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if you know the history behind it,” says Molberg. The wooden furniture also gives the customers the possibility to capture memories. “We produced a coffee table for a family, for example, made from the kids’ old swing tree. That way, they are bringing the good memories and history on and into their home.” Molberg Design believes that almost anything can be made out of wood. “Our next project is actually to build a bed for one of our regular customers,” Molberg reveals. “A very exciting project!”
Left: A Molberg floor lamp, one of Molberg’s most popular designs. Top right: If you want to make sure to keep a stiff bow. Above right: One of Molberg’s most recent designs is this hand-crafted wine holder.
Nature is the chief designer A lamp shade made out of wood.
At Molberg Design, nature is in charge of the design: every single piece of handcrafted interior is inspired by the wood it is made from. By Ann Bille Simonsen | Photos: Christine Amalie
A great passion for wood is the foundation of Danish Molberg Design. Growing up surrounded by woods, Jonas Molberg acquired a great interest in and respect for nature, and wood in particular. It is a passion that he shares with his father, Claus Jørgensen, so when the two of them launched Molberg Design in 2013, their chosen material was, of course, wood.
The raw look seems to appeal to the urban man in particular. “A large part of our customers are men, typically from the Copenhagen area,” Molberg says, adding with a smile: “Fortunately, their better halves seem to like it too. I think people like the edge it adds, mixing up their otherwise more streamlined designs with a bit of raw nature.”
Every tree has a history
It is the potential of the raw wood that interests the Molberg duo. “When we are creating a lamp, it’s because we see the lamp in the wood – nature has already designed it for us,” Molberg explains. “We’re not interested in making our products too well-polished. As human beings, we are always altering our environment to suit us, but here we have chosen to follow nature’s own bionic design so that it’s functional but still retains an element of the wild.”
An integral part of the Molberg philosophy is the belief that every tree has a history. The Molberg Design products are all made from Danish wood. “We get our material from trees that went down in a storm and trees that would have been cut down anyway,” Molberg explains. With every piece of Molberg Design, you get a bit of history about where the specific tree is from and which storm it fell in. “You get a closer relationship to a piece of furniture
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Father and son. Jonas Molberg (right) and Claus Jørgensen (left).
In the 1950s, Jonas Molberg’s granduncle, Jørgen Molberg, produced the first toy cars in Denmark (Molberg Toys).
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