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IDC’s Mission to Denmark leaves a great impression

Published by Rachael Factor, May 30, 2012.

Eighteen IDC members from across the country attended IDC’s Interior Design Mission to Denmark, held from April 28 to May 4. Led by the Royal Danish Consulate General, attendees were immersed in the Danish approach to design through guided tours and exhibits and meetings with Danish designers and manufacturers. This was the second IDC Mission to Denmark where the purpose of the tour was to gain and share inspiration, create opportunities for partnerships and increase knowledge of Danish manufacturers and suppliers who can support future projects. View images of IDC’s Mission to Denmark, here.

Each member was charged with a bit of "homework" given by IDC’s president, Donna Assaly, who hosted the Mission. Members were asked to come up with a few sentences to capture what made the greatest impression on them. In the responses we received, the common thread was that design is an intrinsic part of the Danish way of life. Here’s what a few IDC members observed on their trip to Denmark:

“I was thrilled to have the opportunity to travel around Denmark through IDC. I was able to get a detailed tour of a broad range of design – including educational, corporate office, residential and hospitality. We became fully immersed in Danish design, experiencing the manufacturing process of furniture, fixtures and carpet/textiles and acoustics –straight from the source. It was a worthwhile and memorable trip that enriched my knowledge of Scandinavian design, and made valuable connections with Danish industry contacts.” Merrissa Robertson, IDAS

“It was a wonderful whirlwind tour of Denmark with a range of experiences from rural to urban centre. From the fine craftsmanship of the Hans Wegner furniture at Carl Hansen, to the cutting edge design at BIG’s 8-House, we all took home a finer appreciation of Danish design! What I appreciated most was being able to experience it with fellow Canadian designers and new found friends.” Valerie Gow, ARIDO

“Danish enthusiasm and dedication for their love of function, precision, ingenuity, elegance, and simplicity, has reinforced in me, their passion to strive for the ultimate result in everything they do. From hosting, culinary arts, architecture / design and landscapes, this was truly impressive—an artistic delight in every way.” Daniela McQuade, ARIDO

“The Danish commitment to good design and their understanding of the positive implications this has on their country’s citizens is inspiring and sets an excellent example.” Ingrid Yeager, IDA

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