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Copenhagen: healthy city growth
The concept of kolonihave, a blissful combination of an allotment and a summer house, has shaped Danish cities since the late 17th century. Today, avid growers convene in these colonies to find a peaceful place to commune with nature as well as a community of diverse characters.
Mater: designed to last
Long before environmentalism became a popular concern, Henrik Marstrand created Mater, a Danish furniture company that prides itself on timeless pieces with sustainability at the core. Marstrand’s entrepreneurial spirit and faith in the circular economy is changing perceptions of good design.
Christmas shopping in Copenhagen
We go on a jaunt around the Danish capital to find the best – and sharpest – retail outposts for all your stocking-filler needs.
Copenhagen: The Monocle Travel Guide
Copenhagen is a city shaped by good design, from its clever public spaces to its network of cycling lanes and renowned furniture industry. Follow our guide to discover why the Danish capital is considered one of the world’s most liveable cities. Published by Gestalten, The Monocle Travel Guide to Copenhagen is available now at The Monocle Shop.
Most liveable city: Copenhagen
In 2013, Copenhagen was the number one city in Monocle's annual Quality of Life Survey – Gabriel Leigh filmed this report last year.Now, in 2014, Copenhagen has once again been crowned the winning city. To watch Monocle's 2014 Quality of Life film, click here
The origami roof of the new Copenhagen Center for Cancer and Health suggests that this is no ordinary hospital. Nord Architects have created a healing environment with thoughtful, original strokes. Their bold design won them a nomination for the 2013 Mies van der Rohe European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture.
Typefaces are something of an obsession at Copenhagen design agency e-Types. They’ve recently started selling fonts out of a shop around the corner from their office, the first bricks-and-mortar outlet for typefaces in the world, luring in customers with products like lettered coffee mugs as part of their campaign to raise public awareness about the power of the typeface. Monocle heads to Vesterbro to see how they’re faring.
Copenhagen Fashion Week
With neither city being short on style, the battle between Baltic fashion capitals Stockholm and Copenhagen continues to rage. While Stockholm Fashion Week triumphs with edgier, younger brands, it's Copenhagen that still leads the way as Scandinavia’s fashion capital. Monocle's fashion director Takeharu Sato visited Copenhagen Fashion Week to discover new brands, new products, and plenty of attractively attired locals.
Master Planner – Jan Gehl
Danish architect Jan Gehl is improving quality of life in cities across the globe, taking the focus away from the car and putting it back on people, with pedestrianised streets and improved cycling infrastructure. Calling itself “consultants in urban quality”, Gehl Architects works to return a human scale to public spaces. Monocle met Gehl at his Copenhagen offices to learn more about his company’s vision.
Vintage Danish Design
Vintage Danish design is the focus of the pop-up concept Modern Danish Warehouse. Featuring a carefully edited selection of period pieces, the collection is a reminder of the enduring appeal of Danish Modernism. Monocle goes to Copenhagen to see how classic Danish furniture continues to inspire a nation of designers.
Recently reopened in Copenhagen's Tivoli gardens, Nimb has provided the city with a badly needed asset - an outstanding hotel. Furnished with the best, locally sourced materials and bespoke Danish designs, the family-run business is obsessive about quality and provenance. There's even an on-site dairy so guests can be sure their yoghurt is fresh. Monocle visits the hotel that is raising the bar in Denmark and beyond.
The Royal Cafe in Copenhagen has given birth to a new culinary phenomenon: Smushi - traditional Danish smørrebrød with a contemporary sushi twist. The idea was created by "gastronaut" Rud Christiansen, who talks to Monocle about the concept that has Asia's retail groups lining up to get a piece of the action.