The trend of opening up small boutique hotels, who accommodates just a few persons is seen more and more. Vipp opened up their Vipp Loft last week, a luxury hotel with only one room in the centre of Copenhagen. (A 400m2 open space located on the upper floor of the VIPP offices in a former printing factory in Copenhagen’s Islands Brygge area.) Which is nothing like a hotel at all, but a experience like no one else.
Even more spectacular is The Krane, situated on the waterfront of an old harbour in Nordhavn. The Krane is a private retreat for two with amazing views of Copenhagen harbour, the ocean and beyond. A converted crane for loading coal where black is the red thread throughout the interior. The industrial surroundings of The Krane are in sharp contrast to the elegant interior, making this an upscale urban retreat that’s truly one-of-a-kind. Namely, a former crane transformed into a modern, multi-level refuge, replete with a reception area, meeting room, spa, and top floor with a living space, lounge and terrace.
Can you imagine waking up til this view? If I had the chance, I wouldn’t´t let my fear of heights hold me back. It looks quite amazing. In addition one are surrounded by the sober and understated luxury of furniture, lamps and accessories from Menu. With the bright ocean view the dark colors and materials used in the interior must feel very calming at the same time as it intensifies the views outside. Simply put by Joachim Kornbek Engell-Hansen, Brand & Design Director at Menu «The Krane is a new kind of luxury that you can see and sense in the touch and feel of honest materials. The designs. The craftsmanship. The simplicity.»
The Krane was spearheaded by owner and entrepreneur Klaus Kastbjerg and lead architect and master builder Mads Møller, founder of Arcgency, whose shared vision for The Krane was to retain its history and authenticity as an emblem of Nordhavn. Reincarnated into something contemporary but with soul by Menu and Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, Design Manager at Menu.
Friday the new Kollekted By | Frama Studio Store opened just a few blocks from where I live at Schous Plass. The previous store was located just a few meters further down the street but no wonder the owners, Jannike Kråkvik and Alessandro D´Orazio took the opportunity when this premises was available. Four beautiful rooms with large windows facing the corner of Schous Plass, lots of daylight and room for showing the Frama collection and carefully selected items from other brands. I´ve been a regular visitor in the shop for a long time, this is the ultimate place to go by for inspiration, have a chat with the owners, or Jannikes mother who also works there – or one of the young designers that works part time. ..and of course for adding yet another pretty item on to my wish list.
Jannike and Alessandro is known to be one of the best stylist duos in Scandinavia. Their design studio Kråkvik & D´Orazio works within interior styling, design and exhibitions, and develops ideas and concepts for commercial and editorial clients. On their client list you´ll find renown brands as Fogia, Jotun Lady, Nedre Foss, Varier Furniture, Tonning and more – in addition to the editorial work they do for magazines as Bo Bedre, Oak the Nordic Journal, Residence, Nytt Rom and Elle Decoration.
At Kollekted by Jannike and Alessandro sell their favorite furniture, lighting and interior objects from around the world. In addition to Frama Cph you´ll find Fogia, Menu, New Works, Another Country, Hasami, Please Wait to be Seated, Flos, Restart Milano, Artek and more. If you are looking to find unique objects by Norwegian talents this is the place to go. Both Bjørn van den Berg, Guri Sandvik, Esra Røise, Kneip and Apropos Studio is represented at Kollekted by.
Read, drink, eat. In bed Saturday morning with a coffee, a small breakfast and a book.
Pamper yourself. I got some good advice during a skincare consultation at Aesop last week, and I am taking on new routines.
Go out, breath the fresh air and explore your own city. If you´re in Oslo I recommend a visit to the The Astrup Fearnley Museum at Tjuvholmen. Beautiful architecure and right now the exhibition «Effects by Good Government in the Pit» by Matias Faldbakken is on. The buildings was designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Narud-Stokke-Wiig, and in addition to the museum you will also get a nice sea view as the museum is situated at the outermost point where the city stretches into the Fjord.
Another museum worth visiting in Oslo is the Vigeland Museum right next to the Vigeland Park. The Museum is the result of a unique contract between the Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland and the city of Oslo signed in 1921: The Municipality agreed to build a studio, residence and future museum for the artist and his work, and in return Vigeland donated nearly all his works, previous and future, to the city. The museum houses almost the entire work of Vigeland, including the plaster models to the sculptures in the Vigeland Park.
Is there anything better than ending a walk in the city with a warm cup of coffee? One of the best places to enjoy one in Oslo is at Supreme Roastworks.
Travel covered by Pillivuyt
This week I spent three days in France with a group of Scandinavian bloggers who was invited by Pillivuyt to visit their factory in Bourges. I will show you more from the factory later on, and not only did we see the production of the finest porcelain, we also got to experience the city Bourges where Pillivuyt is situated. And what a place! Every time I visit a new place I´m reminded to travel more. See more. There are way to many interesting, beautiful and exciting places to see to not.
The Pillivuyt factory itself was a gem. In addition to see the production I found so many pretty details everywhere. Quite literally a huge, old factory with dream come through props for photo shoots and backdrops perfect for the exact same purpose.
If you ever visit Bourges I recommend a visit to the L´Hotel de Panette. I didn’t´t see the hotel rooms, but the garden and the historical building was enough to trigger my curiosity.
And then last up before I went back to Oslo and Designers Saturday (still some moments from the weekend up on my Instagram stories) – Paris. A city I will always want to come back to. The atmosphere is magical. And when you only have a few hours before you have to catch the flight home, you do shop at Merci. At least I do.
Travel and stay during the blog event covered by Frederica Furniture and Georg Jensen
Days fly by and although it seems like yesterday Frederica and Georg Jensen gathered a very nice group of bloggers in Copenhagen its been two weeks already. Two days with exquisite Scandinavian design and craftsmanship, interesting talks and new friendships when 14 European bloggers met up for the #ScandiDesignTour2017.
The first day of the tour started in the new Frederica showroom. The last time I was there it was way to crowded to even try capture the beauty of the space, which is situated on the top floor of the historic former Royal Mail House. The 1100 square metres spread across two floors and is the perfect setting to presents Fredericias history from its beginning in 1911 until the present day. I experienced everything from classic design icons to creative product news and an inspiring gallery with special highlights, such as Børge Mogensen’s original 2213 sofa, which for many years stood in the designer’s own home. (photo below) Frederica has always been a family owned and managed company and our tour in the showroom was held by Thomas Graversen, second generation owner of the family business and his son Rasmus Graversen. With more than 100 years of craftmanship Fredericia gives a great insight into the absolute best of Danish and international furniture design.
In 1962 Børge Mogensen designed the 2213 sofa, as a result of a space planning challenge in his own home. Not only did he make himself a unique sofa, he designed a icon that became a favorite in the most prestigious embassies and homes around the world. The sofa exhibited in Fredricias showroom is the original from Mogensens private residence, standing there from 1962-2011 when his family handed it over to Frederica. With a modern aesthetic, generous proportions, a select choice of materials and execution second to none, the sofa realises Mogensens ambitions to create the ultimate sofa. Every 2213 sofa is handcrafted and upholstered in the Frederica workshop. Quite impressive, and the original model look even more beautiful than a new one if you ask me. Lucky those who own one of these vintage icons.
The Frederica furniture collection also features newer design. They collaborate with a carefully chosen circle of international designers, all renown for their exceptional level of design integrity. The ambition of creating contemporary design that is always beautifully crafted, relevant and aesthetically intriguing are the leading guide. To create and deliver a collection they believe will be the modern originals of tomorrow. With great proudness and passion for outstanding quality. Above the Kile sofa, designed by Jasper Morrison. The Kile series is designed to seamlessly blend into the home or public spaces. The Piloti coffee tables, designed by Hugo Passos and launched in 2016 might seem simple at the first glance. However, if you look more closely you will discover subtle details that make the surface appear extra sleek with its integrated transition to the round table legs. The Piloti series includes models with different table top dimensions, and each table is supplied in two different leg heights. The versatility of the tables opens up for a wide range of possibilities and uses. Last up on the photo above is the Spine Lounge Petit, designed by Space Copenhagen. The Spine collection is one of my personal favorites from Frederica, originally designed for a Michelin Star restaurant in Copenhagen in 2011. Since then, the Spine series has proven extremely successful as a symbol of quality and craftmanship in high-end restaurants, bars and luxury retail shops throughout the world. Spine is anchored in the Nordic tradition but with a unexpected, personal twist.
The day with Frederica also included seeing the iconic Spanish Chair in the making by a craftsman from Tärnsjö Garveri. The Spanish Chair was designed by Børge Mogensen in 1958, the second chair he designed using a combination of solid wood and saddle leather. (The first chair of this kind, the Hunting Chair is shown in the first photo from above.) Mogensen designed furniture using a solid wood framework with saddle leather forming the seat and back. This methodology was inspired from medieval Spanish furniture construction, something that Mogensen would return to time and time again. The broad armrests of the chair serve as a practical place to place a glass or a cup, allowing the user to dispense with occasional tables or other furniture from the surrounding area. In doing so he achieved a more open and informal space for relaxing and conversing.The materials used for The Spanish Chair and Hunting Chair are of the finest selection and execution, from the quarter-sawn solid oak, to the vegetable tanned leathers and brass buckles. The rustic combination of materials develops a special patina that only becomes more stunning with time. The chair is by tradition made in Denmark.
Last up with the Frederica team was a visit to the design studio of Space Copenhagen.The design duo consisting of Signe Bindslev Henriksen and Peter Bundgaard Rützou make headlines with their signature style of elegant, yet classical design lines infused with a contemporary edge that emerge from intuition and emotion. For Fredericia they have designed the Spine series, mentioned above, and also the Swoon Chair (below). As one of the most elegant armchairs I know, Swoon was designed to fill the gap between a conventional lounge chair and a typical armchair – for use in lounge areas as well as private homes. The organic, yet structured design holds the seated body and provides an instant feeling of relaxation while offering excellent back support.
The upcoming week is filled with exciting events in Oslo and one of them is Oslo Design Fair. As always I am looking forward to see the tendencies exhibitions, also this autumn curated by Kirsten Visdal and Per Olav Sølvberg. The theme is Past – Present, and the stylists has interpreted four tendencies they believe in for the future; Poetic, New Luxury, Workshop and Futuristic. «The world still feels insecure and it makes us seek our roots. We want the earthy, the retro. Past can be found among different styles, from the ancient classic art via industrialism to the seventies with burned colors and ceramics». – Kirsten Visdal.
If you are visiting make sure to attend to some of the lectures as well. Usually there are some really good ones and the opening day (30/8) I have pointed out Niels Strøyer Christophersens (founder of Frame) lecture, Cristiano Pigazzini/Note Design Studio and his talk about creative possibilities and Daniel Rybakkens talk about daylight and objects. In between checking out the exhibitors and looking for some goodies among the autumn news.
Photography by Margaretha M. De Lange / Styling by Kirsten Visdal for Oslo Design Fair