THE STORY OF BROSTE COPENHAGEN Broste Copenhagen was established in 1955 when Ulf Brøste – the son of a successful Copenhagen salt merchant, interested in art and design – had a little idea, which turned out to have huge potential. Danish furniture design was led by iconic characters like Børge Mogensen, Finn Juhl and Arne Jacobsen at that time. Together with a handful of other artists and craftsmen, they experienced a surge of media attention. Yet, they were unable to manufacture and distribute their goods in quantities that would make it a lucrative business. Therefore, Ulf Brøste assembled a group of the greatest talents of that time and systematised both manufacturing and export, and soon they were joined by more designers and small manufacturers of home accessories. In the years that followed, the business flourished. The headquarters and the first three stores with rugs, artware and selected antiques were located at Brøstes Gaard in the beautiful surroundings of Christianshavn canal. Soon after, another five stores opened at exclusive addresses elsewhere in the city. Ulf Brøste’s passion for art and design had become a business that played an important role in the creative circles of that time and helped make the international markets aware of the Danish craftsmen and their unique form and style. Broste Copenhagen continued under the leadership of Ulf’s son, Peter Brøste. First as the managing director and later as a member of the board, whom eventually retired after more than 40 years. Since the 1950s, Broste Copenhagen has become an international brand, today owned by managing director Kim Larsen, and the Norwegian Hillestad family. The passion for good design and love for the Nordic touch, lives on in every single product – just as it did back then.
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