2 opposite hotels in Copenhagen, which are both amazing, in each their own way.

 

Hotel Central, Vesterbro.

This is a hotel with only 1 room, but what a room! Located on top of a small café in the Vesterbro neighbourhood, the double room of Central Hotel has a unique interior design with beautiful handcrafted details that will make even the pickiest boutique hotel aficionado feel right at home. Central Hotel og Café is located in the Vesterbro neighbourhood right on the border of Frederiksberg. It is a lively and trendy area in secure distance to the city’s tourist traps. 
Around the corner is Værnedamsvej, the cosiest street in the city. For nightlife there are many restaurants, bars and cocktail bars in the immediate area. Close by is the old meat packing district (Kødbyen), with clubs, galleries, cafés, bars and restaurants – not to be missed!

 

Hotel D´Angleterre, central Copenhagen.

This 5 star luxury hotel has been refurnished a few years back, in an amazing style. It´s situated in the absolut center of Copenhagen near the charming port of Nyhavn. Just around the corner you will find great shopping and restaurant. 

The hotel originated from a result of a love affair between two young people. In the mid-1700s, fell in love Jean Marchal, serves at the Danish court, and Maria coppy, daughter of the court chef himself. Maria was known for his talents in the kitchen and Jean knew all about how they served the privileged. Together established Mr. And Mrs. Marchal a restaurant on Kongens Nytorv in 1755. This is where d'Angleterre's story begins. Hotel d'Angleterre's identity has been worn for more than 260 years of history of the founder Jean Marchal and his successors, talent and sense of providing service, hospitality and comfort of the highest class. It is this tradition that makes up the foundation as d'Angleterre is built.Hotel d'Angleterre was established in 1755 and is as legendary Copenhagen institution famous for its elegance, luxury and style. The hotel has undergone a transformation and is based on the area's rich history has been relaunched as a revitalized grand palais. The hotel's history and style complemented with new and intuitive services that speak to today's sophisticated traveler. Lovely place to stay.

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I have got the blues.

I dont know if it´s because I really need a clear sky or what. But I am craving the color blue. Apart from what I want or need I am sure that blue is going to used a lot in interior in the future. Blue is that calm and pure color which has a great effect on most people and it can be mixed with almost every other color without giving you any problems.

It´s said about the color blue :

"This color is one of trust, honesty and loyalty. It is sincere, reserved and quiet, and doesn't like to make a fuss or draw attention. It hates confrontation, and likes to do things in its own way. From a color psychology perspective, blue is reliable and responsible. This color exhibits an inner security and confidence. You can rely on it to take control and do the right thing in difficult times. It has a need for order and direction in its life, including its living and work spaces"   I think this describes the color spot on !

 See below and get inspired from the pictures I have found of interior using blue for this newsletter. 

Go dark and all the way with marine blue walls, very royal.

Less dramatic , mix a lighter blue and white, to get this sophisticated look.

You can just use one element to make a great change, like this amazing chair in velvet from LAWSONFENNING 

Invest in a vintage couch which you can be lucky to find in this color of blue from the 60´. Try one of the many amazing vintage furniture stores in Copenhagen like Roxy, DMK or Secher

Get the old style kitchen back, and use the proper 50´and 60´blue color. I would recommend ´Cook´s blue´from Farrow&Ball 

George Jensen has launched these wall watches recently.

Spice up with applied arts like vases, glasses or other like these from Louise Roe.

The bath is the first obvious place to use blue, use tiles or towels to to make room interesting.

Some of my favorit tiles are from MADEAMANO.

Enjoy and try it, or you can contact me to take care of the interior changes for you, Christina

Interior for men, stylish and cool.

How great would it be if I were to design an interior for a man. This is for sure one way I would do it. When you speak about interior most people think about women. Guy´s like it stylish too, they are just a little afraid of making it too posh, but cool it has to be. I will give you an example of how I would do it, see below. 

For the livingroom,  I would bring in darker color, lots of wood and leather, make space for Playstation, wide screen and very few books.

I would bring in great comfortable leather chairs like this one from Rooster decor without it having to be a " Lazy-boy" like the one Joey from FRIENDS, loves so much.

In the kitchen I would bring in a little ´bling´ . I am sure the man in this home, would not be the one cleaning after all ;-)

As for the bedroom I would not put in mirrors in the ceiling !!!!   But some raw materials to get the prime drive through.

And as for the bath, wood and concrete , Wash´n Go, as simple as possible, the way it should be for any man.

And it goes without saying, that I would integrate my new table ´La Grande Mamma´ from the furniture series LA FAMIGLIA , as a dining table or an office table in the interior. The table can be ordered from me at www.casachristina.dk 

Enjoy, Christina


Georg Jensen, danish when it´s best.

DAVID THULSTRUP DESIGNS SYMMETRICAL SPACE FOR GEORG JENSEN BOUTIQUE

NOVEMBER 30, 2015 by LUCY GRAPH
New to Mayfair’s Mount Street is Danish design house Georg Jensen’s Art Deco inspired flagship boutique. The 2,000 sqft, two-level space is the realization of Copenhagen-based interior architecture practice Studio David Thulstrup with a meticulous, contrasting interior space inspired by geometric, Scandinavian and Art Deco references that stem from Georg Jensen’s rich brand history.

High in contrast, the store’s dynamic, black steel elements lead shoppers through the experience, while simultaneously introducing them to Jensen’s bespoke creations. The stark white walls and floors provide a sophisticated canvas for the dark walnut partitions, vertically slatted to create a intimate space. The first floor is broken up into two merchandise categories; the gold and silver jewelry. All jewelry is showcased in display boxes which are integrated into the walls, specially designed to carefully highlight the delicate details of the Georg Jensen pieces in an impactful yet minimalistic way.

Thulstrup employs linear lines and repetition in different ways throughout the space; creating a similar but unique experience for guests. The counters are outfitted in hammered terrazzo, a clever reference to the art of silversmithing and hammered silver. Follow the white stairs down to the basement, strategically divided into three areas; a room dedicated to the hollowware, a private sales area, which showcases the heritage jewelry collection and at last a private seating area for VIP clients. The room for hollowware is light-filled, with a centered custom-made wooden table designed by artist Laura Bergsø. Contrasting the linear shapes of the space, the curvaceous table is rustic, with timber tope left in natural state and a poured inlay of silver.

Photography courtesy of Studio David Thulstrup

Symmetri at it´s best.

Danish pure and clean design.

The amazing wooden dividers brings great texture to the room.

The lovely raw and massive wooden tables breaks the clean interior design in an interesting way.

The massive natural pieces of wood are brought all the way from Denmark, to be more accurate, from Køge south of Copenhagen, which is the same place which deliver the wood for the tables in my new " LA FAMIGLIA " furniture collection.

CASA CHRISTINA is proud to present " La Grande Mamma ".

I was amazed, happy and grateful to all of you, who came to visit in great spirit and with lovely words at my first small event to show you my newly designed table " La Grande Mamma " from the series " LA FAMIGLIA ".

SPOTLIGHT,  FOSCARINI and myself CASA CHRISTINA has entered in a cooperation at SPOTLIGHT Event´s showroom in St. Kongensgade 103,  1264 Copenhagen K, and I am now able to present the first of many tables and furniture which can be ordered from the series " LA FAMIGLIA ". Come visit us and see the first table ´La Grande Mamma´ 

Let me present to you " La Grande Mamma " .

She has been with me always, but finally I can present her to you all ..... " La Grande Mamma ".

I call her "she" and " La Grande Mamma ", because she is the first and biggest and most important in my new furniture collection - LA FAMIGLIA . And as we all know, it´s always Mamma who gets everybody together. Before I became a mother myself, it would be my mother and before that, my grandmother . I designed " La Grande Mamma " many years ago, for my house in Sicily. The table represent to me, togetherness and happy times, which I usually spend with my family, so this is the reason I have named the collection - LA FAMIGLIA. My family could easily be Italian. I dare say, we are maybe even more Italian, that most Italians. On top of that, being married to an Italian and also having had all of his family around the past 22 years, I would say I pretty much qualify to know a little something about family, gatherings, coziness, giant lunches and dinners involving a table.

I hope you like it, half as much as I love it.  Christina

My first sketch of " La Grande Mamma "

Join us for a glass of bubbles at the SPOTLIGHT EVENTS showroom Tuesday 15th of December from 3 o’clock St. Kongensgade 103, 1264 Copenhagen - and see the real thing.

 

Blue home next to The Danish Royal Theatre.

I found these amazing pictures in BO BEDRE , the danish interior magazine, taken by KIRA BRANDT and styled by GlottiPress . It´s the private home of NINA NYBORG, which she has created from her trips around the world and favorite shops in Copenhagen like OLIVER GUSTAV, FIRED EARTH, TAGE ANDERSEN, GREEN SQUARE, RUE VERTE, GALLERIE EGELUND, all my favourites as well. It´s such a lovely mix of new and old, blue and light colours, cozy and clean. LOVE LOVE LOVE . The blue color is going to be used a lot in the future I am sure. Enjoy these great inspiration pictures below.

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What a lovely mix of delicate blue velour and oak .

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Lovely mix of new and old.

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Private coral in Oliver Gustav decor.

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Light blue chairs against heavy dining table .

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The amazing tiles from Fired Earth gives such an interesting breath in a simple bathroom.

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credit www.glottiPress

Sandstone and soft colours gives that clean and light 

What to do about our climate ????

He did it again ..... the danish-islantic artist Olafur Eliasson. During the COP21 in Paris at Place du Panthéon, he has placed 12 gigantic blocks of ice ( 80 tons in total ) to make a very clear point about the climate in our time. ICE WATCH as the installation is called, has been transported from Greenland where 200 million ton is melting every year, you do the math ! ...........Merry Christmas. 

It does not have to cost a million to look a million.

With a little creativity and research, you can find great things around, which are reasonably priced, but looks amazing. Take your time and get inspired here.

If this kind of interior is what you are dreaming of, then take time out and go trough magazines , Instagram, tumblr or wherever you like to get inspired. Then make research in the different stores to make your perfect home. If this is not your strong side, then contact me and I will be able to assist. 

China, ashtray, lamp, table from ZaraHome

Couch and vase from ILVA

Wall lamp, carpet and pillows from IKEA

GERANIUM, a very different but amazing food experience.

We went to have lunch at restaurant GERANIUM on Saturday. First I was totally confused about the address . Geranium is situated in PARKEN where we usually go to support our National Foodball Team. It just did´t make sense to me that a restaurant in this caliber would be placed there. But as soon as you enter the lift to go the 8 flights up to the restaurant you get it. From up there you have a great view of the city all the way to Sweden. It´s a very posh and elegant restaurant which has won many awards for their experimental but great food. They say it best themself in this way : Geranium is a lucid, light and dynamic kitchen. Our mission is to create meals that involve all our senses - restores, challenges and enriches.

And for sure all your senses will be involved and tested and pleased. The location, the interior, the staff, the chef´s and the food are all amazing. Everything which has to do with GERANIUM is designed in,  made by , come from, found in or grown in Denmark and Scandinavia.

We brought Oliver, our 10 year old son to the restaurant. I know it´s not normal to bring kids to places like this, but we have always brought Oliver wherever we go, and he is used to a lot of different things and places. When we entered most people looked a little sceptic, but within no time everybody understood that Oliver was properly one of the guests, who appreciated and enjoyed the food experience of the 13 dishes the most, -much better than his mother who has difficulties sitting still for so long :-)

Geranium has been voted 42nd best restaurant on San Pellegrino's "The Worlds 50 best restaurants in 2014".

The top of Geranium, Søren Ledet and Rasmus Kofoed.

Lovely Interior at Geranium.

The crazy amazing Cellar at Geranium.

Amazing and decorative plates, which Oliver was loving.

Danish interior design.

More delicious and decorative food at Geranium.

Christmas wreath done by me !!!!

To say the least I really impressed myself this morning. I was invited to an amazing event at SØLYST  by Rungstedgaard with a theme of Christmas. First everybody had a tasteful breakfast and the smooth TREVERI ROSE , which by the way is served at the Royal Palace. After lovely songs by NELLIE ETTISON , we were introduced to EDITION POSHETTE who quitely walked us through the making of a christmas wreath. I am not much of a DIY girl normally, but I did it sooo well today. I am very proud and happy :-)

You still got time, let me explain you how. 

1. Start with a good glass of wine or Champagne  ;-)  

Then buy a " naked " straw wreath, green wire and different pine branches at your local flower shop. 

2. Buy some lovely christmas decorations and candles of you like, WITH wire.

3. Fasten the wire to the wreath with a knot , and slowly fasten the different branches around the wreath, with the thinner branches on the inside, to not make it too full. And finish everything off with a knot.

4. Then use you creative side and fantasy, apply you decor and candles as you like.

And voila´ - You just saved yourself a fortune and had the best happy time and meditation you could wish for.

Merry Christmas, my favorit time of year !

Christina

KVANUM, KLARLUND, GUBI & CAFE´ PLATEAU. It´s been a great week for me with lots of cozy and amazing events.

The past week or two I have been having the pleasure to be invited to some great events.

KVANUM KØKKEN.

It started at KVANUM KØKKEN in Hellerup last Thursday. KVANUN KØKKEN hosted a lovely evening where you could find an amazing mix of all the best from kitchens to cars to ceramics to hunting to travel to rugs to food and coffee. KVANUM KØKKEN , the host of the night with their luxury designed kitchens. MADEAMANO , and their lovely coloured ceramic wall and floor tiles. KNOTHOUSE , and their beautiful silk rugs. VOLVO , with the brand new 4 wheel drive for family and hunting. PEACOCK TRAVEL , with their great designed trips to the best places in the world and many many more. Thank you KVANUM KØKKEN for such a great and interesting evening.

GUBI.

Thursday this week GUBI had a nice x-mas event, presenting LEIF SIGERSEN celebrating his 25 anniversary. He in cooperation with  LA GLACE presenting their lovely flower pasties and with Anne Fabricius Møller,  cute x-mass candles and much more.

CAFE´ PLATEAU.

We, who live 10 minutes out north of the center of Copenhagen in " RESERVATET " had a nice surprise last week with the opening of CAFE´ PLATEAU, on Hellerup Strandvej,  by the former owner of our ´hang out bar ´ from our youth, ZEZE . This cozy small place is already busy by us driving in and out from the city everyday. So nice finally to have a place to meet having a place to enjoy a glass of wine and a salat after work. 

KLARLUND.

Creme della Creme of events this week I have to say was KLARLUND´s event at BØRSEN ( the danish stock exchange ) First of all, the building is one of Copenhagens oldest and most beautiful, build at the same time as The Round Tower during the reign of King Christian IV. The view coming up to the entrance of the event was amazing with lit up trees in red and the whole facade of the building with light and fire. Security at it´s highest because of all the valuable jewellery, both vintage and new,  inside for us to look at and try on. I got a few good ideas for x-mas ;-) Thank you so much, Klarlund.

Great event week, Christina.

Carpets & Rugs

We are getting closer to the cold periode of the year, and one way to make everything a little warmer is to use carpets or rugs in the house. Specially next to the bed it is fantastic to have something warm to step on to in the cold mornings, but even in the bathroom you can use a smaller decorative rug without it getting humid and disgusting. I have always loved wall to wall carpet, and with a powerful hoover you dont have any problems with dust or germs. These are some good and very different options from   1stDIBs  ,   CARPET VISTA  ,   THE APARTMENT  ,    IKEA     ,    ILVA   ,    GARANT    ,  THE RUG COMPANY .   

Public toilets may get better in the future.

Public toilets as we know them usually looks like this, .......scary and disgusting.

I totally get that anything public is a target of vandalism and destruction, but the better it looks from the beginning, the better ( any normal people ) will take care it. And that´s a fact !

 

The public toilet in Narita Airport, Japan has won Japans Transport Ministry Price as public toilet of the year. Which clearly was deserved. I don´t expect all public toilets to look like this, but you can do a lot for a lot less, and make a great difference in the way people will behave in these places. The right light, color and materials makes us behave with more respect towards things. Imagine yourself using these toilets in Narita airport, and coming out of there with no feeling of fear of diseases or disgust.

Christina

YAYOI KUSAMA

If you visit Louisiana Museum north of Copenhagen these days you will experience the great art pieces of YAYOI KUSAMA. These graphic childlike colourful pieces can only make you super happy and you are even allowed to touch :-)  Definitely worth a visit.

La Signora herself YAYOI KUSAMA, slightly eccentric you might say, but in a great way.

If you are smart you will go there on a week day, otherwise you might not be the only one there. Enjoy, Christina

Great Halloween at our house.

We had an amazing Halloween in the house. There were something for all. The boys were super creative and caved some cool pumpkins, Luca bought enough candy to last us until next year and I had put out soda and blood red wine shots for the poor parents who had walked the streets for hours and hours. This became a very popular attraction in our neighbour hood :-)

See you next year, Christina

L´hotel Paris.

We were going to Paris a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to try something new this time as for hotel and area. I was recommended L´hotel in Saint Germain. The hotel has great history and the interior is full-on over the top, just the way I like it . L’Hotel was built in 1828 by Célestin-Joseph Happe in the exact location occupied by La Reine Margot’s Pavillon d’Amour (a pavilion of love) in the 17th century. The building became Hotel d’Allemagne in 1868 and then Hotel d’Alsace after the war of 1870. Oscar Wilde took up residence at the end of the 19th century and lived at L'Hotel until his death, famously claiming to 'live above his means'. Head Chef Julien Montbabut, returned to the kitchen of Le Restaurant in April 2011. Julien was sous-chef in 2008 when Le Restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in recognition of its outstanding cuisine, quality and service. We didn't end up here this time but I can´t wait to go there and enjoy the amazing surroundings and cuisine next time we are in Paris.

I can´t wait to sit out here and enjoy my croissant and caffe au latte.

The rooms are full of fantasy and colour and will make you feel amazing.

After a long day of walking I will be looking forward to try the hammam pool.