Claus Bonderup (11.14.1943) designed the SEMI pendant, with fellow architecture student, Thorsten Thorup, for a competition in 1968, while they were still students, at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. The design was put into production by Fog & Mørup, and in 1971 received the prestigious iF Design award. The light went on to be the company´s bestselling light – and the design has survived to this day, now produced by the company Gubi.
Mentionable is also, that two of his lamp designs, were featured at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, in the exhibition “Transformations in modern architecture” in 1979. However, there is much more to Claus Bonderup!
Besides designing lamps, he also designed watches for Georg Jensen.
Claus Bonderup has premiered in several architectural competitions, at home and abroad, over the years. Winning for his design of the Arctic Museum in Rowaniemi, Finland, and for his Electricity Museum in Tange, Denmark to name a few.
He is famed throughout the world, for designing several other architectural works – a bodacious palace for Sheik Salem Al-Ali Al-Sabah in Kuwait, A flagship store for Royal Copenhagen, and a number of housing-projects worldwide, just to name a few.
His private summer home ”eyes in the night ” built into the dunes in Blokhus, Denmark, only showing two big windows, resembling the eyes of a fly, and ”Huset og haven i Hune” – The garden at Hune, are prime examples of Claus Bonderup architectural style – the house in Hune being where he resides today – and has his own studio.
On top of all that, he is also still active, as a professor in architecture and design, at Aalborg University in Denmark.
This is just a portion of, what makes Claus Bonderup stand out as an architect and designer, so be sure to check the entry on him, in the designers-section
At Danish Vintage Design, we wish Claus Bonderup a fantastic 73rd birthday!