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40 Years of Excellent Design

And still one of the most influential designers i Scandinavia

Our History

Holscher Design is one of Scandinavia’s most recognized and award-winning 
design agencies with more than 40 years of experience. 
 

Arne Jacobsen


Knud Holscher met the renowned Danish architect Arne Jacobsen being teacher at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts inn Copenhagen, and in 1958, Knud Holscher was employed at Jacobsen’s studio in Charlottenlund. Arne Jacobsen’s studio was characterized not only by modern architectural principles but also by modern employment conditions.
Accordingly, 28 year old Holscher was put in charge of the studio's second largest commission almost right away – a new campus building at Oxford University: St. Catherine’s College reflects both elements of a traditional Oxford college and an entirely modern architecture.
Knud Holscher spent two and a half years in Oxford heading the construction of the project. In Oxford, the sanitaryware of Adamsez and architectural hardware of Modric underwent Knud Holschers functionalistic treatment. This earned him three British Design Awards, and the design solutions came to anticipate his later work, further developing into long standing collaborations with Ifö and d line.

 

Krohn & Hartvig Rasmussen

In 1964, Knud Holscher got employed at Krohn & Hartvig Rasmussen, one of Scandinavia’s largest architectural offices in the 1960s and 1970s. Having gained lots of experience from St. Catherine’s College, Knud Holscher’s first major work at KHR was the competition of Odense University. It took him three months finishing the concept of the 750.000 m2 university buildings, and it earned him first prize and a partnership at the firm.

As partner at Krohn & Hartvig Rasmussen, Knud Holscher headed the creation of numerous industrial and commercial buildings; Amongst those Farum Public Swimming Hall in 1977, Bahrain National Museum in 1985, Copenhagen Airport Pier B and the Danish Pavilion for the World Exhibition 1992.

Alongside his architectural feats, Knud Holscher also worked extensively as an industrial designer establishing Knud Holscher Industrial Design in 1971 as a subdivision within KHR Architects. This was the beginning of a collaborations with large international companies such as the German lighting manufacturer ERCO, Swedish sanitary porcelain company Ifö, and d line, offering the world's largest series of ironmongery.


Knud Holscher Industrial Design

In the early years at Krohn & Hartvig Rasmussen, Knud Holscher had supported the rule that partners should retire from the firm at the age of 65. However, when he himself turned 65 in 1995, Knud Holscher was nowhere near ready to retire.

Thus, he bought out his design studio of KHR Architects and established Knud Holscher Industrial Design. With him he brought four young designers, three of whom are partners at the firm today. The design focus of creating architectural accessories and equipment for urban spaces, deriving from the time at KHR Architects, remained.

The studio designed toilets and architectural hardware as well as making a system of tactile street guidelines for the blind, an information landmark for the Copenhagen Metro, and a range of street lights for Phillips.

Simultaneously, the studio obtained more autonomous product design assignments. This included works for the German manufacturer of writing utensils, Lamy, as well as the designs for the iconic Italian lighting company Flos.

Holscher Design

Today, the studio is run by a group of seven partners, each of them with their own field of expertise. In 2011, the agency changed its name from Knud Holscher Design to Holscher Design, and Knud Holscher stepped down as head of the studio. However, he is still an important part of the daily life at the studio and holds the title of art director.

The studio’s ability to combine functionality with changing consumer demands and still maintain high quality in design, has been expanded by creating solutions for complex projects in collaborations with large international brands.

Holscher Design always aims at creating successful design of exceptional character and quality. Our designs are firmly rooted in a Nordic tradition in the sense that we strive for a simple and clear design language, where user and function are in focus.  

We frequently explore new materials and apply new methods in order to keep creating design that point towards the future.

 

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Holscher Design is one of 
Scandinavia’s most recognized and award-winning design studios
with more than 25 years of experience..