When Canada's largest art gallery, Art Gallery Of Ontario in Toronto, reopens its doors to the public on 14 November after a major reconstruction designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, it will be fitted out with Danish design, writes financial daily newspaper Børsen. A number of Danish companies have been selected to provide the interior design including furniture, porcelain, glass, cutlery, wooden floors, carpets and lighting. The museum shop will also feature Danish design.
The Danish Minister for Culture, Carina Christensen, who will attend the opening told Børsen: "Fitting out Canada's largest art gallery with Danish design and interior provides an amazing branding of Denmark and Danish design to an international opinion forming audience. The project is a good example of the opportunities that arise when culture and business go hand in hand."
The Consul General of Denmark in Toronto, Arne Nordtorp, and the Consul and Trade Commissioner in Toronto, Peter Mørk, have been working on the design project for two years in a collaboration with Danish companies and Danish funds.
Christian Scherfig, director of Danish Design Centre comments: "Danish design's fine position at the Art Gallery of Ontario represents a significant and permanent impression of Denmark in Canada. When Danish design is showcased in Canada's largest art gallery it is a seal of approval of its creativity and quality."
Danish design icons on display at the art gallery include Arne Jacobsen, Poul Henningsen, Piet Hein and Georg Jensen as well as a number of young designers including Rikke Jacobsen.