ABOUT MALENE BIRGERMALENE BIRGER is a designer with an uncompromising devotion to raw, intuitive and artistic contrasts. She balances refreshing harmonies of past and future, craftsmanship and modernity - maximalism under control.
Born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1962, Mrs BIRGER went on to graduate from the Danish Design and Art School in 1989. Her design career began with Marc O'Polo, Stockholm, and by 1997 she co-founded her first fashion brand DAY BIRGER et MIKKELSEN.
BY MALENE BIRGER launched as her second fashion brand in 2003, with Mrs BIRGER as Creative Director and shareholder. It was an unprecedented success with exponential growth in the first few years and the brand sold in more than 42 countries around the world. She sold her shares in 2010 to the original investors and by early 2014, she had left the brand to launch BIRGER1962, a design studio devoted to design, interior and art.
In 2016, she co-founded a small clothing company named A`JOURNEY LONDON, with her partner Malene Majlund, which has already grown to sell in 7 countries. The collections are designed to pack your seasonal suitcase - to travel in style.
During her years of living in Mallorca, 2007-2013, MALENE BIRGER had 2 art exhibitions in Palma. Personal artwork plays a key role in her authentic styling, and features in two grand coffee table books published by teNeues. First, LIFE and WORK in 2010, which has sold in more than 72 countries, then published in 2014 was MOVE and WORK. Both books give the reader an intimate insight into Malene Birger's private homes, studios, and artwork.
Throughout her career Mrs Birger has received a range of design awards for both her brands and design talent. The Danish Royal Mail issued a stamp in 2011, featuring her exclusive design. She has also been honoured with three Danish Design awards, as the only designer recipient.
In 2017 Mrs Birger proudly celebrated her 13th anniversary as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Denmark and received a LIFETIME achievement AWARD at THE ELLE STYLE AWARDS.
For 2018 the focus is to set BIRGER1962 and its DÉCOR COLLECTIONS on the map with her design team. To build a great company known for its unique and creative style, MALENE BIRGER´s future goal is to create a personal universe within smaller boutique hotels in selected global destinations, from where she also wishes to present her
A´JOURNEY LONDON collections. With knowledge and experience from the fashion world, her approach is readily transferable into the hotel design culture in order to bridge between FASHION and INTERIOR.
Photo: Courtesy of Liselore Chevalier