3 Days of Design : Hotel Charlottenborg

July 4, 2019


I was lucky to attend the opening party of Hotel Charlottenborg exhibition the day before the official doors opened for the public,  which means I was also able to take a few photos of my own to show you some of my favorite pieces. Hotel Charlottenborg showcased 16 furniture brands in one of Copenhagen’s most beautiful buildings, Charlottenborg Festsal, and is curated by the team behind Ark Journal. The exhibition focused on the hospitality scene, in fresh settings that play up the zone between private and public, creating a home away from home.

“The home away from home concept and the zone between private and public are some of the interesting trends we are currently reading in the interior design of many new restaurants and hotels. The hotel framework is therefore both a creative framework for creating an exhibition – and interesting for the participating companies, because precisely the contract market is very attractive” says Didde Rishøj, consultant at Dansk Industri.

Fritz Hansen, Kvist Industries, Skovby Møbelfabrik, Re Beds, Møbelsnedkeri Kjeldtoft, Magnus Olesen, Eilersen (more of their new sofa as shown in the exhibition and their history I wrote here) , Cane-line, Randers+Radius, Vahle, W.O. Interior, Overgaard & Dyrman, Søren Lund Møbler, Four Design, Brdr. Petersen and Form & Refine , are the exhibitors , a group composed of both large and small, young and more established companies. All the brands are showing a mixture of new pieces juxtaposed to some classics and elements that help elevate the Hotel Charlottenborg concept.

While perusing through all the exhibitors , we were also treated to drinks in Charlottenborg’s large inner courtyard that became a quaint cafe for the 3 Days of Design, where I must thank Lisa ( my wing woman extraordinaire liaison from Eilersen) for arranging so I never missed an opportunity to drink and have fun. What are good friends for 🙂

Above : Veng , handmade nordic bed by Re Nature BedsAbove : Runa office desk by Møbelsnedkeri Kjeldtoft/ T37 table lamp by Tom Rossau

Above : Eilersen Float High Sofa | Frame Table | Kant Table /  T37 floor lamp by Tom Rossau

Above : The new Circle Dining Chair by Overgaard & Dyrman

Above : The Penguin chair by Brdr. Petersen

// Photography and Editing by Katerina Dima


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3 Days of Design : Frama Studio Store and Frama Spaces

June 2, 2019

A must visit while in Copenhagen not just during 3 Days of Design but also to shop, the Frama Studio Store at Fredericiagade 57.  Frama invited the talented interior stylist & designer, Louisa Grey founder of House of Grey in London, to curate the Frama Studio Store in Copenhagen for 3 Days of Design which resulted in the creation of the exhibition “Senses”. With “Senses”, each space of the Studio Store is an exploration in human senses, allowing a sensory journey.

“We live in a world where overstimulation from the daily routine, online interactions, consumerism and a shortage of time – let alone down time, has become evidently depleting.”

 To remedy this, House of Grey has reinvented the concept of the home and work environments by creating spaces that replenish your energy and engage all five senses. Where the home becomes a restorative haven and the workplace can be a calming yet inspiring space for all.

Along with “Senses” Frama also revealed new spaces and exciting collaborations. The founder of Frama, Niels Strøyer Christophersen revealed the new Frama Spaces located above the St. Pauls Apotek. A stunning space complete with airy offices , bathroom, kitchen and bedroom, all bearing the signature style of Frama. I photographed a few of the spaces, and tried to give a little  bit more of a feeling to the editing, my interpretation of “Senses”.

Images 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 11  from Frama Studio Store.

Images 2, 3, 5 , 9, 10 from the new Frama Spaces above St. Pauls Apotek.

// Photography and Editing by Katerina Dima


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3 Days of Design : New Works

May 28, 2019

Usually for 3 Days of Design reportage I combine everything I have seen into two big posts and hope all my readers won’t be tired halfway through. This time I decided to make smaller posts, focus on one or two brands at the time, hopefully you will enjoy the content more while have time to take in the photos.

I am starting with New Works , and their new showroom located in the iconic neighbourhood of Frederiksstaden first floor. Lotta Agaton styled and curated the now permanent exhibition of New Works designs. With a focus this year on a deeper palette of materials and finishes, the collection shows how much the vision of New Works has matured, and at the same time becoming a strong contender in the design week.

Personally I was enchanted by the dark colors and hues and the soft fabrics. Some of the partners for the renovation of the showroom were chosen for their impeccable design and quality,  curtains by Astrid Textiles (absolutely for my next apartment), beautiful sculptures by Sofie Tufvasson and Sara Martinsen, while soft music was playing from Bang Olufsen speakers.

Unfortunately , I had little time for photos and exactly at the point we arrived there was some sort of presentation, so I didn’t have the room to shoot as I would have liked to. I am sure however this project will be around for a while so possibly you will get to see more regardless. For now, this is my point of view, little bit darker photos than usual but I favor this feeling lately, hope you enjoy!

Photography and Editing by Katerina Dima


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Vora Villas in Santorini

March 12, 2019

Santorini is one of the Greek islands that needs no further introductions , if you haven’t visited it is definitely one of the bucket list you should check off. There are many incredible boutique hotels to stay however, if you want one of the most unique design hotel in Imerovigli then Vora Villas is the one for you. Designed by Athens based K-Studio, Vora Villas offers only three rooms ( soon a fourth one) . The renovation of the original cave-villa retains its characteristic layout, of three rooms that move in succession deeper into the volcanic rock.

“The 2 driving forces behind our concept were the volcanic rock and the traditional local vernacular. We wanted to reveal and control the drama and thrill of the site whilst securing guests with comfort, privacy and a relaxed lifestyle. We worked with the natural volcanic rock to cut routes through the site and to retain its boundaries and with charred wood and blackened gun-metal to highlight the power of nature within the villas” says the architectural team.

The guest rooms of this resort are 3 unique and entirely separated villas that bring together newly built villas with an older traditional dwelling. The first, at the top of the site, is a renovated authentic cave house, typical of the local vernacular. Entering the house from the cave opening the first space is light-filled with spectacular views of what remains of the original crater of Santorini’s volcano. The second space, further into the cave, is cooler and darker offering respite from the heat of the summer outside. The third space, pushed far back into the rock of the mountain is serenely cool and tranquil, a total retreat.

The second and third villas are new buildings formed by the sharp cuts of the path slicing its way down through the site. Sitting adjacent to each other and below the cave, they each split the traditionally linear layout of the first villa, stacking one half above the other. This allows the rare luxury of natural and light and breath-taking views from both the lounge and bedroom spaces and also increases the usable space of each villa. Angled away from each other and towards unique and specific views, the villas are totally separated and enjoy full privacy.

Literally carved out of the mountain the curves of the vaulted ceilings soften the shadows, removing sharp lines and blending it into the darker space towards the back of the plan. In the new villas set below a more contemporary layout maximises light and takes full advantage of the view by splitting the bedrooms and shifting them below the living spaces. Angled away from each other and separated by the main path, guests enjoy their unique viewpoint in total privacy.

Important note from the Editor :

I am mentioning privacy a lot because I cannot stress this enough…unfortunately Santorini on its whole is NOT a private island. Because of its unique terrain all the houses, restaurants, cafes and hotels are built one on top of each other almost, with small stairs leading from the road downwards. This is exactly what gives that spectacular Santorini landscape but at the same time, it devoids almost everything from privacy. You can be sure you will be walking right next to swimming pools of hotels with guests lounging 20cm next to the main path, your neighbors are most definitely not only watching you when you are out but almost every tourist that walks randomly to get to their way as well. When renting a hotel/villa, be very careful when you have your own pool but prices are the same as rooms with no pools in other hotels. This means that the pool is literally on the street almost. When a hotel offers privacy in Santorini, it is a big deal. In an island that never sleeps during summer, where the streets are so full you think there must be a concert happening, being able to relax at your hotel is something priceless. To be able to go out in your veranda with no prying eyes, without wondering who will step right next to you when you enjoy valuable time in the pool watching the sunset, to be able to find a haven inside a very populated tourist gathering, for me it is the difference between going somewhere or choosing another place completely. Vora Villas is not only a stunningly beautiful hotel but also offers this unique privacy, and believe me, it is worth it. 

// Photography via K-Studio | Photography by Ståle Eriksen

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