Holger Kvist Foundation

Founded in 2009 based on a request by Holger H. Kvist. Holger wished for a foundation to be established in his name, after his death.

The purpose of the foundation is to support non-profit Danish cultural and artistic purposes, including Danish design and furniture.

The Holger Kvist Foundation believes that there are many ways to support this. Thus, it was decided that the large building on Frederiksgade 1, owned by the foundation, would be transformed into a design house by the same name: FREDERIKSGADE 1.

Through the FREDERIKSGADE 1 design house, the foundation wishes to indirectly support Danish designers  including new talents, furniture designers and manufacturers as well as craftsmen. This is done by gathering some of the greatest under one roof.

Grants are awarded every two years. The recipients are selected by the board of the Holger Kvist Foundation, and the grants are given based on the purpose of the foundation. It is not possible to apply for a grant. However, it is possible to recommend a person or an institution for a grant, as long as the intended person/institution's work operates within the purpose of the foundation. The grants are awarded in uneven years during autumn, and a small reception is held.

The following have received grants from the Holger Kvist Foundation:

2011     Photographer Kitte Fennestad

2011     Carpenter Bernhard Diekmann

2013     Mads Kjærsgaard Johansen

2013     Glass artist Jeannet Iskandar

2015 & 2017
Due to the challenges that companies in Frederiksgade 1 face because of the construction of the new, neighbouring metro station at the Marble Church, grants will not be awarded until 2019.


Holger H. Kvist

Holger H. Kvist was a special man, interesting and untraditional. He started the furniture store nyt i bo in Copenhagen in 1969, where he worked almost until the end of his life. Holger died on November 19th 2008, at the age of 82.

He was born on August 22, 1926 in Kragelund, west of Egtved in central Jutland. This is where he grew up as the middle child in a family of teachers. As an adult, Holger started working in the furniture shop AL Johansen in Kolding, where he was trained as a furniture salesman.

For several different reasons, Jutland soon became too small for Holger. He traveled abroad and later moved to Copenhagen. As a true salesman, he created – with his friend, architect Aksel Dahl – a playground for both of them in nyt i bo.

Holger took great pleasure in serving the customers, making sure that they were satisfied. He loved guiding them to make the right purchase. On the rare occasion that a customer was not satisfied, this was considered a "do-over". It was crucial to Holger that each customer was happy with their purchase. Holger was a talented businessman who created a wonderful furniture store with nyt i bo in Copenhagen.

Throughout the 1970's and 80's, nyt i bo became famous for its very own style: The almost iconic glulam table, the minimalist daybed, the square bookcases – all great woodwork made from solid pine. A unique style that still characterizes nyt i bo today.


Board members of the Holger Kvist Foundation:

Ingrid Heltberg Hjerresen (Chairman of the board)
Christian Sinding (lawyer)
Christine Ingerslev
Anders Hay