Niels Bendtsen

The Danish-Canadian industriai designer gleaned his education through familial nurture and his own curious nature. Bendtsen’s father, a cabinetmaker, apprenticed with Jacob Kjaer in Copenhagen; Bendtsen in turn, apprenticed with his father at the family shop in North Vancouver, where his respect for precision was formalized.
A cast metal candlestick holder, the first product he created, sparked a lifetime of design and manufacturing. In 1973 Niels returned to his birthplace, Denmamark, and plunged headfirst into design. He freelanced for the likes of Eilersen, IKEA, and Kebe – for whom he created the Ribbon Chair that holds a place in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection – and produced his own pieces under the brand 2B.