Danish Light: 8 Ideas to Steal from a New Restaurant in Copenhagen by a Studio on the Rise

Not long ago, after a particularly bleak winter in New York City, I found myself fantasizing about a potential escape, looking at airfare, and scouring the internet for new hotels and wine bars to try when. I stumbled upon Hverdagen – a new restaurant in the industrial-cool Kødbyen district of the city with warm, clean interiors, paper lanterns, and terracotta-colored details – and added it to my itinerary list of wishes.

A little more research revealed that the interiors of the restaurant are from the Danish studio Vermland, founded by cabinetmaker Joakim Tolf Vulpius and young architect Anton Bak – the same Anton Bak behind a rambling two-week, $ 1,000 renovation in Brooklyn. , we presented a few years. a few years ago, when he was a space designer at the Royal Danish Academy and his partner, Kristina Line, was an intern at Søren Rose Studio in New York. The world of design is small.

Back to the restaurant: it’s full of nice, subtle design details to consider – and well worth a visit if you find yourself in Copenhagen.

Photograph by Jannick Boerlum, courtesy of Vermland.

1. Hang up the table.

To promote shared and family meals, the dining room is designed around a long common table, which also serves to create separate spaces within the single room.  (Take a close look: the table hangs from the ceiling - no screws or nails, thanks to smart carpentry.)
Above: To promote family-style shared meals, the dining area is designed around a long common table, which also serves to create separate spaces within the individual room. (Take a close look: the table hangs from the ceiling – no screws or nails, thanks to smart carpentry.)

2. Keep a tight color palette.

The serene interiors with clean lines are warm and fresh thanks to a two-tone color palette: terra cottas and rusty pinks (on the dishes, benches, stool tops) and minty greens (the cups and glassware containing the cutlery. and salt and pepper on each table).
Above: Serene interiors with clean lines are warm and fresh thanks to a two-tone color palette: terra cottas and rusty pinks (on dishes, benches, stool tops) and minty greens (cups and glassware containing cutlery and salt and pepper on each table).

3. Disguise the WC

Behind a pink curtain making the (Kvadrat) statement?  The bathroom door.
Above: Behind a pink curtain making (Kvadrat’s) statement? The bathroom door.

4. And keep the materials of one piece.

Above: Each piece of furniture in the restaurant is made from a single Douglas fir and inspired by Japanese carpentry.

5. Add texture with dried branches.

Our latest favorite example of dried branches as a backdrop: cloud-shaped clusters hanging above the benches.
Above: our latest favorite example of dried branches as a backdrop: cloud-shaped clusters hanging above the benches.

6. Use the most subtle of checks.

The bench seats feature leather seat cushions (from Sorensen Leather) and back cushions upholstered in plaid fabric, play on a kitchen towel and a nod to everyday and casual dining, say Bak and Vulpius.
Above: The bench seats feature leather seat cushions (from Sorensen Leather) and back cushions upholstered in checkered fabric, play on a kitchen towel and a nod to a casual, everyday meal, say Bak and Vulpius.

7. Hang lanterns.

Simple paper lanterns add a bit of buoyancy.  (For more information, see src=
Above: Simple paper lanterns add a bit of buoyancy. (For more, see 11 Times Noguchi Lights Stole the Show.)

8. Use food for decoration.

And, in the custom shelves behind the bar, bundles of chili peppers, heads of garlic and bouquets of herbs form an impromptu garland.
Above: And, in the custom shelves behind the bar, bundles of chilies, heads of garlic, and bouquets of herbs form an impromptu garland.

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