ABOUT

How to start a collaboration? The good idea?

The answer is often simple or complex. For NORDICMODERN, it is somewhere in between – geographically based on the furniture house Paustian in Jørn Utzon's iconic building in Nordhavn. Peter Kampmann and Nana Fenge worked together for a number of years, Kampmann as CEO and Fenge as wholesale manager.The many years of collaboration on and with some of the world's leading design brands such as Artek, Vitra and Paustian's own furniture collection have given the partners an incomparable sense of quality, business and networking.

In 1987, Vibeke Klint exhibited in Paustian. Here, architect Hanne Kjærholm staged Klint's rugs on the floor of the large atrium – as graphic statements in textile that sparked the imagination. It was the first time that Peter Kampmann and Nana Fenge experienced Klint's simple but powerful universe. In 2017, weaver Gitte-Anette Knudsen created an exhibition about Vibeke Klint's rugs and textiles at Gl. Dok. That's when Le Klint realized that her mother's unique, hand-woven rugs were close to disappearing. She therefore asked Kampmann and Fenge if they would like to set the rugs into production? With the Paustian exhibition in mind, the duo said yes and took the plunge in confidence in the enormous recognition that Vibeke Klint and her ouvre have achieved nationally as well as internationally.

"We see it as our most important task to spread the word about Vibeke Klint. And we think it's fun to introduce this vital Danish designer to a younger generation. Today, we sell her rugs in Japan, China, Australia, Switzerland, England, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany in addition to Denmark," says Peter Kampmann.


NORDICMODERN was established in 2018 after the duo found the right manufacturer for the precision work with the graphic, handwoven rugs. The choice fell on a third-generation weaving studio in Northern India, where only the studio's 'master weavers' are allowed to weave the technically demanding rugs

 

"The simpler a rug is, the harder it is to weave. You can't hide anything. The tight graphic lines and stripes cannot meander or twist, but must appear stringy. The Danish weavers, Berthe Forchammer and Marie Malta Lund have taken turns in India teaching the weavers the special Danish techniques and showing them how muster and quality should be. Therefore, today we have a strong product that can withstand even very hard wear", Nana Fenge emphasizes.


Quality was an indispensable parameter for Vibeke Klint and also for NORDICMODERN. All rugs in the collection are carefully selected in collaboration with the Klint family and true to their original starting point in design, colour scheme and quality. The original starting point and the high standard are the foundation of all the textiles and rugs that NORDICMODERN sends out into the world. Because even though we in Denmark think that Vibeke Klint is 'ours', she is admired and 

recognized internationally for her work. Therefore, it is also deeply meaningful to convey Vibeke Klint's modernist rugs in the same spirit, colour scheme, scale and quality as she would have done herself. And yes. Le Klint also worked in Paustian as a graphic artist for a while, just as she is childhood friends with Nana Fenge. So 'it's all connected', as it often is in family ventures, but it's also business. 'Personal business'.

 

"Vibeke Klint's rugs are good design, sublime craftsmanship and a piece of Danish design history. And she is probably one of the most important textile designers of the 20th century." - Nana Fenge

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