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Tortus Copenhagen, city centre

The Danish pottery industry is kiln-hot and, in the skilful hands of Eric Landon, it’s easy to see why. “I want to show the world that you can sit and relax and drink coffee in a beautiful studio and then make a pot,” says Landon from his 18th-century workplace in Copenhagen’s old town, which has been the home of his brand, Tortus Copenhagen, since 2012. Landon moved to Denmark from the US in 1999 and has been reviving the country’s centuries-old ceramics scene ever since. 

Step inside his studio and you’ll soon see his aesthetic has a footing in Danish history – lots of flowing “rabbit fur” glaze, wabi-sabi imperfections and streamlined forms. Want to get your hands dirty? Landon also holds hugely successful workshops.

23 Kompagnistraede, 1208
+45 5250 2471
tortus-copenhagen.com
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Han Kjøbenhavn, city centre

The people behind this menswear retailer make clothes that they believe are quintessentially Scandinavian but also pride themselves on their points of difference. “We have an interest in Danish design, architecture and furniture but our roots are in the suburbs, so we’ve maintained our identity,” says co-founder Jannik Wikkelsø Davidsen. Sleek denim hangs next to Finn Juhl coffee-table books, tracksuits and Portuguese jersey jumpers. Don’t leave without a pair of the firm’s revered clip-on tortoiseshell sunglasses.

7 Vognmagergade, 1120
hankjobenhavn.com
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Illums Bolighus, city centre

Denmark’s modern history is peppered with design heavyweights such as Georg Jensen, Børge Mogensen and Finn Juhl, all of whom have paved the way for subsequent generations of prominent designers. This makes navigating the line-up a little daunting. For an overview of the greats, as well as today’s up-and-comers, visit Illums Bolighus on the main pedestrian mall. Since its inauguration in 1925 the department store has lined its shelves with the country’s best furniture, homeware and fashion, making it one of the finest curations of Danish design in the world.

10 Amagertorv, 1160
+45 3314 1941
illumsbolighus.com
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Dansk Made for Rooms, Vesterbro

This pared-down shop near the hip Meatpacking District, founded in 2010 by sisters Malene Sofie and Ma-lou Westendahl, is a treasure trove of homeware. Expect Japanese porcelain by Hasami, Edison bulbs by Copenhagen favourite Farma, books and magazines from Cereal and Bauhaus, and in-house furniture line Dansk. The selection in the polished studio never follows a rigid style; every item is hand-picked informally and on its own merit by the sisters, creating a more personable selection.

80 Istedgade, 1650
+45 3218 0255
danskshop.com
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Norse Store, city centre

Tobia Sloth, Anton Juul and Mikkel Grønnebaek shared a passion for skateboarding culture but outgrew its trademark look. In 2004, drawing on their architecture and design backgrounds, they set up Norse Projects as a space where they could bring international names to their hometown; by 2009 they had set up their own label of the same name. The outdoor clothing and basics were a hit, so the trio debuted a womenswear line in 2015 in Pilestraede. “We didn’t want to be on a main street. People need to feel like they found the shop themselves,” says Grønnebaek. Accessories and shoes in collaboration with the likes of Dr Martens sit on shelves made from repurposed Dinesen floorboards, while the brand’s own pieces are interspersed with Comme des Garçons shirts and Visvim parkas.

41 Pilestraede, 1112
+45 3393 2626
norsestore.com

Images: Jan Søndergaard

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