The success story of the unique Danish bike culture is coming to America. On July 17th, the Danish e-bike brand Biomega will be featured on the US TV-show ‘America By Design’, where they will share their vision of a zero-emissions future.

More than 30 years ago, the city of Copenhagen implemented a pedestrian initiative, which was highly controversial at the time. Today, the pedestrian sites and bike paths have scaled and fostered a biking culture which has become an integrated part of most Danes’ lifestyle. In fact, biking accounts for a quarter of all personal transport in Denmark for distances of less than five kilometres.

New York City is currently undergoing a similar transition; rethinking its traffic flow within the city centre. The approach has been controversial as parts of main arterials such as Broadway have been closed off in order…


The story of the Danish toy company LEGO will broadcast in a new American TV-show America By Design on July 10th.

Most people in America love LEGO. However, few people know that the beloved brick comes from Denmark. The Danish approach to creativity and learning through play is a cultural virtue that starts in the early childhood and ultimately impacts the very design of cities and transportations systems in urban places. That is why LEGO House in Billund, Denmark is designed to foster multiple competencies for critical thinking and creativity.

With these values in mind, The Lego Foundation works to foster creative learning all over the world. According to the Foundation, “There is a growing consensus that creativity can benefit children…


An interview with Andreas Koefoed, director of The Lost Leonardo.

Photo: The Lost Leonardo.

The Lost Leonardo. The whole story of the most talked about painting of the century will premiere June 13 at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

“This is a film about the incredible journey of a painting, the Salvator Mundi, The Saviour of the world, possibly by Leonardo da Vinci. It is a true story, yet a fairytale worthy of Hans Christian Andersen: A damaged painting, neglected for centuries, is fortuitously rediscovered and soon after praised as a long-lost masterpiece of divine beauty,” says Andreas Koefoed, the Danish director of The Lost Leonardo.

Ahead of the Tribeca Film…


An interview with Thomas Daneskov, director of Wild Men.

Photo: Rasmus Weng Karlsen

The Danish comedy film Wild Men, directed by Thomas Daneskov, is selected for the international feature competition at the 20th Tribeca Film Festival, and will premiere on Sunday, June 13th.

The film focuses on Martin, who has fled his family to live far up in the Norwegian mountains in a desperate attempt to cure his midlife crisis. Hunting and gathering like his ancestors did thousands of years ago before supermarkets and smartphones ruined everything.

Ahead of the Tribeca Film Festival 2021, Denmark in New York caught up with Director Thomas Daneskov…


An interview with Ryan Chanatry, General Manager of the US streaming service Topic.

Topic recently announced their upcoming “Summer of Suspense” extravaganza, diving into the “it’s criminally good” vertical of crime thrillers and mysteries. As part of this thematic selection, Topic will provide a home away from home over this summer for three critically acclaimed Danish TV-series: Follow the Money (Bedrag), The Bridge (Broen) and The Killing (Forbrydelsen).

As Topic expands their streaming repertoire with these Danish offerings, Denmark in New York caught up with Ryan Chanatry, the General Manager of Topic to explore the streaming service’s flair for Danish thriller series.


Photo: Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center in New York.

Once upon a time in 1956, a group of Hans Christian Andersen fairytale enthusiasts came together in New York to found the HCA Storytelling Center. For six and a half decades, the HCA Center has attracted and delighted tens of thousands of children, families and child-like spirits with its live storytelling programs taking place every summer by the Hans Christian Andersen statue in Central Park. From the Ugly Duckling, The Emperor’s New Clothes to The Tin Soldier — these well-loved fairytales, along with numerous lesser-known ones, have continued to cast their spell over audiences young and old.

This year marks…


An interview with Dorrit Matson, founder of New York Scandia Symphony.

Founded in 1988 by Danish Music Director Dorrit Matson, the New York Scandia Symphony (Scandia) has amused and educated thousands of New Yorkers with imaginative and inspiring musical programs featuring music old and new music repertoire from the Nordic countries.

For the first time in 32 years, Scandia live performances were put on temporary hold due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Like many other artists and cultural institutions, Scandia had to think in new, creative ways to keep its musicians working and the music alive. The long period of dark concert halls also had a different and more personal meaning. …


An interview with Christian Juel Jensen, Founder of the Danish office intelligence company, Plenom.

For many HR managers work has drastically changed over the last year as they have faced new challenges in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most companies have still not committed to a specific return-to-work arrangement as local and federal guidelines are changing quickly. Research shows that most US companies expect to be back in the office around early fall and therefore many HR managers are currently thinking about how to keep the office safe for their employees.

As companies return to work, so does a question: How can companies welcome their employees back to the office in the best…


A new contemporary clay exhibition at the art gallery Hostler Burrows challenge in both techniques as well as shape, form and language.

Photo: Joe Kramm

Among the neat rows of characteristic brick houses and quiet tree-lined streets in New York’s East Village lies a gallery dedicated to historical Nordic design and studio arts. Founded in 1998 by Kim Hostler and Juliet Burrows, the Hostler Burrows gallery has evolved its program to integrate a full roster of contemporary artists, both established and emerging. While international in scope, the gallery’s primary focus remains on Scandinavia and rooted in the tradition of studio ceramics.

Their recently opened exhibition Bend, Bubble and Shine: Copenhagen Ceramics celebrates the work of nine Danish studio ceramic artists working at the forefront of…


An interview with Eva Jensen and Kyle Bergman.

From left to right: Consul General of Denmark in New York, Ambassador Berit Basse; Kyle Bergman; Eva Christine Jensen. Photo: Sofie Dalhoff Saabye

O n May 13–18 2021, as part of NYCxDesign’s Design Days, Nordic Design Diplomacy in New York will open virtual doors to the prestigious Nordic consular residences in a series of engaging talks featuring professionals from the fields of architecture and design inspired by different cultural contexts, in the Nordic region and US.

Consul General of Denmark in New York, Ambassador Berit Basse, invited Eva Christine Jensen, Founder and Principal of Eva Jensen Design, along with Kyle Bergman, Founder of Architecture & Design Film Festival to be part of the Denmark salon, which is programmed to air on at noon…

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