During our recent trip to Copenhagen, Architonic has paid a visit to the workshop and showroom of the iconic Danish furniture manufacturer with a cabinet-making tradition spanning over a century, Rud. Rasmussen.
Situated in Copenhagen’s vibrant, northwestern neighbourhood of Nørrebro, among the multitude of shops and restaurants on 45 Noerrebrogade, the vertically-organised three-storey shop and the adjacent atelier have been located within the same premises since 1875, while the brand itself was founded by Rudolph Rasmussen in 1869.
Remarkably, not only the location but more importantly, brand’s modus operandi has also remained intact – as we arrived, so did a large load of timber, which, in order to be transformed into a number of company’s design classics, had to be unloaded not by machinery, but by two of workshop’s employees. Three hours later, as our visit drew to its end, this painstakingly arduous procedure was still very much in progress.
Yet, it came as no surprise as the family-owned and family-run company is renowned for placing quality over quantity – all of the art furniture by the masters of modern design such as Kaare Klint, Mogens Koch, Mogens Lassen and Poul Kjærholm is individually produced in small batches at different intervals and no piece leaves Rud. Rasmussen before undergoing a last quality check, with many of the designs being handed down from generation to generation.
So, if you happen to be planning a trip to the Danish capital, make sure you pay a visit to this wonderfully atmospheric shop and showroom. Otherwise, why not take a virtual tour through our Rud. Rasmussen Copenhagen, Workshop and Showroom photo gallery?
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