For years people have flocked to Copenhagen to see some of the best and most iconic domestic designs; from Finn Juhl to Hans Wegner, the modern home owes so much to Danish Design.
More recently it has also become a place where foodies gather, keen to sample the latest in modern Nordic cuisine all whilst taking in the characterful surroundings. With its rich history, superb architecture and infamous "free city", we thought it was about time we found out more about the city. We caught up with Tina Seidenfaden Busck, founder of The Apartment, a treasure trove of 20th century furniture, contemporary art and design, to find out more about the Danish capital.
You’re founder of The Apartment in Copenhagen, can you tell us what The Apartment is and how you came about it?
The Apartment is a liaison of 20th century furniture, contemporary art and design, showcased in the setting of a beautifully restored 18th century apartment in Christianshavn. The Apartment was conceptualised with a desire to create a unique platform for exceptional decorative arts and design. The gallery does not have a fixed manifesto but sources both emerging and established designers alongside handpicked vintage furniture. The Apartment is also available for private consultation on interiors.
You’re located in Christianshavn, a district of the old Copenhagen, what’s the best quality of this area of Copenhagen?
It’s very central yet at the same time very close to green areas and the harbour. Christianshavn is particularly known for its canals and is also referred to as ‘mini Amsterdam’, but what I love the most about Christianshavn is the diversity; for example the free city, Christiania, and Noma are less than a 5 minute walk from each other.
What’s Copenhagen’s best design spot?
Design Museum Denmark holds an amazing collection of Danish Design. The museum is situated in Bredgade, which is also the best street for antique stores and art galleries. A few of my favourites are Andersen Contemporary, Nicolai Wallner and V1 Gallery. Studio Oliver Gustav and Dansk Møbelkunst are also amazing design galleries.
Where is your go-to place on a Friday night?
Havfruen in Nyhavn by Chef Frederik Bille Brahe has recently opened and is a great place for delicious Italian food, biodynamic wines and the buzzling atmosphere of Nyhavn.
Best spot for people watching?
The newly opened 108 located by Christianshavns Canal and the busy bridge Inderhavnsbroen; its Noma’s more affordable little brother and they serve great Nordic dishes in a cool, urban setting and attracts a mixed crowed of people.
Last minute date spot?
A boat trip in the harbour during sunset is very romantic. Rent a boat at Goboat, they offer delicious picnics and wines to take along too.
Where do you grab a morning pick me up? Ice cold beer?
In the summertime I head to La Banchina situated in Refshaleøen. La Banchina means bathing pier in Italian and you can enjoy a coffee, beer or glass of wine alongside a dip in the harbour. It’s always a great way to start or end the day.
How do you spend your weekends?
With three small children and a hectic everyday life, it’s a luxury for me to have family time in the Weekends. We love to visit friends or family living outside of Copenhagen.
Tips for an out-of-towner?
I love to visit Finn Juhls house in Charlottenlund. The Danish architect and furniture designer built the house in 1942 and the architecture and interior is left exactly as when he lived in the house, so inspiring. Louisiana Museum in Humlebæk north of Copenhagen is another favourite museum of mine with changing art exhibitions, 1960’s architecture and a beautiful sculpture garden with breath-taking views over Øresund.
What’s Copenhagen’s best-kept secret?
One of my favourite museums in Copenhagen, Glyptoteket, has the most beautiful garden. It’s a quiet, hidden oasis in the city centre.
Best place to stay? And best time of year to visit?
Sankt Annæ Bed & Breakfast in Christianshavn is affordable, authentic and very basic, which I love. Hotel Central is Copenhagen’s smallest hotel with just one room (so book in advance!) and is situated in Tullinsgade just off the busy street Værnedamsvej in Vesterbro. Due to our Scandinavian weather the best time to visit is in late spring or early autumn. Summertime in Denmark is amazing, but Copenhagen can seem a bit sleepy in July when all the locals are out and about.