TV: Denmark’s Next Classic
In 2019, Danish screens were graced with six episodes of TV that followed a series of Danish furniture designers: Denmark’s Next Classic on DR1. Every week, the designers showcased a new product in a given category (chair, dining table, lamp, children’s furniture, couch, and armchair). At Lampemesteren, we had our eyes peeled during the lamp week. Kasper Thorup told us more about what it was like being part of a series that challenges, inspires, and judges you in such a short time.
”Being on Denmark’s Next Classic gave me the chance to tell my story and approach to working as a designer. It’s been incredibly educational and exciting to invite people into my work and design process. When you have a production team following you around to ask questions about what you’re doing, why, and what your thoughts are about what you’re doing pretty much 24/7, you constantly have to contemplate what you’re doing, which makes you understand yourself on a much deeper level.”
We were curious to know what he considered the biggest challenge during the filming, and without hesitation, Kasper Thorup answered: “The dining room chair, without a doubt. It’s one of the hardest pieces of furniture when it comes to giving it its shape. When I was a student, we were taught that the dining room chair is one of the most challenging pieces of furniture to design because it has to live up to loads of criteria. So, when I started, I was overcome with awe. It was a difficult piece of furniture to start with, but because it went well, it also gave me a sense of faith in myself that lasted for the rest of the programme.”
Thorup continues, sharing that his proudest moment was designing the dining room chair—both personally and professionally. Before the start of the series, he decided not to doubt his intuition, especially because he would be working under immense time constraints.
”I learnt to trust my intuition and go for what I think might work.”
Kasper Thorup designed some gorgeous products for the programme, and when asked which he was most proud of, he answered with a huge smile and a dreamy expression:
”I was definitely proudest of the chair. Not only because I won the best design in that category, but also because I never thought I’d be able to design a dining room chair so early on in my career—especially not one that would also achieve such national and international renown.”