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In a country where the winter months offer little daylight, the home and interior design are a high priority. The Danes indulge in outdoor activities in the summer, but in the winter they seek shelter indoors and spend most of their time at home. Consequently, the Danes spend more time and money on their home than most other people in the world. Design furniture is passed down from generation to generation and design has become accessible to everybody. Thus, design has always played a key role in Danish living – practically becoming part of the Danish DNA.
Initially, Danish design was a child of its time: frugal post-war years with a shortage of materials and the ensuing demand for durability, and a vital tradition for high-quality craftsmanship. In the coming years, a range of outstanding designers created world-class designs and became what we today have come to recognise as world-famous design icons: Arne Jacobsen, Finn Juhl, Kaare Klint, Mogens Koch, Børge Mogensen, Verner Panton, Jørn Utzon, Poul Henningsen and Hans J Wegner