Örn Duvald

Gentofte, Denmark

Cross-disciplinary Danish design studio Örn Duvald beautifully meander the creative intersection between architecture and interior furnishing, specializing in minimalist, material-driven furniture and lighting in sleek glass, wood, stone, and steel.

Comprising Icelander Pétur Örn Eyjólfsson and Dane Søren Oskar Duvald, the studio’s foundations were cultivated at Copenhagen’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, where both earned Master’s in Architecture (2010). Amid their studies, the two worked together on various degree projects, one of which was an appealing crossover between architecture and art. In 2012, they established their studio Örn Duvald.

Örn Duvald design an array furnishings—desks, tables, benches, multipurpose storage pieces, and lighting—that are driven by craft processes and feature strong details, materiality, and tactility. The studio’s EM-Desks (2017), part of the popular Distinct Series exhibited at London Design Fair 2017, feature intuitive yet highly sophisticated craftsmanship and a layering of a charming versatility onto timeless silhouettes.

Other standout works include their hardwood-edged and linoleum-surfaced Du Table (2017) and their colored rubber IO Light (2018), a strikingly modern investigation into the coalescence of translucent light with material composition and geometry, presented at the REFORM Design Biennale 2018.

Örn Duvald has garnered a number of recognitions, including project grants from The Danish Art Foundation (2013, 2016) and several residencies at Denmark’s National Art Workshops (2012-2016).