THE LIFE OF KRISTIAN ILLUM WIKKELSØ
“Creating something that is good
to own makes it easy to sell”.
As a child, Kristian Illum Wikkelsø was always called either “Brother Illum” or simply “Brother”. He was born on the 15th of July 1919 in Diernäs, a small village a few kilometres outside Faaborg on the island of Fyn in Denmark.
After school, at the age of 16, Illum became an apprentice for cabinetmaker Emanuel Petersen. He also attended the Technical School in Faaborg and graduated with highest possible honours and excellent recommendations. Besides being a skilled craftsman, his innovative sense also became apparent.
An example of this is when Illum mounted a sail on his bike in order to save time he needed for his long days combining work and school. His attraction to water also made him a successful long-distance rower in the archipelago south of Fyn. This interest stayed with him for the remainder of his life and, as a further example of his craftmanship, he built a small sailing boat for his three grandchildren, called ALK, which he on occasion also enjoyed by himself.