Do Good

Years of designing for a lot of customers, click on the picture and download the book to be informed


Biography from Scandinavian Design by Charlotte & Peter Fiell (Tashen 2004)

Niels Gammelgaard (b 1944 Copenhagen, Denmark)

Niels Gammelgaard studied industriel design under Erik Herløw at the Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi (Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts) in Copenhagen graduating in 1970. In 1969, he cofounded Box 25 Architects, which undertook the design of Sofiegården Collage, Christianshavn in 1973, and the Kvarterlygten (Streetlight) for Louis Poulsen in 1976.

After meeting Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of IKEA, Gammelgaard began designing products for the company in 1975. Since then his furniture designs for IKEA, such as the Ted folding chair (1977) and Moment sofa (1985) have not only won numerous prices, including eight Ütmärkt Awards and two Red Dot Awards, they have also been among the Compay´s best-selling products.

In 1978 Gammelgaard co-founded with Lars Mathiesen (b. 1950) Pelikan Design. A Copenhagen-based industriel design praksis, which over the past 24 years has designed and seen in production literally hundreds af products ranging from small pencils to children´s tricycles to hospital beds. Pelikan Design is best known however, for the design of contract furniture – offices, waiting halls, rest areas- and can name many of the most prestigious Danish furniture manufactures among its clients, including Fritz Hansen, Bent Krogh, Fredericia and Erik Jørgensen. Gammelgaard and Mathiesen view furnitures a fundamental industrial product and so hightech plastics lend so features strongly in their repertoire materials.

Among the largest commissions Pelikan Design has received was the the design of the Copenhagen city and Suburban railway (1996), which won a Brunel Award in 1996. This project involved a radical space concept whereby asymmetric bench seats were used to encourage passengers to move toward the windows in order to decrease congestion in the aisle.

More recently,  Pelikan Design was awarded The Danish Design Council’s Annual Award in 1998 for the Wing screen wall (1993) and a Neocon Silver Award in 2000 for the IQ furniture series (1996). With its abiding mission to establish longlasting relationships between its products and users, Pelikan Design remains at the very forefront of Scandinavian design practice.

Biography from The Blue Book

GAMMELGAARD Niels architect; f. 20/3 1944 in Copenhagen; son of professor surgeon, dr. med. Peter Arne Gammelgaard (died 1983 see Blue Book 1983) and wife doctor Ellen G. f. Hammersholt (died 1983)

Married to Sille Jarner daughter of photographer Sisse Jarner and journalist Palle Buus Jensen (died 2014)

Student (Øregård Gymn.) 1963; graduated from the Royal. Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Department. of Industrial Design (Professor Erik Herløw) 1970; co-owner of BOX 25 architects from 1969 (college Sofiegården 1973 “Kvarter” lamp for Louis Poulsen A / S 1976);

Associated Ikea International A / S 1975-2005

Co-owner of Pelikan Design 1978-2005 (with Lars Mathiesen), awarded the ID Prize in 1980 for Rabo playground equipment on wheels; has designed furniture for eg Fritz Hansen A / S, Bent Krogh A / S, Frederica a / s, Erik Jørgensen a / s, Tranekær Furniture a / s, DUBA a / s, Fora form a / s, Matteo Grassi spa and Cappellini spa.

Have designed interiors for all 112 Copenhagen cityt trains for DSB 1996

Has designed children's bicycles for Winther Factories a / s, tank cleaning equipment for Toftejorg a / s and part owner of Penta Design 1984-87, the design of electronic servicework sations in all Danish post offices.

Has after 2005 among others work with factories in Australia, China and Vietnam, but first and foremost with Conform collection ab, Sits Sp.Zo.o., Magnus Olesen A / S and Woodmark International Ltd.

Awarded the prize in internal. bike competition in Japan in 1973; 2nd prize in the Louis Poulsen & Co. A / S 'Ideas Competition 1976; 1st prize in the Danish Furniture Industry architectural 1978; ID Prize in 1980, 1991 and 1996; Scan-Prize 1984; Excellent Swedish Form 8 times; Upholstered Furniture Design Award Europe 1993; Furniture Award 1993; The 1996 Brunel Award for Outstanding Visual Design in Public Railway Design; Rote Punkte für Hohe Designqualität 3 times. Danish Design Council Annual Award 1998 and The Danish Design Prize 2008/09 Classics Prize for Rabo Trik first

Granted: scholarship from Christian Nielsen's Fund 1975; grant from the Danish National Bank Jubilee Fund 1975;

Address: Guldbergs Plads 16, 2200 Copenhagen N Denmark

Summer: Kvarnby 161, 276 36 Borrby Sweden