On Friday we’re going to celebrate Midsummer in Denmark, also called Sankt Hans Aften on Danish. Sankt Hans Aften (St. John’s Eve) takes its name from John the Baptist, who according to Christian tradition was born six month before Jesus. With Christmas celebrated o9n December 24th in Denmark, that puts John’s birthday on June 24th. The tradition of celebrsting the eve of his birthday with bonfire dates back to the 1600s. The Danes bonfire a light to keep the spooky forces at bay. The Danes often meet with family and freinds to have dinner together. If the weather is good, then then proceed to a local bonfire venue. Here the bonfire with the witch on top is lit around 10pm. Beforehand, a bonfire speech is often made, at large events normally by a well-kown person. After the speech, the attendees sing Holger Drachmann’s ‘Midsommervise’ (Midsummer Song, 1885), which is the epitome of the light northern summer night and a National-Romantic idyllic view of the peasant culture.
Even though the summer solstice in on June 21th, Sankt Hans Aften is regarded as the actual Midsummer Eve and therefore the shortest night of the entire year.
This Sankt Hans Aften I’ve planned to serve a glas of cold Secco from the Somersby Orchard Selection together with nordic tapas fo my guests in my garden. Seco is a semi dry cider with tones of green apples and excotic fruits. It’s light and fresh. The nordic tapas consist cucumber rolls with salamon and cream of goat cheese served with feshly picked dill on the top and salted almonds.
August 16th-21th I had the pleasure to visit and photograph the cool boutique hotel The Waterhose At South Bund in Shanghai, China which is part of the Unlisted Collection. Local architects Neri & Nu transformed a 1930s factory in the river docks into an industrial-glam boutique pad, fusing the framework (steel supports, concrete walls) with design classics and high-tech gizmos. Each of the 19 bright rooms has a slightly different layout. I also love their gorgerous restaurant Table NO. 1 where they ‘re serving world influeced modern European food in a casual and contemporary setting. The hotel is a member of Design Hotels.
This summer I’ve been picking a lot of red currants in our garden. I made smoothie with strawberry, red currants, sugar and skyr; that’s really a combo that I love on a warm and sunny summer day. Likewise I made sky icecream with read currants which tasted heavenly served with some freshly picked red currants on the top.
Saturday May 28th I had the pleasure to participate in and photograph the Skagerak 3 Days of Design event at the Skagerak Flagship Store in Copenhagen. It was such a lovely and cozy day with delicious food made by the Danish Restaurant Stedsans and sweet people. The two desigers Ditte Reckweg and Jelena Nordentoft from the store Stilleben did talk about the Edge pots that they’ve designed for Skagerak.
Thursday April 21th I had the pleasure to style and shoot the gorgeous table cloth and tableware from Marimekko on the aesthetic beautiful tables designed by Emil Thorup in the Händvark Showroom in Copenhagen. The pretty and very delicious cakes are form Leckerbaer in Copenhagen.