He creates clear, precise expressions that place the user centre stage. And his designs are based on a deep-felt wish that one must be entranced and fall in love. And that both emotions grow as time passes. Niels Hvass is an idealist with sincerity as a key value.
He was born in Nykøbing Mors, Denmark, in 1958 and qualified as a furniture designer from the Danish School of Design in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1987. Together with Christina Strand, he has run the design studio Strand + Hvass since 1991. But his impressive career also includes teaching at the Danish School of Design, membership of the grants committee and board of the Danish Arts Foundation, exhibitions at the Cabinetmakers’ Autumn Exhibition, etc. He grew up by the shores of the Limfjord, so the sea has always been an element that both attracts and inspires him. Niels Hvass believes in keeping things simple, and he would rather explore each material in its right context than prefer one particular material to any other. For it is in working with the materials that his inspiration grows, and ideas become reality. And there is no shortage of ideas. So far into the future he will be busy realising new visions and designs – pioneer figure that he is.