I first visited Copenhagen in July 2016, having chosen the destination spontaneously based on wanting to go somewhere ‘a bit different’. At that point, the hygge (Danish for “cosiness”) lifestyle trend had started to take off so it was super cool to see real Scandinavian style in person, rather than just in magazine spreads. I was in my element visiting the homeware and lifestyle stores, wanting to buy EVERYTHING…!
So, when my sister asked me where to go for our annual break, Copenhagen was top of my list. We went a few months ago and I loved it all over again. The trip inspired me to write this post about my favourite shops and brands there. If you love Scandi design and are planning a visit to Copenhagen, be sure to visit my recommendations for the best homeware and lifestyle shops in Copenhagen!
Studio Arhoj is a Danish interior and design studio that makes beautiful ceramic goods and other homewares. Their aesthetic blends modern Scandi simplicity and traditional Japanese culture to create interesting shapes, with a very natural feel. I fell in love with the variety of colours in their hand-thrown porcelain. Each piece is completely unique because of the glazing techniques they use!
Online: Studio Arhoj
Facebook: Studio Arhoj
This AMAZING place is an institution in Copenhagen. Be prepared to spend an hour or two exploring the four floors of lifestyle goods, homeware and fashion representing the very best of Scandinavian design.
Online: Illums Bolighus
Facebook: Illums Bolighus
The Royal Copenhagen flagship store showcases all the designs and patterns from Royal Copenhagen.
The huge space is part store, part gallery – one of the floors features innovative exhibitions and collaborations. Maybe you can even pick up a bargain from the seconds shop on the top floor!
HAY is a renowned design house that occupies a stylish two-floor apartment on Ostergade.
The building is stunningly beautiful and has a feature staircase down the centre.
You can get HAY’s full range of furniture and quirky home accessories here.
This cute shop is located opposite the Torvellhallerne indoor market and has a great range of gifts and homeware. They stock Studio Arhoj here, as well as a number of other independent designers.
I love Danish ceramist Malene Helbak’s ceramic designs. Her hand-drawn designs are so fresh and modern!
Visit the Helbak-Scherning shop (includes jewellery by Mette Scherning) on Kompagnistræde, or you can also see her designs in Illums Bolighus.
Visit the Tortus Ceramics boutique on Kompagnistræde and treat yourself to a one-of-a-kind ceramic handmade by master potter Eric Landon.
You can also watch his creative process on Instagram – you will be mesmerised by his skill!
If you want to bring home a limited edition poster print, check out the Paper Collective Design Gallery. I also loved the clean look of their magnetic Stiicks frames, available in oak, walnut, black and white.
Online: Paper Collective
Facebook: Paper Collective