After studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and working at various architecture firms, in 1978 Niels Gammelgaard founded Pelikan Design with Lars Mathiesen. Gammelgaard designed several products for Swedish company Ikea from 1975 on, including the “Moment” sofa, the “Ted” (1976) and “Isak” folding chairs and the “Roma” product line (trays and containers made of metal and glass).
In 1983, Gammelgaard and Mathiesen designed the “Café” product line – chairs and tables made from steel and rubber in a robust design for indoor and outdoor use – for the company Fritz Hansen. The Väsman product line for Ikea also became popular.
That’s why we are here. We want to do good with our design. We want to make ordinary life a little bit more comfortable a little bit more enjoyable and a little bit more clever with our design. Every little detail, on every product has to fulfill our good mission.
Thinking is a great tool if you want to achieve that. Beginning early by thinking of the reality of the production, you are able to maintain the idea, the concept of the product in the end. You are able to realize the dream, if you act and think realistic.
You see, we are not interested in doing design for facade. We want to explore the core of design. We don’t want to do more of what already exists, but rather make more out of the existence of design. Finding the core benefit of design that do your life good.