As the winds from yet another “Beast from the East” paid an unwelcome call to Copenhagen, the guests arriving at the Locomotive Workshop soon found a warm haven. This iconic building drooling with authenticity and atmosphere, was yet again the center stage for the Danish furniture and interior specialists, Holmris.Designbrokers’ annual event, Trends & Traditions.
Is there a Nordic Volume 2 on the horizon?
For the fourth consecutive year, Trends & Traditions have found a formula that continues to attract local and international architects, industrial & interior designers, space planners and a host of creatives, whose professional lives are challenged by the spaces and interiors we all live and work in. With near on 3.000 guests coming from far and wide and 110 exhibitors on show, the Locomotive Workshop was already buzzing before the first keynote theme took place. With the main scene dedicated to debating the future of the Nordic influences in the realms of architecture & design, culture and trade on a global platform, deftly facilitated by the Danish architect & TV host, Ane Cortzen, the lounge area was again devoted to informal panel discussions embracing the national sectors of education, care & residential, workplace and hotel trends. This concept so successful last year, once again lived up to the billing.
Highlights from the sofa: Trends in the Education sector.
The first sofa talk, facilitated by Peter Mørk, had Torben Ensig Svan Sørensen, Architect & Partner at Zeni Architects, Rosan Bosch, Founder & Creative Director at Rosan Bosch Studio and Lasse Remmer, Lead Ambassador at Future Classroom Lab, University College UCC, take a critical look at the physical environments of the Danish educational sector. Torben, Rosan and Lasse engaged and explored the strengths and weaknesses of a Danish educational infrastructure and importantly the role of the spatial surroundings supporting the child’s ability to learn in a caring and innovative environment. Although the panel, quite rightly highlighted positive projects such as the New Island Brygges School by C.F. Møller, the general conclusion was, that Denmark was lagging behind compared with our Nordic neighbors, especially Finland. A packed lounge area duly took note of the challenges and incentives facing our educational sector.
Highlights from the sofa: Trends in Workplace design
As we moved into the afternoon session and with the sofa well and truly warmed up, the audience’s attention turned to the next panel composed of Californian Gregg Buchbinder, the CEO at Emeco, Mads Mandrup, Architect & Partner at C.F. Møller and Paulette Christophersen, Interior Designer & Partner at PLH Architects, facilitated by Louise Byg Kongsholm, the CEO at pej gruppen. With the audience swelling, the anticipation to this panel with years of international experience in workplace design behind them was evident. Eloquently and intelligently, Gregg, Mads and Paulette described how trends, work culture and behavior are influencing the environments we work in. Touching on themes such as freelancing, remote working, hybrid spaces and the changing approach to real estate regarding office space, the panel, professionally navigated by Louise, clarified that offering diversity and respecting the needs of the client’s employees was still the best way forward.
What now Nordic Noir?
Uplifted by Gregg, Mads and Paulette’s highly relatable discussion, I headed for the main scene for one final round. It was time for the heavyweights from Danish architecture, culture and commerce to take the ring. An impressive panel consisting of Adam Price, screenwriter & restaurant owner, Louis Becker, Director & Partner at Henning Larsen, musician and owner at Nordic.la, Kristian Riis and the Danish Ambassador & Consul General in New York, Anne Dorthe Riggelsen, gathered to discuss the future of Nordic Noir. Since breaking into the 21st. century, the Nordic region has been mesmerizing a global audience with dark, sensuous and intelligent masterpieces from the world of TV productions & film, gastronomy and architecture & design. The stories told from our cold corner of Northern Europe have undoubtedly strengthened the region’s brand. However, as the panel soon touched on, it was the fundamental values born from the welfare states from the Nordic region, that continue to inspire, mystify and challenge global cultures and markets. And as the Danish Ambassador concluded, with social and political tensions in the USA growing, there has never been more need for openness, transparency and creativity.
Thanks to Holmris.Designbrokers for once again assembling an impressive array of contributors, making Trends & Traditions an event for architects, designers, space planners and manufacturers not to be missed.
Content & Photos: Phillip Mills