Prominent Professional and Prolific

Denmark rightly prides itself of being a design nation. Still, when talking about Danish designers media and fellows alike seem to concentrate on those few who also seem to cope with marketing and press releases. Contrary to these, Arne Kvorning who turns 60 on November 22, 2020, is certainly one thriving under the radar. It could be explained by his mild and modest personality but it’s also very much due to the fact that he excels in areas which most people neglect as design or perhaps don’t even notice. And yet for nearly 30 years, millions of people around the world have been able to appreciate Kvorning’s ability to create exhibitions in which design, story telling and the sense of space are effortlessly brought together into a whole that never shadows the topic they are vehicle for.

Born in Viborg, one of Denmark’s three ancient capitals, Kvorning graduated cum laude in 1986 from the School of Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, and soon established himself later with a number of touring exhibition concepts for the Danish Cultural Institute, which among many honours also brought him the first prize at the International Academy of Architecture in Sao Paulo in 2000. Since then he has developed Kvorning Design to become the most significant architectural practice of the Nordic region specialising in exhibition design, with more than 5000 projects on his curriculum. Commissions stem from more than 50 countries covering an impressive range of typologies from museums like London’s Imperial War Museum or educational institutions like The Blue Planet in Copenhagen’s suburbia, to complex intercultural communication on Unesco World Heritage at 14 different locations and blockbuster-themed presentations at world exhibitions in Shanghai and in Taipei. Many of these tasks originate from close collaboration with leading architects such as Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Dominique Perrault, Normann Foster, Snøhetta, BIG, 3XN and Henning Larsen which is another way to say that they regard Kvorning as a peer – knowing that his keen eye for their concepts and his details will always add that little extra which makes their building accessible and pleasant to visit.

Despite all achievements, Kvorning really hasn’t had the chance to show his prowess in music although he is in fact quite competent at shredding one of the six strings guitars in collection. Now that he’s reaching maturity, it’s perhaps time that someone gives him the opportunity to bridge his two passions so he can show spin a story of being part of The Wrecking Crew.

Eric Messerschmidt, Director, Danish Cultural Center, Beijing, China


Welcome to Antonina

Welcome to architect Antonina Salmina; Exhibition Designer at Kvorning Design as per 16 November 2020. Antonina graduated from Moscow and Italy. Antonina has worked at CEBRA, Schmidt Hammer Lassen and NOR3D.


Winning Team at Bergen Maritime Museum 2.0

Consortium Kvorning Design (lead partner), Icelandic Gagarin and Bright Norway win masterplan for the Bergen Maritime Museum 2.0, Norway.

The contract includes development of an overall concept with renders that visualize and describe ideas and possible solutions in a smart way.


Welcome to Derya

Welcome to architect Derya Arpac; Exhibition Designer at Kvorning Design as per September 2020. Derya graduated from the School of Architecture /KADK and has worked with exhibitions in Denmark and abroad at Hay.


Welcome to Annette

Welcome to Annette Hovgaaard; Senior Graphic Exhibition Designer at Kvorning Design as per August 2020. Annette graduated from the School of Architecture/KADK and worked for 2+1 Idébureau and Workz previously.


Norwegian Wild Salmon Centre

Kvorning Design and Bright Norway win international planning and design competition about the Norwegian Wild Salmon Centre in Lærdal, Sogn and Fjordane, Norway. An upgrade of the building and all exhibitions, new entrance, improved visitor flow and attractive resting areas both indoor and outdoor.

General Manager Alf Olsen Jr., Norwegian Wild Salmon Centre, says –

‘The winner project demonstrates a fine balance between renewal without too much change or alterations to the unique expression.

Chief Exhibition Designer and Architect Arne Kvorning, Kvorning Design, continues –

‘Our Danish-Norwegian team is excited to get the chance now to be part of and ensure the frameworks for a new and significantly improved visitor experience at the Norwegian Wild Salmon Centre in Lærdal. Included in the winner project is also a proposal for possible leisure facilities along the river as well as exciting, new cabins at the bottom of the UNESCO-protected Sognefjord. We name them ‘Salmon Cabins’ – a combination of an attractive, small hotel room, a shed and a hideaway in balance with Lærdal’s beautiful nature, inspired by Norwegian traditions and meeting the salmon fishermen’s needs and identity.

The Norwegian Wild Salmon Center is located deep in the Sognefjord, on the riverbank of one of the most famous salmon rivers in Norway, Lærdalselvi. The centre provides insight in the lifecycle of the Atlantic salmon, the management of the wild salmon tribes and the traditions around the fishing for salmon.


Corona Virus and Exhibit Design

Arne Kvorning, CEO, Kvorning Design & Communication, on the impact of Corona virus on exhibition design. Interview with The Association of Danish Museum, Summer 2020 –

‘We already create more audience driven exhibitions. Exhibitions that create experiences for you. Museums will thus be branding themselves on individual exhibition experiences.’


‘We Were Out to Get Whales’

Kvorning Design creates a new exhibition at the upgraded and re-opened Whaling Museum located in Sandefjord in Southern Norway. ‘We Were Out to Get Whales’ shares the story about Norway’s first oil adventure – whale oil.

The history of whaling is long and comprehensive. The exhibition focuses on untold themes lending the participants a voice. ‘We Were Out to Get Whales’ is a quotation from Norwegian shipowner Lars Christensen’s book ‘Such is the Antarctic’ from 1935, about the background for his long involvement in catching and research in the Antarctic. The exhibition is largely based on the museum’s photographic and film collections, objects and archives, as well as loaned material.

The new, permanent exhibition won in international competition is developed in close collaboration with the museum.


COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Due to the current Coronavirus situation, Kvorning would like to inform you that we will be running our design studio until further notice.

We have been following the press conference from the Prime Minister (11 March 2020) and we are up to date on the precautions we need to take. Working from home, file sharing, running e-meetings where possible to replace international flights and meetings, cancelling conferences and major events.

[email protected] or +45 33 93 93 53 for more.

Kvorning Design & Communication


Concept for Langebro Experience

Kvorning Design creates concept for Langebro Experience in co-operation with David Fox.