3 Days of Design 2023: best of Danish design, and more

Our highlights from 3 Days of Design 2023: a city-wide programme of launches and exhibition by leading Danish and international design brands

3 Days of design 2023: penumbra at georg jensen
Penumbra by David Thulstrup for Georg Jensen
(Image credit: Courtesy Georg Jensen)

3 Days of Design 2023 marked the 10th anniversary of the Danish design festival, with a city-wide programme of launches and exhibitions, spotlighting the best of Scandinavian and international design at the city’s showrooms and institutions. Now bigger than ever, the 3-day festival (7-9 June 2023) offered a showcase of innovative designs, furniture design classics, latest launches as well as  spaces that explore new approaches to our interiors. 


Conversations in Sound by Bang & Olufsen

Bang & olufsen installation at 3 days of design

Beosound A5 by GamFratesi for Bang & Olufsen

(Image credit: Courtesy Bang & Olufsen)

To celebrate the launch of their Beosound A5 by Gam Fratesi, Bang & Olufsen stage a takeover of Galleri Christoffer Egelund to present an immersive exhibition that looks at the designers’ experimental approach while exploring the relationship between people, sound and space. The intervention at the gallery includes a pop up café by Prolog Coffee with Danish pastries from Juno Bakery, and sound curated by composer and producer Kasper Bjørke - playing from both the new Beosound A5 and from an iconic Beogram 4000c turntable. 

Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Bredgade 75, Stuen, 1260


Light Flower by Tableau

Light flower lamps by tableau

(Image credit: Courtesy Tableau)

Tableau opens its central Copenhagen studio to unveil a collaboration with the Gernes Foundation. Tableau founder Julius Værnes Iversen had been fascinated by the work of Danish artist Poul Gernes since he was a child, and a lucky encounter with his foundation led to this new project, the first historical reissue by Tableau. Originally designed between the late 1980s and early 1990s, the lamp is defined by a sheet of aluminium, sliced and bent to create the shape (a process that Tableau does in-house, in the very space where the lamps are making their debut). Nearby, Tableau’s flower shop also hosts a presentation of Vaarnii’s brutalist pine furniture, including a new stool by Fredrik Paulsen. 

Tableau Studio, Grønnegade 41A

Tableau flower shop, Store Kongensgade 50


House of Craft by Carl Hansen & Søn

Carl Hansen & Søn store copenhagen

(Image credit: Courtesy Carl Hansen & Søn)

Carl Hansen & Søn transformed its Copenhagen store into a celebration of craft, showcasing its latest collections (including outdoor furniture debut in an adjacent courtyard) alongside wooden sculptures that celebrate the timeless approach to making that has defined the company throughout its history. Guests will be able to witness craftsmen at work and try their hand creating an abstract sculpture using wooden offcuts and other materials. 

Bredgade 21-23


A time for change by Eilersen

Eilersen showroom with colourful furniture during 3 Days of Design

(Image credit: Courtesy Eilersen)

Eilersen's Copenhagen showroom was presented in a new guise during 3 Days of Design, with a plethora of eclectic colours and patterns taking over the Danish furniture brand's seating collections. The colour palette on display ranges from the Bauhaus-inspired colour blocking of the Cocoon sofa to new stripes and flowers taking over the slim silhouettes of the Funen collection (now expanded into a compact sofa), and more abstract prints and patterns both developed in-house and in collaboration with specialists including Christopher Farr Cloth and Sahco. 

Niels Hemmingsens Gade 


 Audo Copenhagen 

Audo Copenhagen launch at 3 Days of Design 2023

(Image credit: Courtesy Audo Copenhagen)

One of this year’s most anticipated debuts, Audo Copenhagen is born from Danish brands Menu and By Lassen (part of Design Holding), who merged to create a new entity celebrating Danish design tradition and its modern outlook with a global point of view. The new brand launches with both historical designs by the likes of Ib KofodLarsen, Vilhelm Lauritzen, Flemming and Mogens Lassen and new contemporary pieces by Norm Architects, Colin King and Danielle Siggerud. 

Audo House, Aarhusgade 130, Nordhavn


Sketches by Kvadrat

Inga Sempe Sketch for the Multiply curtain collection for Kvadrat

(Image credit: Courtesy Inga Sempe and Kvadrat)

At their Nordhavn showroom, Kvadrat present Sketches, a new collection of curtains by Inga Sempé and Creative Director Isa Glink. Part of the Danish brand’s new Multiply range (exploring the materiality of the yarn through craft), this new curtain collection’s starting point are Sempe’s drawings, replicated onto tactile home textiles. Also on view at the showroom are rugs by Muller Van Severen. 

Kvadrat, Pakhus 48, Klubiensvej 22, 2150 Nordhavn


Gubi x Noah

Gubi x Noah collaboration on furniture and fashion

(Image credit: Courtesy Gubi and Noah)

Gubi joined forces with New York brand Noah to create a collection that is infused with the spirit of summer. Mixing fashion and design, the collaboration comprises a special edition series of Gubi’s MR01 Outdoor Lounge Chair by by Mathias Steen Rasmussen in a fresh new palette (think yellow, royal blue and navy) and a five-piece capsule collection of summer essential such as swim shorts, beach towel, knitwear and cap. 

Gubi Showroom, Orientkaj 18-20, Nordhavn 2150 


Penumbra by David Thulstrup for Georg Jensen

3 days of design georg jensen

(Image credit: Courtesy Georg Jensen)

At 3 Days of Design, Georg Jensen presents David Thulstrup's silver debut, a centrepiece inspired by the Danish brand's history and featuring a geometric composition based on light and shadows. Fittingly named Penumbra (the Latin word referring to a space of partial illumination), the silver piece is defined by a rectangular structure and an oval-shaped container. 'The Georg Jensen team and I wanted to craft a piece that truly shines on its own, without carrying a specific function,' says Thulstrup. 'The strong contrast between the rectangular outline and the oval centre, both inspired by archive Georg Jensen designs, gives Penumbra the ability to stand out as a sculptural centrepiece.' The design is presented through an immersive installation at Georg Jensen's showroom. 

Amagertorv 4, 1160 


Three by AHEC

AHEC at 3 Days of Design 2023, pieces by designer Anna Maria Øfstedal

Sno Collection by Anna Maria Øfstedal in American maple

(Image credit: Benjamin Lund)

Three countries, three designers, three woods, three days: for its 3 Days of Design project, AHEC brings together three new generation Scandinavian designers experimenting with the creative potential of hardwood timbers. 'The brief to each designer-maker was to explore the material they were given and let that process inform the creative outcome in whatever direction they chose,' says AHEC European Director David Venables. 'This is a very different approach to that of our previous projects and is a deliberate attempt to make the materials the focus and celebrate a fresh perspective on their potential.' The trio of designers include Anne Brandhøj from Denmark, Pia Högman from Sweden, and Anna Maria Øfstedal Eng from Norway, whose designs all straddle the border between functional design and decorative objects. 

Copenhagen Design Agency, Amaliegade 14A


Louis Poulsen and Home in Heven

Louis Poulsen x Home in Heven for 3 Days of Design 2023

(Image credit: Courtesy Louis Poulsen)

Louis Poulsen's iconic Pale Rose Collection was interpreted by glass artists Breanna Box and Peter Dupont of Home in Heven. Using their signature motifs - such as horns, swirls and tentacles - Box and Dupont worked with Elliot Walker of Birmingham's Blowfish Glass to create coloured glass pieces inspired by Louis Poulsen's icons. 'We’re excited to reveal these unique pieces, as a wonderful modern tribute to two of our most important heritage designers,' says Louis Poulsen COO, David Obel Rosenkvist. 'This collaboration goes to show how iconic heritage designs continue to inspire and evolve over time.' The pieces will be sold at auction later this year, with most of the proceeds being donated to charity.

Kuglegårdsvej 19-23


Marie's Yellow by Vipp 

Vipp bin in yellow at 3 days of design 2023

(Image credit: Courtesy Vipp)

Vipp pays homage to the brand’s most iconic product, the Vipp bin, with an installation that celebrates its origins. It was 1939 when Marie Axelsen asked her husband, Holger Nielsen, to create a bin she could use in her hairdressing salon. A skilled metalsmith, Nielsen created the bin and called it Vipp, the Danish word for ‘tilt’, and the rest is design history. Presented at 3 Days of Design, the new edition of the bin is characterised by a joyful pale yellow shade (Axelsen’s favourite colour). ‘We have celebrated my father and his pedal bin incessantly at Vipp,’ says Jette Egelund, Axelsen’s and Nielsen’s daughter and owner of Vipp. ‘And with good reason, since the company is built on his product. But it’s time to highlight the role that my mother played in this success story.’

Vipp Home, Ny Østergade 34


Under One Roof by &Tradition

&Tradition showroom during 3 Days of Desgin 2023

(Image credit: Courtesy & Tradition)

&Tradition's Copenhagen home hosts a multisensory exploration of the brand during 3 Days of Design 2023, showcasing new and existing collections through a series of unique room designs giving each space a distinctive identity. Among this year's new launches are collections by Jaime Hayon, Space Copenhagen and All the Way to Paris, while reissued historical designs include Verner Panton's Flowerpot Lamp and Jørn Utzon's JU1 Lamp. 

Kronprinsessegade 4, 1306 


Timemade by David Dolcini

3 Days of Design

(Image credit: Lorenzo Barassi)

Italian designer David Dolcini created a collection that is an introspective examination of time, stemmed from a 3-year exploration on working creatively in a way that is free from the traditional constraints of design (deadline, limitation and function among others). Using wood as the material for this experiment, Dolcini was inspired by botanical grafts, traditional Japanese architecture, and ancient Chinese ink painting to create ever-evolving sculptural micro-architectures. ‘David Dolcini belongs to that Italian tradition of designers who think with their hands,’ says project curator Marco Sammicheli, citing Enzo Mari. ‘And this is how Dolcini experiments with wood ,the living material. Timemade is his personal Academy of Cimento from which a grammar is born that freezes time and inhabits space.’

Italian Institute of Culture in Copenaghen, Gjørlingsvej 11, 2900 Hellerup

Gridlock by Massproductions

wall mounted wood shelving system by massproductions at 3 days of design 2023

(Image credit: Courtesy Massproductions)

Swedish design brand Massproductions present a new product at 3 Days of Design, adding a wall-mounted shelving system to their catalogue of functional, cleverly designed objects and furniture. Gridlock is a shelving system made of FSC-certified ash wood and featuring shelves that can be customised through a simple fixture. ‘A friend had asked if I knew of a shelving system made entirely of wood, which made me think that maybe something was missing for shelving customers, says Chris Martin, Designer-in-Chief and founder of Massproductions. ‘A key feature of the design is that the shelves can be placed in strict grids, which helps to create a sense of order in your home, or office. The shelves and side panels lock in place with a simple movement, giving the shelf its name ”Gridlock”.’

Galerie Mikael Andersen, Bredgade 63, 1260


More from 3 Days of Design 2023: in pictures

Frama space Copenhagen


(Image credit: Courtesy Frama)

Reform kitchen showroom copenhagen

At its showroom, Danish kitchen brand Reform launched two new kitchen collections (Shaker and Plain), and a series of handles, dubbed the Atelier Collection

(Image credit: Reform kitchen)

3 Days of Design 2023: highlights from Wallpaper* in Copenhagen

Alvar Aalto furniture by Artek 2nd Cycle at Tekla

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3 Days of Design 2023: highlights from Wallpaper* in Copenhagen

Maharam at Secher Fine Art & Design

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3 Days of Design 2023: highlights from Wallpaper* in Copenhagen


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3 Days of Design 2023: highlights from Wallpaper* in Copenhagen

Anna Maria Øfstedal Eng for Ferm Living

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3 Days of Design 2023: highlights from Wallpaper* in Copenhagen

Weight of Wood exhibition by Christian+Jade at Dinesen

(Image credit: Claus Troelsgaard)

3 Days of Design 2023: highlights from Wallpaper* in Copenhagen

Weight of Wood exhibition by Christian+Jade at Dinesen

(Image credit: Claus Troelsgaard)

3 Days of Design 2023: highlights from Wallpaper* in Copenhagen

Calm Lamp by Aleksej Iskos for Muuto, launched in September 2023

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3 Days of Design 2023: highlights from Wallpaper* in Copenhagen

Stools by Maria Bruun for Fredericia

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Arne Jacobsen Room by Fritz Hansen

The Arne Jacobsen room by Fritz Hansen

(Image credit: Courtesy Fritz Hansen)

Fritz Hansen outdoor furniture

Outdoor furniture by Fritz Hansen

(Image credit: Courtesy Fritz Hansen)

Man of parts at 3 days of design 2023

Man of Parts, curated by Yabu Pushelberg

(Image credit: Courtesy Man of Parts)

Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.