Our 2016 Design Awards City of the Year Copenhagen's cultural offerings continue apace. With openings, installations and shows popping up all over, an August highlight comes in the form of the biannual Northmodern fair.
As always, an emergence of fresh talent was cause for excitement, and the fair honed in on this for its fifth edition with an emerging names section greeting visitors at the entrance of the Bella Centre.
Three new names stuck out among the crop. Firstly, Central Saint Martins graduate Matias Moellenbach launched his inaugural collection, that includes a Dorset glass blown lamp and clean ceramics. Meanwhile, Ida Elke debuted her sculptural and ornamental sand-casted aluminium mirrors, and Amanda Lilholt launched her contemporary drinks trolley series, with a geometric mobile door system and acetone-treated streamlined framework.
Also new on the block were møbel & rum and Million, both of which celebrate modern Nordic aesthetics and production. Both based in Copenhagen, they channel a Scandinavian minimalist style with a mix of international influences.
From the established players, Ferm Living’s new venture of pick-n-mix style lighting is a playful direction for the brand; while Paustian welcomed the reissue of a 1944 Philip Arctander ‘Clam’ chair in flattering Kvadrat upholstery. Over in the special projects section, Fredericia Furniture set up its FF Hotel concept, that launched at 3 Days of Design, bringing a host of colour-coordinated hotel interiors that threw us back to the 1960s with mustards and deep maroons.
The fun transcended the enclaves of the Bella Centre this year. At the new Bellakvarter neighbourhood, we were invited to view a show home designed by Birgit Tarp from Design Circus. Tarp transformed one of the new plush townhouse-style living spaces with products from the fair; from clean Paustian sofas to an oversized lamp by Roam.
And that's not the only change. Northmodern is evolving into an annual fair that will now take place in May starting from next year. Watch this space.