I am not sure if I should feel very lucky or really upset at the moment. In January, my husband will be moving to Copenhagen for work while I stay in London with the children. We have settled here in London over the last decade, this is where we feel at home, and the mere thought of moving away is just not bearable for me at the moment. Hence, I will let the husband go and see what will happen.
Don’t get me wrong, I am very well aware that there could be (much) worse places in this world to move to than Copenhagen. After all, I love all things Danish: the nature, the beaches, the architecture, the people, the language (so cute) – and the food, with Noma being pretty much at the top of my “restaurants to visit before I die” list. So all in all, I am actually looking forward to this new adventure, and am quite curious to discover Copenhagen which I have only visited once before. Albeit, I must admit, there are a few tears in my eyes. All in all, the situation is less than ideal. But cherishing the concept of mindfulness, I try to live in the moment, and let everything else happen when it…well, happens.
Speaking about Denmark, and the Danish design in particular, I have recently came across a lovely piece of furniture by Danish label Gubi: the beetle lounge chair. Designed in 2014 by Enrico Fratesi and Stine Gama, it comes upholstered in Kvadrat fabric (with an almost endless choice) with contrasting leather piping, and is equipped with a delicate metal base in either black, black chrome or brass. A merger of Italian and Danish design can only result in one thing: a furniture made in heaven.
Gubi was founded in 1967 by Lisbeth and Gubi Olsen with its headquarters in Copenhagen. The family-owned company is now in its second generation and headed by Jacob Gubi. Gubi’s design is unique and “blurs the lines between the past and the future”. The company sees itself “as treasure hunters, where curiosity, courage and intuition are key components for our success. Design is all about discovering gems and following your instincts. It involves travelling, searching and finding long-lost remnants from the past as well as contemporary, cutting-edge designs from new artists on the horizon” (Gubi). A visit of Gubi’s flagship store is definitely on my agenda as soon as I step foot on Danish soil – which will be in early December when we meet with the relocation agent to find a flat. I just hope there will be enough time between viewings to sneak away.
Visiting the heart and home of Gubi or not, two of those beetles for our front sitting room would be rather perfect…
Beetle also comes as a dining chair – and this stunning setting is at Verandah, the first modern, contemporary pan-Indian restaurant in Copenhagen and part of “The Standard”, owned by food entrepreneur and Noma co-founder Claus Meyer and his partner Niels Lan Doky, a world-famous jazz musician. There is a jazz club in the same complex, equally beautifully designed. Copenhagen really (really!) grows on me, and even if – at this stage – only through a beautiful chair and some amazing restaurants. I just booked a table at Verandah for December when we are in town…
GET THE STYLE – AND THE FOOD…
material life . £889.00
minima . from €1130.00
gubi store . montergade 191140 . copenhagen . denmark
phone 0045 5361 6368 . firstname.lastname@example.org
noma . strandgade 93 . 1401 copenhagen . denmark
phone 0045 3296 3297 . email@example.com
verandah at the standard . 44 havnegade . 1058 copenhagen . denmark
phone 0045 7214 8808 . firstname.lastname@example.org