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MAIK's Experimental Danish Design

Pronounced "make," MAIK is an experimental Danish design brand founded in 2009 by Andreas Sachse and Rune Rex. I spotted it when I was in Copenhagen last fall and although it was closed, I was able to peer through the window and suss out that it was a unique and compelling retail and manufacturing model. Once I got home I wrote Rex to learn more. Click through the slideshow to see and hear more about the company, in Rex's own words.

"What makes MAIK unique as a manufacturer and design shop?" I asked Rune Rex, MAIK's co-founder. His reply? "Unlike most other start-ups we have had the ambition right from the beginning to own most of the value chain in developing and producing our own products—in that way we believe we can ensure our products are designed properly and the manufacturers to behave nicely to the environment and to their employees. This has already led us to a couple of trips to China, numerous manufacturer contacts, and a handful of solid collaborations in a very short time. We have gained a huge amount of experience that most companies miss because they outsource most of the production processes."

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