Discover the design hotlist: Norm architects
Enki editor Charlotte Coward-Williams on how Norm Architects have become a Danish design powerhouse
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In any profession, there are always those who lead and those who follow. In the broad world of architecture and design, one team who define the first category are Danish design powerhouse Norm Architects. They have managed, in the 10 years since the company was formed, to craft a distinct and smart house style, while still being entirely versatile with their client’s demanding wish lists. This is due, in part, to the pedigree from which they draw.
The Copenhagen- based firm was originally founded by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Kasper Ronn, with Linda Korndal joining more recently. Their backgrounds include product design for some of the world’s leading brands, which explains their instinctive ability to produce works of almost perfect proportion – extending through the breadth of their portfolio from designing plates and sofas to building landmark projects.
“Our work builds on the tradition of Scandinavian design of timeless aesthetics, natural materials and upholding the Modernist principals of restraint and refinement,” says Bjerre-Poulsen of their ethos. But the reason they should top any designer shortlist is that whatever project they touch – from intimate residential to vast industrial to stylish plans for the latest ‘it’ restaurant – there is a coherence which, upon delivery, is always utterly beautiful.
Their enigmatic style is modern and luxurious, easy to live with, but with a unique simplicity of touch. Their work crosses the boundaries of architecture and interior design with projects being meticulously planned from the first foundation stone to the last cushion with a thread of precision only possible thanks to their unerring attention for the finer detail.
The fact that as a practice they dabble with photography and art direction is apparent – a project is not complete until it’s ready for the attention of a professional photographer’s stringent eye. A real focus on durability, longevity and quality is notable, so if you want to commission a project, hand it over to these professionals and know you’ll be delivered an end result that is better than you ever dreamt.
As editor of luxury interiors magazine Enki, Charlotte is best placed to advise on the category of interior design and architecture. Read more from our experts and innovators in Tempus Design Issue, out now.