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Stories & News | Design Awards 2022

The Åkande Series Wins the Design Awards 2022 in the Category ‘Furniture of the Year’

For the ninth year in a row, three of Denmark’s leading interior design magazines, BO BEDRE, Bolig Magasinet and Scandinavian Living, teamed up to pay tribute to those who do particularly well in Danish design. This year, the Åkande Series designed by Jonas Lyndby Jensen for Onecollection was announced as the winner in the category ‘Furniture of the Year’. When the series was launched in June earlier this year, it became known as ‘Finn Juhl’s perfect companion’.

The Åkande Side Table in oak paired with Finn Juhl's 53 Chair.
The characteristic detailing around the edge.

This year the award ceremony took place in the beautiful surroundings of Thorvaldsen's Museum in Central Copenhagen. A panel of carefully selected judges had reviewed the nominees and found one winner in each category. For the Åkande Series, the reasoning by the panel sounded:

“The aim of the designer has been to create a series of furniture complementing the works of one of Danish design’s most prestigious persons - Finn Juhl. The series is characterized by the detailing around the edges, reminiscent of a leaf from a water lily. With the delicate design features, the series almost becomes an extension of Finn Juhl’s expressive design. It is made for the true connoisseurs. Additionally, the series has a tactility to it which almost makes the wood seem like textile. The design matches Finn Juhl’s aesthetics while maintaining a unique expression of its own. Well done.”

The Åkande Series

Finn Juhl's Perfect Companion

'Åkande' means water lily in Danish and is a furniture series designed by Jonas Lyndby Jensen, former winner of the Finn Juhl Prize. The series, which counts two stools, one side table, and a desk, is the perfect supplement to Finn Juhl’s organic furniture. All four pieces are characterized by their irresistible detailing around the edges, reminiscent of a single leaf from a water lily.

The Åkande Desk in oak paired with the Chairman.
"One of the early images that popped into my mind when designing the series was the leaf of a Water Lily. My dad used to swim in lakes and pick Water Lilies. However, the association in my mind was not to the flower, but rather the round, flat leaf with the protruding collar. The flower of a Water Lily is the star of the lake, and the leaf serves to support it. In similar fashion, I humbly perceive my line of designs as a supplement to those of my idol, Finn Juhl." - Jonas Lyndby Jensen, designer of the Åkande Series
The Åkande Series

The Delicate Details of The Åkande Series

The defining detail of the Åkande Series is the curved nature of the edge. This feature strives to soften the appearance of the hard wood and give the design a living and organic shape. In order to achieve this result, wood as the sole material plays a crucial role, as artificial materials would never allow for the same degree of tactility, warmth and sensuousness.

Read more about the Åkande Series here. The link forwards you to the website of our sister brand Onecollection.

The Åkande Side Table in oak.

Furniture in the Åkande Series

The Åkande Series consists of four pieces: A stool with a circular seat and three legs, a stool with an oblong seat and four legs, a side table with a column base and a work-from-home desk. The stool with four legs and the desk are available in solid oak. The stool with three legs and the side table are available in both solid oak and solid walnut.

Åkande Side Table in walnut.
Åkande Stool with 3 legs in oak.
Åkande Desk in oak.
Åkande Stool with 4 legs in oak.