Brisbane’s leading Danish mid-century modern furniture business. With over 25 years of experience in authentic Danish modern and iconic design classics.
When looking to buy a quality piece of Danish vintage furniture, how do we know we are buying an authentic item and what should we look for? To find out some answers we speak to Christina, the owner of DANSK VINTAGE, whom have been accepted as associate members of the QADA – Queensland Antique Dealers Association.
VSA: Christina, How long have you been a buyer and seller of Danish Vintage furniture?
Christina: dansk vintage started a little over 4 years ago in April 2010. Initially wholesaling through auction, and launched the retail business in September 2011, with the idea that we could offer a range of quality vintage and antique Danish furniture pieces to suit all price ranges; from affordable to higher end. However my husband, who is the other partner of dansk vintage, has been collecting and selling ever since he was a teenager. It is in his blood! He has decades of experience in the antique/vintage world in both Denmark and Australia.
VSA: What is it you most like about the Danish style in particular?
Christina: It is beauty in simplicity. The clean classic lines that along with the excellence in cratfsmanship and functionality make Danish vintage furniture so timeless you would think it was designed only yesterday if it wasn’t for the patina which for us makes the pieces beautiful and desirable because of their age. It is furniture that has lasted a lifetime, and is ready to last another, and yet another…
VSA: Who is your favourite Danish designer, & why?
Christina: There are so many it is hard to pick only one, so I have to pick two. Poul Kjaerholm is an icon. He made some of the most pared down and deconstructed timeless designs. The other being Hans J. Wegner who designed some of the 20th century’s most recognisable pieces.
VSA: Do you embrace Danish culture into your home life ?
Christina: Being born and raised in Denmark, naturally I live the Danish culture. It is in my blood. Besides speaking Danish with my husband and our 3 young boys, making an effort as a bilingual family, we live amongst mostly Danish pieces of furniture and original art collected and inherited over the years, occasionally still adding new pieces to our collection. We listen to Danish music and watch Danish movies. Yes we welcome the Danish culture in our house and celebrate multiculture.
VSA: What are your two favourite era’s in Danish Design and why?
Christina: The period 1900-1920 is very interesting to me as this is a precursor to all that came later in modern Danish design. There were a few influential Danish designers, Kaare Klint being the most notable whose designs became a reference point for the later famous 50s-60s modernist/architect designers: clean pure lines, simplicity, function and excellence in craftsmanship.
VSA: What makes your store stand out from other dealers?
Christina: Besides that our items are Danish selected pieces, again I will refer you back to the simplicity and clean lines. No clutter is covering our pieces. Just spaces that display the furniture on simple clean backgrounds and make them shine. A beautiful piece should in our opinion be able to sell itself by showing exactly what it is and how it functions. Often less is more!
VSA: Is it only furniture that you sell or do you sell other items ?
Christina: Yes we sell pieces of Danish art and accessories to complement the style. For example paintings, glass, ceramics, rugs, wooden pieces and Danish design pieces like designer kitchenalia and generally quirky pieces that are just nice to have in any home. We like to blend antique and vintage smalls in a ‘bohemian’ style. There are no rules, just feature objects that appeal to us.
VSA: Are all of your furniture pieces restored or are some in the original vintage condition?
Christina: All our pieces are restored by my husband if the condition they arrive in calls for it. Some pieces we buy are in such excellent condition we don’t need to restore only clean. Upholstery is also a priority if needed. The upholstery jobs are being done by a long established and very experienced upholsterer. We rarely come across customers who request unrestored pieces, but if they do they can of course get that. Some customers order pieces to be restored, but not reupholstered as they wish to carry out that part themselves. Any wish is possible. Our restoration can be characterised as sympathetic.
VSA: When looking to buy authentic Danish vintage furniture, what are some of the things we should look for ?
Christina: A maker’s mark indicates the origin of the piece. Often the designer and possibly a production number are also good indicators of authenticy. However not all pieces are marked and some may have lost their marks, but a knowledgable and reputable dealer should know and recognize if it is Danish or not. We know for a fact that our items originate from Denmark, because we buy them there and export to Australia. If a piece has ‘lived’ in Denmark, but is made in say Germany or Sweden, we will always write it in the description of the piece.
VSA: What tips can you give us to care for our vintage furniture items?
Christina: Of the furniture products available in Australia most good quality timber potions and lotions applied as per the manufacturer’s instructions will generally give you a good result. Treat your pieces with the respect you would show your grand parents after all they’re getting on. Hopefully they can be passed on to the next generation. They are not making any more of it and this epoch is as important as any. Individual pieces have individual needs and if in doubt ask a good restorer.
VSA: You sell from a number of venues. Where can we find you?
Christina: Our website www.danskvintage.com.au is the best place to start as most of our furniture items and accessories are listed. Some items are available for sale online and through our warehouse, others are on display in our shop in Woolloongabba Antique Centre, in Brisbane
If you are a web shopper and you find your piece is on shop display, please contact the centre for availability before contacting us. We are happy to advise on freight Australia wide and regularly sell interstate. Our warehouse is open anytime by appointment.
“Facebook www.facebook.com/danskvintage and www.instagram.com/danskvintage are our most important social media platforms where we regularly do updates in particular about new container arrivals from Denmark.
Christina, thank you so much for sharing your years of experience and knowledge.
med venlig hilsen ( best regards )
Tania and the team at Vintage Shops Australia
Dansk – means ” Danish ” in Danish
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