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Kristian Vedel

Kristian Solmer Vedel (1923 – 2003) graduated from the Danish School of Arts and Crafts and Industrial Design where he continued to lecture. After teaching at the University of Nairobi from 1968 to 1972, he returned to Denmark and became part of the Scandinavian Design movement.

His classically modern designs are characterized by theinfluence of  Kaare Klint and the German Bauhaus school, a creative use of materials, especially plastics and wood, and a strong sense for ergonomic and functional requirements.


A typical example is his children's furniture, which could be adapted to a growing child and turned over to be used as a toy. In all respects, the furniture was designed for children according to their particular needs, rather than just being a miniature version of adult furniture.


Among many other awards, Kristian Vedel received the silver medal at La Triennale di Milano for children's furniture (1957), a gold medal at La Triennale di Milano for his line of stackable melamine dishes and containers and the Lunning Prize (1962).


Kristian Vedel