Skeppshult bicycles are a blend of design and quality where neither is compromised. Hand made in the same factory since 1920 in a small town in southern Sweden they believe that a bike is designed to not only get you from A to B but it can do so in comfort and style.
Skeppshult has been producing classic bicycles in Sweden for nearly 100 years. Skeppshult, a name taken from the town where the bicycles are produced, has held on to this tradition of producing fine quality well designed classic and comfort bicycles.
The company has been awarded a royal warrant, which is a distinction awarded by the King of Sweden to those companies that embody the standard of superior quality and workmanship associated with fine Swedish design.
We were greeted in the most Danish of traditions, strong black coffee and a plate of short breads filled with strawberry mousse and covered in perfect Danish strawberries. We discussed business and Finn Juhl for a while and heard how they started.
One of the directors Henrik, was asked by the widow of Finn Juhl if he could make a #57 sofa for an exhibition she had organized in Denmark. Of course he jumped at the chance and they made such a fantastic example that Finn Juhl’s widow asked if they would be interested in producing the sofa, this was almost 10 years ago. Henrik is also the cousin of Peter Morgensen, of Borg Mogensen fame and clearly has the furniture in his veins, a really lovely charming guy.
We talked and talked about design and what we do at Great Dane and then Henrik asked how would we like to do this; as in what shall we do to make our partnership official. I put out my hand and we shook. That is about as Danish as you can get. The deal is done Great Dane is now the exclusive representative for probably the most significant designer to come out of Denmark in the whole 20th century. We are so thrilled.
Henrik then said we should go and see the showroom, but unfortunately and fortunately, all the Finn Juhl furniture is in Copenhagen. I was a little confused, but Henrik informed us that Finn Juhls private residence had recently been given to the Danish government by his widow which is now open to the public, and they have a temporary exhibit of all of his work at a museum that is next to his house. His house is stunning and I cant wait to see it.
We went to the showroom anyway, which was a house from 1790, it was just fantastic. The open fireplace was going when we arrived, beautiful old oak floor, white washed ceiling and walls, it breathed Hygge. We sat down and Henrik and few others from the office joined us in front of the fire for drinks.
The experience of this room, even without the Finn Juhl product was one of those rare moments, that was the culmination of all I consider to be right about what we do. The warmth of the room, the people, the drink and the conversation on Danish design. There was an entire wall floor to ceiling full of books and magazines from the 30’s to now about Danish Design. We talked of Finn Juhl, Illum, WIkkelsoe, Erik Buch…….
It then it came to light that Henrik was Erick Buch’s nephew, it was fascinating. Erik Buch studied under Finn Juhl, then Evan (one of the other directors) said he had met Illum WIkkelsoe and H W Klein and our mouths dropped. He thinks both of them are still alive. I will have to come back soon to try to meet them.
I really felt as if I was sitting here in the perfect place for discussing Danish design and history.
We sat and talked and drank for hours discussing the old designers, how creative and interesting they must have been, what it would have been like to have been involved in such a renaissance of furniture design and manufacturing, and for a moment I felt that we had captured that feeling in that room, it was hygge.
I have waffled on enough, it was wonderful experience and I thought you guys might like to hear it.
We are off to see Aksel Kersgaard this morning and Getama, and then we will confirm today we hopefully will have lunch with Arne Vodder on Friday! Its proving to be my best trip ever.
I am back in CPH. Its been 6 months since I was here, too long really - but a new baby will do that to you!
Cant wait to get my teeth stuck into things. I am travelling with our Sydney Showroom Manager Jytte who happens to be Danish so am looking forward to making some real progress re getting some exclusive deals going & securing more partnerships for Great Dane.
My itinerary is chock a block. I am particularly looking forward to meeting Arne Vodder so hopefully we will hear from him soon. I will travel across Denmark this trip buying from various suppliers scattered across the country. I am also taking this opportunity to visit some of our partner manufacturers - I never tire of observing their incredible factories & witnessing the authenticity of production here.
Made in the finest natural leather; highest strength, best comfort and most exquisite feel this sofa is not just to be sat in but admired and built to last for many years.
Stouby were a natural fit for us as they are committed to pursuing the traditions of good crafts-manship acquired through more than a century of furniture making.
From the beginning in 1902 they have used only the best materials, and through long- term cooperation with selected suppliers have achieved standards of extraordinary quality and excellence.
The rugs are of premium quality; using 100%, new wool they are all hand tufted weaves and colours to make the perfect centerpiece for any space.
And not to be forgotten, the revival of the Topan light emerges, a classic black pendant straight from the 60’s.