Adorno International Design Collaboration was founded in Copenhagen in 2016 as one of the first online galleries dedicated to giving a voice to independent contemporary makers through a novel business model.
After numerous virtual and physical exhibitions, the journey has brought us through unexpected design communities and revealed new design languages that transcend historical, cultural, and societal values.
Today Adorno is active in 36 countries with new and unpredictable design scenes being introduced each year. By working closely with on-the-ground curators and just a handful of makers from each country, we ensure that the pieces we provide are authentic, exceptionally crafted, culturally relevant, and delivered on time.
A curated platform for culturally important collectible design and craft
Selected by a network of on-the-ground curators in major design cities, Adorno’s collections provide a unique insight into the world’s diverse creative communities – and celebrate the work of the designers shaping them.
Each collection showcases only unique or limited-edition contemporary works, spanning the fields of furniture, textiles, ceramics, sculpture, and design-art. The curatorial approach varies from collection to collection – just as design culture varies from community to community – but every object featured is contemporary in style, experimental in approach, and exceptional in material quality.
Creating infrastructure for the worlds diverse creative communities
The designers featured include both established names and emerging talents at the cusp of their careers, ensuring each collection is a snapshot of the people, techniques, styles, and thinking that define the modern making culture of each region. With each collection launch, Adorno adds a new chapter to the global design story.
In its essence, the infrastructure of Adorno includes the e-commerce platform, an international legal setup, and a global cost-efficient shipping solution that enables autonomous collaboration between curators and designers to promote their work and transact with a growing segment of international buyers. Besides running the online platform, Adorno exhibits at major design events worldwide.