Bendtsen Design Associates (BDA) is a multi-faceted Design Studio based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The studio is comprised of Niels Bendtsen, Giancarlo Stefani, and studio support staff; between them, there is a broad range of experience, expertise, and know-how that is translated into every product the studio develops.
The Danish-Canadian industrial designer gleaned his education through familial nurture and his own curious nature. Bendtsen’s father, a cabinetmaker, apprenticed with Jacob Kjær in Copenhagen; Bendtsen in turn, apprenticed with his father at the family shop in North Vancouver, where his respect for precision was formalised.
Venezuelan born with Italian roots, Giancarlo decided to follow his passion for Industrial Design after years of part-time work with his father in his cabinet-maker’s workshop. Obtaining a diploma and few years of personal work, Giancarlo moved to Milan and attended the prestigious SPD Scuola Politecnica di Design di Milano under Nino Di Salvatore’s guidance. After meeting Niels Bendtsen, and finding immediate synergy, Giancarlo and his family moved to Vancouver and joined Bendtsen Design Associates.