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For her Duo, London-based designer, Chifen Cheng draws her inspiration from the geometric concept "vesica piscis"—when the shape of two circles with the same radius overlap. Translated as a captivating side table, a metal frame supports two round surfaces, the upper in smoked tempered glass that allows light to pass through and the bottom in painted metal. For Chifen, who has always been intrigued by the way lines and shapes intersect space, it's all about pulling off the tricky visual balance between delicate and strong for a lasting semblance of of tranquility.
“We wanted a challenge,” say husband and wife Mia and Torben Koed, founders of Copenhagen-based Woud, and they got one. Sitting around the dinner table a couple of years ago, they realized it was time to leverage their experience in private-label furniture and create something of their own. In just a few short years, they’ve masterminded one of the most influential Danish brands around.
Now adding accessories to the mix of furniture and lighting, Woud expands on the essential simplicity of Nordic design with an emphasis on finely crafted function and startlingly original form. Embracing upcoming design talents, both from Denmark and abroad, the couple is also keen on finding new materials that fit the Scandinavian tradition. Ultimately, they say, “We believe timeless design can express personalities, inspire people and create beautiful homes.”