Company Askman Furniture is Danish artistic craftmanship at its very best.
Company Askman Furniture is Danish artistic craftmanship at its very best. Created through inspiring collaboration between contemporary Danish designers and Askman's almost 100 years of woodworking skills, each piece is a testament to centuries of tradition. At Askman we make a variety of designer wood products: tables, chairs, trays, bowls, lamps, flatware, and other items for the dining table. Askman Furniture develops and manufactures products in beautiful, timeless designs. Each product must not only represent functionality and ease of use, but also display obvious design of each detail implemented in choice materials. In all, each product must radiate such attention to quality that its price will never appear excessive.History Askman Furniture was founded in 1913 by Carl Alfred Askman, grandfather of the present-day owner Peter Askman. During the early years the company produced mainly wooden toys, handles, and other milled articles for the domestic market. Svend Oluf Askman, the son of the founder, took over the company in 1945. Production was expanded to include high-quality gift items like pepper mills, salad bowls and cutting boards. Designed by well-known Danish architects like Kaj Bojesen, Jens Quistgaard and Erik Magnussen these gift items marked the beginning of exports for Askman Furniture. In 1970 Peter Askman became the third-generation owner. Only 26 years old at the time, Peter Askman set out to maintain the traditions and craftsmanship that his family had installed at Askman Furniture. Looking at the company today, it is obvious that he has successfully completed that objective. The company now produces furniture in addition to the gift items, and the products are designed and developed in cooperation with some of the best and most well-known Danish architects.What is an Askman? It is an easy stretch to argue that modern Danish design is inspired by the functional simplicity and craftmanship embodied in the viking ships from around 1000 AD. Because their shipbuilding skills at that time were better than those of their neighbors, the Danish vikings ruled much of Northern Europe, including much of England. In viking shipbuilding an "askman" was a person skilled in building the parts of a viking ship that is built in ashwood. Hence the Askman heritage is uniquely entwined with modern Danish design.