Creative Christmas: 50 Years of Iconic Danish Design at the Embassy

Creative Christmas: 50 Years of Iconic Danish Design at the Embassy

Leah Moss
Dec 8, 2010

Last year we got a sneak peek of the Creative Christmas party hosted by the Danish Embassy, but this year you get to pay a visit yourself! This year's celebration, also marking the 50th anniverary of The Embassy of Denmark, includes an open house which will showcase 50 interpretations of the Christmas tree inspired by Danish architectural, product, and graphic design icons.

Once again, the Royal Embassy of Denmark, is teaming up with graduate students from the Corcoran College of Art + Design to put on the fifth year of Creative Christmas. However, this is the first opportunity that the public will have to check out the event's creative design in person.

Since, this year the Embassy also celebrates its 50 years in Washington, the exhibit explores the inspiration from classic Danish modern design from the 50s and 60s. Given the task of reinterpreting the classic Christmas tree with a Danish modern twist, design students used fiber glass, metal, plastic, and wood materials to merge the traditions of the holiday with the design era.

According to the Danish Embassy, the exhibit "investigates the relationship between inspiration and design solution. Iconic Danish works are exhibited alongside the elements for which they are named. This relationship, highlighting simple lines and a clean aesthetic, foregrounds the Scandinavian approach to design popularized in the 1950s and 1960s and which is still evident today. From the smallest utensil to the largest building, Danish design is known for celebrating the elements of beauty, functionality, nature and simplicity, united to form a singular design solution. The works on display, created by Denmark's most renowned designers, help to tell the unique and important story of Danish design. "

The exhibit is free and open to the public tomorrow, Thursday December 9th, from 1pm - 5pm at the Royal Embassy of Denmark | 3200 Whitehaven Street NW Washington DC 20008. No registration is required.

Images: The Royal Embassy of Denmark via Lise Borup Krogsgaard

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