Ditte Lysgaard Ving, Author

Renowned circular economy and design expert, Ditte Lysgaard Vind, is set to unveil a ground-breaking book that explores the intersection of Danish design heritage and global sustainability. Titled “Danish Design Heritage and Global Sustainability,” this highly anticipated release promises to be a game-changer in the world of design and environmental conservation.  

In a world grappling with pressing environmental issues, “Danish Design Heritage and Global Sustainability” offers a fresh perspective on how the celebrated Danish design tradition can be harnessed to create design solutions that address today’s environmental crisis. Drawing inspiration from Danish design’s emphasis on high-quality aesthetics, materials, and craftsmanship, the book advocates for sustainability without compromise. 

The book delves deep into the origins of Scandinavian design ideals, introducing the philosophy and principles of circular economy. It showcases the transformative potential of merging circular economy principles with design to mitigate the effects of climate change. Readers can expect a wide range of compelling case studies across multiple sectors and exclusive interviews with Danish designers from architecture, furniture, fashion, digital, and industrial design. 

“Bridging theory and real-world insights, this book presents a framework built on the 4Rs – The Circular Way: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Replace,” says the author Ditte Lysgaard Vind. “It encourages innovation through the replacement of environmentally damaging materials and business models. It’s a must-read for anyone interested in implementing circular, sustainable models into practice.” 

Endorsements for the book have poured in from influential figures across various sectors: 

  • Mads Kann Rasmussen, CEO of VKR Holding and Chairman of WWF Denmark, commended the book for its insights into using Danish design principles to drive sustainability in the construction sector 
  • Michael H. Ramage, Professor of Architecture and Engineering at the University of Cambridge, praised the book as a valuable resource for understanding how design can contribute to a regenerative future 
  • Jim Hagemann Snabe, Chairman of Siemens and a board member of the World Economic Forum, described the book as a source of wisdom and hope for a sustainable future 
  • Catherine De Wolf, Professor of Circular Engineering for Architecture at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, hailed the book for showcasing the transformative power of design 
  • Richard Hsu, Professor of Practice at Tongji University School of Design and Innovation, China, emphasised the book’s urgency in addressing global challenges 


“Ditte Lysgaard Vind’s book is a thought-provoking and practical guide for industries, universities, countries, and individuals. It epitomises a nation’s reputation and legacy,” said Richard Hsu. 

“Danish Design Heritage and Global Sustainability” is set to be a cornerstone in the discourse on sustainable design and environmental responsibility. It provides actionable insights and a vision for a more sustainable future.  

The book is available for pre-order now and will be officially released on October 23rd. For more information about the book and author, please visit the Routledge website. 

About the Author: 

Ditte Lysgaard Vind is a renowned circular economy and design expert and practitioner based in Denmark. She is known for pioneering new materials and business models while sharing her knowledge through teaching and thought leadership. Ditte is the founder of The Circular Way, the Chairwoman of the Danish Design Council, and a member of the executive board of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design, and Conservation. She is also the co-author of “A Changemakers Guide to the Future” (2018).