Jacob Hermann – Warm Nordic

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Jacob Hermann

Dane Jacob Hermann (1910-1995) originally trained as a cabinetmaker, but early chose the artistic life on the West Coast. In Jacob Hermann's genes lay a great love for wood and the work of the hand, which he pursued throughout his life. Always open to change and exploring his diverse talents. In his own words, he was born on a farm near Viborg, learned cabinetmaking for a silver medal in the same area, and later became a furniture architect from the School of Crafts in Copenhagen and trained at the Art Academy's painting school. At the academy, Jacob Hermann refined his talent for drawing and painting and, like several other leading Danish designers from the mid-20th century, learned from him
During his life, Jacob Hermann also designed and built several houses for his family with his own hands. As a passionate woodworker, he always returned to the wood and the proud craftsmanship. With respect, Jacob Hermann designed and found the soul in everything from the smallest piece of wood to the largest piece of driftwood.


Twirling Birds was created with both artistic sense and great empathy by the Danish furniture architect Jacob Hermann, who saw possibilities in even the smallest piece of wood. The first birds of many were originally created from scraps of wood and even roots that he found on the beach on the west coast of Jutland.

The starting point for Jacob Hermann's design was wood as a living material with warmth and soul, and he had each and every bird in his hands many times during the process, before the birds were ready to leave the wood workshop. In the 50s, Jacob Hermann's birds were exported to countries such as Japan, France and the USA via Den Permanente, which was a gateway to the world for the finest Danish handicrafts. The four Twirling Birds have been specially selected for the Warm Nordic range as a tribute to iconic Nordic design, which contributes valuable diversity and depth to modern interior design.