The Danish love of the chaise longue sofas

I have noticed in many of the Danish homes I visit or stay in how there is a love for a sofa with a chaise longue section. When staying in a Danish home (as we are currently whilst waiting for our house to be ready) as soon as I spy this spot I commandeer it as my own. I gather the best cushions and add my cosy blankets and make myself a really hyggeligt corner – a hygge krog if you will. My legs are stretched out, my back comfortably propped up and I am facing the room (and TV when it is on). living-room-1

I am assuming this choice of sofa also has its practical merits from the high hygge quotient  and also the versatile nature of the extra bit of sofa when you have extra people to seat without needing another sofa (great when space is at a premium). We don’t currently need a new sofa unless I do a lot of convincing but when we do I see one such as these beauties with a couple of comfy chairs for the overspill of guests.

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If you too like these kinds of sofas they can be spotted in Ikea (of course), BoConcept (any sofa a Mikkelsen brother has sat on is good for me as long as he comes with it), and IDEMobler

Postscript: Today marks the two year anniversary of my cycle accident, I am still not fixed and it causes me some angst so today I thought I’d think about sofas, hygge and Mads Mikkelsen instead!

 

Finderskeepers – my highlights

I have been going along to Finderskeepers design market since it started a few years ago and I always find it such an inspiring place. It is hard for new designers to showcase their work and this place opens that wide open. There are a number of designers that I recall seeing and buying things from that are now super successful such as Nur. It is also a great way to spot emerging trends before they are fully grown, probably even more so than at the more official design shows. Themes I noticed were more earthy colours, plants (particularly succulents which still seem to be having their day), colourful clothes and leather work. There were also a number of stands selling products directly aimed at men.

Over the last few Finderskeepers I had started to notice there was a very dominate theme of graphic designers so it was refreshing to see this weekend’s market featuring a little more diversity. There were also a few innovations on the organisation which much improved the experience. Firstly the Finderskeepers people walking down the queue scanning e-tickets and stamping hands so once the doors opened people who had pre bought tickets could go straight in. The addition of food stands from Kødbyen food market was a great touch and I can heartily recommend hotdogs from Foderbrættet. Finally there was still a separate section for clothes but it was nice to see more fashion designers amongst the design stands.

So these were my particular favourites from the market:DSC01283 Japanese inspired hanging plants from Planteplaneter. Perfect for high ceiling apartments and by all accounts they are pretty easy to keep alive.DSC01290 These absolutely divine silk kimonos from Sissel Edelbo. Judging by the interest around this stand it looks like the next trend here is actual real colour!DSC01293 More plants, this time amazing succulents from Kaktus København.DSC01300 Finally these amazingly simple yet stylish greeting cards (and other very beautiful calendars and to do pads) from Kartotek. I adore the coffee cup one, there is no way I am parting with that!DSC01305Finally I was delighted to find a ceramicist I once bought a spoon rest from back in 2008 at the market . It was very precious to me and I broke it last week so it made my day to find a replacement here. IMG_2042And finally the icing on the cake (groan) was to meet the amazing Cecilia Fahlström, the author of Copenhagen Cakes, a book I have been lusting after. With my soon to be sticky hands on the book, I was delighted that she agreed to sign my copy too. Watch this space to see more of this book and my baking adventure with it.

The next Finderskeepers takes place here in Copenhagen (there are also markets in Århus  and Odense) at the end of November, keep an eye on their website, Facebook or Instagram pages for more information.

Danish Design beauty at Northmodern

Before my accident I spent the day at Northmodern design show at the Bella Center. It was wonderful to immerse myself in such beautiful Danish design so whilst I am the blogger with one hand, I thought I’d share some of the beauty with you. I was delighted to see the pink look is also popping up in the Danish interiors scene. I also love the vibrant blues and gold with plants. How about you?

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Beautiful new Art Deco inspired prints from Visse Vasse.

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I am a big fan of Kortkartellet and they were showcasing lots of new designs including Paris, London and Berlin.

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Pink and and black from Louise Roe.

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Gold planters from Ferm Living

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Finally a very coordinated stand from Playtype.

 

Nur tray three ways

Wednesday was a wonderful family day celebrating our son’s fifth birthday. After baking almost fifty cakes for his birthday celebration at preschool today I decided rather than the blog post I had planned to write to share one of my favourite new things – my copper Nur tray. It is so versatile and I had a lot of fun playing around with different looks using it. Can you guess which one I settled on?

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Danish Design – Kobenstyle

If you have been following my flea market search lists you will know that very prominent on those lists are Kobenstyle cookware. We have been very lucky to have found either at flea markets here or on Etsy all the pieces we wanted in great condition but as well as sharing some pictures of these beautifully coloured pots I thought I would share a bit about their place in Danish design.

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Like a lot of Danish design classics they were designed in the 1950s – in 1954 to be precise – by a Danish designer Jens Quistgård. The difference was they were actually designed for an American company, Dansk Design, for the American market, although they were also available in Denmark. Quistgård also designed for many other well known Danish design houses and is highly regarded for his work and also bringing Danish design to America.

The design followed the Danish design philosophy of good quality, well designed items available to every day people. The range of cooking pots were made from steel enamel in bright colours. They were lighter and more affordable than cast iron and were intended to look good enough to be brought to the table. Functional but attractive at the same time.

We have two casserole pots, a paella pan and two small sauce pans – one of which was bought at Frederiksberg Fleamarket from a lady who had originally bought it from a flea market in Brooklyn, NY. We use them all the time and love the look of them too.

Design Trade Copenhagen 2014

I spent the morning at the Design Trade show at the Bella Centre yesterday. I loved walking around, meeting interesting people and seeing so many beautiful things. I thought I would share some of the designers, products and brands I loved.CIMG6975

Rie Elise Larsen, in my opinion, make the world’s best tea towels. They are so beautiful and at the same time work so well. We own a few but they don’t look as pristine as these.design trade

I love the scents of Skandinavisk‘s candles, Muuto dots and these simple little wooden men from Applicata.ferm living

Everyone is crazy about Ferm Living at the moment and I like these beautiful shelves, perfect for showing off favourite ornaments.graphic artists

Graphic art is big at the moment in Denmark and these are some of my favourites (clockwise from top left Frou und Frau; Visse Vasse; Michelle Carlslund and Lisbet Krøll). I also love I Love My Type (below from their website).

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Room Lego heads are certainly going to be part of our home soon.succulentsI also loved all the green plants dotted around the venue – it seems succulents are here to stay.

Finally a big thing I enjoyed about the event was that although there were lots of the big brands there, there was also space for smaller, newer designers to have a real presence in the Now’s Market. I am in love with the Nur trays. I also loved the  Now’s Work, where you could watch designers and artists at work, particularly Linedyr below.

CIMG7002It was a great day being surrounded by such creativity and inspirational stories.

 

 

Our new place

So we have been living in our new place for about six weeks now and it is really starting to feel like home. We had to decorate the main rooms before we moved in so the kitchen and hallway are still waiting for the magic white paint touch! It is strange to finally be living in our own home where we can actually make decisions about where to put things and how we want certain rooms to eventually look (yes, kitchen I am talking about you!) I felt a little like I had lost the ability to make decisions as when you live in rented apartments a lot of decisions are made for you and you adapt. So when my husband asked me where I wanted the magnetic knife holder, I just said where ever seems logical as I as so used to getting used to where someone else thinks things should go. Eventually I was pressed into a decision that suited us and not someone else.  kitchen

The kitchen certainly falls into this realm. The fitted cupboards were chosen by the previous owners and whilst there is nothing wrong with them and they are clean and modern, I can’t see them being the final kitchen in the long term. We have made the kitchen more ‘us’ with the addition of cool lighting and plants and for now I am happy with it.bedroom

The bedroom is easier, we now have been reunited with our giant Ikea wardrobes but on the flipside of the rented vs owned conundrum I actually prefer the interior layout of our old apartment’s wardrobes – but that is the joy of learnt adaptability as I will soon be used to my current storage situation.living room

The living room is a cosy space with all our favourite artwork and no worries about how many holes we are making in the walls.misc rooms

I have pared down my ornaments and will be rotating my favourites rather than having everything out on display and my son has had fun enjoying the freedom to decorate his walls with stickers from Søstrene Grene.workspaceFinally I have my own dedicated workspace, full of my favourite things to help inspire me.

So here is a little glimpse into our new place, it still is sinking in that it is ours and we don’t have to pack up everything again and move to somewhere else until we really want to. I feel very lucky and settled.

 

A cup for charity at the VIPP store

I loved the VIPP flagship store on Ny Østergade when I visited it as part of the Meet the Blogger masterclass last month and decided I needed to go back to look at the shop and its products a bit more. I saw on Instagram that there were running A cup for charity at a pop-up coffee shop in the store  to raise money for Doctors Without Borders. As well as enjoying a coffee or tea and a cake you get to take home an elegant VIPP mug, plus the proceeds go to charity. IMG_6464

It was a gloriously sunny day when we visited and it was lovely to sit outside the shop enjoying the warmth and a delicious cup of Løv tea with a Strangas cake all in the name of charity. Definitely worth a visit, the pop up coffee shop is open during opening hours Monday to Friday 11.00 am – 6.00 pm (Saturdays 11.00 am – 4.00 pm), until September.
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Hoptimists

You can’t help but smile when you see these little bouncing ball of fun in shops or people’s homes. One touch of the head of a Hoptimist and they bounce for ages. But these bright, retro looking things are yet another Danish icon, like the wooden birds. First came the Birdie and then Kvak and Bimble and Bumble (Bimble is the girl one (right) and Bumble the boy (left)).

SONY DSCLike the birds, Hoptimists were designed by a Danish cabinetmaker. Hans Gustav Ehrenreich created the design for the Hoptimists back in 1968. Once you know this you can see how they are very reminiscent of that time, with their bright colours and round shapes. Production stopped in 1974 but they were relaunched in 2009. I love the Easter specials.

Do they make you smile too?hoptimist easter

 

1001 Hats at the Round Tower

It was quite by chance that we went to the 1001 Hats exhibition in the Round Tower yesterday. As it was a public holiday sadly our planned activity in the city centre was not taking place so on a whim we decided to go to the top of the Round Tower to enjoy the cloudy views. On the way up we saw this glamourous display of hats in the exhibition room.CIMG6642

 

The show has been put on by the The Association of Danish Hat Designers and Miliners to showcase this small field of craftsmanship. I loved looking at all the fabulous hats and wished I lived more of a glamourous existence where the perfect hat would be de rigueur.1001hat

There is a small curtained area full of hats for you to try on and admire in mirrors. They are encouraging people to instagram their hat modelling with the tag #1001hat so that is well worth looking at.1001hat2There were lovely little side areas with themed hats and historical information but I loved the hats they had on display from films including at hat from the film Titanic. It is an unusual but inspired exhibition and I am delighted that we chanced upon it.

The exhibition runs until 15 June and more information can be found here