A Danish design company turns 40

A Danish design company
turns 40

Skagerak Denmark is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Within the last four decades, the company has become a renowned and full-fledged actor on the global design scene, with several collections taking home international design awards. How did Skagerak come this far, and what is the outlook for the design company with the characteristic Scandinavian expression and predilection for good craftsmanship?

A sustainable design – from local to global appearance
Forty years ago, in 1976, a small company was established in the northern part of Denmark aiming at upcycling surplus wood for the creation of stairs and floors. The respect for quality materials and the ability to present a consistent, Nordic expression in all of the designs were well received, and soon both indoor and outdoor furniture became a core element of the business as well. Thus, collections such as Drachmann, Riviera and Cutter became part of Danish and international homes and gardens and the long lifespan of the products – both quality and design-wise – has been a trademark of the company since the very start.

Today, neither stairs nor floors are part of Skagerak’s assortment, which is now divided into three main product lines; indoor, outdoor and accessories. Collaborating with Danish and international upcoming talents and experienced designers, Skagerak is able to present award winning products in everything from oak, terracotta and powder coated steel to their own line of Oeko-Tex certified and water repellent textiles.

The company’s global adventures accelerated in the beginning of the new millennium and in spite of a global financial crisis and fierce competition on the market, Skagerak is now present in more than thirty countries on five continents. The international markets have thus become a high priority for the company, representing half of its total revenue today.

Jubilee products – limited editions of new and old icons
To celebrate the 40th anniversary, Skagerak has set out to create some of their most iconic products in limited editions, available in Denmark, Germany, UK, Sweden and Norway. The first limited edition product to see the light of day is the Drachmann bench which will be available in a jubilee edition carrying a number from 1-40. After more than 30 years on the market, Drachmann has cemented its position as a popular garden chair and bench. With the classic X in the backrest and the strong, weatherproof material, Drachmann has inspired many followers across changing times and trends. The original idea to the design emanated from an old painting of a house that belonged to one of Denmark’s most talented poets from the Modern Breakthrough, Holger Drachmann. Following the bench, the limited editions of two other distinguished products will be launched this summer.

Drachmann
Bench 120

Designer: Bernt Santesson
Material: Teak // Sapelli
Colour: Teak // White
Dimensions (WxDxH): 129x58x86 cm

Prices:
EUR 1.125,00 // 1.275,00
NOK 10.495,00 // 11.795,00
SEK 10.595,00 // 11.995,00
GBP 899,00 // 995,00

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Drachmann

Drachmann
Bench 165

Designer: Bernt Santesson
Material: Teak // Sapelli
Colour: Teak // White
Dimension (WxDxH): 165x58x86 cm

Prices:
EUR 1.399,00 // 1.549,00
NOK 13.095,00 // 14.395,00
SEK 13.295,00 // 14.595,00
GBP 1.099,00 // 1.199,00

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Dmann

Drachmann
Bench 200

Designer: Bernt Santesson
Material: Teak // Sapelli
Farver: Teak // White
Mål (WxDxH): 209x58x86 cm

Prices:
EUR 1.699,00 // 1.975,00
NOK 15.695,00 // 18.395,00
SEK 15.995,00 // 18.595,00
GBP 1.399,00 // 1.649,00

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Drachmann
Cushions

Designer: Skagerak Design
Material: Barriere® Liso
Colour: Sand, Dark Grey og Marine

Prices from:
EUR 129,00
NOK 1.195,00
SEK 1.195,00
GBP 99,00

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Responsible wood sourcing and
cultural interaction to lead Skagerak’s future

When looking ahead, it is Skagerak’s clear ambition to bring design closer to its surroundings – in terms of both human and environmental aspects. To do so, the company has set out a strategy that takes account of elements from the very beginning of the production to the role of design when it reaches the consumer.

First step of this strategy has become to ensure that the creation of new designs happen in accordance with a sustainable ecosystem and local communities. Therefore, Skagerak has set a goal for its production. By the year of 2020, all of its wooden materials must originate from responsible sources. Today, half of Skagerak’s wood already carries a FCS-certification which guarantees that it comes from well-managed forests.

Supporting sustainable development of forests and securing the company’s own business model for the future are two sides of the same coin, according to Jesper Panduro, CEO and owner of Skagerak. “It is actually very simple. If we wish to continue to create products that last for generations, we depend on a stable supply of wood that lives up to our high requirements for quality and durability. The best way to secure this is by purchasing responsibly, supporting a forest industry that works towards the preservation of biodiversity and respect the rights of forest workers and local communities.”

The other aspect of Skagerak’s strategy focuses on integrating design in everyday life– in a subtle and attentive manner. With a brand new concept, Skagerak converts its flagship store, located in the centre of Copenhagen, into a cultural hub as the company hosts events where everyone is welcome to interact with trending authors, artists and other inspiring personalities. Thus, the design itself recedes and provides the proper space and atmosphere for inspiration, reflection and socialization. The concept is called “Skagerak Talks” and has yet to be launched internationally, but the plan is to do so in the years to come.

Drachmann
Table 86

Designer: Bernt Santesson
Material: Teak // Sapelli
Colour: Teak // White
Dimension (WxLxH): 86x86x72 cm

Prices:
EUR 849,00 // 1.125,00
NOK 7.895,00 // 10.495,00
SEK 7.995,00 // 10.595,00
GBP 699,00 // 925,00

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Drachmann
Table 156

Designer: Bernt Santesson
Material: Teak // Sapelli
Colour: Teak // White
Dimension (WxLxH): 86x156x72 cm

Prices:
EUR 1.399,00 // 1.825,00
NOK 12.495,00 // 16.995,00
SEK 12.595,00 // 17.295,00
GBP 1.149,00 // 1.549,00

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Drachmann
Table 190

Designer: Bernt Santesson
Material: Teak // Sapelli
Colour: Teak // White
Dimension (WxLxH): 86x190x72 cm

Prices:
EUR 1.849,00 // 2.125,00
NOK 16.995,00 // 19.695,00
SEK 17.295,00 // 19.895,00
GBP 1.499,00 // 1.749,00

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About Skagerak:
Skagerak is a family owned company with historical roots in the Scandinavian geography and proud furniture traditions. The company’s passion for wood and its focus on quality have remained intact, as it has developed into a modern design brand with an extensive selection of contemporary products in a wide range of materials, created by established designers as well as up-and-coming talents. Skagerak’s vision is to create furniture that is ensured a long lifespan by virtue of its aesthetic and functional qualities. That is how they define sustainability. That things are made to last. That they age well and accumulate stories. In Skagerak’s world, good stories and relationships are what matters most, and they strive to design furniture that facilitates memorable meetings between people.

Contact
For more information or questions about Skagerak and the 40th anniversary, do not hesitate to contact press and brand ambassador, Vibeke Panduro: T.: +45 21 64 24 49 | E.: vipa@skagerak.dk

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