Denmark is a design stronghold. The world-famous Danish Design can look back on a long tradition with big names: Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner and Finn Juhl... With them come the forefathers of modern design from the small Scandinavian country. Industrial design, object aesthetics and furniture have always been among Denmark's export hits. Design affinity is part of the Danish DNA.
However, the creativity of the Danes is no longer only reflected in interior design, fashion or architecture, but can also be found in the design of services, in a distinct ability for story-telling, in technical and digital know-how and in the user-centred innovation awareness of Danish companies.
Denmark's creative consciousness is based on the cornerstones of straightforwardness, functionality and social responsibility. Tradition does not mean stagnation, on the contrary. The creative industries are among the most dynamic and innovative sectors in the country, are characterised by an international orientation and focus on cooperation.
The capital city of Copenhagen is internationally known as a creative centre with a high concentration of companies from the design&architecture, interior, fashion&clothing, arts&crafts, entertainment and also the gaming industry. World-famous names are part of the network, as well as small, dynamic and technology-oriented start-ups that still want to conquer international markets.
The creative industries are an important economic factor for the Danish capital - far more than one in ten people are directly or indirectly employed in the sector. The sector has also developed much more dynamically in recent years than the average Copenhagen economy.
Copenhagen's Creative Cluster is the largest cluster in Denmark. The Digital Visual Industries (DVI) and Food&Gastro have been the most recent strongest. The DVI now generate more than half of the total value of the capital's creative industries, mainly with entertainment content such as games, TV and film. However, the demand for digital creative expertise is also booming in other sectors such as finance, construction or ICT, as they are looking for innovative new opportunities.
Food & Gastro? Yes, the latter are also part of the creative industry in Copenhagen, as anyone who has ever tried the visually and tastefully wondrous creations of local chefs can probably confirm. Much more of an experience than pure food, new concepts are constantly springing up in the slipstream of (post) Nordic Cuisine. Experiments are carried out, new products and services are tried out, and within the scene people inspire each other with innovation.
In addition, organisations such as the Danish Fashion Institute, the Danish Design Centre, the Danish Architecture Center, the Copenhagen Institute for Interaction Design or the Computerspilzonen enrich the ecosystem. The economic and cultural importance of the creative industry is reflected in the renowned universities with their own institutes, for example Imagine, the Institute for Creative Industries Research at the Copenhagen Business School.
Copenhagen is known for its high quality of life. Its openness and collaborative character contribute significantly to this: Openness to new approaches, interest in cooperation also with international actors. People exchange ideas, inspire each other, look for interdisciplinary approaches and put problem solving in the foreground of joint activities.
Your coworking space:
A modern, Scandinavian workspace in a former prison, located in the hip district of Norrebro - this is Nomad.
On 2,500 sqm, the workspace offers a mix of workstations, lounge, café, community areas as well as meeting and event rooms - Danish Design Interior runs through the entire building. People who appreciate and live creativity, innovation and drive are welcome. The Workspace deliberately does not focus on a specific sector or industry. A colourful coworking community - consisting of over 60 companies from communication, tech, software, graphics, web, interior design or film - is the result of this philosophy.
A private desk is available for you in the Nomad Workspace.
Photos: Kim Wyon, Christian Geisnæs, Niclas Jessen, Nomad Workspace