This Danish Design Company Carries Minimalist Pieces With An Attitude
Normann Copenhagen brings bold and classic in one place.
It's been 20 years since the
eventual partnership of Poul
Madsen and Jan Andersen,
founders of Danish design
company and their brainchild
Normann Copenhagen. Each
heads their respective companies back then, and soon learned
the many similarities their
shared, especially in their interest and values when it comes to
design. The two worked together
for a couple of years, opening
up a store in Copenhagen which
carries designer products from
other brands alongside their
own creations. But it was a
meeting with designer Simon
Karkov in 2001—when Simon
showed his Norm 69 lamp—that
led to the duo putting the item
on production thus, Normann
Fast forward to present and
the brand finally lands in the
Philippine shores, with their
first-ever mono-brand store at
the heart of Bonifacio Global
City, Taguig City. With original,
bold, and eye-catching products
in simple and contemporary
designs that withstands the test
of time, Normann Copenhagen’s
addition to the country’s line of
home and lifestyle brands is a
refreshingly welcome one.
The company’s CEO, Poul Madsen, describes it simply as ‘minimalism with an attitude,’ and it’s easy to see why—functional pieces with innovative and extraordinary styles highlight the whole showroom while keeping to its modest roots. He talks more about the brand’s move to expand, its design evolution, and its products that led Normann Copenhagen to where it is today.
What made you decide to open a store in the Philippines?
“When you have to hand over the responsibility of carrying your brand to someone else, it becomes personal and emotional. It requires a like-minded partner with the necessary know-how and the right organization and experience. Our local partner is strong in franchising, and we have great confidence in their approach.”
How do you see Normann Copenhagen’s evolution throughout the years?
“Of course, we’re a Danish company with small traditions and rules. But we try to lift that tradition into a new way. We hire people from all over the world to have a different approach, not just a Danish mindset. We’re scan- dinavian for sure, but we see ourselves more as an interna- tional company.”
You’ve been in the industry since 1999, but what is your secret in staying relevant to your market?
“We try to challenge ourselves and the design world through offering something new, our own touch. It’s not always visible to everybody, but there are always the extra details.”
If Normann is a person, who would Normann be?
“Definitely somebody who has some guts, isn’t afraid of what people think about him, and willing to take some risks and chances. He’s also very friendly and open minded. He likes to meet and help people have a better life, in a sense that the design he does needs to be functional but also beautiful.”
See more of Normann Copenhagen's products in their BGC showroom: