Maria Berntsen and Her exquisite Design Collection
Maria Berntsen is a professional architect who has gained international popularity through intriguing design and appealing furniture art works spanning all kinds of utility. She finished her professional studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture. She also studied in France at the I' Ecole d'Architecture de Bordeaux. She has also been teaching at the Danish Design School and started her own studio in Copenhagen in 1992, where she has worked as an industrial designer. Throughout her career, Maria has worked and collaborated with several top Danish and other foreign companies and has also designed jewelry, furniture and applied decorative art. When she was contacted, this is what she had to say, “It is the intuitive feeling for the nature of the material and the sensuousness of the form that is important to me. I’m always trying to work out a form that I feel speaks to your senses. You have to feel like touching the form /design and feel joy in surrounding yourself with it in your daily life”. Among her many designs, are, kitchen utensils and utilities such as Kontra fruits and Salad Bowl, Georg Jenson- Thermo Jug, Rig Tig Sushi set, Stelton Kontra mini bowls and others. Among the other articles, she has designed seasoned candle holders, stand wall wardrobe, Rosendahl Wall paper and traditional hanger and a few more. Maria believes that designing is communicating and a successful design is always easy to understand. She feels “designing a quality product is optimizing its form and function through detail.” She is aware of quality and uses her strong intuition while creating new designs. For her design is all about handling emotions and incorporating the same in the design forms. Computer can only give finishing touches to a good spadework. She strongly feels that her design should touch the users' senses. Apart from looking attractive the shapes used in the design should go well with the human constitution as in they must serve the ergonomics well. Poor ergonomics can damage the utility quotient of the product. With a technical apprenticeship with the National Workshops for Art and Handicraft, Maria received her knowledge and skills. Her study in art history at the National University gained her with hr theoretical concepts. She attaches great importance to intuition and learning processes during her study and work. Her spontaneity allows her to deal intuitively with new products. Personal development and inner values are highly reflected in the shaping of any product. She has been working independently since 1992 in the design of furniture items, lights and other items for daily use. Some of the famous brands the designer has been involved with are the Holme Gaard which is glass design brand and designs table lamps made of glass , desk lamp mood , fantasia mini-sculpture set and other similar products are a great work of beautiful and timeless designs. She also got in collaboration with George Jenson in 2000 and designed thermos quack, cutlery series, jewelry series, mirror and the candle stick.