Corporate Culture founder Richard Munao was recently awarded His Royal Highness Prince Henrik’s Medal of Honour for his contribution to promoting Danish design. Marg Hearn has the story.
November 25th, 2011
Richard Munao’s cabinet making background drew him to the craftsmanship and design ethos of Danish designed products and became the catalyst for founding Corporate Culture in 1997.
Kick-starting with brands like Erik Jorgensen and Fritz Hansen, “we spoke the same design language,” Munao says of his representation of high quality original furniture and homewares that’s grown to 17 Danish brands in addition to synergistic product from all corners of the globe.
“You can feel the quality and see the quality as you go through the Danish factories, aesthetically it’s the simple clean lines that appeal.”
In a milestone largely attributed to Munao and his Corporate Culture team, Australia is the largest market in Southeast Asia for Fritz Hansen.
It was a justly proud but humble Munao who accepted The Diploma of the Danish Export Association, and His Royal Highness Prince Henrik’s Medal of Honour, at Corporate Culture’s Melbourne Showroom on Wednesday 23 November.
Jacob Holm, President and CEO of Fritz Hansen since 1998, was also in attendance and says “Mr Munao and his team received the award not only because of their work in promoting and distributing Danish brands but also putting forward the values and the thinking behind Danish design – that tradition of handicraft and of form following function.”
Reflecting on why the Australian market has embraced Danish design, Munao believes that sits in the practical applicability for most Danish products to suit any Australian architectural context, coupled with the “built to last” environmentally responsible driven design.
Not to be underestimated are the genuine relationships forged, the capacity for our design fraternity to engage in down to earth conversation directly with visiting Danish partners.
Testament was the official opening of the Corporate Culture Melbourne Showroom, now also dubbed “our Danish house” by none other than the Danish royal couple who called by to the delight of the 150 design industry guests as part of their 2011 trade tour.
A searchable and comprehensive guide for specifying leading products and their suppliers
Keep up to date with the latest and greatest from our industry BFF's!
Living Edge definitely has the edge when it comes to supplying furniture for the education sector. With a plethora of brands and collections at their fingertips, Living Edge provides the perfect solution for any learning environment.
In the bid to balance the desire to live amongst nature with the modest footprint of today’s homes, designer Victoria Azadinho Bocconi looks for inspiration in the depths of the Amazon jungle.
Join us behind the scenes with V-ZUG’s in-house design team, and discover how this Swiss boutique kitchen manufacturer balances art, science and history to create its pioneering Excellence line.
The workplace has changed – and it will continue to evolve. With dynamism at the heart of clients’ requirements, architects and designers at leading practices such as Elenberg Fraser are using and recommending Herman Miller’s OE1 products for the future workplace.
Upsy Daisy is a family-friendly, feel-good space designed for kids, but it has a dose of magic for adults too.
Explore the role of sustainability in design with professionals in a relaxed environment at GreenUps’ March event: Explaining Sustainable Design. The event will be held on Tuesday, 2nd March 2010 from 6pm to 8pm at the Object Gallery in Surry Hills, Sydney. As part of Object Gallery’s State. Respond. exhibition, the event will feature speakers […]
At this year’s Salone del Mobile, a collection of unlikely, non-industry specific exhibitors broadened the scope of what we’ve come to expect at Milan.
The internet never sleeps! Here's the stuff you might have missed
As Technē celebrates 20 years, Indesign editor Alice Blackwood asks Nick Travers, Justin Northrop and Steve McKeag about how the business started, where it’s going, and the journey of hospitality environments over the past two decades.
A diverse team of designers developed V-ZUG’s ground-breaking Excellence line, and looked beyond their appliance peers to the automotive, lifestyle and fashion industries to achieve a new standard in individualisation.
Besotted with the rare and unusual, Imogen Reed has created a tapas restaurant in Sydney’s Potts Point, that feels at once ghostly and opulent.