store provides an opportunity to explore the different designs, learn about the brand's history, and appreciate the craftsmanship behind each piece.


 

I took in the beautiful water views on my way to my next stop: Ferm Living



Ferm Living is highly committed to Scandinavian design principles, sustainability, and quality craftsmanship.


I really enjoyed this exhibit. Firstly, the building and grounds were so stunning! They incorporated a lot of design stories outside as well as inside their standard showroom.





The product range at Ferm Living is large and caters to various areas of the home including kids spaces. Their collections include furniture pieces such as chairs, tables, sofas, and storage solutions. They also offer lighting fixtures, home accessories like vases, candleholders, and decorative items, as well as textiles such as bedding, cushions, rugs, and wallpaper.


One of the things that sets Ferm Living apart is their focus on sustainability. They use organic and recycled materials and collaborate with suppliers who share their values. This ensures that their products are not only visually appealing but also environmentally responsible.


Overall, I think Ferm Living sits at a medium, competitive price point. I would recommend their products to many clients especially those who are renting, young adults who are Scandinavian design enthusiasts and families with kids.


 

Right behind the Ferm Living Showroom was Louis Poulsen and Bolia. Of course I had to attend those exhibits as well!


I say this all the time... quality lighting is key! It is a fundamental element to interior design that cannot and should not be overlooked.


Louis Poulsen's iconic lighting fixtures have indeed made a lasting impact in the design world. Their commitment to innovative and architecturally significant designs, along with their focus on high-quality craftsmanship and light quality, has solidified their position as a leading brand in the industry.


PH Septima in Glass/Brass Finish


Their approach goes beyond simply designing lamps; they aim to shape light and create a positive atmosphere that enhances people's well-being, both indoors and outdoors.


They strive for indirect, soft, and inviting lighting that harmonizes with its surroundings, creating a comfortable and pleasant ambiance.


This emphasis on shaping light and creating a harmonious atmosphere aligns with Louis Poulsen's commitment to human-centric lighting. Their fixtures are designed to enhance the visual experience, promote a sense of well-being, and positively influence the mood and perception of the space.



Honestly, I have so many favorites it is hard to choose just one light fixture! I am certain that my next home will include 1 if not more of Louis Poulsen lighting.

 

We are near the finish line. Here are my thoughts on Bolia:



Firstly, I have been to two of the Bolia showrooms here in Berlin so I was already familiar.


I think the collection overall offers a soft Scandinavian appeal. I like the brand but find my self favoring only a few select items all the time.


The showroom here in Copenhagen was large and beautiful but very beige! I was obsessed with the interior windows above all! ha



These are a couple of my favorite designs:


Images via Bolia


 

Bolia was my last stop before collecting my things and heading for the airport. Here are my final thoughts...


I had a fantastic experience attending 3 Days of Design in Copenhagen. The event offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of Scandinavian design and architecture.


Copenhagen, known for its charm and rich design heritage, serves as an ideal backdrop for such an event. The city has long been associated with Scandinavian design, which is deeply rooted in the region's cultural identity. The combination of Copenhagen's atmosphere and the presence of renowned designers, brands, and design enthusiasts during 3 Days of Design creates a truly inspiring environment.


Attending events like 3 Days of Design allows you to explore the latest trends, discover new designers, and witness the evolution of design concepts. It's an opportunity to be inspired by the diverse range of products, exhibitions, and installations showcased during the event.


I'm glad I had a positive experience, and hope to visit again next year. (June 12-14, 2024)

It's an exciting prospect to continue exploring the world of Scandinavian design and architecture in the future.


That's a wrap! Thanks for reading my recap. If you have any thoughts or questions, feel free to share in the comments.


Ciao, Stephanie













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