Rasmus Fenhann

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Rasmus Fenhann creates designs with an equal focus on sculptural and functional qualities. His works are made in carefully selected natural materials, especially wood. His working processes combines traditional, sometimes near-forgotten craft techniques with advanced high-tech procedures, including computer-based sketching and visualization. By allowing the natural properties of the materials to guide the design process he aims to create products with a long life span.

Fenhann’s main source of inspiration is traditional Japanese woodwork and the Danish cabinetmaking tradition, and his works often incorporate his personal interpretations of selected aspects of these craft traditions. Another important source of inspiration is nature and the mathematical properties of natural forms – universal forms that are outside any human control.


Born 1972, lives and works in Copenhagen

Selected Exhibitions/Fairs

2017    "Design without Borders", New Budapest Gallery, Budapest
2017     "Unfolds" Cabintemakers Associations 25 years jubilee exhibition
2016    RE_form Biennale, Copenhagen
2016     Galerie MW at PAD Paris, Design Basel, The Salon New York
2015     "Petit", Maison du Danemark, Paris
2015     "Learning from Japan", Design Museum Denmark
2015     "Petit", Cabinetmakers' Autumn Exhibition
2015     Galerie MW at PAD Paris, Design Basel, The Salon New York
2015     "Japanometry" Solo Exhibition at Galerie Maria Wettergren
2014     Galerie MW, The Salon, New York
2014     "Textility",Cabinetmakers’ Autumn Exhibition
2014     Galerie MW, PAD London and Paris
2013     Pierre Yovanovitch AD france, Hôtel Particulier du Miramon
2013     "Storage", Cabinetmakers’ Autumn Exhibition
2013     Galerie MW, Design Miam
2013     "Globalisation", Trapholt museum, Kolding
2013     Galerie MW, PAD London and Paris
2012     "Recession", Trapholt museum, Kolding
2012     "The Sculptural furniture", Cabinetmakers’ Exhibition
2012     Galerie MW, Design Miami
2011     "New Nordic", Trapholt museum, Kolding
2010l     "Wood Couture" Galerie Maria Wettergren, Paris
2010     "Crafts Collection 14!, Maison et Objet, Paris
2010     "My Precious" International modern woodwork exhibition
2010     CC14 Crafts Collection, Maison & Objet, Paris
2010     "From Seed to..."", CODE, Bella Center
2009     “From the North to the North”, CODE Bella Center
2009     “Second Nature”, Japanese/Danish Contempotaty design
2008     “4 squared”, Tasmanian-Danish joint project
2007     "Branching out", the Danish museum of Art and Design
2007     "Made In Denmark", 100% Design, London
2006     "Tasmanian Crafts Fair", Deloraine Tasmania
2006     "Vennelyst" - The Cabinetmakers Autumn Exhibition
2005     "Sydform", Form/designcenter Malmoe
2005     "DANISH-Framing the future of design", Danish Embassy Berlin
2005     "DANISH-Framing the future of design", Design Center
2005     "AERO" solo exhibition, Design Museum Denmark
2004     "Arts and crafts prize", Silver, Design Museum Denmark
2002     "10 years" Cabintemakers associations jubilee exhibition,
2000     "Masterpieces 100 years of Danish cabinetmaking", Kronborg
1999     "Arts and crafts prize", Bronze, Design Museum Denmark
1997     "Touch wood", Cabinetmakers association, DMD

Awards and Scholarships

2016     The Finn Juhl Award
2004     Arts and Crafts Silver medal
1999     Arts and Crafts Bronze medal
2000     Gurli & Paul Madsens scholarship
1997     Cabinetmakers Silver medal


2010     Starting collaboration with Galerie Maria Wettergren in Paris
2010     Established new workshop with Teis Dich Abrahamsen
2009     Trip to Paris to study Galuchat
2009-    Teacher at the DIS Scandinavian furniture program
2005-    Freelance teacher at Denmarks Design School
2003     Freelance Employee at Nanna Ditzel Design A/S
2003     Established own workshop
2003     3 months trip to Japan to study woodwork
2003     Denmarks Design School
2001     3 month trip to Japan to study woodwork
2001     Trainee at Nanna Ditzel Design A/S
2001     Trainee at Hans Sandgren Jakobsen Design
1996     Educated cabinetmaker, awarded Silver medal

Member of
1996     Cabinetmakers association


Statens Kunstfond
Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fond
Augustinus Fonden
Danmarks Nationalbanks Jubilæums Fond af 1968
Konsul George Jork og Hustru Emma Jorcks Fond
Fabrikant Svend Aage Rasmussen og Hustrus Mindelegat
Gurli og Paul Madsens Fond
Georg og Emilie Petersens Legatfond
Det Reiersenske Fond
Margot og Thorvald Dreyers Fond
Fabriksejer, Ingeniør Valdemar Selmer Trane og Hustru Elisa Tranes Fond
Glashandler Johan Franz Ronges Fond

In May 2016 I was awarded the Finn Juhl Prize from the Wilhelm Hansen Foundation.

Since 2015 I have been involved in the workshop project "BÖJA" on the Carl Malsmten Furniture Studies under the Linköpings University.
I work together with my colleague Teis Abrahamsen and a group of other furniture makers.

In 2015 I went back to Japan for 5 weeks, after 12 years to revisit old woodworking friends and see new places. It was a memorable trip.

In 2015 I was invited to speak at the Danish Art Workshops. My Design talk focused on the essence of craft and how the Danish cabinetmakers became so famous worldwide.

Galerie Maria Wettergren in Paris invited me to create a Solo Exhibition in 2015.

I spend almost a year to create the pieces to the "Japanometry" exhibition which incuded 16 pieces of furniture and lighting.

The Danish Art Workshops acquired a new CNC machine in 2014 and I have had the privilege to experiment with the machine in 2015.

In 2015 we had the privillige of a visit by the famous woodworker Kenji Suda from Tokyo.
He showed his fantastic works for us and made a lecture about his craft.

Since 2010 I have been collaborating with Galerie Maria Wettergren in Paris.
The gallery has presented my works in prestigious fairs : Design Miami/Basel, PAD Paris/London, The Salon New York and Art Basel.

In 2010 I opened a new workshop in Copenhagen with Teis D. Abrahamsen.
The workshop is located in an old plastic factory from the 1930's.

From 2009 until 2016 I have been part of the faculty at Danish Institute for Study abroard. I have been teching at the Summer program on the Furniture department.We train the students in the full design process of a chair. From conceptual development and production of working drawings and building a full scale prototype as well as a presentation and exhibition of the results.

In 2009 I travelled to Paris to study the Galuchat technique. Galuchat is a natural material, the dried skin of a Stingray.
This material was used in Japan and later it became very popular in France in the 17th. century and later in the Art Deco period.
I visited some very interesting workshops and museums and I bought materials to make experiments with the material in my own workshop.

In 2008 I travelled to Tasmania together with the Cabinetmakers Association.
The Tasmanian Crafts Fair and the Rotary Association wanted to display the Cabinetmakers Associations works at the Tasmanian Crafts Fair.
They arranged a fantastic study trip arround Tasmania to visit craftsmen, schools and forests.

In 2005 I made a Solo exhibition at Designmuseum Denmark.
The exhibition consisted of 6 geometric pendants and 4 wall lights.

In 2004 I was Awarded the Danish Arts and Crafts Silver Medal on a ceremony with participation of Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark.

In the spring 2003 I travelled to Japan to work as a Cabinetmaker in different workshops.
I was staying in Tokyo, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Takayama and Asahikawa.

In 2003 I opened my own studio workshop with Mr. John Boege.
The workshop was located in Frederiksberg in an old Stucco workshop.

In the fall 2001 I travelled to Japan to work as a Cabinetmaker in different workshops.
I was staying in Tokyo, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Takayama and Yamanaka

From 1997 to 2003 I was student at Denmarks Design School in Copenhagen. I studied at the Furniture and Interior Department. Primarily building prototypes in the workshops.

In the spring 2001 I was working as an Intern at Nanna Ditzel Studio.
Later I was employed for several years as a freelance assistant on exhibition projects.

In the winter 2001 I was working as an Intern at Hans Sandgren Jakobsens Studio in Grenaa.

In 1997 I was engaged in the Green Furniture Project.
We tried to salvage some of the big Elm trees in Copenhagen that suffered from the Elms decease.
Some of the trees were cut into planks that were made into furniture, and we made several events in the city.

In 1996 I finished my apprenticeship as Cabinetmaker. I was awarded a silver medal for my graduation work. In the spring 1999 I was awarded the Danish Arts and Crafts Bronze Medal from Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark.

From 1992 until 1996 I was apprentice as Cabinetmaker.
I worked most of the time in a small workshop in Copenhagen.
I was also working at Roskilde Technical School and at PP Furniture.

My Grandfather was trained as Cabinetmaker.
He travelled around many European and Northafrican countries working as a Cabinetmaker in the 1930's

My Great Grandfather on my mothers side was trained as Cooper.
He worked all the years in Copenhagen in a large workshop and was very enganged in the Coopers guild in Copenhagen.