Copenhagen | The centre for modern Scandinavian design
Discover the must-visit design spots in Copenhagen
Copenhagen is famous for its delicious Smørrebrød sandwiches, bridges buzzing with cyclists, colourful canal-lined houses and, of course, its pioneering influence on Scandi design. But do you know how this city became a centre for modern style?
Copenhagen’s design history
This forward-thinking city really became a paragon for architecture and Scandi interior design in the post-war period of the 1950s. At this time sourcing materials was tough, but some of the capital’s most iconic designers, such as Hans J.Wegner and Georg Jensen, rose to the challenge and internationally popularised the concept of functional, minimalist, simple style.
Visit Jacobsen’s Radisson Blu Royal Hotel
Most Danish designers during the 1930s-1950s had more than a flair for interior style; many were also brilliant architects – and Arne Jacobsen was one such talent. He’s renowned for pioneering designs including the town hall in Copenhagen’s Rødovre suburb as well as the Bellavista houses, but perhaps his most famous is the city’s Radisson Blu Royal Hotel which he designed both inside and out.
Today, it’s a paradigm of Danish mid-century modern style. The hotel’s reception showcases Jacobsen’s iconic spiral staircase and his unique ‘Egg’ and ‘Swan’ conversational chairs. And if you’re keen to soak up interior style overnight, then you can book a stay in Room 606 which is now a living museum that pays homage to Jacobsen’s most influential designs.
Discover Juhl’s modernist house
Finn Juhl was another incredibly talented architect and furniture designer that led the revolution in modern Danish style. Preferring organic shapes, soft lines and dark teak, he created one of his most famous designs: the figure-hugging Pelican chair.
If you’re planning a visit to Copenhagen, then a trip to the Ordrupgaard Museum grounds to view Finn Juhl’s house is a must. The epitome of a modernist home, Juhl built and furnished the house himself in 1942 – he even handmade his own furniture and designed the cutlery!
Head over to Design Museum Danmark
Founded in 1890 on the basis of bringing together objects that celebrate quality in design, the Design Museum Danmark still upholds this mission with the collections it shows today. From exhibitions that explore the power of pattern to items that showcase the evolution of Scandinavian interiors, we can say with confidence that it’s well worth a visit for any design fiend.
What is Scandi style today?
You don’t only have to visit museums and hotels to marvel at Copenhagen’s Scandi design style. In fact, to see how Danish design has evolved, venture out into the city where you’ll spy bold architectural designs that still centre on functionality, minimalism and simplicity. In true Danish style, cycle across the iconic Bicycle Snake bridge on the city’s harbourside, or wander down to the urban Superkilen park.
We hope this has got you eager to hop over to Denmark’s capital for a design-led trip. But in the meantime, head over to our Scandi design board on Pinterest for more inspiration.