One man’s trash is another’s…architecture.

Here in Copenhagen, simply turning trash into treasure is for those who lack imagination.  Why not go one step further, create buzz-worthy architecture and ultimately challenge conventional wisdom about waste treatment ?  This small nation has brilliantly figured out how to convert trash to energy, do it efficiently, and most importantly, accomplish this while virtually undetected.

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© 2015

The Danish architect Bjarke Ingels has built an urban ski slope right on top of the plant and–as only the Danes can seem to do–made it a stunning architectural destination unto itself.  Set to open in 2017, Amager-Bakke, or Amager Slope, is already causing a buzz.

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© 2015

With the design brilliance and technical expertise of Steve Jobs…

…Apple proved consumers can–and should–be seduced by form as much as by function.  The fact virtually every consumer product company in the world has mimicked their philosophy is further proof.  But, for every wow the iPad can illicit, for example, there is no doubt the tablet can become, let’s face it, gross with fingerprints and myriad stains.  Jacob Moesgaard’s AM, a company his father launched more than 40 years ago, is on the rise with a brand new series of cleaning products for the electronic gadgets in our lives.  He has brought his Danish design philosophy to the proverbial table and created a series of very hip products which are as cool as the iPods, laptops and tablets they’re designed to clean.

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© 2013 / 14 Design Boom

Danish architectural firm 3XN has struck lightening twice…

…and quickly found itself in the stratosphere of the architecture world with the opening of Europe’s largest aquarium, located in Copenhagen’s Kastrup suburb.  Known as Den Blå, or Blue Planet, the building resembles the swirling motion of water found in whirlpools and houses a number of exhibitions and ecosystems, the most impressive of which are the Ocean Tank, featuring sharks and visible through jaw-droppingly huge plate-glass windows; the Coral Reef; and the Amazonas rain forest.

Blue Planet

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Its second major achievement recently has been the opening of the United Nations regional headquarters, consolidating far-flung offices and operations into a sleek, new and brilliantly designed building known as UN City Copenhagen.  The ribbon cutting was conducted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.  The star-shaped structure is constructed around a central hub, or atrium, through which everyone must pass in order to reach other parts of the building, an ingenuous approach to an organization whose philosophy is wholly dependent on diplomacy and working together.

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UN City, Copenhagen © 2013 3XN

At what point do utilitarian fixtures…

…around our homes cease to be objects and instead become increasingly objets d’art ?  It may depend upon whom you ask.  Pose the question to the Danes, ever the vigilant force in streamlining and minimalism, and they will tell you that everything, regardless of size or use, should be designed with only the most dedicated aesthetic in mind.  Ask the Italians and they will inform you everything must be treated with artistic flair.  Otherwise, what’s the point ?  With that in mind, one can only gaze with admiration at Davide Oppizzi’s new creations for Graff, the 90-year old design company whose commitment to form and function give  ordinary items an untapped sleekness and sensuality.  The new Atemis shower, for example, forces us to ask a simple question…how could you bathe any other way ?

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