Louise Campbell – Danish Furniture Designer

Posted on 20th September 2011 in Danish Furniture Designers

Louise Campbell is a contemporary, modern furniture designer who is described as providing a fresh and innovative way of looking at the everyday as well as finding new ways to construct it. Born to a Danish father and an English mother in Copenhagen in 1970, she graduated from the London College of Furniture in 1992. Continuing her studies at Denmark’s Design School in 1995, she opened her own studio in 1996.
Her interest in modern design covers the range of furniture, lighting, table ware, product and interior design. She is actively engaged in designing and setting up exhibitions of contemporary crafts as well as a collaborative effort between her and others in the design industry called “Walk the Plank”. Walk the Plank was started in the late 1990’s as a method for furniture designers and cabinet makers to encourage and support creativity and uphold high standards of craftsmanship among Danish designers. This has held to the design of some rather unique pieces of furniture as the initial starting point is a solid plank of wood. Modern furniture design challenged to provide both form and function organically and utilitarian.
With her modern furniture being produced by Louis Poulsen Lighting, HAY, MUUTO and Zanotta her work has become well known winning several awards. In 2004, she won the Finn Juhl Prize, in 2005 gold for Campbell Pendlen and in 2007, the Bruno Mathsson Award.
With her playful and imaginative sense of bending the possibility of reality, the “Bless You” chair designed in 1999 of felt and gelatin it was inspired by a used pocket handkerchief. “Leave Your Mark’ in 2002 was designed as an attempt to relieve tension in waiting rooms. With four sharp knives attached to the table top, it encourages personalizing the table top in same manner.
The Folda- series , 2001, which includes a sofa and a chair, is unique in its flexibility to accommodate four different positions, from 120 degrees to flat and the method of construction. Unlike traditional manufacturing where the upholstery is sewn last, here it is sewn first and then it is filled with the plywood and foam and zipped together.
A modern furniture piece that she originally designed for the Hay in 2001, she produced by combining water cut neoprene rubber with laser cut steel. A surprising contrasts of visual transparency and materials, it was inspired by Prince Frederik who was at once traditional nobility and yet in tune with his generation. She is noted for producing modern furniture pieces with this particular recurring theme.

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