STUDIO VISIT — CHRISTIAN VENNERSTRØM JENSEN OF BAHRAINI-DANISH

Design

Ideas rather than looks lie at the heart of Christian Vennerstrøm Jensen’s design practice. As one of the trio behind the studio, Bahraini-Danish, the architect starts his explorations from a place of cultural duality. “When I moved to Bahrain in 2015 to work for Studio Anne Holtrop, I encountered an architecture that was very different from what I could understand. I found it beautiful, although none of the rules I had been taught at the architect school in Aarhus in Denmark applied to this place.” This sense of alienation led to his setting up the studio with his local partners, playing off their cultural differences and working with artisans to create something new. Their first piece, the aluminium Coffee Table #01 was sketched over coffee and they now have a stool in the V&A Museum in London and a table in the residence of the Danish prime minister. The low, chunky Tiny Furniture stools dotted around the 31-year-old’s combined home and studio in Copenhagen demonstrate the cultural fusion with influences from Bahrain workspaces and Danish milking stools. They also embody their conceptual approach of questioning how to focus on mass and use a single material such as wood or metal.

“There is nothing better than a good object in a good space. I believe that’s why I became an architect. I wanted to know how it feels to create rather than consume that experience.”

This story is featured in Ark Journal VOL III.

WORDS KARIN GRÅBÆK HELLEDIE
PHOTOGRAPHY HEIDI LERKENFELDT
styling PERNILLE VEST

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STUDIO VISIT — CHRISTIAN VENNERSTRØM JENSEN OF BAHRAINI-DANISH
Design

Design

Ideas rather than looks lie at the heart of Christian Vennerstrøm Jensen’s design practice. As one of the trio behind the studio, Bahraini-Danish, the architect starts his explorations from a place of cultural duality. “When I moved to Bahrain in 2015 to work for Studio Anne Holtrop, I encountered an architecture that was very different from what I could understand. I found it beautiful, although none of the rules I had been taught at the architect school in Aarhus in Denmark applied to this place.” This sense of alienation led to his setting up the studio with his local partners, playing off their cultural differences and working with artisans to create something new. Their first piece, the aluminium Coffee Table #01 was sketched over coffee and they now have a stool in the V&A Museum in London and a table in the residence of the Danish prime minister. The low, chunky Tiny Furniture stools dotted around the 31-year-old’s combined home and studio in Copenhagen demonstrate the cultural fusion with influences from Bahrain workspaces and Danish milking stools. They also embody their conceptual approach of questioning how to focus on mass and use a single material such as wood or metal.

“There is nothing better than a good object in a good space. I believe that’s why I became an architect. I wanted to know how it feels to create rather than consume that experience.”

This story is featured in Ark Journal VOL III.

WORDS KARIN GRÅBÆK HELLEDIE
PHOTOGRAPHY HEIDI LERKENFELDT
styling PERNILLE VEST
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