Earlier this year I was thrilled to learn that leading Danish design company, Normann Copenhagen had joined forces with one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations, Tivoli Gardens, to create a fantastic new brand.
To further my excitement I was then invited by Normann Copenhagen to visit their studio while in the capital this summer to find out more about this very special collection for myself.
A unique atmosphere
As a regular day tripper to Tivoli there’s definitely a unique atmosphere to this fun filled place that you cannot help to be captivated by, no matter what your age.
Inspired by the beautiful gardens, much loved amusements and long-standing cultural traditions every product within the 300 piece range creatively references the park’s colours, patterns, architecture and character.
You just need to know where to look.
The creative process
On the day of my visit, the gallery basement of Normann Copenhagen’s HQ was a total contrast to the showroom above. A riot of florals, spots and candy stripes, and everything from lighting, textiles, tableware through to home accessories and gifts were styled into captivating home settings.
I learned how the creative process had begun with the design studio spending many hours inside Tivoli, searching for inspiration as well as looking into its 175 year archive.
After several trips, sketches and conceptual drawings soon turned into 3D models and prototypes. These were then assessed, corrected and tested until the finished collection was ready for production.
Alongside this, a bespoke colour chart, a dedicated font style, packaging and names were also created.
Modern and minimal
If you’ve ever visited Tivoli you’ll instantly recognise many of the shapes, patterns and forms found in these pieces, as well as a modern and minimal Danish design twist of course.
You’ll recognise the peacocks that strut around the grounds recreated as painted oak figurines; the squares of the Harlequin costumes inspiring the shape of coat hooks; and the lakes found across the gardens recreated as mirrored trays, reflecting the objects placed upon them just like the surface of the water.
My personal favourites
While the whole collection completely captivated me, here’s more about some of the pieces that really stood out to me:
The shape of the Emperor lamps comes from the two towers of the pantomime theatre. Made from brass plated steel, the shiny golden finish contrasts perfectly with the matt white inside, allowing the light they emit to be soft as well as functional.
Fairy Lights Cushion
Fairy lights are everywhere in Tivoli and certainly add to the enchanting atmosphere especially after dark. The refined lines and circles of this pattern can be spotted throughout the collection and I will defiantly be investing in this piece for my home as soon as I can.
Railings of the many flowerbeds inside the gardens inspired the steel loops that make the delicate edges of the Fence bowls. They come in two sizes and will be perfect for fruit or bread, or simply as decoration in the any room.
If you’re looking to bring the classic elegance of Tivoli’s Moorish Nimb Hotel to your dining table, then this is for you. The white and gold porcelain set has a staggering 17 individual items within it; and there’s stainless steel cutlery and hand-blown glasses to accompany it too.
That special Tivoli feeling
With this collection Normann Copenhagen have not only encapsulated the unique history and atmosphere of Tivoli Gardens in their designs, but made it possible for each and every one of us to take a little piece of that special Tivoli feeling back home with us.
All images courtesy of Normann Copenhagen.