Blinkenberg CPH is a small design company founded in 2017 by Nikolaj Blinkenberg Willadsen, who develop and design furniture and home décor as well as other inventions like the award winning Blinkenbike – a wooden build-a-balance-bike for toddlers and kids. With inspiration in Funkis, the style is characterised by functionalist production- and use, and often finalised for multifunctional use.
Blinkenbike was incorporated into the Blinkenberg CPH portfolio in 2019 where the two companies, both founded by the designer – Nikolaj Blinkenberg Willadsen – merged.
At the same time, Blinkenberg CPH shifted its focus, as Nikolaj for financial reasons had to take commission work and work as a consultant, in order to fond the new designs.
Many new designs has been made in 3D on the computer, and some of them materialised in late night works as prototypes in a tiny 12m2 workshop.
By April 2021, the company is active in a new workshop, new designs and a soon to come launch on Kickstarter.
About the designer and founder
As a kid, Nikolaj always worked on inventions and at the age of only 10, he was often seen in the local neighbourhood in homemade sail karts or other constructions for transportation and sailing. He dreamed about taking a formal education as industrial designer, but after spending some years in construction and design industry, he moved to France working in the travel industry and lived the dream as a semi-pro alpine skier and mountaineer.
After some yeas in the travel industry, Nikolaj more or les by coincidence ended up taking a Masters degree in Social Science and Public Relations. He started working with product development in the Telco industry, ending up as Head of Product Development at Denmarks biggest Telco provider TDC. From the Telco industry, Nikolaj moved to the energy consumption industry and later the pharmacy industry working as an executive within Marketing and Digital Communications at DONG Energy and later Coloplast.
Despite his talent for product development and digital communications in particularly, the old dream of carrying out some of his many designs still lived. So after loosing his job as Head of Digital Communication global, he decided to follow the dream of his youth, founding a company where he could combine his desire and skills for designing and inventing, with his backgrounds in product developing and marketing and as a Master of Social Science.
Award winning designs
This has, among other designs, resulted in the award winning build-a-balance-bike concept – the patented BLINKENBIKE Concept – that due to unforeseen circumstances and lack of funding never saw the day of light in large scale, and although the design won prices and was exhibited at The Danish Pavillion on Ipanema Beach during the Olympics in Rio.
After a few years as an independent consultant, he is again, as of 2021, all in with his creation of Furniture and Home Décor.