Kristina Dam designs pale oak furniture to incorporate plants

Northmodern 2015: a wooden bench that hides a compartment for a plant pot below its seat is among the latest furniture and homeware items launched by Danish designer Kristina Dam (+ slideshow).

Kristina Dam homeware at Northmodern

Kristina Dam, who originally trained as an architect before opening a design studio in Copenhagen, presented a collection of stained oak and marble furnishings at Danish design event Northmodern earlier this week.

Kristina Dam homeware at Northmodern

Smaller pieces, including a marble-topped side table and sculptural mirrors, sit alongside the Botanic Storage, which Dam says takes its design cues from a combination of botany and 1970s furniture.

Kristina Dam homeware at Northmodern
Botanic Storage

The pale oak box with a sliding slatted cover allows users to "slice the top off" to reveal a storage compartment for magazines and living ephemera within, as well as a hollow at one end that can accommodate a plant.

Kristina Dam homeware at Northmodern
Botanic Storage

Dam will also show Botanic Storage at Maison&Objet in Paris later this week.

Kristina Dam homeware at Northmodern
Cube Table

Other products presented by the designer included misty photographic prints of tropical plants and cacti, and the Cube Table, which comprises a wooden base and a coloured marble surface.

Kristina Dam homeware at Northmodern
Cube Tables

The square slabs of coral, green and grey marble fit exactly over the tops of the cube-shaped frames, which come in pale oak or black.

Kristina Dam homeware at Northmodern
Reflecting Mirror

Reflecting Mirror is shaped as semi-circular sections that projects at a right angle from the wall.

Kristina Dam homeware at Northmodern
Reflecting Mirror

Two quadrants are folded from its back to create wall mounts for the sculptural mirror.

Kristina Dam homeware at Northmodern
Half Moon Mirror

Designed for the table top, the Half Moon Mirror comprises a piece of fan-shaped reflective glass that slots into a groove in a rectangular oak base.

"The idea is that you can use it as a make-up mirror, but also as a sculpture," Dam told Dezeen.

Kristina Dam homeware at Northmodern
Half Moon Mirror

Dam's previous designs include a canvas magazine rack with an oak frame and brass feet. The opening is spanned by a piece of marble that allows the piece to double as a perch for a coffee cup.

Kristina Dam homeware at Northmodern
The Magazine Keeper

Danish design companies Ferm Living and Menu also unveiled new homeware collections at Northmodern.

Photography is by Tuala Hjarnø.