48 hours of design heaven in Copenhagen

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Wearing: Leather jacket, The White Company (in black here) | Skirt, Finery (in lime here) | Lace top, Iris | Bag, Topshop (old season) | Shoes, Mango | Sunglasses, ASOS

Is there anything better than visiting a new city? When it’s one with a history of classic design, amazing shops and a million Instagrammable corners, I don’t think so!

Last week I travelled to Copenhagen with Amara Living to be immersed in 48-hours of all things stylishly gorgeous.

(And that’s just the people – I have honestly never seen so many beautiful people concentrated in one place!)

The Danish capital has such a strong design legacy, but they’re keen to make waves with their modern designers too. So it was such a privilege being given behind the scenes access to three of Denmark’s coolest brands, Normann Copenhagen, By Lassen and HAY.

Read on for a photo diary of my visit, including my recommendations for places to visit.

And check out my top five Danish design buys from Amara.

I loved it all. I want to move there.

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The lobby at our ultra stylish hotel SP34 (check it out online here)
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I loved the cool greys and long windows of my room – and that light!
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Industrial meets cut-glass crystal (and Ren products!)
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Hothouse pink at the HAY Design concept store
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All of this outdoor furniture please. New Palissade collection at HAY by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec
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Just hanging out in the HAY mini market
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The vintage staircase was imported from London. Banana plant envy. And cushions. At HAY.
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Copenhagen Nyhaven. Moments after being stopped on the street by a gorgeous Danish reader who recognised me! Surreal and LOVELY.
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Every corner was adorned with beautiful blooms
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Welcome committee at ByLassen, all served on their TWIN  tables
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We were given a styling challenge with ByLassen FRAME boxes. I’m ten minutes in here and still trying to make it work!
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A former cinema becomes the Normann Copenhagen flagship store. I could have moved in.
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We all went mad in Normann Copenhagen’s new stationery section. Brass scissors and fuzzy felt pencils? Yes please! Plus, that blue.
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I fell in love with these footstools at Normann Copenhagen. And I’m wondering where I can adopt a wall storage system like this.
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Sorry. I know you love stationery as much as me though. Lusting over pencils at Normann Copenhagen.
Gorgeous Danish girls casually strolling past with their bikes
Gorgeous Danish girls casually strolling past with their bikes
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Cool shop frontage in the Latin Quarter

 

MY COPENHAGEN RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • Paté Paté We ate here on the first night and it was fantastic. We shared a million different dishes, including pea risotto and harissa roast chicken.
  • Baest One of the best Italian restaurants I’ve ever eaten – but in Copenhagen! They make their own Mozzarella for goodness sake. In the cool Nørrebro district, which is well worth a stroll around.
  • Møller Kaffe og Kuchen For the best brunch in town (they’ve won an award for it), head to this former bank on Nørrebrogade.
  • Acne Archive. The outlet for fashion house Acne, on the corner of Elmegade and Egegade in Nørrebro. Lost hours. Bought boots.
  • Design Museum Well worth a visit for the amazing mid century furniture, gorgeous garden and ultra chic café.
  • Antique shops Oh man there are LOADS! It’s amazing! For quirkier finds, head to Ravnsborggade in Nørrebro but for vintage Eames, Jacobsen and old vintage signs, take a trip to Østerbro.

 

MY TOP FIVE DANISH-DESIGN PICKS FROM AMARA:

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Clockwise from top left:

Laundry basket, FERM Living

Frame storage box, By Lassen

Block table on castors, Normann Copenhagen

Bench with goat skin, Bloomingville

Fray cushion, HAY

 

  • Comments ( 6 )

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    JayneS

    Love this! Been debating whether to go back to CPH this year after first visiting in 2014 and decided we’re DEFINITELY booking up for October hols – I need those fuzzy felt pencils!

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      Erica

      Everyone needs fuzzy felt pencils! x

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    Julia

    I love Copenhagen! Unique design and colors. Great pictures!

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    Daisy Tinker

    I’m travelling to CPH at the end of the year, so this post is absolutely perfect timing!
    I’ll definitely be using this as our city guide whilst we’re there – thanks so much for the tips.
    I don’t know what I’m more excited about; the HAY studio or the ACNE outlet! xox

    • avatar
      Erica

      Yay! So pleased you’ve found it useful! I LOVED CPH, I’m sure you will too! Enjoy! (ps can I come!?) x

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    Katarina

    Love Copenhagen! A perfect weekend city. If anyone is planning on going check out https://rby.dk/

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