PELIKAN DESIGN
NIELS GAMMELGAARD & LARS MATHIESEN

Pelikan Design was established in 1978 by Niels Gammelgaard (1944) and Lars Mathiesen (1950). They are graduates of The Royal Academey of Fine Arts and Architecture in Copenhagen where they were specializing in industrial design. Their partnership has lasted for many years resulting in many successful designs. One of their most successful became the Pelikan Chair. The very same chair are still their "signature chair" and for the same reason the chair still carry the name of their old design office established more than 40 years ago. The Pelikan is still doing well hanging above them when they meet.

Why are most outdoor furniture designed for indoors? Why not accept that weather is not forgiving. Why not use materials that like the wind, rain, snow and hail. Like hot galvanized steel and rubber. Why not make it really heavy and make it look even better if left outside. Why not make a crack in the seat so that the rain water of the melting snow runs of it. A crack that makes it stackable. A wise crack we like to say.

STIG MIKKELSEN

Stig Mikkelsen (1956) graduated as an architect from Royal Academy Of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, and has through many realized projects developed a particular care for the architectural detail and its materials. As owner and design responsible of Mikkelsen Architects he has developed particular skills in the fields of simple responses to complex challenges that is shown as examples in projects like The Danish National Bank, The National Danish Radio and The Royal Library in Amager, Copenhagen.

As an architect it's a really enjoyable experience to realize and complete an architectural vision by also getting the opportunity to design furniture and suggest in detail how we as humans should use and experience spaces. Low seating, we believe, stimulate an informal a relaxing experience, and reduces the number of components as they are multifunctional. The understanding of a multipurpose plinth - a base, where you stay for a short while, we believe is fundamental.

TOOLS DESIGN
HENRIK HOLBÆK & CLAUS JENSEN

With more than 300 awards and distinctions Tools Design, by the Danish designers Claus Jensen (1966) and Henrik Holbæk (1960) educated from the Danish Design School in is probably the most award-winning design studio in Europe when it comes to lifestyle design used within household goods. Their products are characterized by a simplistic and innovative approach with a design philosophy of adding something extra to each product.

How we position ourselves in relation to each other affects the way we talk together. We need to meet equally, at eye level. This in order to protect ourselves, to feel comfortable and confident, we must be able to move and signal with our body language. It is all part of our communication with each other. Hexagon is designed to provide optimal opportunities to meet, getting placed in the room, indoors or outdoors, wherever we feel most comfortable and with the right distance. Hexagon can be arranged like lopsided or chaotic arrangements making space formal or informal as needed as well as the interaction with the architecture. And with a mix of colors and materials the arrangements can get as nuanced and versatile as the people who use them.