DAY ONE: STAY AND SNACK
Settle into your design odyssey by checking into one of these stylish hotels and grabbing a bite to eat at these restaurants.
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel
33 42 60 00
This hotel, towering over Copenhagen at the beginning of Vesterbrogade, is billed as the “World’s first designer hotel.” Designed by famed Danish architect Arne Jacobsen, the hotel was completed in 1960. Jacobsen is credited with not only the design of the building, but also the interiors as well, designing everything from the rooms’ doorknobs to the kitchen’s flatware. Patrons can relax in Jacobsen’s world-famous Egg and Swan chairs in the hotel’s reception area while taking in all the building’s other details. When the hotel underwent a renovation in the 1980s, a stubborn patron in room 606 prevented his room from being updated. Today, the room is one of the hotel’s most famous features, and is like a time capsule preserving original the atmosphere and design of the hotel.
First Hotel Skt. Petri
33 45 91 00
Named “Scandinavia’s best business hotel” by CNBC in 2010, First Hotel SKT Petri is one of Copenhagen’s most stylized hotels. . Room design and decoration are clean and sleek, and Scandinavian. The hotel is centrally located on Krystalgade, and many of the rooms have balconies overlooking the city
32 15 56 56
Located in the uber-trendy Meatpacking District (Kødbyen), this restaurant has become just as renowned for its stylish interiors as its creative seafood dishes. The restaurant has an industrial, cosmopolitan and minimalist feel, and its aquarium centerpiece doubles as a fish bar.
Tue-Thu: 17:30 - 24:00 Fri: 15:30 - 24:00 Sat: 12:00 - 02:00 Sun: 12:00 - 15:30 Mon closed
33 21 55 09
Also located in Kødbyen, Karriere is a restaurant and cocktail bar designed by host of top artists and has the mission of “Giving art an immedeate relevance and meaning in a exclusive yet informal environment.” Enjoy a drink at the bar while sitting under a Olafur Eliasson light fixture while checking out other pieces and installations by the 30 artists that have made Karriere one of the city’s most stylish bars.
cocktailbar: Thurs: 16- Midnight, Fri: 16- 4:00, Sat: 18-4:00
restaurant: Thurs-Sat: 18-22:00
39 16 65 65
Paustian is one of the names at the forefront of Danish interior designs, and produces lines of furniture, rugs, lighting fixtures and accessories. In addition to being a functional shop and showroom, the Copenhagen location also boasts a restaurant that is open for both lunch and dinner. Cuisine is, of course, Danish.
Tues-Fri: 12- 16:00; 18:-23:00, Sat: 12-16:00, Sun (1st of every month)-10:30-15:00
DAY TWO: SHOP
Spend your second day browsing through the shops of some of Denmark’s top designers.
99 42 44 00
Hay’s design philosophy is rooted in the idea of incorporating the innovativeness of Danish design in the 1950s and 60s and applying them to elements in a contemporary context. Although specializing in furniture, the brand has also developed a line of home accessories and rugs. Despite its relatively young age (their first line was launched in 2003), Hay has made a name for itself in Danish design, and has three stores in Copenhagen,one in Norway, and an number of international dealers.
Mon-Fri: 11-18:00, Sat: 11-16:00
33 14 19 41
Located on Strøget, Copenhagen’s main shopping drag, Illums Bolighus is widely regarded as one of the leading home decor stores in Northern Europe. The store was considered innovative at the time of its 1925 founding for featuring entire room designs complete with furniture, textiles and art.
Mon-Fri: 10-19:00, Sat: 10-18:00, Sun: 11-16:00
33 24 94 93
Located in the trendy neighborhood of Vesterbro, Designer Zoo is a combination design shop, gallery and active work studio. Watch the eight designers working in-house creating an array of furniture, jewelry, knitwear and glass to get a first-hand look at what Danish design is today.
Mon-Thurs: 10-17:30, Fri: 10-19:00, Sat: 10-15:00
Playtype Concept Store
Playtype is a company focused on Danish typography. Playtype began as an online entity where over 100 exclusively designed fonts in more than 500 weights are available to purchase and download for personal use. Their concept store located on Værnedamsvej is the world’s first physical font foundry. There, customers can browse their collections of fonts-come-to-life in the form of posters, mugs, clothing and various other mediums. As with the online store, full font sets are available for purchase. Fonts are delivered via USB stick.
Mon-Fri: 12-18:00, Sat: 11-15:00
33 14 61 00
This celebrated Danish clothing designer, born in 1972, has created over 20 mens lines, and a number of women’s collections, since his art school graduation in 2001. Currently, Vibskov is the only Scandinavian with a permanent spot at Paris Men’s Fashion Week, and has been since 2003. This highly talented designer/artist/lecturer/percussionist is known for not just his clothing collections, but also the complex design stories behind them. Vibskov sells his garments at only a handful of stores worldwide, and you can visit his Danish shop located on Krystalgade in central Copenhagen.
Mon-Thurs: 11-18:00, Fri: 11-19:00, Sat: 11-17:00
DAY 3: SEE
End your Copenhagen design tour by visiting one or more of these locations.
Danish Design Center
HC Andersens Boulevard 27
33 69 33 69
This company, dedicated to disseminating knowledge and informed use of Danish design in both the public and private sector, also has a location in the center of Copenhagen where they host various exhibits each year. Exhibits are rotating, generally focused on the potential and future of design, and a great way to familiarize yourself with Danish design. Guided tours are available.
Mon-Fri: 10-17:00, Wed: 10-21:00, Sat-Sun/Holidays: 11-16:00
Louisana Museum of Modern Art
Gl. Strandvej 13
49 19 07 19
In addition to the 4-6 rotating exhibits the museum features every year, the Louisiana boast an impressive standing collection of some 3000 works, among the largest in Scandinavia. Taking its cues from New York’s MoMA, the museum began as a place to showcase Danish art and has grown since to include many international works, but still has a fine representation of Nordic design. The museum backs up to a sculpture garden that has panoramic views of the Øresund region. Although the Louisana is situated about an hour train ride outside Copenhagen’s city center, it is well worth the journey to see this highly-celebrated museum.
Tues-Thurs: 11-22:00, Sat-Sun: 11-18:00, Monday closed
33 18 56 56
Designmuseum Denmark is the country’s largest museum for Danish design as well as an important location for exhibitions in Scandinavian applied arts. Museum exhibits focus on Danish design from its historical beginnings to its modern applications. The museum has been open to the public since 1895, and in the summer, the garden area becomes a stage for performance art.
Tues-Sun: 11-17:00, Wed: 11-21:00, Mondays Closed
Operaen (The Royal Opera House)
33 69 38 80
This 14 story, 41,000 square meter building ranks among one of Denmark’s largest. Although designed by Danish architect Henning Larsen, the entire building is a collaborative effort between some of the biggest names in Danish art and design: Per Kirkeby, Olafur Eliasson, Tal R , Erik A. Frandsen, Sonny Tronborg, Lars Nørgaard, Pia Andersen, Jesper Christiansen, Niels Erik Gjørdevik, and Kasper Bonnén , and Per Arnoldi have all contributed to the decor and design of the building. The Opera House, which is situated on the water directly across from Amelienborg Castle (the Queen’s current residence), was a gift from Mærsk founder A. P. Møller’s A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation. In addition to the ballet, opera and dramatic shows, guided tours of the building are also available.
Finn Juhl's House
The former residence of celebrated Danish architect and furniture designer Finn Juhl is now open to the public as a museum. The home, completed in 1942, is located just north of Copenhagen in Charlottenlund. Tour through the home and garden of the famed designer’s preserved home to see one of the earlier implementation of an “open-floor” floorplan, as well as to marvel at Juhl’s understanding of balance and design.
Tue-Thurs: 13- 17:00, Friday 13-17:00