Help! I looked at a desk from Dania furniture.

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  1. MacGurl111 macrumors 65816

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    The desk is made in Denmark. I don't think I've bought anything expensive from Denmark before. Many of my furniture and stuff came from Italy, is it the same?
    I don't know much about the quality that comes from Denmark. I did notice some great things, it is super sturdy, the quality and finish is beautiful. My husband thinks it's cheap looking (like Ikea).

    Any thoughts about products made in Denmark? Anything would be great. Thank you so much!

    This is the link: http://www.daniafurniture.com/office/desks/network-plus-sit-stand-desk/4705
     
  2. iConnected macrumors 6502a

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    Wow! Generalise much?
     
  3. MacGurl111 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It's a question. If you don't have an answer, don't respond. :rolleyes:
     
  4. iConnected macrumors 6502a

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    I do. And I did.

    Your question is ridiculous by any logical or objective standard.

    Similarly ridiculous = are products made in the USA / China / the UK / Denmark / Greece / Australia, etc better than products made in <insert your country of choice>?
     
  5. twietee macrumors 603

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    Well, in general, Danish design is rather top-notch and quite on the expensive side when going for the real thing.

    As for your example, I think it's neither top notch design nor expensive (especially if this is imported and shipping's included). I somewhat doubt this store imports these no-name designs but rather slaps the 'scandinavian design' label onto so-so items. But as per usual hard to tell how the joints are made and the materials look like in real life when just scrolling past some images.
     
  6. MacGurl111 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thank you! That's what I wanted to know.

    I used some of your wordings in google. Found out that the authentic products has a control label or sticker.
     
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    Danish design tends to be top-notch (as does much Scandinavian design). Above all, they seem to specialise in the production of high quality goods that are used by a lot of people (rather than high quality goods that can merely be afforded by the wealthy).

    Historically, the reason for this is supposed to have been that there wasn't an enormous difference between the wealthiest - (Nordic monarchs and their aristocracies were rarely as stupendously wealthy as rulers in other, richer political systems) and the poorest in society, allied to the fact that the Nordic societies seem to have abolished slavery, and serfdom early on, meaning that they had artisans who needed to be paid for what they produced and that there was an incentive to produce high quality goods that people could use and afford.

    Danish design has a reputation for excellence, and also, at the higher end, for considerable expense. Personally, for all that I love their lamps (some of the lamps by Louis Poulsen are fantastic, stunning examples of classy and stylish design and Skagen watches are elegant design classics) and accept that some of their furniture has been ground-breaking (Arne Jacobsen), I don't actually like their furniture designs, and the desk you have posted would not set my pulses racing.

    For my part, I love wood, and I like the use of solid wood in desks.

    Very good post, and I am pretty much in agreement with it.
     
  8. MacGurl111 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    My husband would agree with you! He told me to get solid wood desk and not this one.

    Thank you for all that information. Going back to Google to look up some of the stuff you mentioned; I want to see the design. Learning a lot today. Once again, thank you!
     
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    Well, yes, but I am not telling you what to get. It is your desk, and what you should be happy with what you decide to buy. You are the person who will have to live with it.

    The fact that both I and your husband prefer wood (and personally - I really detest those glass topped tables and desks, seeing them as extra work; I'm not crazy about steel, either, unless it is used with wood…) dos not mean that you ought to - the desk will be sued by you, and you are the person that must be happy with it.

    However, re Danish design, I will be surprised if you do not find something within their stable that you like; they really do produce some excellent everyday items, along with design classics.
     
  10. MacGurl111 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yes! As I was looking some of the things you'd mentioned, I saw a desk for *gasp* $5,000! Just a wooden desk! :eek: I guess if you go with a well-known designer the price goes up? Are we paying for the name as well as the quality?

    I'm thinking something like a Louis Vuitton purse, we pay for the name and the quality knowing that it will last us years and decades!

    I need to go look at that Dania desk again just to be sure!
     
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    Which company made the wooden desk for $5,000?

    At that price, I would expect the craftsmanship to be outstandingly good, and the wood used to be solid, and relatively expensive (for which read, rare). Indeed, for that money, I would expect to be able to afford a decent antique.

    Sometimes, smaller companies can make equally good stuff, and they can make to order.

    I took a look at your link, and have to say that - personally - I don't like any of the desks Dania have on offer there. They are too clinical for my taste, and lack elegance.

    Re wood, if you are prepared to pay a bit extra, you can easily get solid wood, rather than that horrible MDF stuff which a lot of so-called wooden products are actually made from.

    Moreover, I glanced through their chairs, too, to see the sort of thing they are offering, and the price range is frankly, quite striking.

    One further thing to bear in mind re desks; having worked out in your head what sort of design you want, and what materials you wish it to have been constructed from, the other thing to be absolutely certain about are the measurements.

    My only quibble re antique desks is that most modern houses are too small to comfortably contain them; while I love them, many of the desks I have seen are just too big for the room in question.

    In fact, you want a building where the rooms are in proportion to the furniture, so make sure that your measurements are right, or - which is easier - furniture which is proportionate to the room where it will be used..
     
  12. turtle777 macrumors 6502a

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    For a Danish import, the price seems indeed rather cheap.

    Design aside (because it's a matter of taste and subjective), I would think that the quality is not necessarily the highest.

    Transportation and import fees probably added $50, Dania is making a nice gross profit ($100-$150), and the manufacturer probably made a good Gross Profit too ($100).
    Leaves less than $300 for materials and manufacturing.

    I would expect that the motor would give out at some point sooner rather than later.

    -t
     
  13. MacGurl111 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for this. I'll have my husband measure the room to make sure it's proportionate. It is a pretty wide desk!

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    I thought the same after researching. Ikea sells a similar one for 500.00.
     
  14. twietee macrumors 603

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    Just saw that ALL their so called wooden furnitures have melamine coatings. That's like the poor man's kind of "wood" so be wary of that. I personally detest it.
     
  15. smithrh macrumors 68020

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    A lot of what Dania sells is indeed melamine.

    However, I have bought a few pieces that are not melamine, and are solid wood and are quite high in quality.

    Some of the melamine is quite good. Some is not.

    Caveat emptor, as always. Apparently they've made some major changeups in what they offer in the last few months, I haven't been in for about a year or so.

    I do like the styles and functionality from Dania, so much so that I just noticed I only have 1 piece of furniture that's not from Dania.
     
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    I'm in complete agreement with this. I don't care for melamine, or anything of the sort.

    If you are going to buy a wooden desk, buy a properly made and constructed one; it doesn't have to be a brand name as long as it is well made, looks attractive, meets your needs, and is proportionate to the space or rooms where you intend to put it.

    And agreed, product quality is what matters in
    something of this sort.
     

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