the Penumbra centerpiece by David Thulstrup for Georg Jensen
Photography courtesy of Georg Jensen.

10 Top Designer Launches From Copenhagen’s 3daysofdesign

Copenhagen welcomed design-minded visitors in early June for the 10th anniversary of the city’s 3daysofdesign fair. Spread across 13 design districts and touting the theme “Where Would We Be Without You?”, the annual festival in Denmark could be explored by foot, metro, car, or bicycle—the latter the locals’ preference. Top designers produced work with a focus on human-centric ideas, craftsmanship, natural materials, and sustainable solutions, such as furniture, lighting, and accessory launches by some of today’s greatest design talents.

Jaime Hayon for &Tradition

The Spanish artist and designer created a capsule tabletop collection set to launch in late summer and dubbed Momento consisting of a polished or lacquered stainless steel (no-spill!) pitcher plus two vase forms and a colorful candlestick holder produced in Portugal. Hayon also invented a limited-edition of his Formikami JH5 lantern light decorated with his painterly patterns for the occasion. Mark your calendar for the August launch!

a tabletop collection  by Jaime Hayon for &Tradition, displayed at 3daysofdesign
Photography courtesy of &Tradition.

Hugo Passos for Fredericia

The Gomo lounge collection by the Portuguese-born, Copenhagen-based designer includes the upholstered chair with curved lines and conical base for the family-owned Danish brand founded in 1911.

A cream chair with a curved back
Photography courtesy of Fredericia.

Noah for Gubi

Mathias Steen Rasmussen’s MR01 outdoor lounge chair is reimagined by New York-based fashion brand Noah’s founders Estelle Bailey-Babenzien and Brendon Babenzien in fresh colorways for the high-performance polyester rope: sporty yellow, royal blue, classic navy, and neutral gray, all coastal classics.

A man leans on an outdoor chair with a deep geometric seat and yellow textiles
Photography courtesy of Gubi.
Gubi's outdoor lounge chair with blue textile ropes lining the seat and back and a wood frame
Photography courtesy of Gubi.

OEO Studio for Mater

Copenhagen-based OEO Studio launched their organically-formed Lily tables and Compound lounge and dining chairs in proprietary Matek material manufactured by the company known for turning waste material into furniture.

Lily tables and the Compound lounge chair by OEO Studio for Mater
Photography courtesy of Mater.

Chris Martin of Massproductions

Stockholm-based manufacturer Massproductions’ Gridlock wall-mounted shelving system in FSC-certified ash wood is easy to assemble and comes in two depths plus a desk component, all available in three finishes: natural, white, and black-stained ash. Standard options are available plus the brand’s online configurator allow for customization.

the Gridlock wall mounted shelving system  by Massproductions
Photography courtesy of Massproductions.
the Gridlock wall mounted shelving system by Massproductions
Photography courtesy of Massproductions.

GamFratesi for Koyori

The local design studio consisting of Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi presented their built-to-last Miau table made by the Japanese brand founded in 2022 using precision joinery techniques. The designers’ complex Edaha chairs comprised mainly of curved surfaces presented a technical challenge to the maker (requiring nearly 20 prototypes) and are now also available.

the Miau table by GamFratesi for Koyori
Photography by Hiroshi Iwasaki.
the Edaha chair by GamFratesi for Koyori
Photography by Hiroshi Iwasaki.

Inga Sempé for Kvadrat

The French designer known for work with a light touch produced the Multiply residential curtain collection for the Danish brand, its patterns of fine lines, grids, and prismatic layerings based on the designer’s own hand sketches.

the Multiply residential curtain collection based on hand sketches by Inga Sempé
Photography courtesy of Kvadrat.

Muller Van Severen for Hay

Playfully scalloped mirrors and a serving cart join the Belgian designers’ Arcs collection, available in colorways like red, green, and subdued white. The collection previewed during 3daysofdesign and launches in stores and online in fall 2023.

the Arcs trolley and Arcs Mirror collection from Muller Van Severen for Hay
Photography courtesy of Hay.

David Thulstrup for Georg Jensen

The Penumbra centerpiece—crafted in the heritage brand’s signature silver and designed by the renowned Danish architect known for sophisticated lines and modern materials—offered eye-catching accessorizing for interiors, its surface hand-hammered upwards of 3,000 times over four months until perfectly finished.

the Penumbra centerpiece by David Thulstrup for Georg Jensen
Photography courtesy of Georg Jensen.

Vaarnii at Tableau

Collectible design gallery-cum-flower shop Tableau, the Finnish design brand founded in 2021 and known for championing pine, presented new lights and a perch. Attractive fixtures by Hans-Agne Jakobsson included the 1004 Hans wall light and 1005 Hans ceiling light. Frederik Paulsen designed an understated tripod seat called the 001 Stool. “I wanted to create a piece that was small and light and would be used as a seat, rather than an undefined piece of furniture,” said Paulsen. The work was shown alongside functional art curated by Tableau founder Julius Værnes Iversen.

Wood chairs in a colorful maximalist room
Photography by Michael Rygaard.
Glowing lights hang from the ceiling
Photography by Michael Rygaard.

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