A Bench for the Peace Watch

The Peace Watch has been keeping the watch in front of Christiansborg Castle in Copenhagen since October 2001 – that’s more than 6.500 days. They keep their watch to remind the Danes that we went to war at the turn of the century – for the first time since 1864.

In 2018 the Watch gratiously accepted my offer to design a bench/mobile command center to aid their efforts.

Together we initiated a participative design proces. Through several talks and 1:1 prototyping sessions we arrived at a final design. What emerged was a versatile mobile platform for urban activism. The production manual is freely shared under a CC license. If you choose to build the bench – please post a picture in the comments section and tell your story.

This project poses a range of basic questions to the design community – “What are we?”. “Do we care?”. “Are we obliged to help?”. “Don’t we have to stop producing “things” without a definite political purpose?”.

To me this is about the creation of purpose. About the inconvenient fact that the world will have to change… a lot. About using the power of the design proces to take a stand. The design community have an obligation to us all – we have to share the power to change the world.

Link to The Danish Art Workshops (in Danish)

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The bench is delivered to the Peace Watch
The bench seats three persons
Ready to roll…

How to use the UN Sustainability Goals

The 17SDGs – getting practical…

To implement the policy level SDGs in your business is a daunting task —17 main goals and 169 sub-goals – it’s… a lot. Consider this though, The SDGs is a present to humanity from The United Nations, a present that could save us all — nothing less. If we, the human race, succeed in the implementation of the SDGs we will stand a much better chance of saving The Earth, and ourselves. Conclusive evidence points out that our current behaviour is not sustainable. The Earth is changing and we will have to change with it to ensure the survival of our kind. Admittedly this is a monumental, scary and hard undertaking. Demonstrating the will to implement the SDGs in your business is a step in the right direction, though. In this short text We’ll try to lay out a simple and practical approach to initiate the implementation of the SDGs in your business. 

The art of the possible 

The SDGs are complicated, the implementation time consuming – assessing your products one by one in relation to the SDGs will take time. It will require a huge effort from you and your employees. At first it will probably even have a negative impact on your revenue. That’s the bad stuff. Vastly more interesting is the good stuff. Your business will make an impact among ever more discerning consumers. Being strategic about Sustainability can change your game and tie your customers closer to your brand. Consumers are noticing changes in weather patterns, rising temperatues and water levels – even tropical style storms in Europe. As these events pile up, consumers become ever more frustrated and will feel the need to act responsibly. You can choose to answer this call and publicly demonstrate how your business will try to take on the challenge of the SDGs.

If we break down the message contained in the SDGs we’re — roughly speaking — left with “morality”, “responsibility” and “the will to act for the community” – or, Ethics. If you choose to act upon these, you could end up increasing the value of your brand. Here’s is how.

Let’s get started

Do what you can – Even the tiniest of changes is a step in the right direction. So, where do we start? Well, we want you to start small. Go for the easy targets and when you’ve nailed those — step up your game and reach for the more complex goals. This is what we want you to do:

STEP 1: Split up the goals in levels. 

The site globalgoals.org provides a set of coloured cards outlining all goals and sub-goals. You can get the cards here: https://www.globalgoals.org/resources — click on “Target Media Cards” to download. 

STEP 2: Start small

Lay out the cards and pick the goals you feel comfortable with and figure out how you could reach even higher. Take for instance “gender equality” – does your business really perform well here or could you do even better?

STEP 3: Grow your efforts and share your results

Make a plan for improvement. Create a social media strategy to share your progress. And: Go.

STEP 4: Repeat step 1…

Share your results — with everyone

“Work together to direct consumers towards the most sustainable product.” This may sound less intuitive but in reality this activity would utilise the fact that Scandinavia already is a world leader in the implementation of the SDGs. Working together across industry sectors to implement the SDGs could create a common Scandinavian branding platform for our mutual benefit. Let’s take action and show the world that this can be done.

Being honest, accountable and transparent is possibly among the basics of future business ethics. A CSR strategy is no longer enough. Neither is a range of labels of excellence – “Fair Trade”, “Eco” and the like. Future business ethics need to be honest and demonstrate the narrative to prove it – anything else is merely a new strategy to sell more. To demonstrate honesty You’ll need to show your records, the consumer needs transparency to feel certain that the company is actually doing the right thing. You’ll need to generate trust in your efforts to become a sustainable business.

So, publicise your efforts to bring the SDGs into your business. Share your challenges, failures and successes with your customers, be open and transparent. We promise you that it will be worth the effort. After all, this is for the very future of mankind. Let us make 2019 matter — together.

Happy New Year…

Kids Bench for the Marionet Theatre in Copenhagen

We’ve just delivered 30 benches for the Marionet Theatre in central Copenhagen. The bench is designed for a long stable and highly functional out-door life. Designed by NATiON and produced by Out-Sider.dk. Frame in galvanised powder coated steel and seat in Kebony boards.  Contact Out-Sider for details.

The bench is dedicated to Eline.

Open Design: Basic Bench 2018

The Basic Bench is a simple, yet sturdy, bench for your cabin or patio. You’ll need a simple hand saw, a screwdriver and about 32 40mm screws. Sand down the seat to avoid splinters. Finish the piece with paint, oil or wax – at the very least treat the bottom 10cm of the legs for outdoor use.

The construction will carry a lot – at least three large individuals will sit comfortably.


Download the building instructions here (PDF file 8mb):


Enjoy your summer!




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50 Lamps to Take Away exhibition from Dec. 1st to 17th in Copenhagen

UPDATE: 50LtTA received an honorary award from The Danish Arts Foundation.

50LtTA is a very personal take on the design market and a possible future for the practice of design. Designs are presented as donationware. You download the designs you want and pay what you consider them to be worth.

Officinet, Bredgade 66, Copenhagen 1260 K

More on the exhibition at 50lampstotakeaway.org.


For godt halvandet år siden blev jeg opmærksom på byrummets sårbarhed overfor skruppelløse galninge, som benytter køretøjer som våben mod civile. Mange, mange skitser og adskillige ulykkelige begivenheder senere, står OBSTRUCT som resultat af denne opmærksomhed. OBSTRUCT er tegnet til alle de indbyggere i byområder, som ser deres byrum spoleret af identitetsløse betonblokke kastet med løs hånd ud over sårbare byrum.

OBSTRUCT er skabt til hurtig opstilling ved trussel eller større events. OBSTRUCT kan benyttes til regulering af trafik og definition af byrum. OBSTRUCT er en designers forsøg på at bekæmpe galningene.

One and a half years ago I became aware of the urban vulnerability towards lunatics willing to weaponize vehicles. Many, many sketches and some sad events later OBSTRUCT stands as a result of this awareness. OBSTRUCT is created for all the urban citizens that experience the visual contamination of their surroundings with bland concrete blocks. OBSTRUCT is created for rapid deployment in case of emergencies or events. OBSTRUCT is used to regulate traffic and to define safe urban areas. OBSTRUCT is one designers attempt at fighting the lunatics.