Miss Clara and B&O play

Expenses and hotel accommodation was provided by B&O play.I just came back from my Copenhagen/Stockholm short 3 days trip ( you can read more about the Copenhagen part here and here), if are not following me on Instagram, you missed on some am…

Le Labo in Copenhagen

I am already in Stockholm today( do check my instagram stories for my whereabouts, plus the most amazing sunrise this morning e fr) , but I wanted to share some of the photos I took yesterday while out shopping at the new Le Labo perfume boutique, that…

A peek into the Fredericia World

//Trip and expenses were sponsored by Georg Jensen and Fredericia.
A little while ago I and a few other colleagues had the chance to visit the Fredericia showroom in Copenhagen, learn more about the history and designs of Fredericia Furniture but also, enjoy a full day of an amazing tour, part of the Scandi design Tour 2017 organized by Fredericia and Georg Jensen. I have already written about the day we spend at Georg Jensen at my Inside Georg Jensen : The making of the Torun Bangle post, for a full tour you are welcomed to read both!

Starting our tour we left hotel SP34 and walked towards the Fredericia Showroom in a beautiful sunny day in Copenhagen. The new Showroom at the top of the historic former Royal Mail House was renovated and restored to display the entire collection of Fredericia designs, a creative workspace and a gallery with changing exhibitions. We met with Thomas and Rasmus Graversen (2nd and 3nd generation owners of the company) on the first floor of the showroom, where first we were introduced to some iconic classic designs, like the Spanish chair, the Trinidad chair , the 2213 sofa and the Søborg Chair . Fredericia is also proud of collaborations with a carefully chosen circle of international designers, all renown for their exceptional level of design integrity. All with the ambition of creating contemporary design that is always beautifully crafted, relevant and aesthetically intriguing. Already iconic examples include the Swoon chair ( as seen above in the Space Copenhagen offices) and the Spine Collection from Space Copenhagen.

The Hunting Chair, as seen below, designed by Børge Mogensen in 1950, was Mogensen’s first work with exposed wooden framing and saddle leather. The chair in the Fredericia showroom is the very first working prototype, we were lucky that the showroom was exhibitioning such rare iconic furniture. With the Spanish Chair Mogensen expanded upon his work with solid oak and saddle leather. The chair was launched in 1958 as part of an innovative living space exhibition, in which all tables were removed from the floor to create an open living space. Fredericia has its roots in traditional craftsmanship based on a deep understanding of natural materials like vegetable tanned leather and solid wood. Solid pieces of oak from sustainable European forests are refined and processed; creating the elegant frame for the iconic Spanish Chair. Each part of the timber frame for the Spanish Chair is assembled with wooden dowels and bonded together under high pressure to ensure strength and stability for decades to come. It takes a steady hand to colour the leather edges of the Spanish Chair and continuing our tour in the Fredericia showroom we were treated to a craftmanship class by one of the craftsmen from Tränsjo Garveri , who showed us parts of the process.The entire production requires fourteen days of patient craftsmanship and passionate dedication to complete the iconic Spanish Chair. You can see the Spanish chair in the making in a video at Fredericia website here and gain even more insight in the design and the process. Below you can see some photos from the process captured by me, and then the Spanish chair displayed in the beautiful rooftop part of the showroom on the top floor where at the evening we were treated to an exquisite dinner and cocktails. 

We were lucky to be able to experience prototypes in our tour, the 2213 sofa as seen above Mogensen designed for his own home in 1962, and it is that very one that is displayed here. With generous proportions, modest aesthetic, a choice of materials and execution second to none, the sofa achieves Mogensen’s ambition to create the ultimate sofa. From the solid hardwood frame construction, to the carefully measured ratio of foam to feather in the cushions, the sofa part of the collection is thoroughly uncompromising. The bull hides used at Fredericia are of the highest calibre, from animals that have been raised under strict ethical guidelines. Every sofa and chair in the collection is 100% hand crafted and upholstered in the Fredericia factory in Denmark.

Even though I visit Copenhagen a lot these days for work, I was still very happy that the team had arranged for us to have lunch at a cafe a short walk by, that serves something all Danish people enjoy for lunch everyday, the unique smørrebrød (literally spread bread, or open faced sandwich). Invariably based on rye bread, smørrebrød can have an almost limitless number of different toppings, from herring, to raw beef, seafood and egg, and it is delicious, you can take my word for it.


After lunch, taking advantage of the beautiful weather we walked towards Space Copenhagen offices, where the talented architects ( and designers) duo Peter Bundgaard Rützou ( above ) and Signe Bindslev Henriksen ( below), talked to us about the design process from concept to prototype to production of few of their iconic designs for Fredericia, the Swoon chair and Spine Collection.

Space Copenhagen originally designed Spine for the interior design for a Michelin starred restaurant in 2011. The Spine series has a solid character where the texture of the wood and upholstery are given solid emphasis. The hand-sewn upholstery for the chair is inspired by techniques that were developed at Fredericia’s workshop for Børge Mogensen’s exclusive 1960’s leather series. Spine is a fusion of the organic, solid, and modern. In designing the series, Space Copenhagen felt their way forward using their intuition, until reaching a balanced design that invites many hours of relaxation. The Swoon was designed to fill the gap between a conventional lounge chair and a typical armchair – for use in lounge areas as well as private homes. The organic, yet structured design holds the seated body and provides an instant feeling of relaxation while offering excellent back support.

After our visit to Space Copenhagen, it was time to return to SP34 for a quick rest, then head back to Fredericia Showroom for a beautiful dinner on the rooftop. I dont have photos from the dinner but, the table was set with Georg Jensen tableware while we seated in an array of all Fredericia chairs, iconic classics and new favorites. At the end of the night we moved outside on the balcony to learn how to make our own cocktails using the new Georg Jensen Sky bar collection. All that with an exquisite view of Copenhagen from above. 

I want to thank the Fredericia and Georg Jensen team for organising the Scandi design Tour 2017showing us around Copenhagen. It was a fascinating two days where not only I got to be with fellow colleagues, but all of us got a chance to learn the history and appreciate even more these iconic Danish brands. 

I hope everyone enjoyed these series of posts as much as I enjoyed taking photos during the tour!


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Inside Georg Jensen : The making of the Torun Bangle

//Trip and expenses were sponsored by Georg Jensen and Fredericia.

Two thousand seventeen, marks the 50th year of the collaboration between Georg Jensen and master Silversmith Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe, and a propos this celebration, a few blogger colleagues and me had the opportunity to be invited to Copenhagen and see first hand the making of the her famous Torun bangle, as well as, an inside exclusive view of the world of Georg Jensen
With a history that spans more than 100 years, Georg Jensen represents quality craftsmanship and timeless aesthetic design, producing lifestyle products ranging from hollowware to watches, jewellery and home products. The philosophy of Georg Jensen himself was to create democratic designs possessing both functionality and beauty. His artisanal skill and artistic talent combined with his continuous ability to identify and support design talent was the foundation on which he built Georg Jensen in Copenhagen in 1904. 
Georg Jensen’s style embraced the Art Nouveau lines of the day but injected them with a distinctive vigour that continues to resonate today. Serene flowing forms are enriched by exquisitely sculpted ornamentation and his stylised bouquets of flowers and lush bunches of grapes reflect his sensual delight in nature.


We were treated to a tour of the Silver Smithy, where we got to see how some of the designs were being realized almost from start to finish in various stages. From mold to form, even prototypes had so much elegance and uniqueness that they could easily be treated as art pieces of great value. I was fascinated not only by the history of the designs, the designers themselves, but also by the silversmiths and their dedication to the craftsmanship. Twenty seven silversmiths currently work at the intimate Georg Jensen smithy, each with a special set of skills. Each item produced here is 100% handmade, formed and expertly hammered into shape. From apprentice to silversmith, one needs 4 years of practice before they are able to work on their own without guidance, but becoming a master is a lifetime work. The pieces themselves take exceptionally long to make, a pitcher can take up to two months, while one of their most famous pieces Hennings Koppel Fish Dish takes more than 6 months of work. Every single piece produced at the smithy is a work of art, from jewelry to cutlery, truly the work of masters.

During our tour we not only got to visit the silver smithy, but we were lucky to be able to get an exclusive look into the archives of Georg Jensen filled with hundreds of original designs some more than 100 years old, as well as the design lab which was filled with sketches and prototypes ( some of which I am not allowed to share with you yet! ). We were also lucky to talk to the designer Aurélien Barbry of the new collection Sky, and discuss about the functionality of his designs as well as the creative process. 


The highlight of the tour however for me was getting to know more about the designer Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe, and watch as various expert silversmiths realised in front of our eyes one of her designs, the Torun bangle.

Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe (1927 – 2004) was born in Malmö Sweden. She graduated from the Academy of Industrial Arts in Stockholm in 1945 and in 1956 she settled in Paris where she quickly became known for her jewellery. Torun’s designs have become legendary and are exhibited at several museums worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Torun was philosophical about the role of design in our everyday lives:
“A piece of jewellery should be a symbol of love. It should enhance and move with the body so that it blends with you. It must not overwhelm, but enhance you. This is why it must be timeless. It shouldn’t matter if you are 17 or 87 years old.”
Torun was an exceptionally talented artist, her pieces were all formed by bending silver into the forms she imagined using only one piece of metal. The Torun bangle folds around the wrist gracefully and it locks in a way that symbolizes the bond that two people have together, stronger in unison than being apart. Symbolism was very important to Torun and all her pieces have greater meaning. She was so connected with her ideas that she even reinvented them over time, nothing was forgotten and everything was in a constant flux in her creative process.

In the Georg Jensen smithy there is a recreation of Toruns own workshop, borrowing clothes and memorabilia, books and items that she treasured, here time almost stops and one can dive into Toruns world. A fierce feminist Torun was the voice of liberation in all fronts, social , sexual, racial, cultural, she did not conform to the tropes of her time. She began making jewelry as a teenager and she even staged her first exhibition at the age of 21. In 1948 she traveled to Paris and Cannes, where she met painters Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Henri Matisse.

Torun’s jewelry was inspired by natural shapes such as flowers, leaves, swirls and the flow of water. It is described as sober, minimalist and simple. Torun has been praised for her ability to shape solid materials into seemingly flexible forms, so that metal flows like water around the wearer’s neck and shoulders.She did not use valuable stones, preferring instead pebbles, granite, rock crystal, moonstone and quartz.

In 1948, saying that she didn’t want to design jewelry for the wives of wealthy men to keep locked up in private, Torun began making what she called “anti-status jewelry” out of twisted silver wire embellished with crystals and stones. In 1959, she designed the Mobius necklace, which included a lead crystal drop to be draped over the shoulder of the wearer. It was described by Barbara Cartlidge, author of the reference book Twentieth Century Jewelry, as a “milestone in the history of modern jewelry.” In 1962, Torun designed a stainless steel bangle-style wristwatch for an exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.It later became the first wristwatch to be produced by the world-renowned Danish silver company Georg Jensen.

The Torun bangle takes an expert silversmith more than 10 hours of work to make. It goes through various stages of process, the strand of silver is cut with a saw to an appropriate size, then filled from all sides, then following the steps of the designer herself, folded manually into its final shape. The process looks simple when you look at it from afar, but we had a chance to be involved into all the steps and I cannot stress this enough, there was nothing easy or simple when your hands are doing the work. It is no wonder takes patience and expertise that can only be gained after years of honing the procedure. The final result , the Torun bangle looks effortless, and it naturally folds over the wrist, just as Vivianna Torun herself intended. 

Even though we didnt get to make our own Torun Bangle however ( despite our best efforts ), we were each gifted with one that was custom made for us, down to our carved initials on the inside. I would have treasured this gift regardless for years, but it was extra special for me after learning so much about Torun, getting involved in the whole process and being part of this amazing experience. A big thank you to Georg Jensen and our hosts for organizing one of the most beautiful trip.  
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Ferm Living : The Home

A couple of weeks ago I visited Copenhagen, invited by Ferm Living for a very special dinner and the opening of The Home, their new Showroom in Amagertorv Square. If you follow me on instagram ( and you should for candid everyday moments ), I snapped the whole dinner and gave a quick sneak peek of the private showroom, and today I am finally sharing the photos I took. Everything in the showroom you can find in the Ferm Living webshop apart from small details such as perfumes or crystals. The Home is not open for public viewing but I will be more than happy to take you on a tour below.  Follow me!

I am starting the tour from the living room, where the light is ample and the windows look directly at the Amagertorv Square. The Turn Sofa and the Kelim rug are few of my favorites from the collection ,  while the poofs are new for AW17 and can be found here along with the rest of the news.

Walking past the living room through the double doors we enter the office. Here the table and chairs or the Haze Vitrine need no introduction, however I loved the new Pin board , while the Haze collection that the Vitrine belongs to is getting new additions, trays , cabinets, shelves, check the whole collection here


Through another set of double doors and we can find ourselves into the bathroom/bedroom, one of my favorite rooms in The Home of Ferm Living. The small boudoir area must be the most photographed area in the showroom, and it is quite easy to replicate right from the AW17 news. Lucky us! The Plant box in new color rose serves as a storage box , while the addition of the Brass tray that is made for it allows for leaving on top some of bathroom essentials. I love the Sekki Salt jars that here are used to hold small objects, also in the box you can find a variety of Salon Purses lined with velvet, perfect for storing cosmetics. The Balance candleholder in brass is actually from this years Christmas collection, while you can find all the Stone Hooks here in various sizes and colors. The Poise hand mirror that is hanging from one of the hooks can be found here!

 The kids room is situated right after the bedroom ( so sweet to be in there ) and we keep on walking we find ourselves on a small blue corridor that is in fact the entrance of the showroom. 

To the left of the corridor we find the dining room that connects to the living room through another set of double doors. I loved the deep maroon color on the walls ( all the decorations can be found in the Ferm Living collection ), while if you turn around you find another color in a nook that accentuates the 19th century details. On the wall the Hanging Tealight Deco in Oval shape (also comes in a brass version)  , again from the Christmas collection ( expect to see it in my apartment when I am ready to go festive). 

Turn right in the same corridor and you find yourself in the kitchen, bright white in one side and a beautiful green on the other. Here new collections are fusing with old , from the beloved Neu Tableware and the Ripple line of glasses, to the all new Sekki Collection of bowls, jars, cups and pots (see top of the shelf photo above). The Sekki collection will be available from the 5th of November and I personally can’t wait, the unglazed solid dyed stoneware is almost calling my name.

Last but not least, right through the kitchen, inside a little nook, the most adorable bathroom ever. Here you can see more of the Sekki collection, the Poise mirror and new accessories from Ferm Living. Funny anecdote, I came directly to the bathroom as I entered the showroom, I was a little late in my appointment due to my plane landing slightly late so I just took my clothes and cosmetics and excused myself until I was looking a little bit more presentable, so I got the chance to do my make up in the bathroom, believe me, it is as cozy as it looks!

This concludes the tour of The Home of Ferm Living in  Amagertorv Square, I hope you enjoyed it! I made notes of some of my favorite items, but if you see something I have not mentioned , just check the Ferm Living webstore, you will find everything there ;)

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Latest project : Oslo Apartment for Sale at Thorvald Meyersgate

A few days ago me and my talented friend and colleague Elisabeth Heier teamed up in order to style and shoot the rental apartment that she is currently living that is up for sale. The photos turned out amazing , it was difficult not to when Elizabeth did such a great job styling the whole apartment, I only had to point and shoot :) I am starting my tour from the bedroom, easily my most favorite room in the apartment, but as you can see, the rest is fantastic as well! Following the master bedroom, the kids bedroom, the living room, dining room and kitchen, bathroom, hallway and last but not least some photos from the yard! More photos are up on the ad for the sale here, while you can always find more details at Elisabeths blog about the rooms and the styling. 












Styling by Elisabeth Heier | Photography by Katerina Dima/Onlydecolove



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Hotel Danmark

A few days ago I posted my highlights from 3 Days of Design ( Part 1 and Part 2 ) , but what I haven’t yet shared other than sneak peeks was the place I called home for these couple of design days in Copenhagen. I usually stay at SP34 while in town but this time around Brøchner Hotels happened to open the doors to its new luxury boutique Hotel Danmark that coincided with our stay.  I really wanted to experience the brand new hotel even though it wasn’t yet officially opened so I booked a stay, but I didn’t get to shoot all the spaces for this post that I wanted to (the rooftop terrace and breakfast area were not finished yet for example), which means next time I am in town I could be stopping again for those extra photos. For today however I am glad to share the room that I stayed in and some speak peeks from around the hotel, so scroll down for never before seen photos of the rooms from my perspective ;)

One of the first thing I noticed when I entered my room were the big windows that offer an amazing view of Copenhagen (Tivoli is a few meters away as well) right in front of me. All rooms regardless of size offer the same views, for me light and big windows is a winning point for any hotel room, but also something I value in my own apartment as well ( my new place in Oslo has similar windows and I can’t wait to move in first of July!).  The windowsills are also big enough that when I needed to work I could set up a working spot on any of them and enjoy the view while emailing or editing photos (one of the sneak peeks while I was there was Todays office in Copenhagen where I showed the spot I was working on that day). However the double superior room also offers a very comfortable couch and side tables, a solution I used a lot to work from. 

My bed was comfortable ( to my opinion and liking) with Aiayu  details standing out for a luxurious feel. From the Hollie bedspread to the Heather pillows ( not just in the bedroom but also in the living room and lobby of the hotel), the brass and marble details and designer furniture,  Hotel Danmark offers a unique experience that is very connected to Danish design today.

Generally the hotel was not quite finished at the time of my visit, so there were some details that I expect will be fixed by the time it is officially up and running. I will not dedicate time into listing them, however one the things I would like to see fixed would be the bathrooms that did not feel completely renovated. The rest of the hotel has gone into extensive full renovation and it would be a shame for the bathrooms not to receive the same attention as well. 

When it comes to the lobby there are two spaces that the now famous and much loved wine hour can be enjoyed , while guests are welcomed to sit outside as well but also on the rooftop terrace too. 
Overall and with the exception of a few hiccups that I am sure will be resolved within a few weeks after official opening,  I enjoyed my stay at Hotel Danmark, the rooms were big and beautiful while the stuff was as always very accommodating. If I have any advice is bring a sleep mask, the curtains that are a beautiful cream color are not shielding against the morning light.
Before I wrap up this post, probably I will get this question a lot so this is the perfect time to answer. Do I prefer the new Hotel Danmark or the old and favorite SP34? Both hotels are unique in their design, both luxurious and in a great location but ultimately I find SP34 design more to my style. The fact that it is closer to Metro station is also a plus but the winning lobby and designer bathrooms as SP34 will always win me over.

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3 Days of Design : Part 1

As promised today I am sharing a few of my highlights from 3 Days of Design I attended a few days ago in Denmark. If you don’t know already, 3 Days of Design is a design event held annually in Copenhagen for the first 3 days of June. It draws journalists, buyers and design enthusiasts from around the world to Copenhagen, to experience a new and refreshing look on design presented in a unique collaboration between top design companies and designers in their own showrooms. Everyone has the chance to participate at various events, happenings, product launches, exhibitions and design talks while enjoying a breakfast, brunch or dinner being held in most of the venues. It is truly a unique experience and even though this was my first year visiting, I will make room for my calendar already for next year as well. 

In today’s and tomorrow’s posts I will share some of my favorite moments from my favorite showrooms and try to pass on some of the spirit of the design festival, if you want to know more, keep reading below!

Curiously enough I am starting my post with the very last place we visited with Elisabeth ( my partner in crime for everything design related ) , the Pop-up at Lindencrones mansion for HAY. The Lindencrones mansion was built in 1753 in a restrained Rococo style and consists of three storeys and a high celler under a black mansard roof. The facade is constructed in limestone ashlars from Lindencrone’s estate at Stevns.
HAY’s continued vision is to create straightforward, functional and aesthetic design in cooperation with some of the world’s most talented, curious and courageous designers. There were many news shown at the 
Lindencrones mansion, some of the previews include the Rope Trick light, the Result Chair and Pyramid Collection along with a first preview of the new HAY kitchen market. What is interesting is that the kitchen market will be staying at Lindencrones mansion for a while! For more HAY news and some beautiful lifestyle photos in the mansion, check the gallery here.

At the very top floor at Frederiksgade 1 one can find the beautiful showroom of Overgaard & Dyrman , a contemporary furniture maker who is successfully merging traditional craft techniques with modern technology. We got to see their new Wire Lounge Sofa while I was lucky to find the time to take some photos taking advantage of some peaceful moments during lunch hour. New leathers and colors were also added to the collection and the showroom is boasting a new look so do stop by if you are close! If you are lucky you might get to see some exclusive prototypes or items that are not even for sale, like the beautiful limited edition leather cardholder that caught my eye in one of the cabinets made exclusively for Rogoba in Tokyo (take a glimpse here).

At Frederiksgade 1, a venue that houses some of my favorite showrooms, one can also find on the first floor the House of Finn Juhl.  In 2001 Ivan Hansen and Henrik Sørensen were trusted with the exclusive rights to manufacture and re-launch Finn Juhl’s sculptural and iconic furniture by Finn Juhl’s widow. Today the unique Finn Juhl collection consists of 40 classic masterpieces, all of which House of Finn Juhl manufactures with the utmost respect for the original heritage and strict demands for quality. 
For 3 Days of Design, all the iconic chairs were lifted up for a better viewpoint in one of the most memorable and most photographed displays, but even darker corners looked just as unique due to the shape, the aesthetics and the design details that makes for the signature of the House of Finn Juhl.

On the last day we finally took one of the 3 Days of Design boats towards Nordhavnen where we found the showroom and offices of Gubi. A mind blowing beautiful open space hosts designs from Gubi Olsen, Mathieu Mategot, Greta M. Grossman, Henning Larsen Architects to Space Copenhagen , Gamfratesi and many more ( for a full list of the many designers check here ). I showed some of the news from the Stockholms design fair here , most notable the new upholsteries for the Beetle Dining chairs and the new Pedrera Ana Pendant Lamp Black,created as a tribute by Ruiz Millet to the designer of the original Pedrera lamps . I was excited to see everything settling in, along with some of my old time favorites the Multi-Lite pendant and the Stay sofa.

Another interesting stop was at the Fredericia new showroom, at the top of the historic former Royal Mail House in the heart of Copenhagen. 
Fredericia presented its entire brand universe for the first time with stories from its founding in 1911 until the present day. Visitors can experience everything from classic design icons by Børge Mogensen, Hans J. Wegner and Nanna Ditzel to creative product news by Jasper Morrison, Aurélien Barbry and Geckeler Michels including an inspiring gallery with special highlights, such as Børge Mogensen’s original 2213 sofa, which for many years stood in the designer’s own home.
For the 3 Days of Design festival we were invited to the tactile and visual experience showcasing iconic and new furniture dressed in innovative fabrics by Kvadrat/Raf Simons along with brunch on the rooftop, a truly amazing experience.

Last but not least, a quick shot back from Frederiksgade 1 of File under Pop.  The vision of File Under Pop is to transform rooms fundamentally by clothing the surfaces. Unique hand crafted ceramic terra-cotta tiles, lavastone, wallpaper and paint are designed for walls, floors and ceilings.  
File Under Pop has it’s own production of wallpaper in Copenhagen. Paint is used together with copper- , silver-, white gold- and 23 carat gold leaf. Paint is created in collaboration with Jotun Denmark – a leading Norwegian producer of quality decorator’s paint for more than 85 years. What better when two great ideas come together for a stunning result?

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Frama Studio Apartment

I am back home from Copenhagen until Wednesday before I fly to Stockholm ( I will let you in soon about this ), and finally I have some time to look at the photos I have taken during 3 Days of Design and edit them. I have already posted on my Instagram about some of the showrooms I visited but I think my stories are even more fun plus they are always live and in the moment, so if you are wondering where I am and what I am doing, checking up on them is the best place to start! My schedule during 3 Days of Design was very hectic even on the 31st up until the 4th when I left, tomorrow I will be posting about my highlights so stay tuned! 
On June 1st me and Elisabeth were invited to the opening party for the Frama Studio Apartment. The space which is the home of Frama founder Niels Strøyer Christophersen and it is only open for public viewing only 3 days per year during the design event in Copenhagen. I took a few photos of some of the rooms, mainly the bedroom, walk in closet and kitchen and dining room, I wish I had more time to go around and shoot more but between mingling and enjoying myself time just flew before we had to dash for the Menu dinner party later that evening. Niels home is an experience on its own, an impeccably styled space but very inviting at the same time. If you happen to visit next year 3 Days of Design don’t miss the public opening, this was one of the most soulful places I got to see during my stay. 
Unfortunately I didn’t get to visit the Frama store due to lack of time, but I did get to smell the new fragrance St. Pauls and I highly recommend it, I didn’t buy it in Copenhagen but hopefully Kollekted By in Oslo (which is in my neighborhood very conveniently) will stock it as soon as I move , this and a set of Frama hand wash and cream it will be the perfect gift to myself to celebrate my new apartment! 




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Travel Diaries : Marktgasse Hotel in Zurich

//Travel and accommodation was sponsored by Marktgasse Hotel in Zurich.

A few days ago I traveled to Zurich where I stayed in one of the most beautiful boutique hotels the Marktgasse Hotel. If you have been following me on instagram you have already seen some sneak peeks and video stories so you know how it looks, however today I edited some of my favorite photos from my visit and I am going to take you on an official tour! I had a hard time choosing from my photos so today’s post will have a little more than usual, but I think this is a special occasion!
Before we start you can also see some stills from my room in Todays office in Zurich post while for a different point of view check my friends Elisabeth Heier post whom I had the joy of travelling with together.

The Marktgasse Hotel is a destination on its own when in Zurich. Just a short walk from the cities top sightseeing highlights, the lake and the main train station, situated right in the middle of the old town. A building from the 15th century that recently got a comprehensive renovation that carefully and lovingly preserved the heritage elements that enjoy protected status. The result is a timeless unique building that mixes history with contemporary design, from the Mayor AJ5 & Tradition sofas in the reception area and the Gubi Grossman Gräshoppa Task Table lights , Gubi Grossman Cobra wall Light , Gubi 3D Stool , Artek Stool 60, Dante Memoir Hanger while the rooms are equipped with a desk and chairs from Københavns Møbelsnedkeri . There are plenty of magazines to browse through while sitting in the relaxing sitting area at the lobby such as 59 Magazine and Nopi Cookbook along with many travel guides to point you to the right direction while in Zurich.

While in the lobby one can find complimentary Nespresso and a variety of tea served in Kinto teapots and mugs, a small luxury I enjoyed everyday while working in the pleasant environment and planning the day ahead. You can choose to relax with a magazine in the reception area sitting in the comfy Mayor sofas, or if you are like me and like to work a little bit as well there is a variety of options to choose from! In the lobby I found myself usually sitting on the long table so I could have more room to work while enjoying my tea. There are nooks by the windows with computers for guests to use as well while if you like more privacy and less commotion, a short half a floor away you can find the library and the living room.  


When it comes to breakfast, the Delish Cafe juxtaposed to the hotel (the elevator takes you right in the middle of the cafe)  offers a great breakfast variety as well as a great selection of pastries and one of the best lunches I had the pleasure of having in the city. I really liked  the idea of the cafe being open for everyone during and after breakfast, it gave a feeling of casual gathering of the guests along with the locals, probably gathering at the cafe for their renowned homemade cinnamon buns that would disappear by midday.
If it is dinner or a drink you are seeking instead, the Baltho Restaurant and Baltho Bar at the hotel offer great food and drinks! Same concept of openness invites everyone to join, I particularly liked the buzzing warm atmosphere at the bar, were we could be found every night after exploring the city.


As I mentioned before, I showed a sneak peek of the room in my Todays office in Zurich post , and finally today I am able to show more! The boutique hotel in its entirety was stunning, but my personal favorite was in fact my very own room. From the striking original floors, the original and carefully restored painted grey panels that covered the rooms, the big windows to the carefully selected furniture , the room invites you to stay in and relax. I spend as many hours as I could afford on the Københavns Møbelsnedkeri desk and chair working, drinking my tea and trying to take in my environment and the view of the old town from my ceiling high windows ( a total 3 on my corner shaped room). A detail I really liked, the custom made shelf on the wall, used for magazines but more importantly for a carafe that I could refill with fresh water just outside my room on a stone basin. 

 All bathrooms are equipped with Aesop products, it really felt like home since I am using the exact same products, plus I didn’t need to bring with me as many as I usually do! You can ask before arrival for a bathroom with natural light, they usually have marble details under the windows which in my opinion gives a feeling of luxury when you leave your make up bag on! All bathrooms are newly renovated in a black and white minimalistic scheme. 

//Photography and Styling by Katerina Dima
I enjoyed my stay at the Marktgasse Hotel immensely , I would love to visit again next time I m in Zurich for either business or fun! 
A special thank you to the very helpful staff and the General Manager, Olivier Gerber, who all make me feel so very welcomed. 
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Juicery 21 in Zurich

I just came back home from Zurich yesterday and although I want to make a post about some of my favorite places to visit while in town, I am not sure I will have enough photos for it, but for today let me tell you about this little gem we found with Elisabeth ( from Elisabeth Heier, do visit her for additional photos and her view of Zurich and our stay) while trying to find a place to sit in the rain and eat lunch. Juicery 21 in Zurich can be found near the Botanical Garden of Zurich, very close to the old city center. The Swedish young cool owner took great care not only with the products that he is serving but also with the styling of the cool lunch/coffee spot. Here you can find not only spectacular healthy fresh cold press juices, but also a variety of raw shakes, smoothies, acai or oatmeal or quinoa bowls, bagel sandwiches and warm blends. Sit inside or outside on Menu WM String dining chairs and enjoy either a few minutes of relaxation , or stay more if you like and work . The music and atmosphere are very relaxing, perfect work environment, their playlist is up on Juicery21 website! I had a quinoa warm bowl for lunch ( as seen below) while I brought back with me at the hotel a fresh cold pressed juice ( Hot Lemon blend – lemon/apple/ginger) to drink next day in the morning before breakfast ( and yes, I brought the bottle back with me in my suitcase!). I wish we had something similar in Oslo, I can promise you I would be there every single day and I know a lot of others that would as well. Maybe we can convince the cool Swedish guy to move back closer to Scandinavia?

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Todays office in Zurich

I woke up today in Zurich in my room at the Marktgasse Hotel , the most beautiful morning light was softly filling the room. Before I go out and explore the city, and after having breakfast downstairs at the hotels cafe/brunch shop (it is open for locals as well during the day), I made myself comfortable at my office desk in my room to finish up some work. Usually I rather work at the lobby of hotels (with my trusty macbook, my phone and my notebook from Paper Collective’s collaboration with Sørensen Leather ) , and although Marktgasse Hotel lobby is truly beautiful, I couldn’t resist sitting on the Københavns Møbelsnedkeri desk and chair, while enjoying the beautiful view of the old town. One of the details that I loved,are the Kinto teapot (latest brand crush) and cup that can be found in the lobby where there is a small kitchen that guests can make their own coffee and tea during the day, I chose to bring mine in my room since I would be working for a few hours. I will be sharing more photos of the hotel and its beautiful details soon, but for now, I need to start exploring while the sun is up! Check my instagram stories for live updates and snippets from my explorations while in Zurich!

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Hotel SP34 in Copenhagen

A few days ago I posted Today’s office as I was working in the lobby of SP34 Hotel in Copenhagen. Even though I have been to Copenhagen a few times , this was my first stay at SP34 and I can see this hotel becoming a regular from now on (unless the new Hotel Danmark proves to be an equally great place to stay!). I loved the cool hues in my room, the attention to details, the big windows and ample light, the surfaces and the play on the different materials, everything has a design story to tell. From the spacious lobby where you can work during the day that is comfortably buzzing from the company of the other like minded visitors, to the incredible organic breakfast that is served in Väkst, the in house restaurant, SP34 is the place to call home in Copenhagen, at least for me. Next time I visit I will make sure to take more photos of the lobby and Väkst

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A new type of imprint : New edition launch at Frama Showroom

If you have been following my stories on Instagram then you have already seen some sneak peeks from the launch of the new edition of A new Type of Imprint , a magazine and platform on creative culture and design, that was held in the Frama Showroom in Copenhagen. In celebration of their 10th issue and their very first jubilee, the annual magazine comes in a special edition box that includes the People Passions Places magazine and an illustration by Laila Myrseth Tryggeseth. Number 10 of A new type of Imprint continues its travels in the Nordics, visits Denmark in a journey to uncover cool and talented Danes all the while challenging our ideas about Danish design. Dont miss its extensive reportage on new and exciting Norwegian creatives as well coming in the form of interviews, essays, photo series and illustrations, this issue is here to impress! 

I was so glad I stopped by and got to meet editor-in-chief Veronica Mike Solheim, and even happier I had my camera on hand and managed to shoot a few photos of Frama and the launch of the magazine. Definitely a must visit if you happen to be in Copenhagen. Don’t be fooled by the photos, the space was packed! Hope you enjoy this small tour, I tried to capture the mood of Frama along with some of their products, while enjoying the party!

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