Back and forth. My hand glides against the smooth wood. My fingertips trace the grain of the beautifully sanded surface. Back and forth. I am lost in the softness of the wood. “We’re just making furniture. Not saving lives”, Kasper says with a laugh. Sitting straighter in my chair I look up. Realizing I had… Read More Danish Chairs: A Story of Stubbornness and Design
What is Hygge? Hygge is a Danish word used to describe a feeling or moment of coziness. As a foreigner, especially an American, coming to Denmark this is an intriguing concept. Having exploded in popularity around the world, the concept of hygge is even more intriguing in the vagueness it carries as there is no… Read More Hygge: A Foreign Designer’s Perspective
One of my favorite classes this semester is New Nordic Design. Taught by the lovely Birgitte Borup, also known as BB, the class talks about design in Scandinavia. Looking through different lenses you learn about a variety of aspects of design, including architecture, furniture literature film, and food. This is a great class for anyone… Read More New Nordic Design: Why you should take this class
One of my favorite things while living with my host family has been Wednesday dinners! Each week my host dad’s parents come over for the afternoon and cook a traditional Danish dinner. Over the weeks I have learned to associate “traditional Danish dinner” with meat, potatoes, and “brown sauce”. Two weeks ago I went… Read More Crebinettes: The Recipe!
From my observations it seems that Easter is a very important holiday in Denmark. The supermarkets are packed with Easter baskets. The chocolate shops are all advertising egg shaped products. It seems that most family’s will have a nice lunch planned with friends and family. This isn’t too atypical from my experience in America, but… Read More Easter Abroad: Danish Valentines
In my New Nordic Design class, with the lovely BB teaching, I visited the National Bank of Denmark which was designed by the famous architect and designer, Arne Jacobsen. Below is a short essay I wrote for my midterm, capturing my experience of the bank. Walking along the outside of the National Bank of Denmark… Read More National Bank of Denmark: An Arne Jacobsen Experience
A week behind but here we go: my experience with core course week! As I have mentioned before, Core Course week is a hectic week of traveling with a group of roughly twenty students. My group went to Western Denmark. In this post are some of my sketches from over the three day trip. Due… Read More Core Course Week: Three days in sketchs