City Guide: Copenhagen

Written by trendbible

10 August 2016


Launched in 2015, Copenhagen’s newest furniture and interiors trade show Northmodern will take place this August, attracting homeware buyers and Scandi furniture lovers from far and wide. To complete your design weekend in Copenhagen we’ve compiled a city guide; curating a selection of the most interesting stores and eateries following our Trend Researcher, Emily Nicholson’s trip there earlier this year. From the quirky neighbourhoods of Vesterbro and Nørrebro to the luxury districts of Frederiksberg and Christianshavn, we’ve got all of your homeware shopping needs covered.

The Scandi Classics: HAY, Normann Copenhagen


No trip to Copenhagen is complete without a visit to the influential brands that make Scandinavian design so prominent today. Set in a stunning three-storey townhouse on the main shopping street Østergade, the HAY flagship store provides modern Danish design with a selection of minimal pieces, combined with fun, playful accessories and souvenirs for the home. Located in the Østerbro district, Normann Copenhagen represents functional and contemporary design and is most famous for its simplistic silicone kitchen accessories. The flagship store is currently undergoing renovations but is due to be reopened early September.

Independent Stores: Playtype, Dansk (Made for Rooms)


Established by graphic design studio e-types, Playtype is a type foundry offering posters and prints made up of custom made fonts and typeface prints. Since launching in 2010, the brand has established its flagship store in Vesterbro, launched a pop-up store in London and now sells through more than 150 online retailers. Dansk (Made for Rooms) is another alternative store nestled in the vibrant Istedgade of Vesterbro. This understated store sells pure Danish design for the home and is best known for its variety of graphic Copenhagen posters.

Eat Like a Local: Stedsans Rooftop Garden, Mad & Kaffe


Open only in the Summer months, the Stedsans Rooftop garden has set the trend for wholesome living in the city. Guests are invited to pick fresh ingredients from the rooftop greenhouse and enjoy organic meals around a communal table, overlooking the busy city. If you fancy something a little more ‘hygge’ (pronounced hue-gah, meaning to enjoy life’s simple pleasures), Vesterbro’s brunch hotspot Mad & Kaffe often sees people queueing out the door, hungry for a typical Danish ‘pick n mix’ brunch.

Crafts: The Designer Zoo


The Designer Zoo is a space that accommodates Danish craft, with two floors of bespoke and original pieces made by the in-house designers. This concept store also offers workshops to the public and acts as a dynamic exhibition space.

Flea Market: B&W Loppemarked


Located in the up-and-coming shipyard area of Refshalevej, the B&W flea market is one of many that are held in the city over the Summer months. Running every Saturday and Sunday from March-December, the market is a treasure trove of bargain mid-century furniture, gizmos and gadgets and is one of the biggest of its kind.

Alternative Retail Space: The Apartment


Switching up the traditional retail environment, The Apartment based in Christianshavn is a furniture showroom like no other. Set in a restored 18th Century flat, The Apartment is a space to sit, have coffee and experience what it would be like to live with the objects on sale. The furniture and design of the flat are constantly updated with a complete redesign twice a year.

Kids Lifestyle: luckyboysunday


luckyboysunday is a Copenhagen-born kids brand that ‘designs best friends’ for children. Specialising in luxury knitted art toys, the brand represents a move towards more modern Scandi looks within kids’ homewares. With soft furnishings for the home also available, luckyboysunday shows how more parents are embracing a unified yet playful look across the whole home, instead of placing these items solely in the kids’ room.

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