Now heading toward its fourth edition, ever-growing Copenhagen design fair Northmodern recently returned with a rich selection of design talent, independent brands and an international roster of creative players.

Taking over two halls of the city's Bella Centre (which is soon planned to become the anchor for a new district including residential buildings, workshop spaces and commercial venues) the fair is a biannual event that looks at establishing a commercial and creative hub for European design. Over 300 companies, design studios and brands had a strong presence at the recent fair, making it the region's number one emerging platform for creative conversations.

Brands such as Muuto, Menu and Ferm Living presented collections, sharing the vast space with younger players such as Friends and Founders, Vienna-based duo chmara.rosinke and lighting design studio Truly Truly (who were also responsible for illuminating installations across the fair).

While commercial ventures were shown in one hall, a second space was dedicated to more staunchly independent talent and local design schools. In particular, a celebration of Scandinavian design heritage came from the Copenhagen Technical College’s annual Branching Out project. Inviting leading Danish designers and craftsmen to work with students from the school, the project presents a new direction for Danish design: one that pays tribute to its rich history while embracing contemporary leanings. 

Northmodern will regroup for its next show from 18–20 August. Wallpaper* will see you there.