Urban Rigger Afloat

A northerly wind rips through Copenhagen’s harbor whipping the water into a frenzy. A couple of hardened kayakers battle their way into the wind. I eventually find the Urban Rigger’s construction moored at Refshale Island (Refshalsøen) afloat and remarkably steady considering the blustery conditions. Urban Rigger is yet another creative initiative addressing the challenges of providing affordable […]
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Belvedere Bridge: Connecting The Wharfs

Last week the wings of an eagle landed on Copenhagen’s South Harbor, Sydhavnen, metaphorically speaking, spanning the Belvedere Canal. The opening of yet another pedestrian and cycle bridge, the Belvedere Bridge is another piece in the puzzle connecting Enghave and Frederik’s Wharf.  Although the breadth of the canal is a modest 25 meters, the bridge offers locals and […]
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COBE: OUR URBAN LIVING ROOM

Copenhagen’s transformation from an archaic industrial and harbor metropolis to an environmental and user-friendly city during the last 10 years has been well documented. The rejuvenation of the Danish capital’s waterfront, the pedestrian and biking infrastructure, the redevelopment of public spaces and attracting young families back into the city with contemporary residential projects, have become […]
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Ib Antoni, A Master Not Forgotten

It must be the smallest gallery in Copenhagen. A handful of Italian young tourists are standing shoulder to shoulder, eyes roaming followed by respectful nods. The gallery owner, Mikael Hauberg gives them an informal description of the man behind the works they are absorbing, the graphic designer and illustrator, Ib Antoni. During the late 1950’s […]
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Beat, Joins The Vinyl Revolution

Enghave Plads, one of Copenhagen’s most vibrant squares, has long been barricaded in as the city’s ambitious metro system tunnels away directly under this neighborhood. Despite years of construction upheavals, Enghave Plads has adapted and thrived as a popular meeting place for Vesterbro’s residents. The latest edition to the fringe of this popular square is […]
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Transitional Dwellings: A Place To Be

Stumbling upon Jane Ostermman-Petersen‘s transitional dwellings was as unexpected as welcome. Sitting on the terrace of one of her dwellings, with Jane, on an Indian Summers day with a sky so blue, it was difficult to grasp our location. Refhaleøen, this vast bastion of Copenhagen’s former maritime glory is today a playground, a laboratory for creative […]
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Copenhagen Containing Urban Solutions

For the last decade, re-designed offshore shipping containers have contributed to solving urban living issues in the wake of the economic crisis in 2008. The re-use of these 20 and 40 feet industrial boxes have spanned a wide range of installations that have become permanent features in our urban psyche. From innovative office spaces and recording studios […]
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Mykita Eyes Copenhagen

Standing next to Moritz Krueger,the Creative Director at Mykita, the Berlin-based eyewear manufacturer, at the official opening of their first store in Copenhagen, one is immediately impressed by his passion and enthusiasm for a brand he co-founded 14 years ago. Mykita’s humble birth began at the Paris Fair in 2002, with the presentation of the first […]
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Copenhagen Contemporary

On  a warm, cloudless day in August, I took the 992 harbor ferry to Nyhavn, meandered over the recently opened Innerharbor Cycling and Footbridge to Paper Island and breezed into an exhibition space that will be soon on everybody’s lips. This summer, Copenhagen became one art center richer with the official opening of Copenhagen Contemporary at […]
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Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival: Pop-up Street Kitchen On The Quay

Copenhagen has lately been treated to glimpses of glorious weather in August, which is fortunate as this month is just one big parade of festivals. Last weekend the city was transformed to an explosion of color and lots of lycra, first with Copenhagen Gay Pride coming to town, filling the streets with raucous fun and buckets […]
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Sluseholmen: Work In Progress

CPH City & Port Development recently released aerial views of Copenhagen’s harbor that are not only stunning, but show the progress of the city’s residential projects, especially in Sluseholmen and Teglholmen. Indeed, South Harbor’s skyline is now punctuated by that most blessed of sights, the building crane, with extensive development in Sluseholmen’s southern area and Teglholmen […]
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Smiling All The Way To Aarhus

I just knew this would be something special when I noticed the crew of the Nordic Seaplane flight to Aarhus, clad in shorts and flip-flops sat outside Løgimose capturing a rare ray of sunshine, enjoying dollops of ice-cream. My virgin seaplane flight from Copenhagen to Aarhus did not disappoint. As the 16 seater Havilland DHC6 Twin […]
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Piece by Piece: A Caregiver’s Story

I’m sitting at the cocktail bar at Bridges in Ubud together with my wife, Jette and our Bali-based friend, Susan. The rain is coming down angrily at 90 degree angles, but this tropical downpour cannot diminish the stunning location and ambience. Perched, almost suspended in our own luscious rain forest, drinks served, our conservation dwells on […]
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Nyoman Suparsa, Repairing Body And Souls In Ubud

For months now my immune system has been on walkabout, sores and strained muscles that won’t heal, even lifting a glass of chilled Sancerre has been a struggle. And as men of my generation tend to do, stupidly ignore the signs until its almost too late. However, a tip from a dear friend living in […]
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Copenhagen’s Harbor, Full Circle

It has been along time coming. The jinxed Inner Harbor Bridge opened a couple of weeks ago in Copenhagen, not so much to a stirring fanfare more of a deep sigh of relief. The Inner Harbor Bridge, now connects central Copenhagen to Amager for pedestrians and cyclists and though the 3 year delay has been […]
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The Day Great Britain Became Little England

Last week I was fortunate to spend a few days in a beautiful corner of England, Norfolk, nurturing friendships and discussing the then up and coming Brexit referendum. Walking around this wealthy, coastal oasis, I noticed an unnerving large amount of Vote Leave posters, not one Vote Remain. I knew then we were in trouble. […]
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Finding Solace Between Still And Moving

With the Brexit result still stinging and the sound of my dentist’s piercing drill echoing in a troubled head, I was desperate to find some solace on a balmy day in Copenhagen. My refuge was the gallery, Kant, with its first solo exhibition, Between Still And Moving by the Danish artist, Susanne Wellm. Susanne’s artistic […]
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Copenhagen: The Seaplane Has Landed

It came from the south-west, swooping around my hood, Sluseholmen, like a friendly bird showing off its flying skills. Copenhagen’s first seaplane service connecting Denmark’s two largest cities was about to make its first official landing. Copenhagen has at long last joined that exclusive club of harbor cities such as Vancouver and Sydney that exploit their […]
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Aesop: A Haven In Copenhagen

Entering Aesop’s latest signature store in Copenhagen was like entering my favorite garden, Hammers Have in Dragør. Greeted by a warm and informative host into a zen-like haven. At long last, the Australian brand, Aesop renowned for its distinctive skin, hair and body products, has put Copenhagen on its long list of flagship stores scattered around the globe. […]
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Concept Retail Stores Flourishing In Hong Kong

  A recent study trip to one of retails power centers, Hong Kong, gave me the opportunity to explore how this consumerist metropolis, continues to pioneer and develop imaginative concepts in the world of retail. Despite finding itself in a minor slump, Hong Kong shoppers are ever thirsty and exceptive for new brands or existing brands extending […]
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A Place In Copenhagen Worth Remembering

The 4th. Friday after Easter, Denmark closes down to celebrate All Prayers Day and Copenhagen this year, blessed with a sky so crisp, so blue, paraded its virtues with its usual panache. As many of the city’s visitors found themselves taking selfies under bushy clouds of pink cherry blossom in the parks and cemeteries, local residents […]
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Popping back up: Amazon Web Services’ Loft returns to London

This guest post comes from Insider Trends, the retail trends consultancy helping companies be first to discover what’s next and connect with the innovators behind the trends. This week sees the return of Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) Pop-up Loft to London. A pop-up version of the more permanent Lofts in San Francisco and New York, […]
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Copenhagen: Under Knippels Bridge

You could be forgiven for confusing the name Rosforth & Rosforth with some illustrious Scottish lawyers firm, housed in prudent offices in Edinburgh’s Haymarket rather than the hip wine enthusiasts providing Copenhagen with biodynamic and organic wines from under the city’s very own Knippels Bridge. Since 2001, this novel location, literally on Copenhagen’s waterfront, has been supplying the […]
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8Tallet: Tying The Knot

There can be few residential buildings that dominate its urban landscape with such visual impact than 8Tallet in Copenhagen. Completed in 2010, this mix of 476 apartments and commercial space, designed by the Bjarke Ingels Group, has harvested countless awards for pushing architectural boundaries. Located at the very most southern tip of Ørestad on the […]
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Strolling Down Overgaden Oven Vandet

There are thoroughfares that are simply designed for a carefree stroll, where time or purpose are of no consequence. The art of strolling, the Danish translation, at slendre evokes images of casually strolling with a folded newspaper clasped between arm and body and someone dear holding the other, sharing the moment. Copenhagen has such a thoroughfare, Overgaden Oven […]
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Copenhagen: Design Werck In The Dock

Copenhagen’s reputation for its furniture and industrial design is indisputable. For two generations Danish design talent has been lavishing an adoring global audience with intelligent, playful and sensuous objects that have become an integral part of Denmark’s and especially, Copenhagen’s international brand. Your average nordic consumer is well versed in Danish design providing a healthy […]
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Copenhagen: Between The Rampants

Maundy Thursday and a silence descends on Copenhagen as the city goes into Easter holiday mode. For a nation that is probably the most secular in the western hemisphere, the Danes do have a sacred devotion to their religious holidays. As the city’s residents head for warmer destinations, the streets and neighborhoods are free to […]
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Refshaleøen, Flying Under Copenhagen’s Radar

There are those neighborhoods that have the knack of flying under the radar, quite happy basking in the shadows of their neighboring districts. San Francisco’s Dogpatch comes into mind. On first appearances this earlier industrial outpost appears devoid of personality, but behind those facades is a beehive of hip creativity. The same can be said […]
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The Cisterns: That Dream Of Peace

The Cisterns in Søndermarken have done it again. This unique exhibition space has found a worthy successor to follow last years wonderful Cronhammer’s installation, H. The Danish artist, Eva Koch has composed a poetic installation, That Dream Of Peace utilizing the dark and damp of the catacombs of The Cisterns. Eva’s work brings into play the symbols […]
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CAFX 2016: Copenhagen Parading Its Architecture

The Copenhagen Festival – CAFX, opened this Thursday and was promptly greeted by the Spring’s first hint of something better to come. There is nothing better than witnessing Copenhagen’s classical buildings and waterfront bathed and draped in luscious sunlight. The festival founders, Josephine Michau, Peter Møller Rasmussen and Mads Farsø have extended the program this year embracing […]
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Wefood: Amager Take A Bow

For the past couple of weeks, Copenhagen and especially the island, Amager has been attracting national and international media attention with the opening of Denmark’s first social supermarket selling surplus food. With Danes throwing out a depressing 700.000 tonnes of food each year, the Wefood supermarket, run by the Danish humanitarian organization, Folkekirkens Nødhjælp has […]
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Copenhagen’s Lungs: Amager Nature Park

Amager, Øresund’s largest island, droops from mainland Copenhagen like some emerald earring, attached, but not quite. Today, Amager is linked by 5 bridges, soon to be 6, to its more prominent neighbor.  When I arrived in Copenhagen in the early 1980’s, Amager  was ironically labeled as “lorteøen – Shit island”, not only a historical reference […]
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TAP1: Copenhagen’s Chocolate Festival

As Copenhagen’s culinary elite was celebrating yet another impressive catch of 20 golden Michelin stars, the city’s residents and visitors were preparing for another assault to their taste buds with the opening of the Copenhagen Chocolate Festival. Copenhagen is experiencing a renaissance in culinary events in recent years focusing on harbor harvested oysters, a wealth of […]
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Cycling Through Life

I must have been around 4 years old when the training wheels finally came off my first bike and suddenly I had Gedling Grove at my mercy. Since those heady days back in my native Nottingham, a city famed for manufacturing Raleigh bicycles, a bike has always been close at hand. The different phases of […]
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Dostoevsky In The Cemetery

A crisp and raw evening in February and I find myself on the second row in the Chapel in Assistens Cemetery in Copenhagen. The Chapel, now home to The Culture Center Assistens and I’m being drawn into the dark and intense universe of Dostoevsky and one of his final classics, A Gentle Spirit. The compact scene is […]
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Rabens Saloner: Bohemian Elegance

To be perfectly honest I wasn’t to sure what to expect entering Rabens Saloner. For once I put aside my research and relied on a tip from my colleague, Jørgen, who has an uncanny knack of pointing me in the right direction of architectural and retail treasures. Rabens Saloner was no exception. Tucked away in […]
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Impact Farm Sprouting in Copenhagen

The concept of pop-ups is nothing new. Since 2008 pop-ups have helped the retail industry navigate out of the economical crisis, injecting new blood in city centers, giving niche and established brands a stage to engage with a new audience. The concept of temporary installations in our urban landscapes has endless possibilties, also in urban farming. Impact Farm […]
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Copenhagen’s Image: Where Do We Go From Here

It has been quite a week in Copenhagen with a storm brewing over the passing of the Refugee Amendment Bill on Tuesday, which amongst other things allows the confiscation of refugee valuables. The Danish Government’s primitive and inward-seeking solution to a global challenge, not only attracted enormous international media attention, but also polarized the nation […]
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Copenhagen’s Citadel, Frozen In Time

With a mini melt down in prospect, Copenhagen has been flaunting some of its most exquisite features before the ice disappears. The Citadel has long been one of Copenhagen’s most treasured spaces, not only with the thousands of tourists that visit the area each year, but with the city’s residents. The star-shaped Citadel was formed into […]
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Copenhagen’s Metro Art: Cool Construction

For the last 8 years Copenhagen’s urban landscape has been transformed as the city’s metro system is being extended. A further 17 underground stations are currently being constructed with a further 15 km of metro tunnel being added on the current line. Many of Copenhagen’s historical sites, squares and public spaces have and are still […]
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Copenhagen: The KADK Library

Tom Waits once growled, “It’s colder than a grave-digger’s ass”, he could have been describing Copenhagen this weekend. The city has gone into freeze mode and thoughts of hibernation linger. The seasonal freeze has seen Copenhagen’s libraries providing warmth and solace for the city’s homeless and refugees seeking some kind of respite from an unforgiving […]
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Berlin: We Are Blessed

The view is stunning. Eating breakfast at the Neni Restaurant perched on the 10th. floor of the Bikini Hotel and all conservation is  consumed by the 360º view of Berlin. Almost beneath me, elephants in the bounds of the zoo, wave their trunks to greet yet another mild day. And then the sprawling Tiergarten, the […]
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Popping-up In Berlin

Back in Berlin for a seasonal visit and I’m curious what this sprawling and fragmented city has been up to. Although Berlin and Copenhagen are so different on so many levels, the northern European taste buds of these two cities are very similar. Ask any Dane what they would take with them if they were a […]
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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many […]
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Have Yourself A Hyggelig Little Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner, its time to take a step back, light some candles, put my favorite nordic psalms on loop, pour something deep red into my wife’s wine glass and enjoy the ambience. Hygge. This non-translatable adjective, or is it a verb?, has made it’s way across the North Sea, baffling and bemusing my […]
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Israel’s Plads: A Public Square to Be Proud Of

In the summer, Israel’s Plads, <Israel’s Square> is a vibrant public square that brings together Nørreport’s local residents, co-workers and pupils from the nearby N. Zahle School in one tremendous mosaic of urban diversity. Located in the city’s inner city, the square was completed last year as part of an ambitious plan revitalizing this area. It […]
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Copenhagen’s Winter Spaces

You know when something isn’t quite right when cycling in Copenhagen in December not wearing your furry-lined mitts. As the rest of northern Europe, Copenhagen, is experiencing temperatures befitting early April. Considering this balmy climate, it might seem odd that I found myself roaming DAC’s <Danish Architecture Center> latest exhibition, “The Winter City”. This interesting exhibition […]
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Black Still Sparkling On Gammel Kongevej

Gammel Kongevej has long been a vital nerve, linking Copenhagen’s fashionable districts of Vesterbro and Frederiksberg. This popular thoroughfare has over recent years undergone significant traffic modernizations in a attempt to accommodate the demands of pedestrians, cyclists and car owners. One could debate the result, especially the dimensions of the bike lanes, however recent visits suggest […]
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Copenhagen’s Christmas Design Markets Flourishing

  Copenhagen´s Christmas Markets are maybe not in the same league as Berlin’s, however over the last few years Copenhagen has seen the concept blossom. One of the best and smallest, is the Designers Christmas Market in Frederiksberg, a neighborhood in central Copenhagen. Located in a yard on H.C. Ørstedsvej, the market has become a […]
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An Ale To Remember

Sitting waiting in an empty Charlie’s Bar on a steamy summers day for an old colleague to appear, who as it turned out had forgotten our meeting. What to do. Charlie’s Bar has been serving quality draught ales primarily from the UK  in central Copenhagen for as long as I can remember. Feeling rather neglected […]
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