It happens every now and then as you enter a space you know instinctively that you have entered something special. Walking into Wecycle Copenhagen, was such an experience. This recently opened concept store in one of Copenhagen’s most popular neighborhoods, Islands Brygge, has intelligently tapped into the soul of the city, by bringing bike design and coffee sublimely together.
Upcycling in Islands Brygge
Wecycle Copenhagen is no stranger to the Danish capital. The brand has been flying under the radar since 2014 at a location in central Copenhagen, however it is the opening in Islands Brygge that is capturing the attention of design savvy locals and tourists. The creative forces behind Wecycle, architect and designer Haukur Thorr and economist Kristin Einarsdottir, both originally from Iceland, have been restoring discarded bike frames and reconstructing the bike from scratch. Today, they have taken craftmanship to a new level, customizing bikes or as Haukur and Kristin call it, “Upcycling”. Along with their handcrafted models, Wecycle has the Belgian brand, Achielle, renowned for their high quality bike frames.
Attention to detail
Although the bikes on show capture the eye, Wecycle has more to offer. The engaging interiors have been caringly restored in collaboration with the local carpenter, Seistrup. The café has quickly established itself in Island Brygge, becoming a local hub where a coffee developes into something chilled from the Danish brewery, Nørrebro Bryghus. The cafè is styled perfectly with customized accessories on show, with hand-made sneakers and bags from Zeha Berlin and Oaks & Phoenix respectively.
Concept stores are nothing new in Copenhagen, however it is rare to discover one where so much careful attention is paid to detail creating a concept that knits perfectly with its brand and the local community. Design and brand aficionados would be well advised to pay Wecycle Copenhagen a visit.
Images: Phillip Mills & Wecycle
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