Designers

Arne Jacobsen

1902 – 1971

One of Denmark’s most respected architects, Arne Jacobsen has become synonymous with global modernism. His precise yet expressive aesthetic still serves as inspiration for contemporary designers, and his furniture designs, most created in connection with specific architectural projects, continue to excite both in Denmark and abroad.

While architecture was Jacobsen’s primary focus, he also made lighting, textiles, furniture and industrial designs, approaching all projects with the same perfectionism that defined his career.

Børge Mogensen

1914 – 1972

Børge Mogensen’s creative process produced long-lasting pieces with humans at the center. He became a highly-influential, post-war designer and a leading representative of Danish Modern.

Mogensen’s democratic design included simple and functional wooden furniture for both private and public spaces, with calm aesthetics and strong construction from quality. He believed in visual clarity and minimal decoration or experimentation, as seen in his classic Hunting Table and Deck Chair Set.

Danial Chow

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Danial Chow began his encore career in furniture design in 2009, Danial spent 30 years working as a highly skilled engineer in the semiconductor industry before discovering his passion for furniture and interior design.

Just four years later, his designs are embraced by the industry,. His studio, DC, has received accolades including the

“iF” Design Award 2009, 2009 and 2010 China’s Most Successful Design Awards. His goal with DC is to advance furniture design through knowledge and information solutions. His self-described “simple and clean” style is three-fold: one part innovation, one part engineering and one part exquisite taste.

Donald Ho

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Donald Ho is studying product design in THEi – Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong, he designed Macaron chair in the module of the furniture design and won the chance to make it real for the new campus of ICI- International Culinary Institute in Hong Kong in 2018. The design particularly matches the theme of the campus and being the signature chair of ICI.

EOOS

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Austrian design collaborative, EOOS, were established in Vienna in 1995 by Martin Bergmann, Gernot Bohmann, and Harald Gründl. The trio study historical roots in a contemporary context and use a unique process called Poetical Analysis to create works. Their method focuses on myths, rituals and intuitive expressions, to create connections that extend beyond initial perceptions.

EOOS view design as a poetic discipline, and believe that end results should be able to accommodate changing needs and desires.

Frits Henningsen

1889 – 1965

Renowned as an uncompromising designer, Frits Henningsen viewed quality craftsmanship as essential, and unlike most cabinetmakers, always designed his own furniture pieces.

As a member of the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers Guild, Henningsen became a major driver of the furniture exhibitions of the period, gaining recognition for his perfectionist style and vibrant personality. He gave new expression to traditional designs and drew inspiration from the French Empire, rococo, and British 17th-century furniture.

Hans J. Wegner

1914 – 2007

Among Danish furniture designers, Hans J. Wegner is considered one of the most creative, innovative and prolific. Often referred to as the master of the chair, Wegner designed more than 500 chairs in his lifetime – many of them considered masterpieces. He is probably best known for his iconic Wishbone Chair which has been in continuous production since 1950.

The core of Wegner’s legacy is his focus on bringing the inner workings – the soul – of the furniture to the exterior, where the simplicity and functionality can be appreciated.

Kaare Klint

1888 – 1954

Kaare Klint was renowned as a furniture designer, educator and visionary, and today, he is recognized as the father of modern Danish design. Klint designed icons like the 1914 Faaborg Chair and the 1933 Safari Chair, as well as the design for the reception room of the Danish Pavilion at the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition.

Klint insisted on clear, logical design, clean lines, the best materials, and superb craftsmanship. His influence on future generations of designers and architects is still evident to this day.

Kent Wong

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Kent Wong, a design entrepreneur specialises in designing form and space including interior, furniture and product, as well as brand management. Wong promotes quality design and bridges the gap between designers and business entities by curating numerous exhibitions and programmes primarily in Mainland China.

Wong was graduated from the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University with M.A. and B.A. (1st Hon.). Since then he devoted in a wide range of design related businesses, co-founded Scopo Creative Ltd., a design consultation and strategic management company; O+N Ltd., a video production and online media company, in order to provide one-stop service of design-business matching, design, branding and promotion.

For almost two decades Wong has collaborated with international designers, brands and industrialists, so to integrate China market and international design force for global collaboration, and connect parties from different business circles for exploring larger market share together.

Malcolm Golding

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Originally from England, Malcolm Golding came to Hong Kong in the early of eighties. Upon arriving, one of his first commissions was to paint several vast murals in the newly-built Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Lobby. The vast mural was reported in National Geographic Magazine.

Malcolm collaborated with JMStyle since 2012, started to design for furniture. The most iconic lounge chair was Bug Chair. It was inspired from his artworks- Bugs.

Mogens Lassen

1901 – 1987

Architect Mogens Lassen created works rooted in cubist architectural ideals inspired by Le Corbusier. Considered a pioneer of Danish functionalism, Lassen’s designs showcased his ability to express ideas through diverse materials.

His simple, functional wooden furniture, like the folding Egyptian Table, have gone on to become furniture classics, while his 1930s works in steel continue to serve as original examples of the innovations of international modernism.

Morten Gøttler

1944 –

Born in Copenhagen in 1944 and originally trained in shipping, Morten Gøttler became a self-taught designer and architect known for his exceptional understanding of wood.

He opened his own studio in 1972 and has worked in many genres, including furniture design, domestic art, packaging, toys, graphics and lighting. Gøttler’s clean, easy aesthetic is characterized by well-thought-out form, exquisite comfort, and close attention to detail – all brought to life using high-quality materials.

Ole Wanscher

1903 – 1985

Ole Wanscher was integral to the aesthetic and functionality of modern Danish design. Having studied under Kaare Klint, he helped shape Danish furniture design as a designer and as an educator when he took over Klint’s professorship at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.

Wanscher’s classic and contemporary designs made him popular. In 1958, the Danish newspaper Politiken wrote: “Owning a Wanscher chair is an adventure every day, and will be so even several hundred years from now, for this is how long it lasts”.

Patrick Tin

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Mr. Patrick Tin established the furniture brand “JMStyle” in 2009, JMStyle was becoming successful.

During the years of working with Mr. Malcolm Golding, the British design master,
Patrick found his interest and talent in design, in light of the living environment in Hong Kong, they co-designed the MG collection.

Following the formation of JMStyle project team, Patrick custom designed furniture for companies and launch “The Tin’s collection” with CH chair, the connecting heart chair, as the first piece. CH Chair is not an ordinary chair, the idea behind makes the CH Chair special. In a world of transition and rapid changes, we always forget how to treasure the time and moments with the loved ones. By introducing the CH Chair, Patrick introduced the time of love and passion. He sincerely hopes this will be the chair that changes the perspective you see in life and relationships.

Poul Kjærholm

1929 – 1980

Poul Kjærholm mixed his strict, modern idiom with superior quality and materials rooted in Danish craftsmanship traditions. Despite his short career as a furniture designer, Kjærholm’s craftsmanship and clear expression resulted in timeless designs with a global influence.

Kjærholm became known for his functionalist steel, leather and glass furniture. He removed unnecessary ornamentation in favor of clarity and function, and avoided easy solutions and fads in his search for each material’s own language.

Strand + Hvass

Designers

The Strand + Hvass duo is part of a new breed of Danish designers whose work continues in a direct line from their celebrated predecessors. The designers focus on simplicity, superior quality, and the combination of uniqueness and industrial production to create the modern classics of tomorrow. With the Extend Table design, Strand + Hvass infused the modern Danish furniture tradition with a bold new expression and additional functionality.

Tadao Ando

1941 –

Japanese architect Tadao Ando’s design philosophy unites Japanese design traditions with modern Western expression. Ando is inspired by Le Corbusier with a style that is minimalistic and innovative, with a focus on functionality.

Ando has great respect for the work of Hans J. Wegner and has often used his furniture in his architecture projects. Ando produced his Wegner-inspired Dream Chair in collaboration with Carl Hansen & Søn, relying on century-long traditions of craftsmanship to achieve perfection.

Thomas Bo Kastholm

1963 –

Thomas Bo Kastholm followed in the footsteps of his father, designer Jørgen Kastholm. He studied interior design at the Danish Design School, graduating in 1989. After his studies, Kastholm launched his own career, working for studios in Denmark and Germany. Kastholm wanted to create designs that united diverse materials into compelling compositions with purpose.

The TK8 Daybed, with its close ties to the core principles of classic, modern Danish design, achieved the ideals Kastholm strived for and became an instant success.