// The Tale of Ditzel and Dane

Nanna Ditzel was a true trailblazer for Scandinavian

furniture makers. Born in Copenhagen in 1923 she first 

trained as a cabinetmaker before studying at The Royal 

Academy of Fine Arts and The School of Arts and 

Crafts in Copenhagen. Finally she graduated in the field 

of furniture design.

Ditzel’s career encompassed jewellery, interior, 

furniture and fabric design. Her organic and 

contemporary aesthetic is without an inch of a 

doubt still relevant today. Her prevailing style 

transcends all disciplines of design and she 

designed many classic jewellery pieces for George 


The collaboration between us and Nanna's designs began when Great Dane contacted Snedkergaarden

a boutique factory in Denmark in charge of manufacturing highest quality Ditzel designs – in 2011 to 

bring Ditzel’s designs to Australia, we had no idea the impact Nanna Ditzel’s designs would end up 

having on our very own shores.

After being approached to provide Nanna Ditzel pieces for none other than the Sydney Opera House’s

Western Foyer we were pretty sure we weren’t the only ones to share the affinity for these amazing 

pieces. Beautiful, simple, elegant and most importantly, very, very comfortable.

To us she is a true inspiration and naturally, we are in constant admiration of her designs. So enamored

we are that we could not stand to part with these customer orders in lush shades of green without 

conducting a spontaneous, abstract and may we say quite intimate photo shoot - obsessive as we are 

about great truly design. Behind the scenes Anton directing the shoot between sending emails:

As we reflect on how we create this month it’s the perfect moment to share a little bit of Ditzel with

you. This is Nanna Ditzel perhaps as you haven’t seen before. Enjoy!

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