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Travel: A stay at SP34 hotel in Copenhagen

Travel: An (honest) review of SP34 hotel in Copenhagen

The headboards at boutique hotel SP34 in Copenhagen are possibly the most instragrammed ever. I’d seen plenty of this hotel across social media, so it was first on my list of places to stay when I hopped over to the Danish capital for a work trip last month. The beautiful, minimal design lived up to all my expectations, with its pared-back style and relaxing, muted colours. There were a few things that could be improved that I’ll get onto later, but it’s still one of the best places to stay in the city. Part of the Brøchner Hotels chain, SP34 is designed for ‘luxury bohemians’ with 118 simple yet elegant bedrooms, a cosy entrance lobby and bar, a private cinema for 25 people and access to two stylish restaurants. The hotel, right in the heart of the historic city centre, opened in April 2014 and featured on Condé Nast Traveler’s list of the 60 best new hotels in 2015. Located on Sankt Peders Stræde, the name refers to its address at number 34. The bedrooms are the main draw of SP34. Minimal but refined with a …

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Fredericia’s new rooftop showroom in Copenhagen

The other week, following a trip to Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, I also headed to Copenhagen for a quick, whistle-stop stay. I’d already seen the new launches and furniture designs of Danish company Fredericia in Stockholm, but I was keen to check out its brand new rooftop showroom in the heart of central Copenhagen. Housed at the top of the historic Royal Mail House, a stone’s throw from the city’s famous Rundetaarn, the 1,100 sq m space spreads out across two spacious floors. It’s open from Monday to Friday and by appointment. The vast, loft-style space doubles up as a place to portray the brand’s story and a working office for the company’s growing team. It is a living showroom, with creative workspaces, a gallery for changing exhibitions and space for events. Fredericia was established in 1911 as Fredericia Stolefabrik (Fredericia Chair Factory) by entrepreneur N. P. Ravnsø. The company was named after the small Danish town of Fredericia, on the eastern edge of the Jutland peninsula, which played host to the Nordic International Furniture Exhibition from 1910 to the Eighties. Employing the most skilled craftsmen, …

The beautiful Frama store in Copenhagen, housed in the former home of the St. Pauls Pharmacy. Image: cate st hill

Frama store Copenhagen

I first heard about Frama store in Copenhagen when I saw the most beautifully calm, minimal images on my friend’s blog Hannah in the House. I just knew I had to pay a visit when I headed to Copenhagen for the northmodern furniture fair. So, Hannah and I popped into Frama for an evening of drinks at the store to showcase the work of Copenhagen-based Plethora magazine. Eager to have a proper nosy around, I returned the next day to wander around the fascinating space and take a few snaps. Housed in a former home of St. Pauls Pharmacy in central Copenhagen, Frama is an architectural gem of a store, where old meets new. The building has been remarkably restored, with all the original dark woodwork, decorative ceiling motifs and even the little drawers where all manner of pharmaceutical paraphernalia would have been kept. Floorboards have been sanded back, while the back rooms have been left fairly minimal with white and soft grey walls. They describe the store as a ‘work in progress’, serving as a both a retail space and a platform to …

My top picks from northmodern: Mater

My top picks from northmodern 2016 – part 2

I’m back with the second part of my northmodern review (did you see part one here?). I scoured the Copenhagen furniture and lifestyle show, held at the light and airy Bella Center, for the best Scandinavian design and the most exciting, up-and-coming designers to watch out for. Here, we’ve got beautifully simple ceramics, timeless furniture with fine detailing and charming home accessories to uplift your everyday. Scroll on and enjoy… 1. Mette Duedahl Designer Mette Duedahl was already on my radar, she designed this coffee pot for Muuto, but at northmodern she also shared some lovely, elegant ceramics. She graduated in 2011 from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Center for Glass and Ceramics, Bornholm and through her work aims to combine high use-value with a simple, aesthetic and timeless design.    2. Mater Mater was one of the more established Danish brands at the show. Founded in 2006 by Henrik Marstrand in 2006, Mater creates timeless and beautiful designs based on an ethical business strategy that supports people, local craft traditions and the environment. They collaborate with established and fresh design talent …

Travel Guide: A design-packed weekend in Copenhagen

Travel Guide: A design-packed weekend in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is certainly one of the most stylish of the Scandinavian cities but it’s not bragging about it or singing it’s own praises. It’s a relaxed, down-to-earth place, with effortlessly well-dressed Danes casually cycling past, bustling cafes spilling out onto the tranquil waterfronts and smart design shops waiting to be explored. Copenhagen ranks high in surveys of quality of life, and it’s not hard to see why the Danes have it so good – that magic formula of good city planning, lively culture, tasty cuisine and a strong emphasis on community. It may have been because it was the summer when I visited in August, but people weren’t rushing about like in London; everyone seemed to be in a calm, quietly content mood, slowly going about their business. The sun was shining and Copenhagen was soaking it up. Copenhagen is a city built on decades of design heritage and culture – from mid-century icons such as Finn Juhl and Arne Jacobsen paving the way, to young contemporary designers like Muuto and Ferm Living making their mark on the city, and indeed the design world, today. …

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My top picks from northmodern 2016 – part 1

northmodern is a furniture and lifestyle trade show that takes place once a year in Copenhagen. Showcasing the most exciting international talents and the very best of Scandinavian design heritage, it’s a must for any design lover, no matter if you’re a buyer or press. I headed there for the August edition, which had a focus on holistic, sustainable contemporary living. Housed in the airy halls of the Bella Center, a conference centre just ten minutes from the heart of the city, the show was a lively mix of the latest contemporary design, reissued classics, hand-crafted pieces and sustainable products. I had previously been to Stockholm Furniture Fair and this in comparison was a much more relaxed affair – considerably smaller and fairly intimate. The atmosphere was chilled, designers approachable, gentle music playing and plenty of places to pause and rest weary feet. There was a wealth of young, emerging talent that I had never even heard of before under the glass roof of the Crystal Hall, while it was a pleasure to meet some of the more established brands such as Ferm Living …

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Broste A/W 2015 collection

It’s been feeling very autumnal around here in London, we’ve had lashings of rain and blustery winds, all in July… so when I saw Broste Copenhagen’s A/W 2015 lookbook, I instantly identified with it: the cosy candlelight, the muted colours and dusky pink tablecloths, the rich velvets and natural textures. Here, in a beautiful Copenhagen apartment, understated dining table settings are dressed with vintage-style linen napkins and tablecloths, while minimalist brass cutlery keep it modern. Rattan daybeds, made of rattan vines grown in Southeast Asia, are dressed in luxurious textures in on-trend colours such as ‘port’ (deep red), ‘fawn’ (the dusky pink), ‘moonlight blue’ (navy blue) and even ‘rainy day’ (a peachy cream) – perfect for the past few days and on into autumn. They say: ‘We honour this season with lots of cosy nostalgic moments and classic Broste Copenhagen styles in a contemporary colour palette that has been heavily influenced by the Nordic nature. These colours and uncontrolled natural patterns add a touch of romance to the Autumn/Winter season. Colour combinations and surfaces consisting of deep warm colours and …

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I wish I lived here: a New York-style loft in Copenhagen

This is the super-sleek home of Morton Bo Jensen, the chief designer at Danish design company Vipp, and his graphic designer girlfriend and their super-cute five year old twins. Located on the island of Brygge, an old industrial harbour area in Copenhagen, they live in a New York-style loft which was once a Viking Pencil factory. Just around the corner is BIG’s (Bjarke Ingels Group) public baths on the Copenhagen canal and a series of manufacturing workshops, including Vipp’s headquarters. ‘The apartment was stripped to the bone; I spent a great deal of time reflecting on how I wanted to live. My conclusion was quite simple; function and efficiency must be the starting point, both in the architecture, the interior and the location. I am close to work, and the city. Being located here, I can minimise transport and optimise my daily life with the family,’ explains Jensen.   Inside, the monochrome space is dotted with furniture that Jensen designed himself, from the blacker than black Vipp kitchen island and old kitchen bin to the …

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I wish I lived here: the home of an artist in Copenhagen

This delightful Copenhagen home belongs to artist and designer Anne Sofie and her actor boyfriend. Anne Sofie creates paintings and illustrations as well as ceramics and jewellery. You can check out her shop here. At home, she is in charge of the decor, preferring a simple palette of white with pops of primary colours. Anne Sofie suggests lamps at different heights to create life and soul in a room and dimmers on lamps to make spaces feel cosier. I think the mixture of textures in this house is perfect; the rough concrete dining table, the painted floorboards and the untreated plywood shelves. Images: Femina

Ordrupgaard gallery extension, Copenhagen by Zaha Hadid

If you ever find yourself in Copenhagen, I thoroughly recommend a visit to this French Impressionist Art gallery, Ordrupgaard, on the outskirts of the city, in Charlottenlund. The extension to the original building was completed by Zaha Hadid in August 2005, redefining the existing art gallery and landscape, creating a fluid motion from old to new and interior to exterior; “Design ensures that visitor’s experience is not fragmented or compartmentalised- building/collection/gardens- but a continuous, fluid interaction between different elements and aspects”. For me, my favourite part of the building was the cafe/restaurant, which is sandwiched by glass walls, bringing both the landscape and light into the space. Sometimes Hadid’s architecture can be all about making a bold statement, and not so much dedicated to the user’s specific needs. However, I think with the Ordrupgaard extension, the space certainly becomes somewhere you want to linger, walk around and use. Images: my own.