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classic danish design

By Marlene | Published: 7. January 2013

I used to go to Denmark for Christmas almost every year. First to my grandparents’ house and later, after they moved to Spain almost 20 years ago, to my parents’ place. Spending the holidays there is something of a family ritual. My mom especially loves celebrating in Denmark and so do I. Even though I don’t get to spend a lot of time in the North, I do feel rooted there. But we all went to visit my grandparents in Spain this Christmas just passed to celebrate at their house there for the first time. It was a different experience (we still ate too much turkey, sang Christmas carols, drank Jule Akvavit – but in 20 degree sunshine!), but one that was wonderful (we ate too much turkey, sang Christmas carols, drank Jule Akvavit – all in 20 degree sunshine!).

Since it got a bit crowded at Mormor and Morfar’s, we rented a place from their neighbours across the street. Neighbours who happened to be Danes, too. Which I would’ve guessed the second I set foot in that house. Chairs, tables, lamps – this couple must’ve taken it all with them when they first moved in many years ago. Some of the furniture was some 30, 40 years old and it reminded me of being a kid in my grandparents’ house at Christmas when they still lived in Denmark. And yet the furniture was designed so simply and elegantly that it still looks modern. And beautiful, I think. If it hadn’t been for the tiny obstacle of transport – “Any hand luggage?” “Just a table and four chairs!” – I would’ve stolen the furniture and brought it back to Berlin with me. You have to pay a small fortune for this kind of design here. Yet, if that couple ever move house, they’re probably going to take their old things to the dumpster.

I don’t even want to imagine those things ending up in a tip. So I’ll think about this lamp instead. I fell for it – hard. Thankfully, it still had the old label attached inside. Turns out that the Frandsen company has been making the “ball” lamp since 1969. They don’t produce it in brushed gold anymore. But they have a version in copper. Which is just as beautiful. And, at 90 Euros, very affordable. As if I needed any more convincing, I then saw the post on Raetherei about decorating with interior design in copper – ha!

What do you think? Should I get the lamp in copper? Or try to find an old one in gold first?

And how am I going to convince these people to sell me their furniture and ship it to Berlin?

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  1. anita
    Posted 7. January 2013 at 14:28 | Permalink

    Marlene, Du wirst sie nicht überzeugen, weil ich schon alles bekomme… tolle Nachbarn haben Deine Großeltern da… Frohes neues Jahr!

    • Marlene
      Posted 7. January 2013 at 14:58 | Permalink

      Anita! Ich fass es nicht! Wie hast Du sie überredet? Hmrpf.

      P.S. Dir auch ein frohes neues Jahr. x

  2. lis
    Posted 8. January 2013 at 09:43 | Permalink

    Liebe Marlene, ui! Nochmal: Ui! Und dann die im Keim verzweifelte Frage: Wo sind denn Frandsen-Lampen käuflich zu erwerben? So online? Merci bien!

    • Marlene
      Posted 8. January 2013 at 11:09 | Permalink

      Aber warum denn verzweifelt? Auf der Webseite von Frandsen (www.frandsenlighting.dk) gibt’s eine Liste mit Onlineshops. Kommt allerdings darauf an, welche Farbe Du suchst. Mein Schmuckstück in Bronze habe ich bisher bei einem englischen Anbieter (design55) gefunden, allerdings zu abschreckenden Versandkosten. Und bei einem eher fragwürdig wirkenden Shop in Dänemark. Falls Du sie woanderes entdeckst, sag Bescheid. Also, ich meine: sofort.

  3. Bianca
    Posted 8. January 2013 at 15:06 | Permalink

    Ach, das erinnert mich gerade wieder daran, dass ich einen Blogpost zum Thema Kupfer machen wollte. Danke für die Inspiration! Ich sammle schon fleißig Kupfer auf Pinterest, eine wunderbare Inspirationsquelle. Einfach “copper” eingeben und tolle Sachen entdecken! Dort habe ich auch vor längerer Zeit genau diese Lampe schon in Kupfer gesehen (http://pinterest.com/pin/73183562666379756/)

    Liebe Grüße

    • Marlene
      Posted 9. January 2013 at 12:05 | Permalink

      Uuuhhh, sehr hübsch, Danke. Und auch für die Erinnerung, dass ich wirklich mal mein Pinterest Account aktivieren sollte. Ich glaube, die Lampen auf Deinen Pins sind die von Tom Dixon. Auch wunderschön. Aber das dolle ist: die von Frandsen gibt’s für weniger. Freu mich auf Deinen Post! Alles Liebe, Marlene

  4. Julia
    Posted 9. January 2013 at 13:11 | Permalink

    Liebe Marlene,
    hast du gesehen, dass es die Lampe bei Bolia gibt?
    Sogar leicht reduziert.
    Viele Grüße

    • Marlene
      Posted 9. January 2013 at 13:53 | Permalink

      Waaaaaas? Im Onlineshop hatte ich sie nicht gefunden, aber wenn es sie im Laden gibt, umso besser. Danke, Danke!

  5. alma
    Posted 17. June 2013 at 18:10 | Permalink

    neben weihnachten bei spannenden 20 grad –
    die möbel. überreden überreden überreden.
    (und mir eins abgeben 😉 )

    • Marlene
      Posted 20. June 2013 at 12:02 | Permalink

      Hehehe. Bis ich das geschafft habe, müssen wir halt im Magasin unsere dänischen Möbel besorgen!

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