Where do you live?
"You live in an abandoned factory? Sounds cool!" I don't know how many times I've told our home story over the years. And don't get me wrong, I like talking about it, but a picture paints a thousand words ;)
Since our home is a recurring theme on my blog, I gathered a selection of before-and-afters, videos and other home-related content, over here. I hope you like it!
The Typography of Travel 20
Beautiful NEON typography spotted on some of my travels:
Dynamo @ Grand Palais - Paris, France
Café Wilder - Copenhagen, Denmark
Kuchi sushi - Berlin, Germany
Dalle Valle café - Copenhagen, Denmark
Bolia furniture - Malmö, Sweden
Another Nué - Copenhagen, Denmark
Dynamo @ Grand Palais - Paris, France
► To see all previous editions of The Typography of Travel, click here. Also, if you'd like to contribute beautiful type from your travels to this series, drop me a line!
On my walk through the King's park not far from the Malmö castle, I stumbled upon this organic community garden called Slottsträdgården (Castle Garden). And I loved it! A community garden showes so much of the character of the locals. The one I visited in Berlin is very cool and focuses on recycling and creative solutions. Near our home, most community gardens are used for growing vegetables or as a nice spot for l'apéro. The castle garden is very structured (look at the sharp green paths!), very colorful and filled with lots of different flowers and plants that looked very Nordic to me.
I overheard a few conversations from the international garden "crew". This guy was visiting his family in Ghana soon and his Japanese co-worker would miss him deeply. But he'd be back. I would too, this place is just lovely! Apparently the garden also hosts a lot of events throughout the year: concerts, workshops and plant days...
In the summer you can purchase vegetables and plants from the garden. And last weekend Sophia Callmer teached a garden photography course. Sounds fun!
And of course (we are in Sweden after all!) there is also a small kaffeehus for good coffee and a cinnamon bun... you gotta love fika!
Slottsträdgården /// Malmöhusvägen 8 /// Malmö /// Sweden
Open all year round.
A few days ago on one of my runs, my eyes caught a glimpse of bright pink in the bushes along the path. Wow: gradient berries! Or what they are usually called: pokeweed or Phytolacca americana. Their pink stems are so bright, the calyces look like LEGO flowers and their berries have the most beautiful gradient colors, somewhere between lime green, bordeaux and dark plum.
I took (too many) photos and they all look extremely romantic. But who cares: sharing a bit of softness doesn't do any harm. Except these berries are very poisonous, so don't eat them!
Malmö Västra Hamnen
Let's go to Malmö today! After all, it's only a short ride over the Øresund bridge away from Copenhagen! Welcome to Sweden!
Both Elise and Sarah recommended me to visit the Western Harbour in Malmö: a modern part of the city which is becoming an example in urban planning, sustainability and environmentally-oriented development. So in stead of visiting the Castle and old city center, I made a walk through this neighborhood with lots of water, colorful architecture, a GREEN supermarket (so much better than our Biocoop or Naturalia!), schools, green oases, creative businesses, lots of space and of course: the sea!
The Eiffeltower of Malmö, the Malmö tower:
And there's the sea. Of course some courageous Swedes were preparing to take a plunge in the 16°C water ;)
Hay House Copenhagen
Located on the 1st and 2nd floor of a downtown Copenhagen apartment, HAY HOUSE made me fall in love with pink again. Over the past couple of years I've visited several of their stores (in Berlin and Oslo and Copenhagen and Antwerp) but I like this one best: it's spacious, the (sun!)light is great and it almost feels like a real home. I'm very curious what their soon-to-open shop in Amsterdam (Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 326) will look like...
HAY's design and curated selection (like this feather mobile) is so well balanced. Their use of color and black&white is exquisite: soft, not too girly, graphic patterns, strong shapes & materials. Can you believe I left here empty-handed? Ohhh the "perks" of traveling light... but there's always the online shop!
HAY HOUSE /// Østergade 61 /// 1100 Copenhagen /// +45 42 820 820
Open every monday through friday: 10-18 saturday 10-17
A mini Melon update
Tadaa! I'm proud to report that the melon plant I showed you a few weeks ago, is growing ONE small melon! When I came home from Copenhagen, this was what I saw:
In the past few days this mini melon has been growing bigger and bigger every day. Only a few more weeks, I guess, until I can harvest this one Charentais* melon. Enough time to think about what I'll do with it... any suggestions?
* turns out it's not a Honeydew melon... but a Charentais Cantaloupe! oops! well, it's still a melon after all ;)
mini guide Copenhagen
Some of my favorite places in Copenhagen:
► Cinnober /// Landemærket 9 /// mon-fr 11-17:30 sat 11-15 /// Independent bookshop with a lovely selection of books (graphic design, illustration, architecture, street art, fashion, industrial design), paper products and prints.
► Another Nué /// Krystalgade 3 /// mon-thu 11-18 fri 11-18:30 sat 11-16 /// Nice selection of women's fashion (V Ave Shoe Repair, Camilla Skovgaard, Vibe Johansson, ...), jewelry, shoes and handbags. Just across the street is Henrik Vibskov, also worth checking out.
► Kompa'9 /// Kompagnistræde 9 /// mon-fri 8-18 sat 10-17 /// Good (eco) coffee, a nice spot for breakfast with croissants and yogurt with granola. They also serve delicious sandwiches for lunch.
► Lego store /// Vimmelskaftet 37 /// mon-thu+sat 10-18 fri 10-19 sun 11-17 /// I love Lego, and second best after the Lego theme park in Billund is the Copenhagen store. Build your own minifig, buy a limited edition set or play with some bricks ;)
The light of Copenhagen
What struck me most in Copenhagen were not the delicious Danish pastries, not the laid back people, not the view, not the beautiful ceramics, but the blue skies and bright light. They say the light in Venice - Italy is the best, but oh boy: Copenhagen your light is amazing! I kept looking up and taking pictures, so here is a selection. Wish you a wonderful & bright weekend!
On the right is the Black Diamond, the Royal Danish Library:
Remember this "g"?
Urban Jungle Bloggers #1
I'm excited, because today my blogfriends Igor (Happy Interior Blog), Jocelyn (The Little Room of Style) and I are kicking off a new blog series, called Urban Jungle Bloggers. Earlier this year we met through our blogs, had coffee in Paris and exchanged a lot of "green" emails ever since. All in our own unique way, we love growing plants at home and decided to join forces in this blog series. Today we are presenting our respective urban jungles. So let me introduce you to our greenhouse:
Our greenhouse is actually an indoor garden and the entry to our home. In the 60s, when Studio Sapique was built, indoor gardens were hip&happening: ours even includes a small pond! When we moved in, the greenhouse was overgrown and looked like a true jungle (see here), but we've cleaned it and it now looks like the image above.
I'm a sucker for succulents: I simply love their graphic shapes and unusual colors. But I'm also growing agaves, cactus plants and palm trees in here.
It's a blessing to have a dedicated space to grow plants, because our 3 cats love eating palm trees and messing around with soil and pebbles. Most of the plants love the sunlight in the greenhouse, so it's a good match.
The biggest plant in the greenhouse is a paddle cactus plant. I brought home a few "leaves" from the South of France many years ago and it has been growing 15 to 25 new leaves every year, so it's actually quite big. I love how the leaves are so muscled and spotting new baby paddles make me very happy. In the winter i'm always a little worried if he'll survive the cold, as the greenhouse is unheated, but we've had -18°C and he's still going strong. A part from a few bigger (and boring) plants, the invasive bamboo and a fern I brought home from Corsica, all my green friends spend the winter in their winter storage.
A cutting from the above cactus plant, is residing in our kitchen. They both tend to grow ears in all directions to remain their balance :
In a cat-free corner of our cinema room, I'm cultivating these tiny succulents. The mini agaves were grown from seeds, the one in the middle is a cutting and the others were gifts from the Jardin Exotique in Monaco. A must-visit if you love succulents & cactus plants.
I hope you liked this little tour! Of course there is more to come... Oh and don't forget to check out Igor's and Jocelyn's blogs to see their urban jungles!
Urban Jungle Bloggers is a monthly series by 3 bloggers: Igor (Happy Interior Blog), Jocelyn (The Little Room of Style) and Judith (JOELIX.com). Every month we share ideas to create an urban jungle through styling ideas, DIYs and green tips & tricks. You can find additional inspiration on our Urban Jungle Bloggers Pinterest board. Want to join? Use #urbanjungle on twitter and instagram. Or let us know and we'll share the badge and upcoming topics with you. Let's bring some green into our homes and blogs!
The amazing CPH view
Before taking you into downtown Copenhagen, I'll show you the view from above today!
I guess it was the exterior staircase swirling around the top of the tower like sundae ice cream, that made me convince Giova to climb to the top of the Vor Frelsers Kirke. The view over Copenhagen promised to be "amazing" from the spire. So there we went.
The first 250 steps inside a wooden winding staircase construction were small, dark and steep. We were happy to reach the outside staircase with fresh air, until we realized the tower was waving in the wind... we snapped a few pictures and with wobbling knees we started our way down to the base of the tower. Pfewie, we're such heroes ;)
90 meters and 400 steps above the ground:
The view didn't blow us away, but the young & hip Danish families celebrating a wedding at Sunday church, did. Impeccable style, great hair (Scandinavian hairdressers are the best!) and a very laid back vibe. So cool that I didn't even take a picture. Argh, next time! Although I won't climb to the top again ;)
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