Showcasing an uncompromising approach to craftsmanship, Danish cabinet maker and joiner Malte Gormsen has added designs made in collaboration with Norm Architects to his curated furniture collection.
Over several years, Malte Gormsen has worked with the Danish design studio to bring bespoke furniture pieces and objects to life for specific residential and commercial projects. Now the time has come to bring a carefully curated selection of these designs to the Malte Gormsen Kollektion.
“Inspired by a naïve, Scandinavian aesthetic rooted in Danish rural culture and with references to the centuries-old wood tradition, the collection journeys both backwards and forwards in time, with the intention that new furniture should only come into existence if it’s to be as relevant in its look, shape, function, and quality today as well as in the generations to come,” explain Norm Architects.
The wood-crafted collection, featuring an assortment of tables, chairs, cabinetry, and sculptural pieces, has a timeless expression with a modern design expression which puts the material at the forefront.
Malte Gormsen’s fine craftsmanship is rooted in methods used in Ancient Egypt and combined with modern technology. His mindful approach is in harmony with Norm’s approach to design and architecture alike, with the intention for each piece to stir a sense of intrigue.
“We have worked with wood for as long as mankind has existed – and it’s the only material that comes back on its own. If we treat it properly, we can continue to have and to work with it,” says craftsman Malte Gormsen.
“So, we realise how we stand on the shoulders of what has been done in the past. After all, it’s an everlasting search for improvement and that little twist on the same. Therefore, our approach is to create a few pieces but with the greatest consideration and the utmost respect for the material.”
“Touching a piece of furniture should always be a good experience. After all, that is the entire raison d’etreof the craftsman. We don’t just look at furniture, we touch it,” he concludes.
One of the standout furniture pieces from the collection is the sculptural MG210 dining table which can be made to order in oak and beech. It was originally designed as a centrepiece for the stone-floored dining room of the Sandbjerg Residence, a residential project completed by Norm Architects.
Alongside this magnificent dining table, the solid oak wood and stone-made MG406 side table and the travertine MG211 coffee table bring a sense of scale to a room and form invite people to pause and take notice of smaller details.
Photography by Jonas Bjerre Poulsen.
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