The Danish Crafts Collection has been curating an annual collection of work by young and up-and-coming Danish designers since 1999. Being admitted into the showcase is akin to receiving the Danish design counsel seal of approvalâ€”and only about 30 pieces are singled out every year. Newly part of the Danish Agency for Culture, the Crafts Collection is on a mission to bring handmade Danish products to the world. Towards that end, the group recently presented its newest crop at the Paris trade show Maison et Objet. Here, our favorite discoveries:
Above: From Danish-born Japanese designer Akiko Kuwahata, the Carousel is a stackable wooden jewelry box, available in maple, cherry, and walnut hardwoods with clear or bright yellow acrylic lids; 675 DKK at Lisbeth Dauv and 625 DKK at Stilleben.
Above: Artist Mette Duedahl makes everyday modern stoneware, such as this French coffee press and set of tumblers. The coffee pot has a a stainless steel press and Plexiglas lid with a beechwood knob. The small tumbler, Kop Lille Brun, is â‚¬19.33 from Stilleben, which sells work by many Danish Crafts Collection designers.
Above: The Ellipse set is a series of four nesting serving dishes from ceramicist Helene Stockmarr whose individual ceramics can be purchased through Stilleben; the Ellipse set, however, is available directly through Helene.
Above: The Facet Chair designed by Foersom & Hiort-Lorenzen features a low backrest that enhances the elongated seat; the two halves of the chair are V-shaped and mirror each other in form. Made using traditional Danish furniture and cabinetmaking techniques, the chair is available directly through Foersom & Hiort-Lorenzen.
Above: Gurli ElbÃ¦kgaard calls this design Squeeze, named for the indentation that gives the cup a comfortable grip. Her ceramics are sold at Stilleben, but the new Squeeze cups are only available through ElbÃ¦kgaard directly.
Above: Textile No. 3 is a set of highly absorbent, organic linen kitchen towels by Karin Carlander. The linens are woven and sewn in Europe under sustainable working conditions; for pricing and availability contact Karin Carlander directly.
Above: Mirror Mirror by Maria Bruun is a collection of angled mirrors that question what we see. The designs are intended for installation in a corner of a room, or on a table and against a wall simultaneously. Made of high-polished stainless steel set in an oak frame, the mirrors can be ordered through Maria Bruun.
Above: The In Sight Tools cabinet is a wall-mounted wooden case created by Lene Munthe and Karen of AnonymDesign. The two describe their design as containing and organizing “all the tools you need to hang up a picture, secure the electrical cord, tighten the door handle, measure something, or check if things are level.” Available in ash and oak, the cabinet is â‚¬795 through AnonymDesign.