Every port city has them, raw and racy red light districts adding their own challenges and spice to a city’s identity. Copenhagen’s own hub has historically centered on and around Istedgade, a vibrant nerve in the central district of Vesterbro. In recent years, this traditionally working class area has gradually transformed to a residential, shopping and restaurant friendly urban zone with the influx of young and creative souls providing the neighborhood with new possibilities and redefining its image. The recent ambitious renovation of Istedgade is a further attempt to attract a more diverse clientel to this area than previously.
When the interior concept store, DANSK, made for rooms opened its doors on Istedgade 80 in 2011, it signalled confidence in Istedgade’s future. The owners behind this inspirational store, the sisters, Ma-Lou and Malene Sofie Westendahl, have established a loyal local following in a city famed for its high quality furniture and interior stores and a knowledgeable and savy customer base. This appealing retail space is pin-pointed with a subtle mix of lighting fittings, furniture and books. This concept store expanded earlier this year by opening another retail outlet on Istedgade 64, focusing on Danish and international kitchen equiptment and utensils.
DANSK, made for rooms is not only a valuable asset for Istedgade, but also for Copenhagen in general, as many international visitors have discovered this gem.
Photo credits: Phillip Mills