Partnerships with like-minded people
August Sandgren’s desire to co-create, lives on today. Sandgren formed a partnership with renowned Danish artisans like Axel Salto, Kay Bojesen, Jais Nielsen and other applied artists, to create more functional, practical and beautiful products. Upon his death The Sandgren Society was found to allow experts in different artistic fields to meet and share their knowledge. Today we aim to do the same, and we are always open to partnerships that can help us create a whole, greater than the sum of its parts. We firmly believe this is how companies can achieve great things these days.
The best examples of this philosophy at present are our partnerships with:
Designer Øivind Alexander Slaatto
We think Øivind is one of the most talented and renowned designers in Denmark, and we are proud to have him as a friend, an inspiration and a partner. Øivind is the designer behind some of the upcoming August Sandgren boxes as he understands our heritage and designs with the same simplicity yet generosity as August would have. Øivind always tries to find simple, obvious but poetic solutions. He is educated at the Danish Design Academy and studied at the Royal Danish Music Conservatory.
Kvadrat shares the same passion for craftsmanship, quality and design as we do. It is amongst the most impressive family-owned businesses with a visionary leader and a strong team. That is why we use their materials for our textile products.
Designer Margrethe Odgaard
It is impossible not to feel inspired when talking to Margrethe – both due to her personality and her impressive talent for colours and patterns. We were lucky to meet her on a day, where she felt generous and therefore agreed to collaborate with us on the colours and patterns of the Bookbox and some of our upcoming designs. Margrethe is educated at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design in 2005 and with further studies at the Rhode Island School of Design in the United States.
Republic of Fritz Hansen
Our co-operation with Fritz Hansen is one of a kind – and it is sustainable too. We use residual leather from Fritz Hansen's production of exclusive Danish design icons such as the Egg™ and the Swan™ chair designed by Arne Jacobsen, to create unique and exclusive leather boxes, which are distributed and sold in stores all over the world – a true complementary partnership.
Watch specialist Kristian Haagen
In the making is an aesthetic leather/suede Watchbox made as a co-creation with Kristian Haagen, the best known watch specialist in Scandinavia. He has a lifelong passion for wristwatches and travels the world to visit manufacturers, interview designers and consult some of the most influential brands in the industry. For years he worked as a watch specialist for the renowned Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers in Copenhagen, where you can be lucky to find some of August Sandgren’s original works from time to time.
Designer Anne Heinsvig
In case you don’t know Anne Heinsvig, you can look forward to meeting her creative mind, energetic personality and positive attitude. She is originally educated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, the Department for Industrial Design. Since then, she has worked with Corporate Interior Design, Furniture Design as well as Product Design. Previously she worked for Gubi.com and designed for hay.dk. Today she is one of the partners at RITA Arch.
We cherish our partnership with Sorensen Leather. They are the source of leather for iconic designs in private collections and museums around the globe. The high quality of their leather makes our boxes even more beautiful and durable. Louise, Mads and the entire team are great to be around and we share a strong synergy in our approach.
Malene Lerager is a rare human being. She is so talented, a perfectionist, modern and humble. We love entering her workshop in Copenhagen where you step back to a time where true craftsmanship existed. The old bookbindery now run by Malene, crafts some of the most beautiful bookbinding’s in Denmark and she has won several prizes for her work.
We are always on the look out for new partnerships. If you would like to work with us, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas.