Nyhavn Vase



From Harbor to Vase

The Nyhavn Vase is the perfect example of how sometimes inspiration can come to you from an unexpected place. When the designer Simon Legald created this range of vases that place was the popular historic neighborhood of Nyhavn in Copenhagen. Nyhavn is a cosy harbour area in the middle of Copenhagen and is one of the city's most popular tourist attractions with a history dating all the way back to 1671. 

He took his starting point from the houses in the area, creating vases in different heights and widths and adding dusty pastel colors to complete the reference.

Simon Legald says: ”My design is often characterized by an interplay between tradition and craftsmanship. I really like working with archetypes and this vase is no exception. I have based the design on the idiom of three different techniques and combined them all to create a both recognizable and new expression.”    

Design: Simon Legald

Simon Legald

Simon Legald graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in the summer of 2012. His work consists of both small- and large scale products. Simon’s designs are often created in a dialogue between craftsmanship and industry. He also likes to incorporate the techniques that are necessary for the structure of a product into the design by highlighting them visually.

“Honesty is what makes a product understandable and is what describes the products functionality. If you understand the product, it does not need any explanation. The essence of my design is for it to be bought and used. Therefore, it has to satisfy not only the functional aspects, but also the psychological and aesthetic needs. For me simplicity describes the true identity of objects and makes them trustworthy. In my design, I try not to add any unnecessary details. I work with simplicity by highlighting the necessities instead of hiding them. It gives the product a simple and honest expression.”

Simon Legald