Ulrik Nordentoft has been a part of the flourishing Danish design scene for almost two decades. He works with product and interior design and has earned international recognition and received various design awards for his work. Since graduating from the Danish Design School in 2000, he has been behind several new design classics from acknowledged Danish design companies. Also, his interior design projects are considered as pioneering within the restaurant and retail businesses.
Ulrik’s design philosophy is pragmatic, honest and hands-on with a clean and minimalistic language. While mindfully balancing aesthetics and functionality he lets the nature and quality of the materials influence the form and usability of the design, generating objects with a clear sense of timelessness.
When working with interior design, Ulrik bases his philosophy on quality in materials and ambiance to provide the right setting and experience for the guests. His ability to create a cozy, laid-back ambiance whether designing the interior for a Michelin-starred restaurant or a busy food court has made him a much sought-after interior designer during the past 10 years.
Ulrik works with both mass-market retailers and small-specialized craftsmen. His furniture design for the retail giant IKEA is an example of his ability to think industrially with a pragmatic approach and focus on optimizing materials to design price-sensitive products. At the other end of the scale, Ulrik’s furniture, designed for 8000C, a Danish manufacturer of quality furniture for the retail and contract markets, is all about the love for natural materials, their ageing and the attention to details.
Ulrik established his own design studio in 1997, but his working process has always been characterized by a search for long-lasting partnerships and cooperation, counting co-designers as well as clients.
On product design, his close partnership with Sebastian Holmbäck (2008-2015) has resulted in several notable achievements, among those a Red Dot, Best of the Best Design Award. The duo is behind several prize-winning product lines for acknowledged Danish design companies such as Stelton and Georg Jensen.
On interior design, Ulrik has a long-standing cooperative partnership with Christina Meyer Bengtsson since 2006. The design-duo is behind the interior design of Meyer’s bakeries, delis, cooking schools and several restaurants in Denmark and abroad. Their joint venture culminates in spring 2016 with the grand opening of the Great Northern Food Hall and the Agern restaurant in The Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall.
When working on projects that involve graphic design, Ulrik has several close relationships with talented and experienced graphic designers. Søren Varming, Punktum Design and Julie Secher Kau have been among Ulrik’s preferred partners during the past decade.
Working with Ulrik Nordentoft Studio
We believe that a successful collaboration between a designer and a company is based on mutual trust, dedication and understanding paired with a personal chemistry. We listen, we ask and we discuss in order to uncover our client’s mission and we expect our clients to have a true desire to push the boundaries of their brand and the company’s potential.
Our vast amount of cooperative partners and experience in project management enable us to handle entire design projects with the toolbox of several highly experienced design professionals.
The final results are designs that add a new dimension and spin to the brand DNA, but always with respect for its heritage and legacy. Products that are equally aesthetic, functional and timeless.
No two projects or brands are alike, so we rely on our celebrated products and projects and the way they represent their brands to tell the true story of how we work.
The costs all depend on the assignment, but we work on the basis of a royalty fee based on wholesale quantity, a fixed fee based on commission, partial project ownership or simply per hour.
Please contact us for a non-committal meeting and initial quote.