Trends And Traditions Copenhagen 2017

For the third consecutive year, the Danish supplier of interior design solutions, Holmris.Designbrokers were the hosts for Copenhagen’s most impressive event for designers and architects. Yet again, the choice of the atmospheric Locomotive Workshop was impeccable. The 9.000 m² floor space was utilized perfectly for the 105 exhibitors, street-food vendors, the lounge bar and Speakers Corner. […]
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Esplanaden, A Street With A Historic Pedigree

Every major European city probably has its own version of Esplanaden, although few thoroughfares have Esplanaden’s historic pedigree, with over 300 years of architectural styles represented on one of Copenhagen’s most iconic streets. A former military route to the Citadel, Esplanaden, stretching from Store Kongensgade to the waterfront at Nordre Toldbod, parades its excellent urban […]
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Adieu Adendum, Entrer Au Bistrot

The wine bar and bistro, Au Bistro, formerly Adendum, has been providing Copenhagen a little bit of Parisian ambience since opening its doors in 2010. It’s slightly withdrawn location coupled with views over the harbor, have made it a popular rendezvous, especially for colleagues and friends to sample the excellent wine list that has a […]
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Hay: From Local To Global

At the beginning of the millennium, a handful of brands based in Copenhagen, contributed in revitalizing a retail segment specializing in nordic contemporary, minimalistic furniture design and household products. HAY, spearheading this group was  founded in 2002 by Mette and Rolf Hay and have since seen their idea flourish from a modest local store in the Danish capital to a […]
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Recycles: Craftsmanship And Sustainability Combined

It was the sign over the counter that caught my eye. The Raleigh sign in all its neon retro glory, took me back to my home town of Nottingham, when this bike manufacturer was the pride of the East Midlands and the UK. I shared my nostalgic story with the co-owner of Recycles, Mikkel Due, […]
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Roast Coffee: Part 2

In 2015, Andreas Astrup put Roast Coffee on Copenhagen’s barista map with the opening of the coffee bar and roastery, Roast Coffee. Since then, Roast Coffee has flourished, serving the best coffee in a city where the consumers are renowned for their taste of a quality brew. The success has also led to a change of location, from the […]
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From Kihøskh To Rbabarrab

For Copenhagen’s residents, Kihøskh, really needs no introduction. This organic corner shop that boasts an impressive selection of international magazines, organic croissants from the bakery Brød, a world-class selection of bottle beer and a healthy choice of cactus for heaven’s sake, Kihøskh is no ordinary corner shop. This compact pearl has been attracting beer enthusiasts […]
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Absalon, A Communal Haven

It maybe Spring, but a chilling wind is driving Copenhagen’s wind weathered kin into the former church, Absalon or as I discover lunch is being served and the local postman is tucking away at his pulled-pork. The congregation are a delightful mix of locals, creative dudes discussing design briefs, mothers nurturing their young ones and […]
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A Danish Classic: Smørrebrød Diner In Copenhagen

Denmark’s classic open sandwich, smørrebrød, is truly experiencing a renaissance in Copenhagen with quality restaurants and cafés reinventing their own interpretations of this ageless meal. The latest homage to this traditional dish is to be found in the heart of Vesterbro, Enghave Plads. Enghave Smørrebrød opened last month sitting shoulder to shoulder with its equally hip […]
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Copenhagen: Bageriet Brød

February and the winter’s first heavy snow can’t discourage Danes standing in queues at Copenhagen’s array of outstanding bakeries ordering their favorite versions of Fastelavnboller, (Fastelavn Buns). These popular pastry gems, pumped with creme with a variety of flavors ranging from nougat to rhubarb, topped with glazing, are baked and sold leading up to the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. […]
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Copenhagen’s New Food Mecca: WestMarket

Copenhagen’s latest food mecca, WestMarket, opened its doors last month, providing yet another food market alternative for the insatiable locals. Copenhagen’s reputation as a magnet for attracting curious international foodies to the restaurant and street food scene has grown steadily in recent years, an adding another dimension to the capital´s appeal as a tourist attraction and […]
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A Copenhagen Icon: H. C. Ørstedsværket

It’s a race against time as the sun is sinking and H.C. Ørsted Power Station’s shadows are as black as the coal that once fueled its furnaces and photographing this Herculean building is not only challenging, but feels forbidden. For as long as I can remember, H.C. Ørsted Power Station has dominated South Harbor’s skyline. The deep red […]
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Copenhagen Dining Week 2017

Week 7. The calendar week that Danish families have penned in months before with the realm going into winter holiday mode. And while Copenhagen’s schools, kindergartens and roads lay barren, the city’s restaurants are filled to the brim as the popular food festival, Copenhagen Dining Week explodes into life. Copenhagen’s restaurant scene and food culture […]
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Copenhagen’s Secluded Gem: Wilders Plads

There are winter days in Copenhagen when bone-marrow chilling winds from Siberia relent and clouds evaporate. For a moment the city is bathed in February sunlight with a snippet of warmth. There are many places in Copenhagen where one can feel the teasing sensation of sunlight caressing a cheek, but there is no place like […]
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Copenhagen’s Frost Festival: Braving The Wave

The impressive light and acoustic installation, The Wave has arrived. Beached on Copenhagen’s most impressive pier, Ofelia Plads, surrounded by the city’s spectacular cultural icons such as The Royal Danish Playhouse. And on a bleak February late afternoon, with a bitterly cold wind ripping across this vast open space, this magical 80m long and 4m […]
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Copenhagen: Krøyers Plads Rejuvinated

For more than a decade, plans for developing one of Copenhagen’s most prestigious and historical waterfront locations, Krøyers Plads, were continually rejected by local community organizations and politicians, vigorously believing that the designs were failing to respect the identity of Christianshavn’s waterfront. The bruised egos of an international and domestic architectural community had to take […]
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Meyers Bakery Class And Distant Memories

My first memory of bread was back in Nottingham in the early1960’s sitting in my aunt’s kitchen, legs and feet swinging in anticipation, being tormented by the smell of her luscious thick slices of toast supporting slabs of melting butter. Recently a dear friend reminded me of that same toast we used to devour in that very kitchen […]
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Kids City, Building Blocks In Christianshavn

With Copenhagen’s population expanding by almost 1000 new residents monthly, the city’s authorities, urban & spatial planners and architects are having to seek innovative and alternative solutions to accommodate the pressures of urban living, especially the challenges of providing child-care physical environments. Kids’ City, is undoubtedly Copenhagen’s most ambitious pre-school, day care centre and youth club […]
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Eyja Guldsmeden, A Place To Dwell In Reykjavik

Reykjavik, 11.10 am and no hint of daylight. The rain is hitting this lava island with such anger that Thor would be impressed. Fortunately, I have found refuge at Eyja Guldmeden Hotel in the Icelandic capital, the latest addition to the Danish hotel group specializing in creating a hotel experience based on organic values and […]
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English For Beginners

Christmas Eve and Copenhagen feels empty as thousands of its residents migrate west to be reunited with friends and family on the mainland of Jutland. Today is undoubtedly the highlight of the Danish calendar, climaxing in one synchronized exchange of gifts under candle lit Christmas trees. Retailers in the Danish capital have witnessed a positivity […]
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Copenhagen Contemporary: 88 Zebra Finches Take A Bow

As a teenager growing up in Nottingham in the bleak 1970’s, I often found solace in my mother’s small aviary filled with curious and chirping Orange Cheeked Waxbills and Zebra Finches poking their beaks into my pockets. These colorful, fragile birds had a knack of weaning a smile. And so it was again, albeit in another […]
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Ship Ahoy: Kahyt & Kaffe

As tower cranes punctuate Copenhagen’s Sydhavnen, hinting at the intensive and welcome development in this area, there are still a few docks that are attracting attention for all the right reasons. One of them is Tømmergraven. Wedged between Havneholmen and Enghave Brygge, this earlier hidden dock has suddenly become a focal point. Today the Tømmergraven is home to […]
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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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