By Nanna Ditzel
A Family Affair
This cradle has been passed on for generations in the Ditzel family. Each time a baby was born a small label was added to the cradle to celebrate the newcomer.
The Lulu Cradle was originally designed in 1963 by the prominent Danish designer Nanna Ditzel (1923-2005) for her children and named after one of her daughters. In 2011 the Lulu Cradle was relaunched by Brdr. Krüger as a part of their 125th anniversary and was produced in a limited edition of 200 numbered pieces, featuring the Brdr. Krüger logo and Nanna Ditzel’s signature as a certificate of authenticity.
The cradle is made from high-quality Danish beech wood and a mattress made of 100% organic kapok, a natural hypo-allergenic, water-resistant material perfect for keeping babies comfortable and dry. The Lulu Cradle meets all safety requirements and is approved by the Danish Technological Institute. The Lulu Cradle is proudly crafted in Denmark.
Trained as a cabinetmaker, Nanna Ditzel was known for her professionalism, however, she was renowned for her bold experimental style, often characterised by its soft and rounded shapes inspired by nature. Her ability to join high-level craftsmanship with, seemingly effortless, organic shapes, won her numerous design awards.
Three steps forward and two back still means I’ve taken a step in the right direction!
Nanna Ditzel (1923-2005) has often been called, ‘The First Lady of Danish Furniture Design’, because there were so few women working as architects and furniture designers at the time. She was without a doubt the most successful female Danish designer in the 20th century.