Normann Copenhagen’s new range arrives at Backhouse
The new range by Normann Copenhagen at Backhouse includes cherry-picked releases from Milan Design Week. Pieces by the Danish design company, founded in 1999 by Jan Andersen and Poul Madsen, add to the carefully selected international designers represented at Backhouse and reflect the New Zealand company’s aesthetic roots. “It’s full circle for us,” says Michelle Backhouse. When founder Joe Backhouse visited Denmark in the 1960s, he became completely obsessed with Danish design, she says. Normann Copenhagen produces furniture, lighting and textiles, with pieces characterised by their streamlined forms and timeless appeal: classic Scandinavian design. “For the Danes it’s all about craftsmanship – they produce such elegant, timeless pieces,” says Michelle. “They’re similar to New Zealanders in their desire to keep things simple.” The Milan Design Week release represents Normann Copenhagen’s most comprehensive launch to date. Highlights include the curved lines of ‘Sum’ armchairs and sofas; the minimal, brass-footed ‘Union’ table collection; and the ‘Herit’ chair series, all of which are designed by Simon Legald. Short for heritage, ‘Herit’ pieces traverse classic and contemporary settings and are available with or without armrests, and with upholstered or plastic seats.