Category Archives: Design

Santa Clara 1728, Lisbon

Last summer I had the great pleasure to visit and photograph the stunning Santa Clara 1728 in Lisbon. Santa Clara 1728 is located in an enchanting 18th century building, in one of the most romantic Lisbon squares in the old cultural quarter of the city with a beautiful view over the Pantheon and River Tangus.

The hotel has been designed by local architect Manuel Aires Mateus, whose clean, modern interiors are refreshing trimmings to the buidling’s ancient walls ; worn, limestone stairs lead to the guest rooms, where coarse lines, pale woods and furnishings by designer Antonio Citterio come together in natural palette boosted by a graceful duck egg blue. Bathrooms are a mixture of pine wood and white tiles, while the huge freestanding tubs and basins are made of pink-hue limestone. I just fell in love with the bathroom immediately.

I got such a warm welcome by the hearty and helpful staff meeting me in the reception. I felt so comfortable and cozy staying at Santa Clara 1728. Just like being home far away from home which is so important top me while I’m traveling.

Downstairs, unwind under the warm glow from David Groppi’s beautiful ‘Simbiosi’ lights enjoying the delicious home-made breakfast, using the freshest market produce, while planning the best to see and explore in Lisbon.

Santa Clara 1728, Campo de Santa Clara 128, RC, 1100-473 Lisboa, Portugal

Nobis Hotel Copenhagen

I’ve been lucky to stay at the beyond beautiful Nobis Hotel Copenhagen several times. Everytime I’ve been staying in a new gorgeous room since none of the rooms are identical which makes it even more exciting to visit the hotel. I’m always feeling cozy and comfortable at this hotel with such hearty and helpful staff meeting in the reception. I love how the hotel has been choosing so much beautiful design furnitures  which brings so much characters to the place.

The grand 75-room Nobis Hotel Copenhagen is housed in an historic 5,400-square-meter landmark building that originally served the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music. Bringing the Nobis magic to the mindst of the Danish capital, the hotel is architect Gert Wingårdh’s “updated take on Le Corbusier. Danish classicism, which this building is a fine example of, is something special-more sophisticated, more stripped down than in Sweden”, he says. The historic landmark building on Niels Brocks Gade has been transformed into a cutting-edge contemporary luxury hotel-one where, like its Stockholm predecessor, food plays a central role. The restaurant which takes liberty with design styles from the 20th-century, borrows from the best of Nordic culinary traditions and served up modern seasonal cuisine. At Nobis Hotel Copenhagen, modernism meets classism and it’s all lusciously augmented by such embracing amenities as a gym, a sauna with cooling pool and ham, a bar, and a lounge area that, taken together, serve as an attractive new locus for Copenhagen’s downtown scene.

Nobis Hotel Copenhagen, Niels Brocks Gade 1b, Copenhagen

Vipp Loft, Copenhagen

February 23th-25th I was invited to visit and photograph the Vipp Loft in Copenhagen. Vipp Loft is located in the same building as the company’s Copenhagen headquarter; an old printing factory in the industrial area of Islands Brygge.

The Danish design company Vipp employed Studio David Thulstrup to create “a multi -functional and holistic home environment” beneath the original oak rafters of the factory’s loft area on 400m2.

The space is large enough to accommodate a mozzanine containing a study and library which are connected by a bridge to a dark, secluded bedroom. The open-plan living area i arranged around a freestand Vipp kitchen. Vintage furniture and diverse artworks create the feel of a “mini museum of contemporary art and design”.

Vipp was founded more than 75 years ago by Holger Nielsen, who developed the first bin for his wife’s hair salon. The pedal bin is now in MoMA’s permanent collection and the company is run by Holger’s daughter Jette Egelund, along with her two children Kasper and Sofie. It has 15 employes.

I had a very lovely time spending the weekend in this stunning Vipp Loft. It’s obvious that every little detail, materials and all the design interiors have been carefully chosen for this space with such a cool yet cozy atmosphere.

Vipp A/S Headquarters, Snorresgade 22, 2300 Copenhagen

Illums Bolighus Aarhus

Sponsored by Illums Bolighus Aarhus

On Saturday February 24th from 11-16 Illums Bolighus Aarhus is inviting to the opening of their new FDB furniture universe on their 3. floor.  Besides good offers they will spoil you with delicious refreshments.

In the beginning of the ’40s some young and brave architects was asked to develop beautiful, functional design furnitures to attractive prices. Good furniture design and high quality shouldn’t be reserved for the most wealthy in the society. Now, 76 years after the “FDB Møbler” has been revived with old classics and new modern furnitures will be developed from the same values.

I had the great pleasure to style and photograph the iconic bench for Illums Bolighus Aarhus.

The bench:

J83B bench. Ordinary price. 3.499 DKK. Illums Bolighus price 2.499 DKK on both February 24th and 25th.

Iconic bench designed by the still living designer from the FDB  architect studio, Jørgen Bækmark.

Illums Bolighus, Lille Torv 2, 8000 Aarhus

Copenhagen Marriott Hotel

Sponsored by Copenhagen Marriott Hotel

January 25th I was invited to attend the relaunch and photograph the The Royal Suite at the Copenhagen Marriott Hotel. The Royal Suite is designed by the Danish designer Lise Linneberg Agerholm. The suite is beautifully designed with carefully chosen custom made interior design from Denmark and other countries. The whole space is filled with so many gorgeous details. When you’re coming into the suite you’re met by a a warm and cozy atmosphere which is very typical for Danish culture. The Royal Suite has an amazing view over Copenhagen and the inner harbour.

Copenhagen Marriott Hotel, Kalvebod Brygge 5, Copenhagen.