IN­SIDE STORY BRDR KRÜGER

This 132-year-old Dan­ish brand’s min­i­mal­ist style and at­ten­tion to de­tail have kept it at the fore­front of de­sign

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Pure in form but play­ful in spirit, each Brdr Krüger piece has a tac­tile charm, thanks to the way the wood is re­fined by hand un­til silky smooth For Jonas and Jyliane Krüger – the fifth gen­er­a­tion of Copen­hagen-based brand Brdr Krüger, founded in 1886 – work­ing with Dan­ish ar­chi­tect David Thul­strup on the new ‘ARV’ fur­ni­ture col­lec­tion (above) for chef René Redzepi’s Noma 2.0 restau­rant in the Dan­ish cap­i­tal was a dream come true. ‘ We value the same hon­esty and in­tegrity in ma­te­ri­als that Thul­strup does, as well as the beauty of crafts­man­ship,’ says Jonas, the com­pany’s cre­ative di­rec­tor.

Brdr Krüger’s abil­ity as a small fam­ily busi­ness (Brdr stands for broth­ers, in hon­our of the com­pany’s found­ing sib­lings, Theodor and Fer­di­nand) to re­spond and in­no­vate quickly was what at­tracted Thul­strup to work with the brand. From first sketch to fi­nal pro­duc­tion, the process of de­sign­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing Thul­strup’s ‘ARV’ range took just three months. Us­ing tra­di­tional join­ery tech­niques and pre­ci­sion en­gi­neer­ing, the brand cre­ates mod­ern pieces with a dis­tinct lack of or­na­men­ta­tion. Tra­di­tional wooden dow­els and dis­creet mag­nets re­place nails and screws, and at­ten­tion is given to fine hand-fin­ish­ing.

Since its early wood-turn­ing days, mak­ing lamps for churches and Copen­hagen’s fa­mous Tivoli Gar­dens, Brdr Krüger has pro­duced many recog­nis­able pieces, in­clud­ing Dan­ish ar­chi­tect Hans Bølling’s iconic ‘Bølling’ tray ta­ble (a sta­ple of many Scan­di­na­vian homes) and Kay Bo­je­sen’s wooden mon­key for Rosendahl – more than 1,000 mon­keys, in four dif­fer­ent sizes, are made ev­ery week. There’s also the brand’s ever-grow­ing col­lec­tion of fur­ni­ture, cre­ated in col­lab­o­ra­tion with ris­ing stars of the de­sign world, such as Thomas Lykke (who also de­signed the com­pany’s stylish new show­room), Ras­mus Bækkel Fex and Sverre Uh­nger.

Pure in form but play­ful in spirit, each Brdr Krüger piece has a tac­tile charm, thanks to the way the wood is re­fined by hand un­til silky smooth. ‘To have the right qual­ity, you need ex­pe­ri­enced crafts­peo­ple,’ says Jonas. ‘ We’re build­ing on the past to step into the fu­ture.’ brdr-kruger.com

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