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at home with theresa rand

By Marlene | Published: 27. March 2018


Out of everything I’ve discovered renovating an apartment – building work will take approximately six months longer than expected, three visits to Ikea in one day is two visits too many, it is impossible to get rid of the last moving box – the thing has made me particularly crazy is how difficult it is to find beautiful bedside tables. (If you think „crazy“ is too strong a word: I came very close to ordering bedside tables from the U.S. last summer and reasoning myself into paying the ungodly shipping costs.)

Or so I thought until I found the Dusk Bedside Table from Theresa Rand.


Everything about it was perfect: The brass details, the oak, the dimensions, the brass details, the steel legs, the drawer, did I mention the brass details? The only thing I didn’t like about it: It was only a prototype. I couldn’t buy the perfect bedside table anywhere.

Crazed as I was, I wrote an email to the designer. I would be in Copenhagen for a few days in August. Could I come by the showroom, so that I could at least see Dusk once? And grab two and veeeery inconspicuously make a run for it.

Sure, she replied. She didn’t have a showroom, but I’d be more than welcome to visit her and Dusk at home, her apartment was also her office and exhibition space. The only thing was, could I come a few days before the weekend, as she was getting married the Sunday I was in town.

An inviation to see her two days before her wedding (and spontaneously let me take pictures for a few hours) fits her unfussy and relaxed style perfectly. Theresa, then called Arns, arrived in Copenhagen to do a master’s degree in furniture design after studying architecture in Cologne. She met her now husband Carl at university and stayed.

Their apartment near the lakes in Copenhagen really is the ideal showroom for Theresa’s designs: for the Échasse vases, the La Boum bar trolley or the Jewellery Box, all produced for Menu (since my visit, the Septembre series including sofa, armchair and couch table has moved into Theresa and Carl’s living room. In Germany, it’s available from Connox). For all of the clean lines, her furniture isn’t sterile. It’s simple and sophisticated in its functionality, but the materials she uses have warmth and depth. It’s that mix of clarity and personality that also most impressed me about her apartment (besides the wall colours, the floorboards, THE BATHROOM…). Pieces like the portraits of Carl’s grandparents look even more special in contrast with the puristic surroundings. A little design lesson I took away with me and which I try to remind myself of as we tackle each room in our home. While I’m waiting for Dusk to be produced one day.


















  1. Inga
    Posted 27. March 2018 at 20:11 | Permalink

    Tolle Wohnung!!!

    Das ist sooo schwierig mit den Nachttischen! Bist du bei der Nachttisch-Suche rein zufällig auch auf welche ohne Holz gestoßen? Wir haben schon so viel Holz…Muss auch keine Lampe drauf passen, die hängt an der Wand (von bolia).

    Liebe Grüße

    • Inga
      Posted 28. March 2018 at 07:33 | Permalink

      Was hat T9 denn da wieder angestellt ich bin auf der Suche nach einem Nachttisch ohne Holz. Falls du Tipps hast, wäre ich dankbar!

      • Marlene
        Posted 28. March 2018 at 09:28 | Permalink

        T9? Huh? Bei mir wurden beide Kommentare von Dir problemlos angezeigt 😉 Wir haben am Ende einen Nachttisch von Mo Woodwork über Etsy bestellt, aber wie der Name schon verrät, sind die aus Holz. Ich träume heimlich noch vom “Dream” von Montana, den es in unglaublich vielen Farben gibt, der allerdings auch ein echtes Pfund kostet (https://www.smow.de/angebote/dream.html). Schau doch ansonsten mal bei USM Haller, die sind allerdings auch ein Investment. Ich würde unbedingt bei smallable.de oder made.com gucken… Liebst, Marlene

  2. Carina
    Posted 28. March 2018 at 08:13 | Permalink

    Tolle Wohnung. Danke für die Storie
    Woher sind die Lampen in Küche und Bad?

    • Marlene
      Posted 28. March 2018 at 09:29 | Permalink

      Danke, Carina! Zu den Lampen im Bad frag ich Theresa noch mal, die über dem Esstisch sind die VL45 Radiohus Pendelleuchten von Louis Poulsen (und unfassbar schön, oder?). Liebst, Marlene

    • Marlene
      Posted 10. April 2018 at 09:51 | Permalink

      Und jetzt auch die Auflösung zu den Lampen im Bad: Sie sind von Rubn (rubn.com). Liebst, Marlene

  3. Sabrina
    Posted 3. April 2018 at 20:55 | Permalink

    Unglaublich. Was für eine tolle, tolle Wohnung! Ich musste mir direkt ein paar Fotos in meinen Inspirationsordner speichern – und den Drang hatte ich schon erstaunlich lang nicht mehr. Danke für diese wunderbaren Homestory!

  4. ChrissyVictor
    Posted 21. June 2018 at 11:35 | Permalink

    Boah Marlene, was für eine tolle Homestory! Kannst Du davon nicht noch ein paar machen?

  5. Nicole
    Posted 10. June 2019 at 18:44 | Permalink

    Mit einem Jahr Verzögerung – aber weißt du woher die oben abgebildeten Wohnzimmermöbel bzw insb der Couchtisch waren? Auch Menu?

    Lieben Dank, Nicole

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