Architecture, fashion, interior design – the Danes know a thing or two about good design. From Hans Wagner’s eponymous furniture to the uber cool HAY – Copenhagen is home to some of the very best design shops in the world. With Danish design in the UK only ever increasing in popularity, HOMYZE wanted to share our top favourite Copenhagen Danish design shops you should know about, and what’s more, most of them ship internationally. Hurrah!
Photo courtesy of Hay House
You may have heard of the Danish design brand HAY – indeed you will find it across London from Liberty to Selfridges. In Copenhagen the beautiful yet understated flagship Hay House can be found on the second floor in Østergade street, also known as Strøget pedestrian shopping street, in central Copenhagen.
Here you will find quality materials and quality Danish design – expect ample soft textiles, metal, stone and wood. The most exciting aspect to HAY is the seasonality of the product lines – the Hay tray and Hay stool vary in colour depending on the season, and are perfect little pieces if you want to add a flare of colour and Danish sophistication to your interior.
Photo courtesy of Designer Zoo
HOMYZE fell in love with Designer Zoo on Vesterbrogade 137, when we visited their intimate Copenhagen flagship store in winter – which at the time was festooned with white fairy lights and an incredibly welcome window display. Designer Zoo offers some of the best ceramics, glass and tableware you will find anywhere – reflecting the creativity and vitality of modern Danish design. The selling point of Designer Zoo is that they curate items from a handful of designers which they frequently rotate. The staff, many of whom are designers themselves are great – always willing to help and incredibly knowledgeable.
Photo courtesy of Illums Bolighus
Illums Bolighus houses arguably the most comprehensive collection of Danish and international design. Here you shall find a beautifully warm and inviting shopping centre of authentic Scandinavian designed furniture, lighting, kitchen, ceramics, porcelain, silver, and glassware.
Illums Bolighus is part of the George Jensen chain of Royal Shopping stores at the Amager Torv Square – a mark of Scandinavian quality and design heritage. Visit here to get your hands on anything and everything design related – from the handmade children’s toys by Maileg to an original Han Wegner Wishbone Chair.
Photo courtesy of Royal Copenhagen
Royal Copenhagen, originally named The Royal Porcelain Factory was founded in 1775 and has become synonymous with Danish style and taste.
You will find Royal Copenhagen’s Flagship Store on Amagertorv on the main shopping street Strøget in the heart of Copenhagen. The beautiful three-storey Renaissance building dates back to 1616 and is one of Copenhagen’s oldest and most beautiful architectural treasures.
The flagship store displays the entire Royal Copenhagen range of classic as well as modern hand-painted porcelain. Coming home with a dinner service here in the Blue Fluted Lace design would be a dream come true for many visiting the store. Whilst losing yourself in this effortlessly tasteful store, why not treat yourself at the acclaimed The Royal Café, which serves traditional Danish food with a flamboyant and thoroughly modern twist.
Dansk Made for Rooms
Photo courtesy of DANSK Made for Rooms
DANSK Made for Rooms is nestled in the bustling area of Istedgade in the district of Vesterbro – traditionally known as Copenhagen’s red light district, today you will find Copenhagen’s fashionistas and super cool.
DANSK Made for Rooms, is a set of bright rooms which showcase some fabulous pieces from some of Denmark’s most talented designers.
You will not be disappointed for finding some very unique and interesting pieces at DANSK – from the popular Copenhagen posters with images of Copenhagen’s neighbourhoods from Kortkartellet, graphic hangers from Scoreboard and sleek black framed floor mirrors from Omelette-ED. Definitely worth a visit.
Photo courtesy of Normann Copenhagen
New York Times’ 12 shopping treasures of Europe 2014, Normann Copenhagen is the stunning flagship store located in a huge old cinema in the Østerbro area of Copenhagen.
Here you will find exclusive Normann Copenhagen furniture, glassware, ceramics and furniture. Normann Copenhagen is known for their use of innovative materials for everyday products – such as a washing-up bowl in rubber, a vase made out of Silicon and a dog made out of plastic!
Normann Copenhagen was established in 1999 by Jan Andersen and Poul Madsen; since then has become synonymous with considered and innovative Danish design. Look out for seasonal collaborations with established names and new talents from around the world.
Photo courtesy of Stilleben
The Stilleben shop on Niels Hemmingsens Gade, offers a curated selection of ceramics, textiles, interior and graphic prints to home accessories and handmade jewellery from both established and new designers. The collections are selected based on current trends and themes that are influencing the designers.
Owners of the shop are the immensely talented two Danish designers Ditte Reckweg and Jelena Schou Nordentoft, who both graduated from The Royal Danish Academy for Fine Arts in Copenhagen.