NICHOLAI WIIG-HANSEN (DK)

Related Projects: Belgrade Design Week Festival 2014

When Wiig-Hansen designs, he uses himself as a target group. Proportions are also extremely important to him and he does not add any details if they don’t serve a certain purpos. Nicholai Wiig Hansen has designed pieces for the following brands: Normann Copenhagen, Fritz Hansen, Raawii, IKEA…

Nicholai Wiig-Hansen (born 1964) is a self made industrial designer. Being a son of one of the most respected and beloved contemporary Danish artists Svend Wiig Hansen, Nicholai had art and design infused in his veins since early childhood. The influence of the artistic childhood home plays a major role in his approach to design. Although Nicholai clearly distinguishes between art and design.

Through working in an internship at a design studio, Nicholai Wiig-Hansen was introduced to Ikea whom he worked with for several years. Nicholai is the designer behind many Ikea classics, such as PS Locker that won Red Dot Award and Marie Claire Prix D’excellence 2000.

Nicholai Wiig-Hansen has had his own design studio since he was 26 years old. He works with many different tasks using himself as target group, meaning Nicholai visualizes the clients needs based on his own preferences. Nicholai currently works with companies such as Normann Copenhagen and lamp manufacturer Lightyears.

Nicholai Wiig-Hansen has worked in different fields, such as working with the outdoor company Primus, the carpet manufacturer Fabula Living, and he has also made a design concept for one of Denmarks largest supermarket chains. Nicholai has furthermore worked with food- and chocolate companies.

For his new thermo jug manufactured by Normann Copenhagen, Nicholai Wiig-Hansen is the recipient of the Red Dot Award Best of the best 2013 and the German Design Award ”Special Mention” 2014. Nicholai’s new chair also manufactured by Normann Copenhagen won the prestigious Interior Innovation Award 2014.

Nicholai Wiig-Hansen has been exhibited in several museums, such as Design Museum Denmark and the Neue Sammlung in Munich.

http://wiighansen.com/

It was great for xarchitekten to be invited to BDW as Austrian Architects We were expecting a great time by experiencing all this different thinking’s on design issues. At first there was the road movie from Vienna to Belgrade: 600 Kilometers of flat land, an immense impression of wideness - like riding on a green ocean. Arriving Belgrade we were hosted by the perfect Organization and accompanied by very nice people of BDW. The most valuable element of BDW´s Performing, Discussing, Lecturing in the Theater, Visiting the Clubs and Restaurants of Belgrade has been the linking excellent thinking and facing experts coming from different fields of design as well as different regions of Europe. xarchitekten are convinced about the great role of BDW as an Place for multidisciplinary Evolution, therefore BDW is facing a great future. Hopefully xarchitekten will be connected to BDW again.

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