by Nina Bruun

A daybed inspired by Danish furniture classics and the more colourful Middle Eastern tradition.

Kilim is a daybed made of ash wood with textile details that challenge the material properties of the wood. The inspiration comes both from the Danish furniture classics and from the more colourful Middle Eastern tradition – specifically from kilim rugs. It has strong references to the Danish classics in its basic form, but the textile details offer an alternative to traditional upholstery. The perforated seating surface gives the robust design a light character. Kilim combines patterns in multiple layers and creates an interplay effect among the grain of the wood, the milled perforation, the padded textile pattern and the weave of the fabric.

Nina Bruun b. 1983, furniture designer
“If it isn’t hard to do it won’t be good” – according to Nina Bruun it takes hard work to turn an idea and a creative impulse into a piece of furniture. She always begins by sketching or recreating a mood before shaping the actual product. Next, she builds models in all sorts of materials, depending on the product she is currently working on, for example a cardboard sofa or a plastic lamp. The modelling is normally done in a scale of 1:1 to provide a sense of the proportions and expression of the design. Finally she creates a physical model in the intended material, which undergoes thorough testing before the final design stage begins.
Nina Bruun’s products are characterized by clean aesthetics reflecting Bruun’s background in graphic design. With regard to both the end-result and the production process, she places particular priority on the raw material and its quality, functional properties and ability to convey a sense of identity.

2012: The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – School of Design

Selected exhibitions
2013: “Against the grain”, Museum of Arts and Design in New York, USA
2013: “Against the grain”, Mint Museum in North Carolina, USA
2011: CODE 11, Copenhagen, Denmark
2010: CODE 10, Copenhagen, Denmark

Grants and honours
2012: “Promising talent grant” from Bo Bedre
2010: Sydform, 1st prize and grant

The permanent collection, Museum of Arts and Design in New York

Textile sponsored by Kvadrat
Made by Andrea Stokholm


Danish Crafts /

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