The Association of Design Professionals since 1946

Design denmark gives voice to the entire Danish design community and drives positive change through action, inspiration and collaboration. We award and celebrate excellence and originality in design, and promote Danish design’s greater good impact worldwide.

As a member funded non-profit design association all profits go straight into projects and events that grow our community and our impact — inspiring all generations of design talent to do more and to do better.

We are an open and inclusive association based on the belief that design is for everyone, because still not everyone benefits from the value and values of Danish design.

Read more below to find the missions we are guided by and how we are organized with a board of members and various committees. 


Our Missions

Incite community
through collaboration

We build community around engaging and collaborative events, projects, and socials. We activate our members and partners to create the best curated annual design calendar, and bring international awareness to the value of Danish design.

Empower lifelong designers

We stimulate the ability and curiosity to learn and grow as designers in a rapid changing world. We unlock the collective knowledge of our community to empower designers of all generations.

Cultivate and voice new perspectives

We publish inspiring perspectives that design can bring to business, culture and societal agendas. We think of ourselves as curating an ever-changing source of ideas and solutions brought to life by our community.

Recognise design excellence

We award and celebrate excellence and originality in design, and promote Danish design’s greater good impact worldwide.

The Board of Directors

The board of directors is the governing body of Design denmark.

It is elected democratically by members at our yearly General Assembly. It is the board of directors who oversee the organization’s strategy and economy.

We encourage every member who is interested to make their voice heard by applying for a position in the board.



The Legal of Committee

Design denmark’s Legal Committee advises in professional disputes between members and customers and in cases concerning compliance with the association’s ethical and collegial rules.

The committee also participates as an advisor in the organization of competitions in accordance with national and international cooperation agreements.

Design denmark’s Legal Committee consists of members of the association, who together possess many years of experience from the design industry with a detailed insight into the industry’s many disciplines and niches and their related legal matters.


Thomas Alken
Kim Meyer Andersen
Birgitte Borup
Lotte Nystrup Lund
Svend Onø
Tine Mouritsen
Steinar Valade-Amland

The Appointing Committee

Design denmark’ is managing a large number of positions of trusts in the design industry. To ensure a full fairness and transparency, we strive to hold open calls whenever possible and invite every member of Design denmark to participate in the design industry eco-system.

The Appointing Committee is overseeing the appointing process as well as holding the positions of trust to the highest standards possible. See “Organization” below for a full view of the various positions Design denmark manage. 


Birgitte Smedegaard
Kim Meyer Andersen
Pil Bredahl


Designmuseum Danmarks repræsentantskab: Pil Bredahl

Statens Kunstfonds repræsentantskab: Torsten Valeur og Christina Strand

Statens Værksteder, Områdeudvalget for billedkunst, restaurering og konservering: Bodil Jerichau

Designskolen Koldings repræsentantskab: Carsten Nguyen Henriksen, Rune Kirt

Dansk Design Centers bestyrelse: Lotte Lyngsted Jepsen, Thomas Madsen-Mygdahl

Designstudier, Syddansk Universitet, Aftagerpanel: Henrik Lübker

KEA, Uddannelsesudvalg: Henrik Lübker

Designnævnets bestyrelse: Steinar Valade-Amland

AM Hubs bestyrelse: Mads Kjøller Damkjær

Design denmark also appoints legal judges to:

Sø og Handelsretten
Vestre Landsret
Østre Landsret

As well as well as having a member based Syn og Skøn Korps to qualify legal disputes.



Articles of Association

The Articles of Association is the governing framework for Design Denmark.


Design Denmark is not just a board and operations.

It consists of a number of subcommittees, positions of trusts and more. Get the full overview of the organization here (in Danish).


For inquiries, comments or collaborations, please go here.