SMK is one of my absolute favorite photo spots in Copenhagen. Therefore, I was more than excited to be able to see this springs major exhibition Sonja Ferlov Mancoba’s “No-one creates alone” in a preview event hosted by Patriksson Communication. The art exhibition was accompanied by special sounds created by Master Fatman and Jonas Visti adding a whole new level of experience to the exhibition. Very recommendable.
Even though this universe is mostly dedicated my traveling heart, I cannot help also showing you some aspects of my life in Copenhagen, especially my “new” job and my “new” home. So I hope you will enjoy that this space is not strictly a travel site, but kept a causal sphere for everything I like to share. ;)
On September 1 I started a new job within my company. A job that I had been longing for, for a long time, and worked really hard to get. At times it was frustrating and I have been at the edge of feeling super stressed, as I had taken on so much extra tasks to show that I am right for the job. Now it has been sealed and signed - what a relieve - and you are “looking” at the new ‘Event & Project Manager’ at CIFF. I am so happy with my new tasks, the new title and the opportunities, as well as challenges that go along with it. This is the beginning of a pretty amazing journey. The past few weeks have already been exciting, and one of the highlights was the Baum und Pferdgarten SS19 collection preview event my colleague took me to:
The showroom is one of the most stunning rooms I have seen in Copenhagen, very majestic, furnished with colorful chairs and sofas, as well as with exceptional beautiful wallpaper suiting the new collection, which also represents a colorful universe, very well. Furthermore, Helle Høgsbro Krag curated a beautiful brunch table into the last detail. I mean, just look at that statement flower bouquet. The baked goods came from Lille Bakery - a place that has been on my personal wishlist for quiet a while, and now I know that I have missed out, and the bakery is even higher on the must-visit list. All in all, a very well executed, thoughtful and detail-oriented, yet casual event.
EXPLORING FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY
A couple of week's ago, on a cloudy sunday - surprisingly in the string of the many beautiful summer days - I took my friends to see Gl Strand, which houses inside a charming, authentic Copenhagener building.
Inside, on 3 floors of classical exhibition space, Gl Strand takes you on an impressive tour through the archives of Vogue's most prominent fashion photographs by leading the worlds leading photographers.
After delving around enjoying the art and the atmosphere and to end the experience with proper manners, one should not miss out on sipping a cool glass of white wine in the courtyard.
fun fact: The carpets have been specially designed for this very exhibition, and they are quite something. Check out the exhibition until the 2nd of September.
The other day was the second time I came to visit and enjoy breakfast at Hyggestund, Mikkeller's contribution to the hygge-hype around the morning meal. Except they serve breakfast all all day.
The menu is anything but boring. I would though recommend not to be on a diet, as you will find a lot of heavy, delicious food laughing at your face. We tried to diversify our picks and chose the waffle breakfast, which also includes eggs and bacon, the chia porridge with fruit (I guess we needed that for our consciousness) and 2 kind of donuts, which were so special I can honestly not tell you what was in it, one of them had something to do with beer. The winner was the pancake with sirup - an american classic! What you will not find on the menu, are lots of fancy coffee lattes. They serve filter coffee - period - for 40 kr, which first made me choke, but then I learned it includes free refill, and since I can drink 3-4 cups I guess the price is legitimate. :)
Hyggestund is located in one these charming Vesterbro building you would die to live in, and on good days you can also sit outside on beer benches. But on cold cloudy days Hyggestund invites you to sit inside in a cosy, yet simple atmosphere with a clear color fable, which also makes it a treat if you are into "instagrammable" places.
3 reasons to go to Hyggestund:
- If you are not on a diet ;)
- In fact if you are having a complete hangover and just need some greasy fried chicken and donuts to get over it again, this is the perfect spot
- If you love a cosy atmosphere, want to experience "hygge" and just want to hang out with friends all day eating breakfast (refill on filter coffee all day)
Since my entire family went on a ski vacation over Easter, I had to come up with my own plans for the holidays. Luckily, I still have plenty of things on my Copenhagen bucket list, so it was basically closing my eyes and pointing the finger at the list. However, there were a few things that were extremely high on the wish list: visiting museums! So therefore my Easter became all about experiencing the cultural aspects of Copenhagen. On friday, I finally got to take a trip Arken the Museum for Modern Art, which has also been high on my "creativity list". The weather was beyond amazing, clear sky, only a slight breeze and for the first time it was possible to feel Spring in the air. Perfect day!
Arken is located in Ishøj and very easy accessible by public transport. From Ishøj station it is roughly a 15 minutes walk to the museum guided by signs. You can also take the bus (if you are lazy or well if it rains). Furthermore, Arken is located by the sea, so when you are done being cultural, you can also go for a nice walk by the beach.
Besides hosting some really interesting exhibitions, Arken is a true dream for every photographer. I actually enjoyed photographing the space and the surroundings the most, even though I must say that I was very fond of Ugo Rondinone’s dreamscape of 45 lifelike clowns, portraying a single person's day in 45 acts. I don't know there was just something about the play with melancholy, and how he though of capturing how we, humans, actually put on this clown-like role. We are suppose to act happy and cheerful all the time, but then again there will always be those stages of silent moments in between the acts where we need to "rest" and just "be" before putting on the next show.
The other exhibition that really caught my interest was Alphonse Mucha’s sensuous and seductive images of plants, women and ornaments, which amongst others were used as posters and in advertisement, while making a huge impression on on the city of Paris around 1900. His style is highly recognizable, his mission somehow very noble:
...the power of beauty should be spread out into every corner of the city, every cell of every human being. A kind of beauty therapy for city dwellers. - ARKEN
I got myself a little postcard souvenir, which I framed already, As soon as I have found a good spot in my home, I will show it to you. ;)
After visiting the exhibitions and almost running out of battery on our cameras, we went for quick detour to the beach, before settling down and enjoying the afternoon sun with a glass of wine at the closely located café Ka'nalu.
You can read more about Arken and the current exhibitions here, and I hope the pictures triggered a desire to visit this very beautiful art museum. For me, I can only say that it was pleasure and one of my best day trips around Copenhagen so far.
Pictures were taken with Canon 760D + 24mm lens by me & with Fuji x-t20 by Toke
The first place in Copenhagen I moved into was a shared apartment located at the end of Vesterbrogade, right before Frederiksberg Have. I loved this place for various reasons, especially because it gave my life in Copenhagen a specific turn. However, another reason was the convenient area right between hip Vesterbro and the rather posh Frederiksberg. At some point, Frede & Vester's moved into a little venue across the street, and I quickly started a routine of getting coffee and a "bolle med ost" (a bun with cheese) on-the-go on my way to university. While this is now more than 3 years ago and I have moved away in the meantime, I still sometimes wondered if the little coffee place still existed. It turned out it does, and even better they opened up a new place more centered in Frederiksberg. So today, I went by to check it out, and the best word that comes to my mind is Instagram-Heaven.
Frede & Vester's has a very classic breakfast and lunch menu. The serve vegan buns (I guess that counts as classic by now), omelets, (very delicious) croissants, sandwiches, juices, cakes and coffees. I actually have this thing that I love a hard boiled egg for breakfast, yet it is surprising how many cafés screw that up, even though they say it is not a problem. Well, Frede & Vester's passed the test. :)
It was quiet empty for a sunday, which of course was great for me, because I could walk around taking pictures of every corner. The whole café has been decorated by Studio K, who is also the master-creator behind Mikkeller & Friends on Stefansgade, and the results can definitely be seen. It is like a color explosion from floor to ceiling, while decorated with so much love for detail and many cosy elements (such as plants, cushions, candles,...), which makes for a warm atmosphere.
Frede & Vester's is a must if you need to kickstart a grey day or simply need a boost of colorful, but also highly contrast-noise ratio on a sunday morning. I am surprised that this very photogenic place, which also serves some of the best buns I have tasted so far, is not all over Instagram, yet.
FREDE & VESTER'S
Smallegade 22, 2000 Frederiksberg
Here is a special one! Danish danish legacy, Fredericia Furniture, invited their community to a social gathering during 3 Days of Design, where they presented their latest collaboration with Raf Simons / Kvadrat. Fredericia's design classics had been wrapped up in colorful textiles and presented in an exhibition like experience, as only pictures can describe it best.
The event was also the perfect occasion to explore the rest of the beautiful showroom. Walking upstairs you enter something you wish could be your home one day. A beautiful brick stone wall, heigh ceiling and the most stunning terrace with the best view over Copenhagen's rooftops.