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
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