It’s a small world

Danish Design Center

August 22, 2009

It’s a small world
28 August 2009 – January 2010

HC Andersens Boulevard 27
DK 1553 København V
10-17 Mon – Fri
10-21 Wed
11-16 Sat – Sun

How will future designers work, and how does Danish design address global issues such as sustainability, new technology and consumption? The exhibition it’s a small world challenges the Danish design tradition and explores future design practices in a global perspective.

it’s a small world is an international design exhibition that will be launched during the Copenhagen Design Week. The exhibition will travel internationally throughout 2010/2011 and is on display at the Danish Design Centre from 28 August 2009 until late January 2010.

It’s a small world is organised as a collaboration between Danish Design Centre, Danish Crafts and Danish Architecture Centre. The exhibition is initiated by the Danish Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs and the Danish Ministry of Culture.

It’s a small world focuses on Danish design, craft and architecture in relation to a new international design agenda and examines the role of design as problem-solver in a world filled with surplus production and an endless supply of products. Global challenges such as sustainability and, not least, the growing demand for individual, non-standardised solutions, make both specialisation and flexibility key concerns at every stage of the design process. The interaction between individual preferences and global needs is the background for the debate.

The exhibition presents six scenarios, each introducing a unique concept that explores cultural trends from an individual as well as a collective point of view, in a local and global perspective.

The exhibition has been curated by:
Danish Design Centre, Architect/Designer maa/mdd Tina Midtgaard – project manager
Danish Crafts, Architect Karen Kjærgaard
Danish Architecture Centre, Architect maa Kjersti Wikstrøm

For additional information, please contact:
Danish Design Centre, Susanne Søndahl Wolff, Team Manager, Communication and Media, tel +45 2382 1314
Danish Design Centre, Sidsel Regina Forchhammer, Project Manager, Communications, tel +45 3369 3383

Photos and press release can be downloaded from

Scenarios and participats:

Scenario 1: We’re so normal
Katvig ApS – Organic children clothing company
SUP DESIGN/Molgard ApS – Designer/Design engineer
Architect Kristine Jensens Tegnestue – Architects

Scenario 2: Expanding tradition
Hatch & Bloom A/S – Idea and design agency
Studio/ Louise Campbell – Designer
Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects – Architects

Scenario 3: it’s your turn
RACA – Social designers
Cecilie Manz / – Designer
Astrid Krogh – Textile designer
Kollision – Architectural bureau

Scenario 4: I’m so special
vibskov emenius – Fashion and performance designers
Steen Ipsen – Ceramist
BIG I Bjarke Ingels Group – Architects

Scenario 5: Linking behaviours
Goodmorning Technology – Strategic design agency
Ole Jensen and Molgaard ApS – Ceramist, Design Engineer
Dorte Mandrup Architects, schmidt / hammer / lassen architects/ and Mutopia – Architects

Scenario 6: Processing experiments
Oticon A/S– Hearing aid Company
Bengtsson design Ltd – Designer
3XN – Architects

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