3 DAYS OF DESIGN // HIGHLIGHTS II

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.

photo 1, 2, 3 © Erik Jørgensen, photo 4-13 © Elisabeth Heier

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NÆRVÆR BY NORM ARCHITECTS

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.

photos via Norm Architects

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HOTEL DANMARK

I promised to show you more from the hotel I stayed at during my visit in Copenhagen last week, the newly opened Hotel Danmark. Or newly renovated and reopened. The hotel belonging to Brøchner Hotels, the same as SP34, Hotel Astoria and Avenue Hotel, opened its doors in the beginning of May and is already known as a super stylish alternative to my all time Copenhagen favorite Hotel SP34. No wonder I feelt at home when the welcoming staff is familiar faces from SP34, the atmosphere and location is also good, close to the City Hall Square, Glyptoteket and Denmarks National Museum. Perfect when you´re out and moving at all times like I did during 3 Days of Design. The lobby (above) works well both for late night working, short meetings and the social wine hour – pretty much sums up my days.

Moving further into the hotel there´s a beautiful lounge area facing the backyard. If I could point out one thing at the hotel? I really, really wish this was the breakfast restaurant and not the location that it has in the old Tivolihallen restaurant. Traditional Danish, but this area suits the hotels style so much better. Luckily the breakfast is delicious, organic and with lots of healthy options.

Throughout the hotel, both in the lobby, lounge area and the rooms you´ll find pillows and throws from the Danish brand Aiayu. Love the attention to details like this. You can also find lightning from Swedish Rubn Lightning and walls covered with a variety of colors from KABE.

The hotel offers several different rooms, from small single rooms to spacious suites. All of the rooms is decorated with smart solutions, extravagant features and beautiful furniture. The interior offers unique design elements with marble covered floors and walls resembling soft velvet. Still very newly opened and some finishing details left, but I´m sure that in a few weeks time everything will be finished (roof top terrace opened this week) and ready for new guests. Overall experience? Super nice, welcoming and always helpfull staff and really beautiful interior.

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FRAMA STUDIO APARTMENT

I am back home from Copenhagen and 3daysofdesign, and have so many photos to show you, stories to tell and finally time to update the blog. Every time I´m traveling I think there will plenty of time to update during my stay, but time to face reality, there is no time when you want to see and do as much as possible rather then be editing photos at the hotel.

Thursday Frama hosted the opening party of their Frama Studio Apartment, the private home of founder Niels Strøyer Christophersen. The studio apartment was recently renovated, and is built upon the creative direction «When Space Defines Context». I had seen photos from this beautiful home earlier in different magazines, but being there and experience the atmosphere was very special. Raw walls, historical architecture details, delicate curtains and Frama and vintage furniture mixed so well toghether. Entering the apartment was like entering an exhibition, at the same time it felt like an inviting home. The atmosphere was magic. Even with lots of people visiting the space was so calm and relaxing.

Frama operates in various creative fields and directions from furniture, lighting, apothecary (I love the new perfume!), books, apparel and kitchens. They all have in common that they focus on natural materials, simple geometry and a general appreciation of permanency. Here in Oslo you´ll find the Frama Collection at Frama: Kollekted By, Rathkes gate 4 (a neighbourhood favorite of mine) and in Copenhagenen the Frama Studio Store is located in the old St.Pauls Apotek in Fredericagade 57.

photo © elisabeth heier

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TODAYS OFFICE

photo © elisabeth heier

I´m spending a few days in Copenhagen this week attending 3 Days of Design, and doing todays office from my bed at Hotel Danmark. The best advantage with being a freelancer is definetly being able to decide my own hours and doing what I am doing right now. A slow morning, coffee in bed and plan the day ahead. So, I know there will be a lot to catch up with when I get home, but it´s so worth it being able to see all these inspiring showrooms, attend to interesting talks and lectures and meet people so passionate about their work as I am. Follow my Instagram stories for updates during the day, there´s still some super nice videos and photos there from yesterdays events there. Highlight, the video from the new Menu Space in Nordhavn where our dinner ended with three dancers from the Royal Danish Ballet performing. So very beautiful.

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A SATURDAY IN COPENHAGEN

After meetings, events and the Trends & Traditions fair I stayed another night in Copenhagen and spent my Saturday there. Having some time off in one of my favorite cities before heading home to Oslo were so nice. Doing nothing but walking around with the camera in my hand and visiting some places I had yet not seen. I already knew from photos the Glyptotek looked amazing, but what a feeling walking around in both the garden and the impressive museum buildings with the ancient sculptures.

The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek was opened in 1897, and thereafter expanded with several buildings and a winter garden. The collection of ancient sculptures and 19.th century art was donated to the Danish state and the city of Copenhagen by Carl Jacobsen. Today theres a really beautiful cafe in the winter garden and a book shop as well, both worth a visit after a walk through the museum. The Glyptotek is located at Dantes Plads 7, near the City Hall and the Tivoli.

I was recommended Admiralgade 26 for lunch, and when the locals recommend something it´s usually good. Both super nice atmosphere and delicious food. The restaurant is furnished with pieces from Kaare Klint, Alvar Aalto, Jean Prouvé and Gio Ponti, a beutiful and eclectic mix in the building dated 1796. Located at Admiralgade 26, a short walk from Amagertorg.

photo © elisabeth heier 

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