Swedish Apartment with a Gorgeous Black Kitchen

I spotted this beautiful Swedish apartment over on Sotheby’s International Realty website this morning. The black kitchen with the marble backsplash is just so sleek and sexy in an understated way. And of course, the rest of the apartment is just looking as fabulous.

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Images via Skeppsholmen Sotheby’s International Realty

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Copenhagen | Visit to HAY House

Just 1 minute away from Visit to Illums Bolighus, is another Danish design store that you have to visit when in Copenhagen – the HAY house. Woo hoo! Seriously, what’s not to love about Copenhagen for an interior design enthusiast?

HAY House is located on the first and second floor of a grand building in Ostergade street. Visiting the shop is like stepping into a really nice apartment with large windows and beautiful herringbone wood floor. Every room is styled impeccably with furniture and accessories from HAY. It was almost summer when I visited the place, the Scandinavian sunlight streaming in through the large windows, the place looked every bit like my dream house :)

Here, you will find a large collection of HAY products, from stationaries, pillows and textiles to sofa, tables and chairs. Everything is approached in a straightforward and unpretentious way, but often with a twist in its design. The stuffs here are functional but never boring.

At the heart of everything that HAY does is the notion that contemporary design should spring from good idea, innovative technology and quality materials in combination with joyful, straightforward and uncomplicated aesthetics.

– from HAY

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Copenhagen | Visit to Illums Bolighus the Scandinavian Design Heaven

Visiting Copenhagen was quite a last minute decision in the planning of our Europe trip this year, but it was truly one of the best last minute decision made as we really enjoyed this city a lot.

Apart from the Scandinavian high prices, there are many reasons to love the capital city of the world’s happiest country. Beautiful architecture, lots of water and parks, new Nordic cuisine, stylish people on bikes everywhere and of course, Danish design and the many design stores around.

Illums Bolighus is the store that you shouldn’t miss if you only have time to visit ONE design store in Copenhagen.

“Imagine, no counters and formalities, the future – and it is gorgeous – is arranged in displays you could practically move into. It is the only shop in the world which can truly call itself the MOMA of modern living”  – Noted travel writer Temple Fielding on Illums Bolighus in the 1950s

Located at Amagertorv, the main shopping belt of the city, the flagship store is a 10,000m2 design emporium of modern design.  Erik Jørgensen, Carl Hansen & Søn, Louis Poulsen, Normann Copenhagen, Gubi,  Muuto, Hay, Ferm Living and many more … Illums Bolighus has it all.

I felt quite overwhelmed throughout my 2 hours spent in the store because there are just so many things to look at! (and just too many things I feel like buying!)The department store has a total of 4 storeys filled with little knick-knacks, home accessories, glassware, ceramics, lamps and furniture. Beware that you might just spent all your vacation money here because honestly, the stuffs here are really pricey and seriously good-looking :P

But of course you don’t have to buy sofa in order to visit here. In my opinion, it is totally worth a visit to just inhale or soak up the unique beauty Danish design.

Even the window display with the Panthella lamp feels ethereal. 

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