If you've flipped through an issue of Dwell or Architectural Digest recently, then you've definitely seen the inventive structures designed by JDS Architects. Based in Copenhagen, the firm was founded by the Belgian-Dane architect Julien De Smedt, whose work won the prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture when he was only 29 years old. The designer describes his Crushed Bowl (2007) as "composed of equilateral triangles and principles we use for big-scale computer modeling." In other words, it is like one of his large architectural projects but done on a much smaller scale. "Adding human ergonomics and aesthetics to the equation, we have derived a vessel that is carefully crushed for everyday use." Not for use in the microwave or dishwasher. Made in China.
"Our projects are humanly designed, politically engaged, financially viable, and structurally realistic," says Julien De Smedt, the founder and director of Copenhagen-based JDS Architects. With works such as Maritime Youth House and The Iceberg apartment building, the internationally recognized designer and architect has generated a renewed awareness of architecture in Denmark.
De Smedt was born in Brussels and received his diploma from the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London. Prior to founding JDS Architects, he worked with Rotterdam-based OMA and co-founded PLOT, an architecture firm in Copenhagen. Read more >