While in Copenhagen we had the amazing opportunity to visit 3 design agencies, speak to them and see the environment that they work in.
Kontrapunkt is a very established design agency, set up and run by the influential designer Bo Linnemann.
'Our story starts in Copenhagen more than 30 years ago. If you visit our office in the heart of the city centre, chances are that you will see a lot of our work in the streets, banks, museums, pharmacies - even the parliament - on the way.' Words from their website.
This is what we found after visiting Kontrapunkt, every corner you turn in Copenhagen you will see something designed by Kontrapunkt. We were given a presentation by the founder of the company, Bo Linnemann. He has influenced Danish and international design since the early 1980s and was awarded the Danish Design Award 17 times. He has also recieved numerous design awards. While Bo was speaking he explained that he had designed for many world famous brands. He actually designed the logos for none other than Lego and Carlsberg, world famous brands and logos seen my thousands of people round the world.
Bo designed this for the Danish pharmacies who all have this sign outside. He said that it was based on a Bauhaus sketch of an unpublished font that had a rounded outside and a square inside for the counters. Once he spoke about this piece he designed, we saw it on every corner in Copenhagen and even in the Design Museum.
Noma is an infamous restaurant in Copenhagen. Bo designed this beautiful typeface based on the the shapes of nordic nature as seen below this is a slide he showed us in his presentation. Its very clear to see where the letterforms get their inspiration from the delicate shapes of the sticks seen in the image below.
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Must-sees in Copenhagen...
Nyhavn (meaning New Harbour) is a 17th centure waterfront, canal and entertainment district in Copenhagen. It is lines with brightly coloured 17th century townhouses, bars, cafes and restauraunts and many historical wooden ships.
The Round Tower
The Round Tower is a beautiful round tower from the 17th century. Originally belonging to the Christian IV of Denmark, who would exercise his horses by walking them up the tower. The way that the light comes in through the windows is really beautiful. It was built to be an astronomical observatory to see the expansive views over Copenhagen.
The King's Gardens
The King's Garden is the oldest and most visited park in central Copenhagen. It was established in early 17th century to be private gardens for King Christian IV. The garden is home to the Royal Guards and the King's barracks.
Tivoli Gardens is an amusement park in Copenhagen. The park opened in 1943 and is the second oldest operating amusement park in the world.
With 4.6 million visitors in 2017, Tivoli is the second most popular seasonal amusement park in the world after Europa Park. It is also the most visited theme park in Scandinavia.
The Design Museum
The Danish Museum of Art and Design feautures work from Danish designers such as Arne Jacobsen, Jacob Jensen and Kaare Klint. The building was originally a hospital built in 1752 and transformed into a museum in the 1920s. The museum houses the biggest library for design in Scandinavia.
The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid is a bronze statue by Edvard Eriksen depicting a mermaid becoming human. The sculpture is placed on the top a rock by the water on a promenade next to the sea.
The statue is based on the fairytale The Little Mermaid by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, the small and unimposing statue is now a iconic part of Copenhagen and is a major tourist attraction since being unveiled in 1913.
More of the beautiful, colourful houses of Nyhavn
I am a Graphic Designer and graduate from Nottingham Trent University. This blog is to document my work, inspiration and general things that interest me.