The Danish Design Center’s Shop in Copenhagen is an exhibition on its own right, where everything is available for sale. The shop offers a great variety of Danish and Scandinavian products ranging from toys to kitchen items, books and camping accessories. The shop also serves as the grand entrance to the design exhibitions and international conferences held within the Center at this year's Copenhagen Design Week. Read on for a look at more fantastic objects like this retro-chic bamboo and PLA (corn based plastic) Lexon radio, which can be completely powered by a hand crank.
Fjällräven‘s classic bags are very durable and come in a variety of colors. But best of all, the Swedish company offsets (via Tricorona) its carbon emissions generated during production and transportation.
The Omhu Cane is ‘a walking stick with attitude’. Inspired by Scandinavian furniture, the cane features a handle with extra grip and it’s made from birch hand-finished with Livos oil, a non-toxic, plant-based finish.
Crumpled City is a map made from recyclable, waterproof Tyvek. Maps are available for a range of cities including London, Copenhagen, New York and Berlin, and they are very durable, will fit anywhere, and they double as an umbrella if it starts raining.
Normann-Copenhagen‘s “Krenit” bowls are based upon a classic Danish set that dates back to 1953. Designed by Herbert Krenchel, the colorful bowls nest within each other to reduce packaging material and transportation emissions.
Ferm‘s pot holders are made from unbleached knitted cotton rope and are available in off-white and grey colors.
Scandinavian designer Joachim Nordwall teamed up with Light My Fire to create the next generation of the Spork. Their brightly colored plastic utensil is a spoon, fork, and knife all-in-one, making it the perfect companion for a take-away lunch or camping trip.
Norwegian brand Swims designed ‘the perfect galosh’ for self-conscious eco girls. Made from rubber instead of nasty PVC, these elegant slip-on shoes will protect your shoes from bad weather or rain in a snap.
Made entirely out of biodegradable local wood, this simple lamp has screws but no glue. Designed by Danish Taf Architects for Muuto, this low-tech desk lamp can be easily disassembled by hand packs flat to ship.
This old-fashioned tricycle is made from sturdy cast metal, making it the perfect bike for kids learning to ride.
In an attempt to make people use less plastic and more recyclable glass, the Danish Design Center designed their own everyday water bottle. Now’s the time to stop buying bottled water and start choosing high-quality, refillable, and durable containers!
The Danish Design Center also sells the classic DIY book Ready-Made. A guide on ‘how to make (almost) everything’ this book by Shoshana Berger and Grace Hawthorne also comes with a handy ruler spine and cardboard covers.
Within a large selection of design books from all over the world, we found the 3rd edition of the Eco-Design Handbook, by Brit Alastair Fuad-Luke. This must-read book is a great reference for anyone interested in learning about sustainable design.
If you ever visit Copenhagen, don’t miss the Danish Design Center’s amazing shop. It’s a well-curated collection of the best of Scandinavian design in one small space, and it’s a great source for eco-friendly, long-lasting design of exquisite quality.
Photos © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat