His works can be seen in New York, the Metropolitan Museum, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and the MAD (Museum of Arts and Design). He also has collections in the UK and Denmark, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (V&A) and the Design Museum Danmark in Copenhagen. Michael Geertsen's designs have won numerous awards, including the silver medal at the World Ceramic Biennale in Korea. Geertsen's objects are intended to inspire conversation and reflection and depict life and its rituals. Michael Geertsen follows the tradition of Danish designers who use the Scandinavian tradition as a basis for new ideas.
The Dogu™ luminaire by Fritz Hansen
With the Dogu™ luminaire by Fritz Hansen, Michael Geertsen has also made a name for himself as a product designer. The shade of the Dogu luminaire is made of fine bone china, which ensures a pleasant and warm light temperature. Bone china is an exclusive, translucent material made of bone meal and light clay. The material has charming irregularities, which are inherent to natural materials. The individuality of the material ensures that no two lamps are alike. The DOGU™ pendant luminaire is considered a light sculpture by designers. The name Dogū has its origins in Japanese art and refers to historical terracotta figures that symbolise human or animal creatures and are associated with mother deities and fertility cults.