FDB chairs in the Australian landscape, image credit: Sean Fennessy
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Open Room Presents FDB Møbler: Danish Design for the Common Good, Since 1942

Presented by Open Room


Thu 18 May 10:00am - 4:00pm
Fri 19 May 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sat 20 May 11:00am - 4:00pm
Tue 23 May 10:00am - 4:00pm
Wed 24 May 10:00am - 4:00pm
Thu 25 May 10:00am - 4:00pm
Fri 26 May 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sat 27 May 11:00am - 4:00pm


Free, no booking required


Open Room
15 Johnston Street, Collingwood VIC, Australia


Assistance animals welcome Seating available

FDB Møbler, a Danish furniture brand since 1942, is inviting visitors to explore their brand, history, and future through video projections and product display in the Collingwood showroom. Jess Lillico and Sean Fennessy, from Lillico-Fennessy will be presenting a selection of FDB Møbler chairs in a series of photographs in the Australian landscape.Ole Kiel and Industrial Designer Thomas E. Alken, direct from the FDB Møbler showroom in Copenhagen, will present the philosophy of FDB Møbler to a small group of architects and designers and provide direct insights into the brand.The Danish philosophy of ‘for the common good’ will be explored, and its representation in design will be discussed, drawing on the learnings that can be gained from it. The group will examine how FDB Møbler resonates with the Danish people, and what kind of world we aspire to live in, as well as how furniture can best represent us. The event is presented by Open Room and FDB Møbler.


Thomas E. Alken

Since graduating from Design School Kolding in 1997, Thomas E. Alken (b. 1970) has been making his name as one of Denmark’s best industrial designers. For more than 20 years, he has run the design studio Format Design in Copenhagen. Since 2014, he has been responsible for updating well-known classics and as well as designing brand new FDB furniture, including the garden furniture series Sammen (Together) and the Paso hunting chair.

Thomas E. Alken says that he wants his furniture to have a broad popular appeal – in the perfect vein of FDB Møbler furniture. His furniture designs are both stylish and functional, and through their simple and lightweight design achieve a natural beauty with a timeless feel that grows even more beautiful with time. Thanks to his great sense of functionality, Thomas E. Alken’s chairs are extremely comfortable, but not only that – they make you feel at home.

Like Børge Mogensen and other former furniture designers at FDB Møbler, he takes the human body and its movements as his starting point, ensuring that the furniture reflects our social dimension. A chair should not only look good – it also has to be comfortable.


Lillico-Fennessy is a creative partnership between art director Jessica Lillico and photographer Sean Fennessy, specialising in visual storytelling and photographic image-making from concept to creation. With a particular focus on narrative-driven photography and its application as a printed medium, the pair draw on more than 15 years of practical experience plus knowledge of both enduring and emerging stylistic trends in the home, lifestyle and travel sectors.

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