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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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Frama Studio Apartment, Copenhagen.

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On June 2nd I had the great pleasure to attend the Design Talk with the Founder of Frama, Niels S. Christophersen and the talk was delivered at the Frama Studio Apartmet on Østerbro, Copenhagen. The space is the residential home of Niels S. Christophersen and it’s only open for public viewing every year during the 3 Days Of Design in Copenhagen. The studio apartment was recently renovated, and it’s bulit 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 place. It was the very first time that I did visit the Frama Studio Apart and I had the feeling of a warm, calm and cozy atmospherein this unique home. I was meeting with raw wallls, carefuly choosen historical design objects and design furnitures from both Frama and other brands. The prototype of the signature Frama kitchen is featured in this beautiful home.

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Frama Studio Store is located in old St. Pauls Apotek in the historic and protected neightboorhood of Nyboder, Fredericiagade 57, Copenhagen K.

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Miss Clara, Stockholm

February 3th – 9th I had the great pleasure to stay at and photograph the beautiful design hotel Miss Clara in the heart of the city for the second time. The hotel is one of Stockholm’s most treasured Art Nouveau buildings in the heart of the city. The famous architect Gert Wingårdh’s has been transformed the originally built girl’s school Ateneum into a unique hotel where the Art Nouveau history has been carefully combined with timeless scandinavian design. I felt so comfortable staying at this hotel that has a a very cozy atmosphere. I just can’t wait to visit next year again for the Stockholm Design Week.

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