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
It’s been a while since I’ve shared anything from my sketchbook so here it is! I spent two days in Poland. One day was dedicated to visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau and the other I spent walking around Krakow, Poland. I would highly encourage you visit this place, it is a beautifully preserved city with lots to see.… Read More Journal Entry #4
Everyone says that studying abroad is different than studying at home. Not only are you in a new country but the classes and professors are different. One question that comes up a lot is what is an average day in class like? An average day in a studio course (at least for design core courses)… Read More Typical Day in Class?
Located in Älmhult, Sweden is the epicenter of all things Ikea. This small town boasts the home of the original Ikea store, which opened in 1943. Now the town is home to the official Ikea museum, which is located in the original store. Along with the Ikea hotel, Ikea test lab, Ikea corporate office. A… Read More Älmhult, Sweden: An Ikea Experience
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