DENMARK: DESIGN SEMINAR + WORKSHOP
Nathaniel Smith (Faculty, RISD Furniture)
Denmark: Copenhagen. June 11-30, 2019 (3 weeks)
3 credits, RISD Furniture Design
Located in the heart of Copenhagen this course is a three week immersion in the world of New Nordic design with a focus on Denmark. Denmark is the forefront of design and sustainability. Through this course, students will explore the historical influences and current trends that have helped create a national culture identity of integrating design and sustainability into the Danish daily life.
Class time includes seminars with prominent Scandinavian designers. There will be multiple design assignments some which include making and modeling, others are research based. There are class field trips to manufacturers - PP Møbler, Fritz Hansen, Ilomio and more - in addition to design studio visits to Muuto, Hay, Normann and others. We will also visit IKEA’s headquarters in Sweden where we meet members of the in-house design team and see the IKEA facilities.
Though the focus will be on furniture, there will be discussions and field trips that explore the influence of Danish design upon architecture, city planning, lighting, ceramics and textiles. Local explorations include recent architectural works and city sites such as Bjarke Ingles + BIG, Henning Larsen, Lungaard & Tranberg and more. Additional cultural visits include the Danish Design Museum, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and historical sites.
Estimated Cost: $5,300 (includes tuition, accommodation, field trips, bicycle, group dinners + some meals, museum entrances, health and travel insurance)