Discover Copenhagen’s Design and Art Credentials Starting with The Andersen Hotel’s New Look
4 May 2017
- Danish design is globally celebrated and can be seen across Copenhagen
- Explore the city by bike and discover the Danish designed Christiania Bikes
- Located in Vesterbro, the meatpacking district, The Andersen Hotel unveils a new look
- Dine at Mielcke & Hurtigkarl located at The Royal Danish Horticultural Garden Society
‘New Nordic’ is often used to describe the current design movement in Copenhagen, but this city has showcased distinguished design traditions since the 1950s. From the moment visitors land at arguably the world’s finest airport, it feels like Copenhagen is leading the way in all things design.
Visitors should head to Bredgade, Copenhagen to embark on their design tour. This is Denmark’s number one design street and includes auction house Brunn Rassmussen, many antique shops which carry items by Georg Jensen and Arne Jacobsen (egg chair) and at number 69, the wonderful Design Museum Danmark.
The Design Museum Danmark is home to one of the world’s largest collections of Danish design including works by Arne Jacobsen. The museum is a national hub for research in design history with records dating back to 1890. The collections cover applied art and design from Art Nouveau to contemporary Danish design including glass, ceramics, textile, fashion and poster art. A current exhibition hall celebrates ‘The Danish Chair – an international affair’. The chair is one of the strongest representatives of the development of Danish design and a reason why furniture design has made Denmark famous worldwide. The building that houses the museum today was originally built as the former King Frederik’s Hospital in 1757. The museum is also home to the delightful Klint Cafe with simple Danish dishes served with a twist. Entrance is DKK 100.
Fans of lighting should head to the Louis Poulsen showroom on Gammel Strand. For those seeking high-end Danish design then Royal Copenhagen is the brand to look out for. Dating back to 1775, the leading brand’s shop and welcome centre is located on Amagertorv.
Copenhagen is the city to cycle in. 56% of Copenhageners who work or study in the city, commute by bike every day. Since 2009, Denmark has invested at least €373 million in cycle projects.[i] With this in mind, visitors are actively encouraged to get on a bike and The Andersen Hotel provides guests with bikes. As guests cycle across the city they may spot another Danish design invention; the Danish Pedersen Bicycle from 1893. With its high cantilever frame and its unique hammock-style seat which absorbs bumps, this bike is still produced today. Another Danish bike is the Christiania Bike with a trailer on the front, ideal for transporting children, friends or goods. The bike was inspired by the Freetown of Christiania in Copenhagen which has been car-free since the 70s.
Vesterbro, the meat packing and cool neighbourhood has an increasing number of art galleries and warehouses. The Butcher’s Lab is a combined ‘body conservatory and art gallery’ fusing a physical workout while enjoying modern art at the same time. If that sounds too strenuous then visitors should head to the V1 Gallery home to visual art, installations and sculpture designed to challenge the norm. The Centre of Photography is located in a high ceiling gallery featuring fine art photography with equal emphasis on both classic and contemporary Danish artists.
Those with more time should definitely visit Charlottenlund, just north of Copenhagen. Here, two of the greatest design surprises await; the Ordrupgaard Art Museum and the original house of world-famous Danish architect and designer Finn Juhl.
Set in one of Copenhagen’s most beautiful royal gardens is Mielcke & Hurtigkarl restaurant. The Royal Danish Horticultural Garden Society provides a stunning backdrop for some innovative cooking. The restaurant is a treat for all the senses starting with the design and art on display including unique works by some of the most prominent artists and designers from Denmark. The menu is seasonal and offers a gastronomic experience of five or seven dishes. Owner and Executive Chef Jakob Mielcke is famous across the world and has developed a strong foodie following. He originally trained at Pierre Gagnaire in Paris and later at the Lecture Room & Library at Sketch in London. Jakob has been part of Masterchef for four consecutive seasons from 2014-2017 as both a judge and host. A meal here is memorable and will stay in the mind of the diner for some time.
The award-winning Andersen Hotel is home to 73 bedrooms and suites in the heart of Vesterbro. The hotel has just been refurbished and completely updated. The hotel has worked with brands including Frandsen Lighting who designed bespoke lighting for the bedrooms. AGUSTAV were used for some of the furniture in the lobby, whilst MUTTO provided ‘The-Dots’ hangers in the bedrooms. Elsewhere Vauni designed the bio fireplace in the lounge and Philippe Starck Design all of the bathrooms. The decor throughout is vibrant and includes textiles and wallpapers from the award-winning Designers Guild in the UK. There are four categories of room and the hotel’s exterior retains its original features. The hotel features a daily ‘Wine Hour’ in the Lobby Lounge between 5pm and 6pm where guests can enjoy complimentary wine, meet fellow travellers and plan where they wish to dine in the evening.
The hotel is a keen supporter of local art. The walls of the Lobby Lounge are filled with installations by local artists who can showcase and sell their works here. The hotel hosts art events every two months to introduce the works and the artist and to sell pieces over a ‘Meet the artist’ evening. Then, The Andersen Hotel welcomes a new artist to this superb background to display work.
The Andersen Hotel like its sister hotel the Absalon Hotel, just opposite, has been part of the same family for over 75 years. Karen Nedergaard is the managing director of both hotels and is present at the hotels, all week interacting with the teams and guests. The Andersen Hotel is named after her grandmother Erna Andersen who founded the two hotels. The hotels both operate a CONCEPT24 package which allows a late departure at no extra cost meaning the guest keeps the room for 24 hours, no matter what the time of arrival.
Visit the world class design capital of Copenhagen and explore an adventurous city full of ideas.
Helgolandsgade 12, DK-1653 Copenhagen +45 33 31 46 10
B&B is priced from 1145 DKK to 1925 DKK per room, per night
Copenhagen airport is 25 minutes away (10 mins walk to central Station then a 15 mins train)
[i] Cycling Embassy of Denmark
Images from Denmark Mediacenter