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.
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.
I´ve had some exciting days in Copenhagen this week. For those of you who follow me on Instagram you have seen that I have been part of the Scandi Design tour 2017 hosted by Fredericia Furniture and Georg Jensen. Bloggers from all over Europe was invited here for a tour in their showrooms, to learn more about their story and experience great Danish design. I will tell you more about everything later, there are some pretty impressive stories to tell.
You probably also recognize the hotel I´m staying in, my favorite hotel in Copenhagen, SP34. It´s a wonderful hotel, and one of the things I appreciate the most is the friendly and relaxed atmosphere here. When the day is filled with meetings, showroom visits and so on it´s so important to me to be able to do some work in between. Catch up on emails, and yes, finally update the blog. I have spent so many late hours working from the lobby, it almost feels like a second home.
I also have some pretty big news to share! Tuesday I bought my own apartment in Oslo. I´m well aware of that the place I live right now is a beautiful apartment and I´ve been able to make it a home in a short time.. But there is something special about owning your own place. Be able to do what you want, as in deciding exactly how it should look like. After a year of searching for it I went to see the place Sunday and two days later it was mine. I know, buying a place is craziness regarding how short time you actually spend seeing the place. Half an hour walking from one room to the other, but already imagining how it could look like. Of course I did a lot of thinking afterwards. And now I can´t wait to get the keys and start with the renovations.
For now, breakfast, meetings and then heading back to Oslo this afternoon. Follow on stories for a visit in a very cool showroom later on.
I am back to work for a few days, and in between styling projects and trying to get through my inbox I´m also planning on August and upcoming travels. Copenhagen is on my list (always!) and the newly opened restaurant Barr is a must see. In the former home of the world-renowned restaurant Noma, acclaimed chef and restaurateur Thorsten Schmidt in partnership with chef René Redzepi and Snøhetta have conceived a fresh approach to the iconic space. Snøhetta designed the interiors and new graphic identity for Barr, which opened its doors in the beginning of July on Copenhagen’s waterfront.
Located in North Atlantic House (Nordatlantens Brygge), Barr is a casual restaurant focused not only on the Nordics, but also on the broader food and drink traditions found in the region along the North Sea.
Throughout the restaurant, the design is driven by a strong duality and juxtaposition of the old and the new. When entering the restaurant, guests are met with a warm oak floor, contrasting with the rough texture of the original stone walls. A massive, carved wooden counter stretching from one room to the other anchors the space. The ceiling is alternately composed of the original ceiling beams and new, sculpted wooden planks, which are embedded with brass details that reflect micro spots of light. Raw materials – wood, leather and wool – evoke the restaurant’s Northern influence.
Local techniques and locally sourced materials played an essential part in the restaurant’s design. Most of the oak used for furniture and interior was harvested from trees grown less than fifty kilometres from Barr’s doorstep. The restaurant’s furniture was created by Malte Gormsen using traditional Danish craftsmanship and carpentry. The bar counters are CNC-milled oak. The relief pattern of the ceiling and wall panels are inspired by the microscopic view of barley, one of the three main ingredients in beer making.
The restaurant’s name (Barr: meaning “barley” in old Norse), reflects Schmidt’s fascination with the region’s food and drink history and culture. Classic dishes such as frikadeller (Danish meatballs), schnitzel and hot-smoked salmon will be offered alongside a large selection of craft beers and aquavits.
Senior Interior Architect, Snøhetta, Peter Girgis is commenting «designing within the context of a listed building meant that we needed to understand the space carefully. “Reflecting Thorsten’s overarching vision for Barr, we believe we have created a feeling of formal informality. Together we have created new components, including custom furniture and cabinetry, which enhance Barr’s identity and philosophy, while at the same time providing a connection to the original Noma space.”
I promised to show you some more from 3 Days of Design in Copenhagen and finally the last photos is sorted, edited and up on the blog. First up is Erik Jørgensen who has teamed up with Montana in a new showroom at Bredgade 76. With this Erik Jørgensen now has two showrooms in Copenhagen, in Bredgade 76 they mainly focus on their home collection while in the one in Pakhus 48 they focus on their contract collection. They have done a great job making the showroom an inspiring and exciting place to visit, each room has its own expression and colour scheme: The Botanical Garden (above), Tranquillity, and the Blue Room (both below). The green room is inspired by botanical gardens and international trends, with plants as a big part of the décor. Here
you´ll see the Hector sofa designed by Norwegian Anderssen & Voll toghether with the classic AV chaise longue by Arne Vodder.
The room called Tranquility is set out entirely in white. It creates a sense of surplus, purity and tranquillity, as a perfect contrast to the heavy furniture classics. The Delphi sofa in white leather is combined with the Corona Spectrum chair and the EJ 63-66 coffee tables designed in 1999 by Foersom Hiort-Lorenzen. The table clearly reflects its time with its shiny square chromium legs and matt marble tabletop, and once again the table is a popular contemporary choice by virtue of its classic materials of cool marble and metal. (Will definitely be considered when I´m deciding an a new lounge table.) From the pure white haven you enter the cosiness of a room in dark blue that invites you to sit back in the big Spring sofa and smell the roses hanging from the ceiling. The Blue Room is a small cave with a dramatic expression.
From the home feeling at Erik Jørgensen to what felt like an art exhibition at Frederica with it´s igloos showcasing iconic and new furniture dressed in innovative fabrics by Kvadrat/Raf Simons. The new Fredericia showroom is situated on the top floor of the historic former Royal Mail House in the heart of Copenhagen. The 1100 square metres spread across two floors and presents Fredericias history from its beginning in 1911 until the present day. With more than 100 years of craftmanship Fredericia gives a great insight into the absolute best of Danish and international furniture design.
Børge Mogensen designed the sofa 2213 (above) for his own home in 1962. With generous proportions, modest aesthetic, a choice of materials and execution second to none, the sofa achieves Mogensen’s ambition to create the ultimate sofa. Showcased at the upper floor at Fredericias showroom you clearly see how well it fits in a modern environment in 2017 as well.
From one amazing roof top terrace (view over Copenhagen from Fredericia above) to another amazing roof top terrace at Muuto, below. Yes please, I would love having lunch at such a lovely place more often.
Muuto is known for their ability to create original products with new perspectives and the result is an innovative, aesthetic and functional collection of New Nordic furniture, lighting and accessories. Above you can see the sofa called Outline designed by Anderssen & Voll, Around table by Thomas Bentzen and rug and throw designed by Margrethe Odegaard. Odegaard is a strong figure by textile designers in Denmark. She has received both national and international awards and recognition for her work with textiles, colors and patterns. I had the pleasure of visiting her workshop some months ago and it was such an inspiring experience.
Last up, HAY at the historical Lindencrones Palæ. Like entering an castle. HAY was not included in my original plan for showroom visits, but I´m so very happy I went by after a hot tip that this place was a must see. The exhibition included the Result Chair and Pyramid collection, relaunched by HAY and Ahrend originally designed by Friso Kramer and Wim Rietveld. HAY´s new kitchen collection, called HAY Kitchen Market was also shown for the first time at this location during 3 Days and will be in stores this fall. You can see more photos from this beautiful place at Desiree/Vosgesparis and Katerina/Only Deco Love´s blogs.
Yet another reason to visit Copenhagen soon again, the new restaurant Nærvær designed by Norm Architects. It seems everything the designers at Norm Architects is doing turns into success, and I am a huge fan of their aesthetics.
With the ambition to create a local wine bar and restaurant emphasised by an intimate and cosy atmosphere that underlines a sense of presence, Nærvær is located in a fairly new and contemporary building. Situated in a prime location of Christianshavn overlooking the canal with a beautiful view Copenhagen’s old city centre, this new place hosts a local winebar as well as an intimate and high-end gourmet restaurant with seating for no more than 10 people. Welcoming Copenhageners as much as the rest of the world, it is a spot where locals and foreigners alike can share great and affordable wines from around the world, as well as a taste of the french kitchen.
Notice the lamps hanging above the bar, also designed by Norm Architects. Constructed from slim oil-burned steel frames, the designers created a series of conceptual and highly industrial lamps for the space, providing warm and soothing light for the winebars´s guests.
With a humble and intimate approach to the interior, Nærvær is formed by a casual atmosphere with small spaces and niches for guests to enjoy. With an interior design defined by an array of stone, wood and metal, the materials are all natural and have deliberately been altered in order to create dark and industrial surfaces that matches the mood of the place. This focus on tactility brings a warm, material richness to the interior that naturally compliments the raw concrete walls and industrial framework of the space.
For this particular project, Norm collaborated with Danish ceramist Maj-Brit Würtz on a special collection of handmade plates, bowls and vases for use at Nærvær. (Her workshop is in the small town of Gilleleje, up north on Sjælland, and would definetly be on my list of places to visit if I were nearby.)
I absolutely love the mix of raw concrete walls, huge green trees, the elegant Gubi Beetle bar stools and Stay lounge chairs and the colors used from the dusty neutrals to the warm red. Perfection.