DesignTrade 2014: Some Highlights From Copenhagen

January 13, 2014 0


I am back from Copenhagen where I spent two design and fun filled days at the DesignTrade show. I met up with great Scandinavian blogger friends such as Nina, Linda and Pella and we explored the show together.

The focus this time was on the upcoming spring/summer 2014 collections so we could see the inevitable colour injections in many collections such as the new collection of Broste Copenhagen with new blues and yellows, colourful home textiles from Oyoy or ceramics from Kähler Design. The latter has also launched a new collection of coffee sets for lovers of slow drip coffee (like me) – I particularly loved this discovery! One of my new favorites, Skandinavisk, was also exhibiting and presented the new range of scented candles and debuted its line extension to breakfast sets – for the ultimate ‘hygge’ moment you now have also pretty happy coffee mugs and plates with Scandinavian words and motives. Speaking of ceramics, I also liked the new range of Anne Black ceramics with organic shapes and blue hues.

Moreover I discovered a few new brands to me, most of them Scandinavian of course.  I liked the natural and luxurious home textiles from Aiayu featuring subtle, Scandinavian colours. I was intrigued by the great range of furniture and home accessories of Muubs that uses reclaimed teak wood from Indonesia and combines it with raw materials such as concrete. Another new discovery is the very young Danish brand Aperie with beautiful leather products for the home office – sustainably produced in Bolivia. 

My illustration loving eye was also caught by the new Danish brand ‘I Love My Type’ – affirmative and uplifting mottos are featured on posters in various typographies creating a very modern, cool and urban feel. Another fabulous find: the new tray by designer Christina Liljenberg Halstrøm for Design Nation: the combination of metal with wood, a very simple, pure, almost Japanese design and soft colour shades make this not only a tray but a real design piece. Thumbs up!

To make my Copenhagen experience even perfect, I stayed in the fab Bella Sky Hotel – my room on the 19th floor overlooked the entire Copenhagen region and the North Sea on the horizon with a dramatic ceiling to floor window. Needless to say that the room was equipped with fine Danish design such as a Hay chair and Arne Jacobsen lamps. 

Oh and I couldn’t help but use the opportunity to dip my toes into the Copenhagen sales and shop a bit – great addresses if you are in Copenhagen are the concept stores Black and Playtype, the homewares store Dora, Samsøe & Samsøe for Scandinavian fashion, and Granola for a coffee and lunch break. 

Hope you enjoyed my little design excursion to Copenhagen. Happy week, friends!

Photography by Igor Josifovic, two product shots by Aperie

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  • Reply Kasia Pohl January 13, 2014 at 06:46

    Guten morgen:)
    wunderschön! So viel Inspiration! Ich sehe einiges in Messing und Gold und vor allem Holz. Fantastisch:) Was mir gefällt sind die weiche Wohntextilien in sanften Tönen und Holz, Holz, Holz…Sehr schön!
    Tolle Photos:))

    Liebe Grüße und eine schöne Woche!:)

    • Reply Igor Josifovic January 13, 2014 at 08:59

      Ja das stimmt. Auch oft gesehen in Kopenhagen: Leder. Sowohl für Wohnaccessoires als auch für Home Office Zubehör.

  • Reply Elodie (madame love) January 13, 2014 at 08:53

    Oh Igor, you post looks amazing! I love the new collection of Broste and thanks for sharing your new discoveries with us. It looks like you had a great time in Copenhagen.

  • Reply Bridgee January 13, 2014 at 10:35

    Love it Igor ! I’m a fan of Oyoy, too. 🙂

  • Reply Trisha January 13, 2014 at 11:01

    beautiful and inspiring images as always igor! thanks and happy new year xxxx

  • Reply Sarah @ Mocha January 13, 2014 at 11:20

    What a feast for the eyes! I love the textures and subtle colours. Some great pieces to help create a relaxed and welcoming home.

  • Reply Judith January 13, 2014 at 13:12

    Love it that Scandinavisk launched other products than their fabulous candles! I’m in love with their branding, so the breakfast set is one of my new favorites 😉 From what I see from their website, there is even a tiny ♥ on the bottom of the cup!! Also looks like you had a nice time exploring the DesignTrade show! Thanks for taking us with you, Igor!

    • Reply Igor Josifovic January 13, 2014 at 13:19

      Yes Judith! That tiny little heart at the bottom of their mugs is such a cheer factor – it makes you smile instantly:-)

  • Reply STYLIZIMO January 13, 2014 at 13:38

    We certainly had two wonderful days in Copenhagen, didn´t we? Lots of beautiful things to see, and lovely people to “hang” with!
    Nice round up from our trip, Igor.

    Hope to see you soon – it´s always such a pleasure!

    • Reply Igor Josifovic January 13, 2014 at 14:04

      I agree, Nina! It was a great time in Copenhagen with you, Linda and Pella. Looking forward to seeing you very soon again my dear!

  • Reply tina @ colourliving January 14, 2014 at 00:15

    I’m not sure where you got the energy from…
    Thank you for sharing all these photos with us. Makes me feel I was there.

  • Reply Gerard @WalnutGrey January 14, 2014 at 13:01

    Some great shots above Igor. I especially love the fabrics & the new DESIGN NATION tray (which I also talked about in a post last week). It looks lovely.

    Am sure it was cool being back in wonderful Copenhagen & seems you made the most of your couple of days. Did you like Bella Sky Hotel? It felt very corporate to me when we were there.

    I do like those type images… would be nice to see the MUM+DAD=ME also as MUM=MUM=ME or DAD=DAD=ME. Maybe they have them?

    Thanks for such a great post 🙂

    • Reply Gerard @WalnutGrey January 14, 2014 at 13:03

      I’m sorry that should have read MUM+MUM=ME or DAD+DAD=ME 😉

    • Reply Igor Josifovic January 14, 2014 at 16:50

      In fact, that is a great remark, Gerard! I must email her the idea! Not sure they have them yet.

  • Reply Lisa Hjalt January 14, 2014 at 20:03

    What a design feast! Thanks for sharing the glory with us. It seems we are in for a treat in spring 2014.

    I wouldn’t mind spending a few days in Copenhagen. I think I miss the city every single time I see something Copenhagen-related on blogs.

  • Reply Tim January 14, 2014 at 21:31

    oh that bedroom at the end just got me!! love that it’s so stylish, sleek and yet cozy! I am a big fan of that light, such a timeless classic!

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