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Inside a Cool Copenhagen Apartment


By IMAGE Interiors & Living
28th Nov 2015

Kitchen as art gallery.

Inside a Cool Copenhagen Apartment

Kitchen as art gallery.

When it comes to interiors style, no one beats the Danes, for whom’d?cor is a national obsession.?White walls, striking furniture and great lighting add up to mature modern look?in this bright Copenhagen apartment…

A big space on one floor, this Danish period apartment combines traditional architectural features with modern design. Inspired by lofts, Naja created a partition between the entrance and living room with dramatic panelled windows, painting the metal frames black.
A big space on one floor, this Danish period apartment combines traditional architectural features with modern design. Inspired by lofts, owner Naja Munthe created a partition between the entrance and living room with dramatic panelled windows, painting the metal frames black.

The creative hub of Danish fashion designer Naja Munthe, this luxurious apartment – in the heart of Copenhagen – shows her passion for modern interiors with a laid-back, cosy feel. Naja is a key figure in the city’s fashion scene, and her label, Munthe, a favourite of supermodel Helena Christensen. Known for her sense of relaxed glamour with an edge, Naja’s home is decorated with the same style values she brings to her clothes. Naja wanted a home that felt authentic and wasn’t too new. ?I wanted somewhere that had a soul to it already,? she explains, ?that gave me an excuse to start all over again.?

?I like things to be luxurious, glamorous, but always laid-back,? says Naja.
?I like things to be luxurious, glamorous, but always laid-back,? says Naja.

Having moved into the 1900s-era property nine years ago – which she shares with her two children, Miles and Valentine – she wasted no time adding her identity to this glamorous, light-filled apartment, peppering the interior with contemporary design and global finds. ?If I had to describe my home in three words, I would say: modern, cosy and international. The thing I love most about it is that it’s a large space all on one floor.

Kitchen as art gallery.
Kitchen as art gallery.

“I kept the palette simple with earthy tones. This means I can bring in lots of different textures and play with how the pieces are combined. We have a strong tradition of design in Denmark. We spend a lot of time in our houses, especially in winter, so we tend to put a lot of effort into their style.

In the office, a black dining table from Gubi serves as a desk, over which Flos Fucsia lights hang.
In the office, a black dining table from Gubi serves as a desk, over which Flos Fucsia lights hang.

“For me, the main thing was that it was cosy. I wanted a beautiful home, but a realistic one. One where you want to kick off your shoes and if you accidentally spill the coffee, it’s not too much of an issue.? And her top tip for cosiness? ?It’s all about the couches. They have to be inviting, so you really want to fall into them.?

The plaster frieze, typical on the front of Scandinavian homes, makes a striking statement in the simple dining-room space, as does the black enamel pendant light, originally a floor lamp but adapted to hang over the table.
The plaster frieze, typical on the front of Scandinavian homes, makes a striking statement in the simple dining-room space, as does the black enamel pendant light, originally a floor lamp but adapted to hang over the table.

Feature courtesy of GAP Interiors. Words?Claire Bingham. Photography Chris Tubbs.

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