It’s clear almost from the moment you step off the plane why Denmark has such a strong design history. Buildings, shops and homes here all seem to have that effortlessly sleek aesthetic that we in Australia loosely refer to as ‘Scandi’ style. Personally, ‘Scandi’ feels like a somewhat hollow descriptor for what is in fact a finely tuned aesthetic with a rich and layered history – i.e, much more than just blonde timber, whitewashed walls and Hans Wegner furniture!
My trip was, in part, made possible by Vola, an iconic Danish tapware brand and family owned business, who still manufacture every component of their taps just outside of Aarhus (Denmark’s second largest city).
I spent a few days with the Vola team during my trip. Gaining an insight into their design and manufacturing process first hand, I began to identify a uniquely Danish approach to design, and to the business of ‘making stuff’ in general.