11 Howard, New York

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This summer I had the great pleasure to visit and photograph the beautiful design hotel 11 Howard during my summer holiday in New York. With it’s very casual luxury, 11 Howard is destined to become a classic. This innovative hotel combines cutting – edge Scandinavian design with oicially conscious hyperlocalism. More than just an ideal vantage point for downtown exploration, the property is an art spectacle in itself and a community hub partnered with a range of local business and nonprofits. 11 Howard describes its raison d’être as “conscious hospitality”. This begins with the hotel’s design by Space Copenhagen, a Danish firm known for its out-of-the-ordninary approach to interior spaces. 11 Howard is Space’s first project of its kind in New York, and a true standout in the city’s hotel world, with an emphasis not just in form, but on long-term function. The design team has gutted a characterless structure, reinventing the interiors with a dose of Scandinavian minmalism. The rooms contain custom furniture and lightning by Danish brands Mads Raaschou and Gubi, with a few pieces by Sapce Copenhagen themselves, as well as the oak-plank floors with soft natural bamboo area rugs.

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11 Howard has reinvented social spaces, making them multifunctional and moving them to the second floor, as true extensions of the guest rooms. With plentiful tables and chairs, The Library is an ideal place to work, meet, sip tea in the afternoon, or unwind with a cocktail in the evening.  The Library features the iconic Charlottenborg chair designed by Arne Jacobsen (Sika Design), Stay Sofa, Stay Lounge Chair by Gubii and other furnitures collected from around the world.

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The Danish Oliver Gustav is a creative consulent with focus on aesthetic development, art, interior and exterior. His approach to interiors is artisanal and thoughtful. He creates spaces that convey a quite and yet dramatic atmosphere, where the stark and modern are contrasted against rare antique findsand exquisite curiosities. From his  gallery in New York which is placed at the same addrss as 11 Howard, Oliver Gustav offers unique and limited edition pieces , from carefully curated edit of international designers and artists.Howard-7

The rooms on 11 Howard features custom-made wall lamps by Gubi.

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With arched windows facing Howard Street, 11 Howard’s bar and loung welcomes guests to work, mingle and relax. From lihtt and open to sensual and inviting, the bar’s ambiance transformers throughout the day. The blond is a stylsih place to kick off a night in new York, as dark woods, subdues colors, low lighting, and gold accents lend a seductive edge to the sapce, a bronze animal masks glint in the sahdows. The space features the Spine Lounge Petit by Space Copenhagen (Fredericia Furniture).

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When it comes to dinning in New York, authenticity is everything. That’s why we enlisted the experitise of accomplished restaurateur  Stephen Starr to create an extraordinary dining etablishment on property. Le Coucou, a collaboration between Starr and internationally acclaimed chef/restaurateur daniel Rose of Spring and La Bourse et La Vie in Paris, is the consummate french experience. A menu of simple yet refined dishes reflects Rose’s personal version of French cuisine aimed a bringing great food and conviviality to the table. An exceptional list of wines and spirits, paired with the utmost of hospitality, takes dining at Le Coucou to the next level. Designed by Rowan and Williams, guests can enjoy a spectacular meal in the most charming of settings.

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11 Howard, 11 Howard Street, New York, New York

50th anniversary with a classic from Fiskars

Sponsored by Fiskars

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5o years ago Fiskars revolutionized the way the world saw scissors. Not only we’re the orange handled scissors lighter, more comfortable and easier to handle than heavy forged scissors, they also delivered an amazing leap in cutting performance. Since then, over a billion Fiskars scissors have been sold worldwide. Today, their scissors are loved worldwide for their superior cutting performance and legendary durability. They’ve even become part of the permanent collection at MoMA in New York. With over 1 billion scissors sold there comes a lot of stories and memories. I’m sure that a lot of you can remember the scissors from your childhood too.
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I can clearly remember the orange Fiskars scissor from my own childhood. My mother always used this beloved scissor in the kitchen, for different crafts so as knitting and sewing. Since I moved into my own home I’ve of course my own orange scissors in different sizes for different activities so as knitting, sewing, cutting paper, wrapping gifts and in my kitchen. On my pictures I’ve been using this iconic scissor to cut flowers for a summer bouquet for my living room. The orange Fiskars Classic Universal scissor is part of my everyday life. There are no scissors who matches the cutting performance as this one has.
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The orange colour has become the symbol of Fiskars and of the world’s first plastic – handled scissors. Both in the U.S. and in Finland the colour, Fiskars OrangeTM, is an officially registered trademark. In 1967 when the first basic models we’re about to be manufactured the designer wanted the scissors to be black, red or green. As the prototype went into production, the machinist decided to finish off the orange colour he had in his machine. The meant prototypes we’re made in four different colours, of which the orange and black we’re most popular. A choice he had to made. An internal vote was taken at Fiskars, and the result gave birth to Fiskars orange- handled scissors. Still Fiskars Classic Universal scissors is produced and tested by hand at the factory in Finland, a factory and a brand known for its high demand on quality and with a heritage back to 1967.

Somersby Orchard Selection

Sponsored by Somersby

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.

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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.

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3 Days Of Design, Copenhagen

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A couple of weeks ago I did attend the annual design and interior event 3 Days Of Design in Copenhagen. I’m sure that you’ve already seen some of my pictures that I’ve been sharing on both my Instagram account and my stories. 3 Days Of Design was established in 2012 as a small event held by a handful of companies in Pakhus 48 and has the sole purpose to running the event in order to enhance and maintain awareness of danish design and ensure Copenhagen’s status as an international design capital.

It was my very first time attending the design event and as a huge design nerd I found it very exciting and inspiring. The design event draws journalists, buyers and design nerds from all over the world to Copenhagen, to experience a new look on design presented. Showrooms are open all over town, there are free boot and shuttle service in between the 70 venues, design talks, exhibitions, products launches and press events. I didn’t have enough time to visit all of it and I’ve chosen to share some highlights with you.

One of the first press events that I was invited to was Fredericia’s new stunning showroom at the top of the historic former Royal Mail house in the heart of Copenhagen. On 1,1000 square metres across two floors, Fredericia presents it’ entire brand univers for the very first time with stories from it’s founding in 1911 until the present day. Visitors can experience everything from classic design icons by Børge Mogensen. Hans J. Wegner and Nanna Ditzel to creative news by Jasper Morrison, Aurélien Barbry andGeckeler Micheles. For the 3 Days Of Design I was invited to the tactile and visual experience showcasing iconic and new furnitures dressed in innovative fabrics by Kvadrat/Ruf Simons along with brunch on their rooftop; indeed an amazing experience. Likes it was exciting to attend the guest speaker Nick Vinson from Wallpaper giving his view on ‘The interweaving og fabric, fashion and furnitures’.

Picture left below innovative fabrics elevate the iconic Haiku Low sofa and Pato lounge chart new heights by combining the worlds high-end fashion and furniture from Fredericia, Løvstræde 1, 4 & 5, Copenhagen K.

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The newly opened Nomade Workspace in the historic courthouse on Sankt Hans Torv, in multi cultural Nørrebro has for a while been high on my list over must sees in Copenhagen. The old gorgeous building is now housing freelancers and small business.

Interior design Natalia Sánchez was asked to converting the classic building into an inspirational space, and did so though the use of warm colours , patterned fabrics, exotic plants; and mixed furnishings from up-and-coming Danish designers , intermingled with a few of her own custom pieces. Taking it’s inspiration from boutique hotels, as co-working spaces in New York and London. Nomad Workspace is the exactly sort of place its members will find difficult to to tear themselves away from; a home from home and plenty more besides.

During 3 Days Of Design I was delighted to attend a Walk & Talk with interior designer Natalie Sánchez where she did talk about her exciting work renovating Nomade Workspace into a stunning space with a very cozy and warm atmosphere. It was a interesting experience  to explore the beautiful building with carefully chosen design interior and exhibitions with different designers.

The  talented Friends & Founders was one of the exhibitors with their beyond beautiful, minimalistic and elegant furnitures. They was founded in 2013 by designer Ida Linea & Rasmus Hildebrand. Their work is based on the ‘Favorite spots philosophy; find your spot , make room for personality and get inspired and share with others’. Friends & Founders are known for their unique quality and materials. One of several products they presented at the Nomad Workspace was the striped version of La Pipe chair, which is a chair inspired by the pipes organic hopes and designed to be extra comfortable. Above right you can see the striped version of La Pipe chair together with the Saw Table with black marble on the top.

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I’ve already showed you a picture from HAY’s pop-up at the magical Lindencrones Palæ but I just can’t resist to share one more image. The Lindencrones Palæ was buit in 1753 in a restrained Rococo style and consistsof three storeys and a high celler under a black mansard roof. The facade is constructted in limestone ashlars from Lindencrone’s at Stevns.

HAY’s continued vision is to create contemporary funiture with an eye for modern living and sophisticated industrial manufacturing. That remains their ambition today. HAY’s continued vision is to create straightforward, functional and aesthetic design in cooperation with some of the world’s most talented, curious and courageous designers. For  3 Days Of Design they presented ‘The Result Chair’ and the ‘Pyramid Collection’ both designed by the Dutch Frisco Kramer and Wim Rietveld back in 1958.  See image the ‘Result Chair’ above right. Likewise HAY shared the first preview of their new ‘HAY Kitchen Market’ which is a collection of kitchen accessoires that Mette Hay, the half part of the HAY duo, has designed together with the Danish chef Frederik Bille Brahe who is founder of Atelier September in Copenhagen.

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One of the reasons that I arrived to Copenhagen a day earlier was beacuse I was lucky to be invited to the Grand Opening at the combined showroom for Montana and Erik Jørgensen in Bredagde 76.

Montana was founded in 1982 by Peter J. Lassen and based on his philosophy of people havionmg a need for freedom and a desire to create their own personal spaces. Expressing yourself is what Montana is all about. Montana gives you endless possibilities to create, frame tell your personal stories throug clever design and superior craftsmanship. The showroom can be founded on the second floor on Bredgade 76, also divided several themed rooms. I just fall in love with with the Montana bathroom in the colour pistachio and lots of green plants styled by the famous Danish stylist Gitte Kjær as you can see above right.

During the 3 Days Of Deisgn I was delighted to attend the Design Talk with the Founder of Frama, Niels S. Christophersen and the talk was delivered at the Frama Studio Apartment on Østerbro, Copenhagen (image abouve left). The space is the residential home of Niels  and it’s only open during the 3 Days Of Design. The Studio Apartment was recently renovated, and it’s built upon the creative direction; When Space Defines Context. I found it very exciting and inspiring to hear more about the background for the architecture, design and decoration behind this beautiful space

Hotel Danmark, Copenhagen

1 - 3DDA couple of weeks ago I did attend the annual design and interior evet 3 Days Of Design in Copenhagen. I’m sure that you’ve already seen some of the pictures that I’ve been sharing on both my Instagram account and my stories. During the 3 Days Of Design I finally got a chance to stay at Brøchner Hotels’s newly opened and renovated Hotel Danmark. I felt a warm welcoming and was so glad to reconize the same sweet staff that I know from my favorite SP34 which also belongs to Brøchner Hotel’s.

The stylish boutique hotel offers several different beyond beautiful rooms which makes it so exciting to see which room that you’re going to stay in every time that you’re staying at the hotel. The atmosphere is very warm and cozy even that the hotel has a quite minimalistic style. All the rooms is decorated with carefully chosen design interior, stylish solutions and extravagant features as you can see on the picture above left. The blankets and pillow are from the Danish brand Aiayu.

Image above left is from their gorgeous and cozy lobby where I loved to sit working and did enjoy their relaxing signature ‘Wine Hour’ from 5 – 6pm.

The  with hallway inspired by the Danish Thorvaldsens Museum and it’s just stunning with the strong colours, beautiful tiles and changing light during the day (picture below left). I do always prefere to stay at design hotels in which I can identify with my own aesthetic and minimalistic style because it makes me feel very comfortable.

I just felt in love with their small charming and adorable backyard with view to the typical Danish archicture from the 19th century, plants climbing on the walls and colourful furnitures from the French brand Fermob. Such lovely experience and I just can’t wait to return to this aestheticly beautiful hote.

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