Having already topped the list in pretty much every other survey about quality of living, the five Scandinavian nations just placed 1,2,3,4 and 6 in a recent Asher Fergusson study of the 35 OECD members, to determine which were the best countries to raise a family (the US landed 34th).
So, yes, if we could, we’d be in Denmark right now, where the death rate from coronavirus was about 1/15 per capita of what it was Stateside. Which is precisely why they’re definitively getting back to the business of culture, very much evidenced by the announcement of Tom Dixon‘s upcoming ’24 Hours in Copenhagen’ event.
The exalted British designer is that rarity in his profession, having risen to the level of “cultural icon,” with his work now featured in London’s Victoria & Albert museum, MOMA New York, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. He actually launched two new collections in the City of Light earlier this year, pre-quarantine, during his ’24 Hours in Paris’ program; and with Europe now emerging from the coronavirus lockdowns, he will be taking a similar show to Denmark’s capital this September 4.
There he will officially launch even yet more new collections: SPRING Silver Pendants, GLOBE Lights, PUCK Barware, MILL Salt & Pepper Grinders, SWIRL Vases and Candles, FAT Chairs and Sofas, and PRIMAVERA Marble Table Tops. All very good news for our own home design efforts, certainly, considering how much time we’ve been spending inside over these last several months.
‘The relationship between the UK and Scandinavia has been long, complex and sometimes bloody,” Dixon expounds, acknowledging those long gone centuries of “edgy” relations between the two. “The connection between Tom Dixon and the Nordic countries has always been warm and positive, with the superior design culture of Denmark proving to be the optimal landscape to explain our design ideas.”
As part of the program, there will also be a series of events, including a breakfast celebrating the 30th anniversary of Dixon’s S Chair; a new collection photography session at design, art and photo studio Tableau; a dinner at tile studio Made a Mano, with comestibles by Nitai Shevach, chef at Dixon’s Coal Office restaurant in London; and a performance by designer/musician Johannes Torpe. You know, the sorts of things we always did before the COVID-19 crisis made it all go away.
Dixon, for his part, is just happy to be getting on with it again.
“It’s with great pleasure that we will travel to Copenhagen for 24 hours to present some of our absolute newness, that no one else has seen yet.”