We are mencke&vagnby, a modern nordic designstudio by Karina Mencke & Marcus Vagnby.
Our passion is to make beautiful and durable items that find a place in your home and in your heart.
Since around 1998, we have been designing many kinds of projects for numerous customers worldwide.
We both have creative genes and craftsmanship roots dating back more than 100 Years in both our family histories, with Marcus grand grandfather being a famous poster artist, painter and architect and Marcus father working with graphic design, packaging and overall brand concepts. Karinas grand grandfather was a carpenter and her grand grandmother decorated fine porcelain, whereas Karinas father was a simple craftsman and gardener, building up an independent garden center business. Before studying design, Karina was a classic master art student of the Cologne artist Wolfgang Göddertz, himself a former student of the world famous sculptor Henry Moore.
We both studied at the Royal Danish Academy of fine Arts, Department of Industrial Design, in Copenhagen Denmark. Here we met each other, on a bench between classrooms, talking about food and dining for hours! Marcus also studied at the Department of Architecture.
Around 2005, we started working together, creating a united space to bringing innovative products to life.
Our approaches to design are curiosity, perfectionism and the wish to make durable, functional and beautiful products. Consciously designed items, for you to keep and enjoy with a smile, every day.
Some of the exciting things we came up with during our many years of experience, are the first silicone barbecue/pastry brush, the wine finer and other wine gear, numerous kitchen items, eyewear, furniture, a very special staircase, restaurant interior, design-and furniture fair booths, houses, Karinas art and much more. Take a look at www.menckevagnby.com
With an open mind and a playful approach to creative processes, we constantly strive to coming up with truly new products, being functional and lasting in their design expression and quality.
We care about the beautiful world we live in, and nature is a limitless inspiration for us, understandably sustainability means a lot to us. By creating long lasting, appealing products and incorporating sustainable and reusable materials in products and packaging, we try to make a difference.
Recently we decided to make our own webshop to offer our exclusively selected range of products, all designed by us. Directly from designer to customer, from us to you. Here, you will find our newest design selection, with our favourite items, specially chosen to be sold directly here on our designers´ web shop.
Please follow us on Instagram for some inspirational interior, furniture, colorboards, food, drinks and designers life!
Karina Mencke 1977 (german & danish)
Designer, artist and brand owner
Marcus Vagnby 1981 (danish)
Designer, architect and brand owner