Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Danes Have Great Design in Their DNA

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Danes Have Great Design in Their DNA

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Byline: says Katie Law

YOU only have to tune into an episode of Borgen to see the importance the Danes give to design, with stylish rooms, elegant lighting and pared-back furnishings.

Visit Copenhagen and you'll see the evidence everywhere, from the beautiful bicycles (everyone rides one) to the street lighting. Even the municipal park benches are a stunning design number.

With air fares from as little as [pounds sterling]22 one way, now is the time to visit Copenhagen for a big dose of style: there's so much to see and barely a high street brand in sight.

It takes an hour and a half to fly from Gatwick and whatever people tell you, Denmark is not as expensive as you think it's going to be. Even if you don't buy anything, enjoy gathering big ideas while walking around the dozens of design shops. You'll want to chuck everything out when you get home and start again -- with the bare minimum.

WHERE TO FIND YOUR INSPIRATION Illums Bolighus, Amagertorv 6 (illumsbolighus.com) Four floors of the best Danish design and the ultimate index to the big names. Panton, Jacobsen, Poulsen, Hansen and more have their own zoned room sets. Inspiring.

Hay, Oestergade 61 (hay.dk) This is the place to find the work of up-and-coming Danish designers -- including furniture, textiles and lighting -- showcased in bright and airy surroundings across two floors, opposite Illums Bolighus.

Carl Hansen, Bregdade 21 (carlhansen.com) A temple to good taste and simplicity, the furniture and lighting store is in Bregdade, a road lined with design and little antique shops, at the top of which is the Design Museum.

Louis Poulsen: Gammel Strand 28 (louispoulsen.com) You'll see Poul Henningsen's iconic Artichoke pendant lights everywhere, but this is the place to come for the best selection of lighting.

Retro Villa: Badstuestraede 17. (retrovilla.dk) Tiny and tucked away off the main shopping drag, you'll find rolls of original Sixties and Seventies wallpaper here. Retro Villa is typical of the small, independent shops you can find in Copenhagen's side streets.

Blindes Arbejde: Valkendorfsgade 3 (blindes-arbejde. …

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