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 He said that it was based on a Bauhaus sketch of an unpublished font that had a rounded outside and a square inside for the counters.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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