Review: Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen
Copenhagen’s Design museum celebrates the history of Danish and international design in an elaborate rococo building. Here’s my review of a visit I paid on Sunday 6th October 2019.
Our visit was brief since we’d taken a later than planned Copenhagen canal tour and had a lunch booking at Aamaan’s establishment at 12:30 that day; we pretty much ran through the whole building in less than an hour like hounds were after us. Unfortunately humans are incapable of absorbing information via osmosis, but the blur of photographs I took are probably the closest thing to doing so; who says culture and history can’t be forced?
I would love to spend more time there as the museum has a large section on modern Danish design and I like looking at furniture. I don’t quite get interior design in that styles like Scandinavian merges into Mid-Century Modern and Minimalism to me, but rooms filled with nice furniture are pretty.
There were plenty of traditional exhibits as well and overall there was a nice balance between the old and the new. This was reflected from the beginning as there were plenty of modern exhibits displayed right outside the traditional 18th-century building.
The Museum entrance price was a hefty 115,00 DKK / 13.08 GBP but this was on par with Copenhagen prices. There were discounts available for seniors and entrance was free for students and those under 26 years old.
The tickets were sold in a separate building to the side which also had a small cafe attached.
After purchasing tickets we made our way into the museum with a modern ceiling feature made up of interlocking materials.
We started off in the modern section, saw a lot of chairs and I was very happy.
There were some very uncomfortable looking ones.
Other furniture items and decor were around but it felt pretty much dominated by chairs.
Even the museum chairs for actual sitting looked like they were an exhibit.
Fashion design was also represented and of note was a creepy doll in an angel outfit made up of straws.
Other interesting fashions were displayed:
Of course, being Copenhagen, bikes were displayed.
Some were so new I wasn’t sure if someone accidentally left their bike lying around.
There was a whole area reserved for the futuristic.
This was contrasted with the more traditional exhibits such as beautifully delicate porcelain pieces…
Asian sword guards…because Denmark loves swords? And is in Asia?
More traditional chairs…
Beautiful old poster designs…
Pottery pieces that I was confident that I could copy…
The Chair Tunnel
The pièce de résistance was of course the exhibit “The Danish chair – an international affair”. This tunnel displayed 110 chairs within individual cubes, with description of the design process of some of the chairs scattered throughout. It was very beautifully and uniquely presented; you could see why this was such a popular section.
A less interesting modern section was baunhaus 100, an area celebrating the German art school.
Immediately inside was a workshop area that I skipped right over.
The rest of the space appeared very sparse on exhibits and what there were…was fine.
Some were great fun though.
We then quickly ran backwards into a separate upstairs area dedicated to fine china. It was probably a bit too out of the way because we were the only ones there.
The last area we visited was the very pricey gift shop where there were admittedly some pretty cute products, we then passed the modern cafe and left the museum after a very speedy but comprehensive visit.
I really enjoyed the Design Museum and appreciated how much of a focus on modern design it had. You should reserve at least half a day in a thorough visit, but you can easily spend a whole day lost within its chairs and this is a solidly easy recommendation from me.