Stay Copenhagen

December 10, 2013 • CopenhagenDesignStyleTravel

“where did you stay in copenhagen?”
me – “well…”

despite how slightly awkward it sounds to reply ‘stay copenhagen‘ to the question above, i can’t think of a single thing that could hold me back from staying there again in the future.

when i was invited to visit the vipp headquarters last week, i figured it was the perfect opportunity to finally discover this property that had been popping up on my favorite design blogs all over the world. after all, it’s almost right around the corner from vipp. unfortunately, this also means the hotel is nowhere near the city center (and a good fifteen minute walk from the nearest metro station). but that’s nothing a borrowed bicycle can’t fix, right? besides, it showed me a part of copenhagen that i had never seen before – very residential, but in the best way imaginable. i wouldn’t mind snapping up some real estate here, as most of the apartment buildings have amazing architecture and a killer view on the river.

as for stay’s hotel rooms – that are basically full-blown apartments – they are ah-mazing. i was put up in such a wonderful corner suite, i had trouble convincing myself to leave for dinner, or, you know, ever. it’s at least twice the size of our geneva apartment, and it has a gorgeous marble bathroom, a sleek white kitchen and all the danish design furniture you can think of. lots of stuff from one of my favorites – hay, of course. every minute i spent in that room i was making mental notes and shopping lists. at least part of my excitement at staying here had to do with how perfectly my belongings seemed to fit in here. everything so sleek and clean and in various grey tones – it was my idea of heaven.

and the extras were plentiful. neatly arranged kitchen products? check. nicely branded coffee and cafetière? check. aveda amenities? check. free wifi, yummy breakfast and breathtaking view? check, check, aaaaaand check. stay, i’ll be back.

my things organized neatly on the table: beige wool tee cos // white tank top a.o.cms // grey tank top madewell // white zipper pouch muji // silver business cards pouch marc by marc jacobs // wool and leather macbook sleeve hard graft // e-reader kindle // knitted blazer maison scotch // knitted hat with leopard pompom i love mr. mittens // make-up pouch munishop (similar) // magazine the alpine review

photos by stephanie duval

Vipp Food Styling Battle

December 6, 2013 • CopenhagenDesignFoodVipp

like what you see? believe it or not, i actually had a hand in styling the above pictures. they were taken by photographer anders hviid earlier this week at a very special vipp christmas workshop in their copenhagen flagship store. it was such an inspiring day, as i was surrounded by crazy talented interior designers and bloggers, and got to work closely with emma fexeus, heidi sperre-flesland and malene marie moller to create our own food stylings.

it was all part of a fun battle between three teams. i mingled with the ‘competition’ a little and was so happy to catch up with vivian hoebe and jantine vaartjes, and get to know the very sweet pella hedeby and florence deau. (bookmark them all, people!) the day ended in a cozy dinner where we finally got to taste all the delicious dishes chef mikkel karstad had prepared throughout the day. it was a feast inspired by danish christmas traditions, but with a decidedly modern interpretation – and i loved it all so much. copenhagen, i wouldn’t mind spending more time in you.

and it feels so good to know that i already have friends there – so overwhelming is the warm and fuzzy feeling i get when i think of the vipp people. they run their family business in such an admirable way – it was truly inspiring to hear jette egelund, daughter of vipp’s late founder holger nielsen and current owner of the company, talk about the struggles she’s been through in her professional and personal life. the two are unmistakably intertwined, as jette’s son casper and daughter sophie are also fulltime involved in the company. i got the chance to talk a little with sophie during dinner and she showed me some pictures of her house – it is nothing short of amazing. she made me realize i want a vipp house when i grow up – bathroom and kitchen included.

do you recognize all of the vipp tableware in the above pictures? it was interesting to try and find new uses for it in every picture. especially since i’ve been playing around with the brunch set for a while now, making posts for my vipp breakfast club series. have you seen post one and two yet?


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