The Designmuseum Danmark showcases the development of applied arts and industrial design in a city renowned for its cool aesthetic. The modest chair, a crucial illustration of design progress, is at the center of the museum’s permanent and temporary displays.
This magnificent 18th-century structure, designed by architects Nicolai Eigtved and Lauritz de Thurah, housed the municipal hospital until it was demolished in 1919 (philosopher Sren Kierkegaard passed away here in 1855). It is now the broadest and most thorough study of Danish and worldwide design in Denmark. The museum’s large collection honors Danish pioneers like Arne Jacobsen, Kaare Klint, and Poul Henningsen via apparel, textiles, and poster art. Even a display of beer labels is available. The museum’s “The Danish Chair: An International Affair” permanent display is its main draw. This tunnel of fragments narrates the tale of the chair, one of the most potent symbols of the evolution of design and a major contributor to the international fame of Danish furniture design. Drawings by early designers that depict the steps of design may be found in the museum archive. The store is a fantastic place to stop for anyone with an eye for design and a terrific place to get pottery, textiles, books, and gifts.