A tour in old Danish furniture design and buildings (museum tour)

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08-19-2010 02:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: museum museeum frilandsmuseet danish danish furniture danish design resource

Visit at the Danish museum Frilandsmuseet (outdoormuseeum).
A day with my family, and some fast fotos of the details and furniture we passed.

The museum are a big area, where there are collected houses from all over Denmark, the houses are moved there, brik by brick, to preserve our coltural treasures, and to make it possible for people to come there and experience the athmosphere in and arround these houses. Even the landscape arround the haouses are shaped to reprecent the area as much as possible.
There are all kinds of houses, also a old blacksmith or a inn. All the houses has original interior from the given period, and the gardens arround have seeds from the period to. So this gives you a unique chance, to walk in time and history, arround Denmark, and some of the places we used to rule.
I will not go to much into details, since I took these photos only for me, but thought it might be interesting for some LJ’s but you are welcome to ask questions.

Traditional chair. Notice also the wall and floor.

We were lucky to come on a day where there were some activity, in some of the houses, here it’s two young woman washing clothes for a wedding.

This is such a beautiful national dress, waauu why don’t we ware this still…

Old Danish dining table.

And from the side, notice the fold up sides.



Milkers stool.

Long bench detail.

Lucky again, first of all to meet and talk to this wonderful, and beautiful woman, she was part of a team, that was baking bread in a owen in the ground. The flour came from the fields in the museum, and was the old sorts of grain, and I have never tasted better bread in my life, the thick layer of butter we were allowed, was also handmade butter from a farm on the museeum.


Chair detail.

Little local windmill.

Little light table with drawer.


Finally a little box!!! (LJ is the place of boxes I think).



Pegs (Danish Shaker style…).

Entrance, look at the beautiful floor that runs from in to out.

Vintage architect eating a little…

Look at this wonderful little stool, I love it!

Here we come to my favorite house from the Ferring Islands.
It’s so full of wonderful details, and a love for wood, that I do not see in the traditional Danish houses.

Wallmounted table, that folds down.

Tableleg hinge detail.



Table end.

A box.


Dovetails (ok I have to some soon).

Simple yet very beautiful chair.

Back detail.

Seat, with wooden base, naild with wood..

Details of legs.

Now for a new house.
A old Danish handplane (quite interesting).

Elegant dining set.

The chair.

Wooden basket.

Detail of corners.


Door lock inside.

Door lock outside the room.

Door hinge.

Door hinge.

Door lock.

Animal shelder.

Line winders.

Old traditional workbench.

The woman I’m going to marry.

Old farm, from Danish island, with seaweet as roofing.

Some turist having lunch! Or?

Lock for those who trust… But have a bad habbit to lose things…

Beautiful old broom.


Little model of lathe.

Little model of workbench.

Little model of worktable.

And to finish this wonderful day, a picture of a wonderful old gate.

The museeum are a wonderful day to spend a day with the family or even alone for a LJ, so if you ever get to Copnehagen!
You can find info about the museeum here: Frilandsmuseet.

Hope it can be to some inspiration


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 08-19-2010 02:48 PM

beautiful !

i would sit on that little stool ,
and admire your new wife .

congratulations !

i like the model workbench too ,
something i could work on in a chair .
i could carry my wood in my pocket ,
instead of a truck .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 08-19-2010 03:55 PM

Interesting and natural beauty.

Thanks for posting

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#3 posted 08-19-2010 08:53 PM

Lucky man.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 08-19-2010 09:13 PM

Interesting, Thank you for posting Glad you had a nice time!

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path [email protected]

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#5 posted 08-19-2010 09:15 PM

David: Yes, that would be something, perhaps one day we will show up! Be carefull what you say. It’s so wonderful to feel your womnderful mood today, thank you.
lumberdustjohn: Yes, I simply can’t stop to agree…
Martyn: As Clint Eastwood would say: ‘well do you feel lucky punk?’ – and I would reply: ‘Yes, extremely’.
Thank you guys.
Smiles of luck for all the beauty life and you all bring me,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 08-19-2010 09:16 PM

sawblade1: Thank you.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 08-19-2010 10:57 PM

Mafe I could spend hours in a museum, I am always so fascinated by the work that was done in the old days
We have a museum here in my town but it pales in comparison the the one at the Kimberley mine, in the Cape province.
Your bride to be is beautiful.
Thank you for sharing this.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#8 posted 08-20-2010 12:04 AM

Great pictures Mafe. My grandfather was from Denmark. He loved woodworking. Some of your pictures remind me of the things he used to build. Thanks for posting them.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#9 posted 08-20-2010 01:52 AM

My grandfather was also from Denmark and a wood crafter. I have visited outdoor museums there and in Sweden and in Norway. Wonderful fun! Thanks for the photos.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas

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#10 posted 08-20-2010 08:18 AM

Thanks for posting mads, this just makes me really want to visit Denmark. It looks like a lovely place to be.
I love old buildings etc. It is good that they are preserved for us in some way to really make us appreciate how we live today and really the basics are still there. The old ways are all so interesting.
Australia is so lacking in history and what we do have is really not recognised as it isn’t all that old. We just have to wait a few centuries!!!!
Happy to hear you are getting married again.

-- Theresa,

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#11 posted 08-20-2010 09:21 AM

thank´s for a lovely tour Mads :-)
I see the vintage achitect fit right in there…..LOL
and congrat´s with the beautyfull Lady soon to be called wife :-)
just sad we didn´t meet you and her on your vacation…..well next time
I don´t know if you have seen the Old Town in Århus,but I know you wood love it if not
have a great day my freind

take care

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#12 posted 08-20-2010 09:28 AM

Hi all,
I’m happy to see the cultural intrest of my fellow LJ’s:
Cher: I mave spend hours there, I liked to go there and sit with my pen or watercolors, when I was a student of archiecture, and I later broughts my own students there, when I was a constructing architect teacher.
Thank you, yes she is.
JorgeG:Thank you.
SnowyRiver: Ahhh another Dane over there, allways sweet to hear that.
Jim Finn: Yes it’s a very Danish last name Finn, so I can see this, wonderful.
TJ: If you ever come to Denmark, please call. Yes, it’s so interesting to see where we come from, especially now, where we live in a so changed world.
Yes – I’ll be married again, we just have to wait a little because of goverment problems, but she is worth waiting for, so even with a long gray beard, I will marry her.
Best thoughts to all,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 08-20-2010 11:35 AM

Thanks for the wonderful tour Mads. Now I see where the modern Danish aesthetic comes from. I would love to visit there as soon as my wife can walk again. Much of the furniture we buy here in Norway is manufactured in Denmark and is a very good quality. The old Danish buildings and farms are quite different than ours, but just as interesting and beautiful.

We have a similar museum called Maihaugen near Lillehammer (remember the Winter OL held there in 1994?) I hope you will have a chance to visit there some time with your beautiful bride to be. It is also well worth a visit.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 08-20-2010 12:56 PM

Hi Mike, I will love to go there one day, thank you for the hint.
I will in general love to show my Caroline Norway, I love your Norway so much.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#15 posted 08-20-2010 09:56 PM

great pics of nice joinery and inspiring furniture with simple utility, .... beautiful. clean unfettered designs, function driving form, ... classically aged. good stuff.

i see you mentioned norway as well and i had a question for the scandanavian woodworking contingency: i saw some furniture when i was in norway that i think was called “dragon style”. one of the places that had it that i can remember was in the wonderful old hotel, kvikne’s hotel in balholm. does anyone have any pics of dragon style furniture and any info on it ??? even the houses on balholm have the same style to them as this cool looking furniture. would love to try my hand at a piece. any contempory furniture builders doing the dragon furniture today ?

kvikne’s hotel is a real norwegian treasure !!!!

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