Nordic Design Diplomacy in New York: DENMARK

Nordic Design Diplomacy in New York opens virtual doors to the prestigious Nordic consular residences in a series of engaging talks with design in focus, as part of NYCxDESIGN’s Design Days on May 13-18. 
Nordic Consuls General invite two design professionals to share their experiences and perspectives on what it means working in different cultural contexts in the Nordic region and the USA. The conversations are based on questions pulled from a specially curated deck of cards, created by Helsinki Design Week.
In addition to the conversations, the audience learns about the design and history of the consular residences as an embodiment of Nordic values through virtual tours of these unique spaces. The virtual programs are presented in collaboration with Helsinki Design Week and NYCxDESIGN.
Nordic Design Diplomacy in New York, Denmark Salon
May 16, 2021
Ambassador Berit Basse, Consul General of Denmark in New York, hosts a virtual Design Diplomacy salon from the Residence of Denmark in New York featuring Eva Christine Jensen (AIA, MAA / Eva Jensen Design) and Kyle Bergman (AIA / Founder & Festival Director Architecture & Design Film Festival).
Director & videographer: Uwa Idouzee
Editor: Sandra Itäinen
Featured tableware Dining with Design by 16 contemporary Danish artists: Ane-Katrine von Bülow, Anne Fabricius Møller, Anne Tophøj, Bitten Hegelund, Gurli Elbækgaard Kristensen, Kathrine Kjeldsen Hansen, Kirstine Kejser Jenbo, Lise Bjerge Schmidt, Louise Campbell, Metha Stuart Wallace, Mette Marie Ørsted, Pia Baastrup, Sofie Trier Mørk, Sebastian Hölmback, Tora Urup, Turill Ruud Galsøe
Featured Danish furniture brands at the Residence: Arne Jacobsen, Bang & Olufsen, E. J. Møbelfabrik, GUBI, Louis Poulsen, &Tradition, Vita Lightning
Featured artwork at the Residence: Danh Vo, Jacob A. Riis, Svend Holst-Pedersen
Thank you: Dining with Design is donated and supported by The Danish Artist Foundation
Meet the speakers:


Eva Christine Jensen

Eva Christine Jensen

Eva Jensen Design is an award-winning New York-based architecture studio founded by Danish architect and principal Eva Christine Jensen. EJD works in a range of design projects with a focus on high-end residential architecture, interiors, furniture design, and art & architecture installations.

Born and raised in Denmark, Eva Jensen studied Architecture at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture (KADK), Copenhagen, and at Milan Politecnico. Before establishing own office in New York, Eva was engaged as an assistant professor at KADK, and has in her early career worked for renowned architects internationally in both Copenhagen, Milan, London and New York.

With Danish origins and informed by her Nordic heritage, Eva Jensen creates elegant aesthetics with simple sophistication motivated by function and infused with poetry.


Kyle Bergman

Kyle Bergman

Architect Kyle Bergman founded the Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF) in 2009 and serves as its festival director. He has always recognized the strong connection between architecture and film and ADFF provides a unique opportunity to educate, entertain and engage people who are passionate about the world of architecture and design. Now in its 12th season, ADFF has grown to become the largest film festival dedicated to the creative spirit of architecture and design.

Mr. Bergman also serves as president for Pacific Rim Park (PRP) whose mission is to use the process of designing and building parks as a tool to connect people and communities around the Pacific. Mr, Bergman has been involved with PRP since its first park built in Vladivostok, Russia in 1994.

Mr. Bergman has been involved with design/build education since 1992 when he created and moderated an architectural lecture series about the design/build process for the Smithsonian Institute. He has taught community design/build classes in the Dominican Republic for the Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Vermont, and served on their board of directors for 9 years.

Mr. Bergman has also produced a play, The Glass House, about the design and construction of two famous homes — Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House and Phillip Johnson’s Glass House.

The Consulate General of Denmark is Denmark’s official representation in New York and across the East Coast. We advise and assist in a number of areas: consular, commercial, investment, cultural and press. We communicate to the US public on important policy topics with relevance to Denmark. In addition, we facilitate networking, co-creation of events and projects with numerous local partners and companies as well as educational and cultural institutions in the Tri-State area, at the United Nations and across the US. Our commercial departments facilitate business relations and activities between the United States and Denmark while our culture team promotes cultural exchange by assisting and counselling Danish artists and art institutions.—new-york/


Berit Basse

BERIT BASSE, Consul General, Ambassador, (born 1964) assumed her role as Consul General to Denmark In New York on September 1st, 2020.

From 2012 to 2016, Ambassador Basse served as Denmark’s Ambassador to Singapore and Brunei, overseeing key commercial and diplomatic relationships between Denmark and the two States. She has also served as First Secretary at the Embassy of Denmark in Uganda and Consul General of Denmark in Munich, Germany.

From 1992 to 1996, the Ambassador worked on several development projects for the United Nations Development Programme in Senegal. Prior to her New York posting, Ambassador Basse led the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ department in charge of client relations and global commercial opportunities.

Berit Basse holds a Master of Science, International Business & Politics and Intercultural Communication and Languages from Copenhagen Business School and a Global Executive Master of Business Administration, also from Copenhagen Business School.





Helsinki Design Week is the largest design festival in the Nordic countries. Held annually in September, the multidisciplinary festival presents design from a number of fields as well as fashion, architecture and urban culture. Helsinki Design Week presents the new faces and phenomena of design, promotes design internationally in collaboration with various partners, and offers citizens a forum to participate in developing and discussing the city and its culture. The next Helsinki Design Week will be held on 9–19 September 2021.


NYCxDESIGN is a not-for-profit organization committed to empowering and promoting the city’s diverse creative community. NYCxDESIGN started as a City-led initiative in 2013 and through grassroots efforts evolved into an influential entity, unifying New York’s creative capital under one umbrella and drawing significant exposure and opportunities to the City’s design disciplines, people, events, and related industries. NYCxDESIGN organizes exceptional year-round programming, including its annual international festival. Diversity, purpose, cultural placemaking, economic opportunity, and creativity are core to the not-for-profit’s values.


The Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic Council are the main forums for official Nordic co- operation, which involves Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland. Our vision is to make the Nordic region the most sustainable and integrated region in the world.

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