Today we have access and freedom that are early
forefathers couldn’t even have imagined, even my own parents had a fairly
limited scope of travel in their lives and were often astonished at the travel
I did. Now in a truly western way of living, we pretty much have access to
the whole world and with that our horizons have been broadened. This
freedom isn’t just about being able to get on a plane but also views formed via
the media and the internet about far away shores. I feel very lucky indeed that
my work has taken me around the globe and in doing so, has made me want to
explore further and see more. Travel has helped
me to build opinions, refine my critique and also discover new and exciting
things to cherish. It really is a privilege that I often take for
Recently I had the chance to be a design tourist in Copenhagen and if
you follow me on instagram you’ll know it was love at first sight. It seems
outlandish to state that great
design can be found on just about every corner in Copenhagen. But it really
can. So here are my (by no means exhaustive) thoughts on the best design
hunting spots in town.
First stop has to be llums Bolighus and
this was nearly my only stop! This
four-floor homeware paradise is an essential visit for design lovers. It sits
on the pedestrianised shopping route of Strøget and is in spitting distance of
Hay, George Jenson and Royal Copenhagen. Under one illustrious roof you can view (and
purchase – yay!) all the iconic Danish brands including the likes of Arne Jacobsen
and Kay Bojesen. Just beware one quick visit is probably
Just a few doors down from llums Bolighus is Georg Jensen. The gleaming flagship store (conveniently
located next to the Royal Copenhagen store) is definitely worth a visit if
for nothing else other than the wonderful Christmas decorations they make (Yes
I am aware it is May). With everything from candlesticks and cutlery to clocks
and cufflinks there is a gift for everyone you know. With a history of over 100
years George Jensen has a timeless aesthetic drawn from the very principles of
Danish design values.
HAY House is just a short walk from Illums
Bolighus and a trip to Copenhagen wouldn’t be complete without a visit. Yes you
can now find their products all over the world but it’s a colourful fun space
and here you can view the full range styled in livable room sets and vignettes.
I brought home some trays to add to my hay collection in colourways I haven’t
seen other than at the show in Milan.
Normann Copenhagen is
worth getting on the metro to see the whole collection. The Flagship Normann Copenhagen store is in
the heart of “Østerbro” which is on the eastern side of Copenhagen. You can
find some of their collection at llums Bolighus if your time is limited. Housed in an old cinema
I think its worth the quick hop out of the centre of town as the architecture
is almost as lovely as the product.
The design shop Stilleben
was one of my favorite stores as in addition to carrying a broad selection of
textiles, ceramics and stationery (think bold geometric shapes & prints),
they also carry loads of prints and posters by artists like Berit Mogensen Lopez
and graphic designers like Playtime.
All design lovers will think it a worthwhile visit to Oliver Gustav’s Studio carefully
curated boutique and exhibition space in Nyhavn. If you’re a
fan of instagram you are bound to be in the area taking pictures anyhow and his
space is just so instagrammable. Spare and beautiful, it’s like walking into a
stylists set its just so impeccable.
I stayed in Vesterbro’s which has some really great places to eat but
also a few really lovely shops. One such lovely place was the interior design
shop Dora filled with vintage knick-knacks
and a few design pieces, all reasonably priced and easy to fit in your
suitcase. It’s directly opposite Granola
a brilliant brunch spot that was recommended to me by instagrammer Nicole Young.
I got the days wrong on our
trip and missed the opening hours for BW Loppemarked, a
flea market of the very best trawling kind apparently. As you know I’m rather
fond of a vintage hunt as you never know what you’ll turn up. The weekend after my trip was the infamous Jægersborggade Loppemarked an event that see’s the Nørrebro
neighbourhood opens its street to become a vast jumble sale/car boot fair and
from all accounts it’s a friendly fun day.
I am also gutted to have missed The Apartment but I just ran out of time. It’s in a restored 18th-century flat in Copenhagen’s
Christianshavn and offers a curated selection of vintage and new furniture,
art, and accessories all styled in a home like environment. It sounds wonderful and will definitely be on
my next trip.
Also saved for next time is a visit to Roxy Klassik, a Vintage Danish
design showroom of sorts. It wasn’t on the agenda for this visit but maybe I’ll keep it up my sleeve for my next trip.
If you have any Copenhagen
design musts please let me know.