#YellowtraceTravels / Danish Design Factory Tours.

 

Day 6 of our week long  saw us wake up in Aarhus – Denmark’s second largest city, before hopping on a private coach nice and early. A day of  Danish design factory tours awaited.

First stop was . In 1944, Niels Otto Møller began his cabinetry company, where old craft traditions are still used today, now managed by Neil’s son, Jørgen Henrik Møller. The factory maintains the original Moller philosophy of hand-craftsmanship and production without assembly line, crafting chairs of outstanding quality for the past 60 years. It was incredible to witness the entire process and see everything that goes into making a perfect Moller chair or a classic Moller bench. From the arrival of different timber species, making of the templates, cutting, steam bending, hand finishing, timber matching, upholstering, paper chording etc.

 

Related Post: #YellowtraceTravels // Copenhagen, Denmark.

 

Moller Danish Design Factory / Photo by Dana Tomic Hughes | Yellowtrace

J.L. Moller Factory Tour. Photo © Dana Tomic Hughes / Yellowtrace.

Moller Danish Design Factory / Photo by Dana Tomic Hughes | Yellowtrace

Moller Danish Design Factory / Photo by Dana Tomic Hughes | Yellowtrace

J.L. Moller Factory Tour. Photo © Dana Tomic Hughes / Yellowtrace.

Moller Danish Design Factory / Photo by Dana Tomic Hughes | Yellowtrace

J.L. Moller Factory Tour. Photo © Dana Tomic Hughes / Yellowtrace.

Moller Danish Design Factory / Photo by Dana Tomic Hughes | Yellowtrace

J.L. Moller Factory Tour. Photo © Dana Tomic Hughes / Yellowtrace.

Moller Table No.63, Stained Natural Papercord, Great Dane | Yellowtrace

Moller Bench No.63. My absolute favourite! Available exclusively at Great Dane Contract.

Moller Chair No.78, Great Dane | Yellowtrace

Moller Chair No.78. Available exclusively at Great Dane Contract.

 

To make the frames, the company selects the raw timber themselves, which arrives from various parts of the world. Machines are never used for the final polish, as they can never replicate the finish that comes from polishing by hand. One of the men in the factory is solely responsible for timber matching the grain on the various chair components so that each finished product is perfectly balanced, down to grain direction. Any knots or imperfections are instantly rejected withouth compromise. They are seriously hardcore!

Paper chording is an art in it’s own right. Each seat is woven by hand from one continuous 13m long piece of cord, and takes several hours to complete (interestingly, black takes longer than natural). Scandinavian cord seats are known for their durability – easily withstanding decades of frequent use. Plus they look super beautiful.


 

Snedkergaarden Danish Design Factory / Photo by Dana Tomic Hughes | Yellowtrace

Snedkergaarden Factory. Photo © Dana Tomic Hughes / Yellowtrace.

Snedkergaarden Danish Design Factory / Photo by Dana Tomic Hughes | Yellowtrace

Snedkergaarden Factory. Photo © Dana Tomic Hughes / Yellowtrace.

Stool Series in oak | Yellowtrace

Nanna Ditzel’s side tables in Oak. Available at Great Dane Contract.

Vodder double low boy in oak | Yellowtrace

Vodder Double Low Boy in Oak. Extreme LOVE! Available exclusively at Great Dane Contract.

 

Our second stop was , lead by Finn Bruun and Erik Skovgaard, where design classics such as Nanna Ditzel’s &  are produced amongst a number of other contemporary furniture pieces by leading Danish designers. In fact, Finn was quick to tell us that Brad Pitt’s sofa was made in this factory, not that he cared so much about that, of course. Our own Opera House was also furnished by the peaces made here.

Vodder’s trademark are also made at Snedkergaarden – a personal favourite of mine. This elegant series of drawer units was designed in 1959 by Arne Vodder, who was a student of Finn Juhl and one of most influential Scandinavian designers of all time.


 

dk3 Danish Design Factory / Photo by Dana Tomic Hughes | Yellowtrace

dk3 Factory. Photo © Dana Tomic Hughes / Yellowtrace.

dk3 Danish Design Factory / Photo by Dana Tomic Hughes | Yellowtrace

dk3 Factory. Photo © Dana Tomic Hughes / Yellowtrace.

RS 1sec with Desk & BM2 Chair dk3 | Yellowtrace

Royal System with Desk & BM2 Chair from dk3. Available at Great Dane Contract.

Jewel Sun dk3 | Yellowtrace

Jewel Sun table (gorgeous!) from dk3. Available at Great Dane Contract.

Plank Sofa dk3 | Yellowtrace

Plank Sofa from dk3. Available at Great Dane Contract.

 

Our factory tour concluded at . Owners Ann & Jacob Plejdrup state that “the true aesthetic is natural, not man made” and their furniture is designed with this in mind. The company is the manifestation of the owner and founder’s vision to unite classical carpentry traditions with modern furniture design.

One of dk3’s signature product is the Tree Table, where natural planks with structure, knots and cracks provides the special look. Two tables are never the same and buyers are given the unique opportunity visit the factory in order to choose their own raw planks for the table. The Royal System® shelving, designed by Poul Cadovius in 1948 was another great discovery. The shelving can be combined for individual needs, accommodating a writing desk, a library, or as a simple bookcase.

On that note, I leave you with more images in the gallery below. Enjoy!

 

Related Post: #YellowtraceTravels // Copenhagen, Denmark.

 

 

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Dana Tomić Hughes
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Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Design Strategy, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places & experiences.

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    Josh

    Moller Bench… a serious WANT. Do you guys happen to know who makes that pendant light in Plank sofa shot? Hello so very much desired ;)

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      Bettina Elbæk Pedersen

      Josh, the pendant light is a limited edition copper+glass version of PH 3 1/2-3 from Louis Poulsen. Ordering was only possible for a short period earlier this year. However, you can buy same product in 4 beautiful colours as recently launched.
      Bettina ( design consultant on both projects ;-))

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  2. #YellowtraceTravels to Copenhagen Denmark.

    […] we will be taking a more detailed look at a few things such as (and in no particular order) our very special tour of three Danish Furniture Factories (OMG – awesome!); our visit & dinner at the The Apartment transformed by Ilse Crawford […]

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    collecticvintage

    Hello. I will be visiting Copenhagen next year, can anyone visit these factories and do this tour? I would love to be able to do it. Ps great photos by the way! Thank you Laura

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