John Young discovered in Copenhagen earlier this year that although Danes appreciate good design of all kinds, they can’t stop loving the chair. First published in Sunday Times, 17 August 2014. Denmark has a well-deserved reputation as the home of seriously good design. Modern Danish architects such as Bjarke Ingels have earned high praise for
Turning green into gold
Denmark has found a way to grow its economy and reduce energy consumption. The House of Green in central Copenhagen is a sophisticated, high-tech, showcase of Denmark’s green economy. At the touch of a button you can call up any number of statistics to do with energy use and water wastage – and quickly show
Experience in icy Greenland pays off in sunny Uganda.
Solar-powering up a community for improved living conditions – and profit. When the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) realised that the forests on the shores of Lake George in the southern Ugandan district of Kasese were being depleted by villagers in search of wood to burn, they turned to a Danish think-tank to help
Stop flooding, save R100-million and create a lovely park – it can be done.
When a little town north of Copenhagen was buffeted by a once-in-a-generation flood, the estimated cost of building canals and dams to prevent it happening again was put at 100-million Danish Kroner. Even for a rich country, R200-million is a lot of money to fix a stream – and for something that not might not
Denmark’s claim to art fame goes beyond Gaugin
First published in Business Day 25 January 2019. Country is a world leader with its take on Scandinavian design ethic. Lovers of Paul Gauguin’s art love visiting Copenhagen, which is ironic because he lasted barely a year in the city before heading back to France. Gaugin returned once to visit his Danish wife, just before
Wind power: a remarkable Danish story
From hippy dream to multi-billion rand industry