To celebrate my first ever visit to Denmark over the weekend (also coinciding with my birthday for guilt-free design shopping), I have brought you a selection of the most covetable Danish interiors items and brands that hail from its well worth visiting capital city, Copenhagen.
First of all, I should explain that I am lucky in that one of my best friends is both Danish, and has impeccable design taste. Since I met her, she has introduced me to a number of designers and helped me to realise that some pieces are just worth saving your pennies for. One of my new favourite brands that she has brought to my attention is the uber-sophisticated Royal Copenhagen. Specialising in beautiful porcelain since 1775, their most iconic design, pattern no.1, can be spotted on cups, bowls, plates and vases in many Danish homes.
Lovely as this is (and the Blue Fluted Mega is on my wishlist), I have developed a penchant for the Fluted Contrast range of ceramic mugs with bright coloured rubber grips. No handles required as the rubber keeps your hands from burning.
Next on my wishlist (next birthday perhaps, if I start saving now), is the classic Arne Jacobsen ‘AJ’ table lamp, designed for the Radisson Blu (formerly the SAS Royal) Hotel in Copenhagen in 1960. Available in a range of colours (though I am truly digging the ‘petroleum’ version pictured below), and in a standard lamp version too, this design classic screams sleek and modern in line with Jacobsen’s minimalist tastes. I can picture it in my living room now…
Finally, to save you from Danish design overload (for now…..), I cannot get over the affordable price of this woven bamboo hanging chair by Broste Copenhagen. Despite offering high quality interior design since 1955, this is a new brand for me – and I am positively loving it. I have been nagging my hubby for aaaaaages to agree to install a hanging chair in our open-plan living/dining room. But as usual, he focuses on the practical (we’d need to find a joist to secure the fitting, we’d need to source a fitting strong enough etc) and we’ve not got much further. However, I think with this price (it’s only £283!) and the simply fabulous shape, we’re going to have to get one. And I mean, bamboo is light as far as materials go, right….?
I hope you’ve found these design pieces as inspiring as I do. Seeing a number of them in situ when mooching in the interior design stores in Copenhagen was truly a great experience. I’ll share more in due course about the excellent shopping on offer in the city – and as ever, I’ll ensure to cover all budgets!
What are your favourite Danish design pieces? Tell me, tell me as I need a new obsession….!
Happy travels and shopping,