Partnerships with Like-minded Creatives

August Sandgren’s desire to co-create lives on today. Sandgren formed partnerships with renowned Danish artisans such as Axel Salto, Kay Bojesen, Jais Nielsen, and other applied artists to create more functional, practical, and aesthetically pleasing products. After his passing, The Sandgren Society was established to enable experts in various artistic fields to convene and share knowledge. Today, by aspiring to do the same, we not only pay homage to August Sandgren but also form valuable partnerships that can help us create something greater than the sum of its parts. We firmly believe this is how companies can achieve remarkable feats in the present day.

Our partnerships take various forms; it could be a Limited Edition crafted in collaboration with an individual we admire, or a company reaching out to us in need of a storage object for their own collection—a box for packaging a highly valuable product, or a material sample box to showcase their quality not only in their primary product but also in their packaging and presentation. For us, a storage object is broadly defined and has ranged from a classical box in Fredericia Furniture’s complement assortment, to a table setting set to help organise plates and cutlery, to a small pouch for storing and protecting jewellery. We are eager to work on diverse constructions within this broader definition of storage. However, we only engage in collaborations with companies whose brand and values we respect, and we refrain from doing packaging unless it tells a compelling story about packaging being a product in its own right—something useful even after the primary product is removed or used up.

In practical terms:

  • Minimum quantity for a collaboration is 50-100 units, depending on the size and complexity of the object.
  • Prices are typically in line with our retail prices but are of course case dependent.
  • Sampling usually takes 4-6 weeks, and production roughly the same amount of time. However, we always strive to meet specific deadlines.
  • Logos or texts can be debossed in the leather, and often, we co-brand the box. Regardless of co-branding, August Sandgren’s logo will always be present on the box, as we only engage in partnerships where we acknowledge each other’s expertise and craftsmanship. We are always proud to stand next to the logos we collaborate with.

Below are a few of our collaborations that best illustrate our philosophy and design direction.

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Our object partnerships

Fredericia Furniture

Fredericia Furniture needs no introduction for those who knows their Danish design furniture. When we formed a partnership with Fredericia Furniture, we felt we had finally landed the right furniture partner. In Fredericia we have found a partner who shares our values and ideals, and who engage in partnerships the same way we do. Being par of the Frederica Furniture collection, with objects made from their exquisite surplus materials is a honor, and we are humble and proud to work with the amazing Fredericia Furniture team.

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OneA is a Danish company specializing in light and smart-home technology, crafting products from the finest materials. Leaving no detail to chance, they meticulously design every aspect, including the packaging and presentation. We collaborated with OneA to create a material sample box showcasing their light material options. This box is provided to preferred retailers to present material choices to customers, ensuring a touch of OneA's essence reaches the end-user. Moreover, it stands out in comparison to more average presentation setups, garnering attention. We take pride in our collaboration with OneA and fully stand behind the result.

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Marianne Tromborg

Tromborg is a leading Scandinavian make-up brand run by Marianne Tromborg – an impressive woman with a great collection of organic makeup. We were beyond happy to co-create The Make-up Pouch with her and her team. The result is just great! Finally, an elegant, no-nonsense and high-quality pouch for your make-up when out and about – or as a storage object at home. The pouch is perfect for make-up artists, women with a smaller but important make-up collection or for the girl who is building her first make-up kit. Made in durable leather and with dedicated space for the most important make-up objects, the solution is functional as well as elegant.

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Darling Creative Studio

When Uffe Buchard and Jens Loekke want to create a Limited Edition with you, you say yes. Working with them is always a pleasure. What we love about them is their ability to truly understand the brand they work with, whether it is the most renowned Danish furniture classic or IKEA. Somehow, they always manage to combine fashion and design – modern and classic in the exact right proportions. And they always sprinkle it with a bit of stardust on top. We have worked with The Darling since the opening of their guesthouse in 2020, which developed into a Limited Edition co-lab and now a table-setting-collection too. Who knows what comes next?

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Royal Copenhagen

As a Dane, and even as a Scandinavian or European, when Royal Copenhagen reaches out for a collaborative project, one feels they have reached the pinnacle of Danish design heritage—a true acceptance. Flora Danica, an epitome of heritage and craftsmanship, is part of Royal Copenhagen, showcasing their meticulously crafted porcelain figure, "Princess and the Pea." This figure takes nine months to craft, with the painting process executed solely by hand, requiring an immense amount of diligence. Needless to say, the Princess is a valuable piece of art. We were honoured to be invited to craft the packaging for this exceptional piece. Thus, we created a large, stunning leather box with beautiful gold debossing. A box that remains immensely functional even after the Princess has been taken out and placed on the pedestal—this functionality is a requirement from our side when engaging in packaging projects. Who wouldn't appreciate such an idea?

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Lot#29 is a prominent fashion and lifestyle store in Copenhagen, considered an institution within the city. They are known for being pioneers in elegant and colourful fashion. Since we occasionally need to push our boundaries concerning the use of colours and colour combinations, we collaborated with Lot#29 for "3 Days of Design, 2023." The result was a small collection of stunning and vibrant boxes created exclusively for their shop—both the physical store in Copenhagen and their online shop. This collaboration has paved the way for other remarkable retail collaborations, where a retailer obtains a fully bespoke collection exclusively for their space and customers. As they simply choose their own colours for an existing object, the minimum quantity is no more than 25 units. That is indeed unique.

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The Chessboardbox with Robbe & Berking

Robbe & Berking is one of the world’s finest silverware manufactures and a top-ranked German luxury brand. The German silverware brand today is run by Mr. Oliver Berking, 5th generation to run the company. Like us, they believe in near-sourcing, and they produce all their silverware in their factory facility and hometown of Flensburg. Apart from being a very professional run company with a fantastic heritage, design and quality, they are the most modest and an excellent team to work with. We are proud to partner with them on the chess game box for their recently launched 'world’s finest' chess game made in platinum and pure gold.

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The Watchbox with Kristian Haagen

In partnership with Kristian Haagen, the most recognised watch specialist in Scandinavia, we have crafted an aesthetic leather - suede Watchbox. Kristian has a lifelong passion for wristwatches and he travels the world to visit manufacturers, interview designers and consult with 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 also be lucky to find some of August Sandgren’s original work from time to time. With Kristian (comma) we have crafted the most elegant and tactile watch box. It is simply beautiful, thanks to Kristian.

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The Jewellery Room

We truly value Charlotte and Pernille from The Jewellery Room, so when we wanted to design the perfect jewellery travel pouch, we knew exactly who we wanted as our co-lab partners. As with our watchbox collection, co-designed with watch-expert, Kristian Haagen, we wanted an expert to help us design our jewel-on-the-go pouch. It was important for us to make sure expertise was built into the object itself and that the needs of the jewellery owner were met. We could not have asked for better partners and we are happy with every piece of feedback they provided. The object is incredibly functional, and it is elegant and tactile too.

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The N-BB01 box with Karimoku Case Study

The design and Karimoku Case Study’s unparalleled attention to details both with the design team, the operations team, and the production team, makes this partnership unique. The notion of, and devotion to, the fact that good things take time – good products are handmade and are made from natural materials – is an amazing push to get from a partner. However, above everything the people we have met at Karimoku in Japan and at Norm in Denmark, are people we admire and love to work with. The N-BB01 (Karimoku Case Study box) is the prove of the power of this partnership– a beautiful Japanese oak wood frame paired with the most amazing Scandinavian leather cover. A true object.

Josephine / File under Pop

Josefine A Hoffmeyer, founder of File Under Pop, knows a thing or two about colours and materials. We therefore approached her, to ask if she would select a fabric and matching leather colours for our Limited Edition. Not only were we impressed by her choice - the result is outstanding, but we were also deeply enchanted by her creative and kind nature. The Limited Edition was only the starting point for our collaboration.

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The Liquoricebox with Lakrids by Bulow

For the Danes, Johan Bulow needs little introduction. He took our old-school national sweet and made it modern and internationally appealing. What Johan and his team have created is amazing – a true entrepreneurial adventure spun around a great and unique idea. We are proud to have worked with them on a box for the launch of one of their most recent liquorice additions i.e., The Liquorice-stick.

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The Whiskeybox with Copenhagen Distillery

When Copenhagen Distillery launched their first ever single malt whiskey to the world, it was wrapped in an August Sandgren box. The whiskey is the first ever whiskey distilled in Copenhagen, it has been five years in the making and not one part of the product and the launch was left for coincidence. The whiskey itself is world class, it is bottled in beautiful mouth-blown bottles from Holmegaard, and it is then protected by our box. We are honoured to be selected to protect such A perfectionistic passion product. We normally do not like whiskey, but this one we do, as much as we like the team behind it.

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SPOOR offers a new level of sustainability and animal welfare in leather production, and we are proud to partner with them and their great and energetic team. With SPOOR leather we have crafted a limited edition that is traceable back to the individual Danish free-range cow - a way to further secure the origin and sustainability of our materials. With August Sandgren’s ambition to choose the best and most sustainable materials possible and a vision of craftsmanship and quality, SPOOR was an obvious choice.

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Thomas Lykke / OEO

We were a bit starstruck when Thomas Lykke, Creative Director of OEO Studio, based in Copenhagen and Tokyo, called us to accept our request for him to choose a fabric for our Limited Edition. We have admired OEO and Thomas's work from a distance for years, and always been impressed by the aesthetics of their work. Meeting Thomas and Anne-Marie, his partner in business, we were amazed by their humbleness and their friendly and helpful nature. We get inspired every time we meet and the Limited Edition in Hosoo fabrics is unforgettable.

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The Teabox with A.C. Perch

With A.C. Perch we crafted an exclusive tea box in (100%) aniline leather. The Teabox turned out beautiful – a true tactile alternative to the more common wooden tea boxes. We are truly proud of this partnership with one of the oldest and most respected Danish brands, and we highly appreciate the collaboration and the great people gallery we have met inside the A.C. Perch family.

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The Audo X August Sandgren

The Audo opened in May 2019 and since then it has been a unique being-place in Copenhagen with the most beautiful hotel rooms, inspiring meeting spots, a perfectly curated concept store and their most recent addition, a great café and restaurant. The Audo was designed by Norm Architects and we were honoured to be chosen as their box-partner. Consequently we have crafted boxes, holders and covers for their rooms and for their concept store. We love the atmosphere they have created and we use the space as the second home to our brand. A place we are proud to be a part of.

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Rue Verte X August Sandgren

The very first week we launched the new storage object assortment from August Sandgren we met with Rue Verte. They immediately appreciated our boxes as we – for years – have admired their beautiful curated universe. With Rue Verte we crafted a bespoke box in nubuck which makes it a perfect fit with their elegant and exclusive universe and an overall beautiful and elegant storage object. The Rue Verte box is one of our bestselling units likely due to the unique combination of a very simple design and its tactile, decadent and warm material and colour.

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Tom Dixon X August Sandgren

Tom Dixon needs little introduction among furniture and interior designers. His style is unique and his universe always alluring. When Tom and his team designed a digitally printed leather with the image of crumpled foil, we were lucky to craft boxes from it for The Coal Office in London and for The Manzoni in Milan. The boxes are the most visually mind-twisting we made to date – and they were the early inspiration for our Limited Edition as the Tom Dixon creation made us realise how fundamentally different the same box looks in different materials and colours.

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Laksen X August Sandgren

We met Laksen through a joint acquaintance and was invited to make a box for their first ever watch launch in Q1, 2020. We were persuaded by their passion for hunting, original Scottish tweed and the modern, down-to-earth interpretation of a hunter-watch. The watch is amazing which is proven by the prompt sell-out and we are proud to be part of the journey with them.

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DFD X August Sandgren

When born we are all dressed in their textiles at the hospital, we dry our dishes in their dish cloth and we certainly have all eaten at restaurants where the tables are made with their table cloth and napkins. When their textiles retire from their primary use, we make boxes and notebooks from them. We find it meaningful and cult to use these textiles as they have so much strength left and so much sentimental value to all Danes.

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Pemberly Fox

Pia, our CEO, loves stationery. So, when Anthony, the owner and CEO of British Pemberly Fox, approached her and asked if we wanted to do a co-lab with him, the answer was yes. This became a beautiful collection of personalised stationery in a box. You purchase it through Pemberly Fox, where you design your card, paper and envelopes on paper made from recycled coffee cups, and then match your stationery with a box. The set is perfect for any desk and any person who still takes the time to write personal notes and thank you cards … or who should!

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