Camilla Vest moved from Denmark to New York City with her husband in 1995 after starting her modeling career as the face in Guess, Revlon and J Crew campaigns. Now thought she is bridging the Atlantic Ocean to bring Scandinavian design to the US with Objects who represents several Danish brands here including Skagerak, Skovshoved Møbelfabrik who produces the famous OGK Safari daybeds and chairs, as well as Brdr. Petersen. As a ambassador to these brands Camilla ensures they are placed with the right retailers and design professionals across North America.
Today Camilla was generous enough gives us a peel at her loft and showroom, her favorite daily stop and a personal look at her life in the city in picture form, taken by Sarah Elliott.
Every morning I make time for early work and then spend some time working, always with a bit of candle light to create that “hygge” atmosphere in our office but first I take some son to school. One of the best things about living in New York is where is always right around the block. I love being able to take my son to school on my bike where having slow early NYC mornings are a treat and being Danish it’s just natural for me to bike everywhere. Once I have him dropped off I make a quick stop by the cutest coffee shop called Laughing Man in Tribeca. You’re likely to run into a friend or fellow parent in the shop to chat with and catch up.
My showroom Objects is run from our Soho loft so typically I stop by one of the best bakeries in town called Arcade (also in Tribeca) to get some delicious croissants for our morning meetings and just down the street from us I will pick some great branches or flowers for the showroom from the wonderful Emily Thompson flowers in the RW Guild store. Thats whats so great about New York – Im able to get so much done just on my way back from my son’s school to make it in time for meeting clients in our showroom. We keep it very minimalistic in our loft space – I’m a big believer in “less is more” and our clients are always inspired by the way we keep it simple. I think it helps them understand our brands and how we represent them much better. Working in our loft space can be challenging because you also have to create an after hours family space, I kind of have to be very disciplined in keeping the space approachable and welcoming. It’s great to change things around in the loft with our unique accessories I have brought back from my endless trips to Copenhagen and mix our Scandinavian style with some great Italian light fixtures like our snoopy lamp with the orange shade, for example, a new favorite of mine!
Welcoming clients to our showroom and share our touch of Scandinavian living is something I really enjoy. It’s a great way of showcasing our products in a totally more personal way. You also idea of how our pieces can be mixed in with a more personal style. Working hours and it can be a challenge to stay structure with work while being at home but I definitely try to balance work & play life otherwise it’s too easy to get sucked into the NY routine always being available but having two children kind of helps you structure your day and I like working more flex taking the opportunity to pick my daughter up from dance or just hanging in the park after school with my son and his friends – then I catch up later in the day.
Photos courtesy of Sarah Elliot.
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