1988-1992: The search for the perfect blind

Our story begins in 1988 in a children’s room in a Copenhagen apartment. Jørn, our founder, needed blinds for the window in his son’s room. He found an aluminum blind in Sweden that looked better, was easier to operate and cheaper than any blind you could buy in Denmark. Since Jørn, who initially worked as a social worker, has both an eye for aesthetics and a nose for business, he began importing the Swedish blind and selling it in Denmark. And business was good.

 

Impressed by the blind’s ability to regulate and cultivate light, Jørn began dreaming of designing the perfect blind. Inspired by architects and designers such as Arne Jacobsen and Hans J. Wegner, he developed the blind S-wave with designer Lars Mathiesen. S-wave was a unique blind with a molded S-profile in laminated wood, which provided a gentle and reflective light.

 

S-wave got its big breakthrough at imm cologne in 1991, where Jørn participates with a small stand. S-wave caught the attention of the world-renowned architect Norman Foster, and he ordered the blinds for both his home e in London and his holiday home in France.

1993-1997: Award-winning room dividers and our first large scale façade element

As our business continues to grow through the 90’ies, we begin to expand our range of blinds with new types of products. The typical office landscapes of the time were large and open, which could be a challenge to design if you wanted to strike the right balance between public and private space and acoustics. To accommodate this challenge, we designed the three mobile screen walls Wing, Labyrint and Viper, in collaboration with Lars Mathiesen, Niels Gammelgaard and Hans Sandgren Jakobsen. The common denominator for all three screen walls was that they made it easy to divide large open spaces without compromising on aesthetics, flexibility, or acoustics. The demand for the mobile screen walls was big, and in 1996, Wing wins one of Denmark’s most prominent design awards, the ID Award.

 

In 1996, we first had the opportunity to use the expertise we had gained from working with blinds for individual windows on a large-scale project for the first time. Together with 3XN, we developed a wood-clad vertical pivoting shutter for the glass facade on Arkitekternes Hus. Not only did the solution provide solar shading, it also played a distinct part in the overall architectural expression of the building.

1998-2006: Dynamic Solar shading for the avantgarde of sustainable architecture

During the next couple of years, we experienced a growing interest among architects for solutions that provide dynamic solar shading for large corporate domiciles with glass facades.

 

Together with architects Foster + Partners, we designed and developed a vertical pivoting shutter for the office building 10 Gresham Street in London. The solution was integrated with the building’s advanced climate control system and made it possible to regulate daylight easily and efficiently, just like a traditional blind. Together with Foster + Partners, we also got the opportunity to develop a unique solar shading solution for the restaurant located at the top of one of London’s most distinctive buildings, St. Mary Ax 30 (also known as The Gherkin).

 

We also collaborated with 3XN to design and develop exterior sliding shutters for the FIH Domicile (now PensionDanmark). The solution garnered a lot of attention among architects. Both because it is the first solution of its kind that has a movable frame and tilting slats driven by only one motor (which we developed specifically for this project). But also because the dynamic facade allows the building to change its appearance, as the sliding shutters adjust according to the sunlight during the day. We are also collaborating with 3XN on Deloitte’s headquarters, where we developed our Syncro Blinds for the building’s large and distinctive double façade.

2007-2017: Award-winning dynamic facades

From 2007 and onward, we collaborated with a host of world-renowned Danish and international architects on several award-winning projects.

 

In 2013 we helped improve the dynamic facade on the 3XN’s UN City, Copenhagen, where we designed and produced new robust drive stations for the building’s 1.400 vertical folding shutters. The same year we completed one of the most stunning and complex dynamic facades we have worked on to date; Trollbead’s headquarters in Toldbodgade, Copenhagen, designed by BPP architects. The façade envelops the building as an extra “outer skin” made of panels in Tecu Gold. The panels are perforated with a complex raindrop pattern in 200 different variations.

 

We also began developing Energy Frames, an innovative, dynamic facade solution that makes it possible to reduce a building’s total energy consumption by up to 50%. In 2014 Denmark’s leading publication on engineering, Ingeniøren, awards Energy Frames their sustainability award.

 

In 2017 we completed two projects that would become part of the final design of two of Copenhagen’s landmark buildings. CF Møller’s Mærsk Tårnet and Pei, Cobb and Freed’s Tivoli Hjørnet. We were responsible for developing and testing different dynamic facade concepts for Mærsk Tårnet. For Tivoli Hjørnet we designed and developed the 273 vertical champagne-colored textile shutters for the building’s double-facade.

2018- : Part of Rambøll. Bright Ideas. Sustainable change

2018 was a pivotal year for us, as we became part of Rambøll’s Danish department for facade engineering. Rambøll’s acquisition came as the natural progression of our long-standing working relationship with the company, as we had successfully collaborated on numerous projects. Furthermore, Rambøll’s strong commitment to advance sustainability in the built environment was a perfect match for our capabilities in developing dynamic facade solutions that optimize energy consumption and the indoor climate of buildings.

 

In 2019 we completed the first leg of installing noise reducing shutters that we designed for Folehaven 3B, a public housing organization situated at one of Copenhagen’s busiest main roads. The noise reducing shutters reduce the traffic noise in the apartments by 50%. Furthermore, the solution allows the residents to ventilate and sleep with an open window in their apartments without being bothered by loud traffic noise.