All designers and products at blickfang Copenhagen 2012 have been handpicked by the Copenhagen-based jury, aiming for the individualistic taste of an urban, design-oriented audience. All products exhibited at blickfang fairs are for sale.
More than 100 exhibitors from ten different countries will make the design fair, blickfang Copenhagen 2012, at Øksnehallen a hotspot for design lovers.
Acclaimed Spanish designer, Jaime Hayón, ensures the cutting-edge fair’s focus on quality and helps mix furniture, fashion and accessories into an amazing shopping experience for design savvy visitors.
The Personal Contact creates Blickfang’s Identity “The personal contact between the exhibiting designers and the visitors at the fair is especially important to us,” says Jeanne Reeves, General Manager at blickfang Copenhagen 2012.
“Hearing the story behind the design objects from the designer himself is a very special and rewarding experience to many of our visitors, and helps create our unique identity.”
Every single designer at Blickfang Copenhagen 2012 has been handpicked by a jury consisting of local design connoisseurs, like Rolf Hay (Hay), Peter Bonnén (Muuto), Mads Nørgaard (Nørgaard Copenhagen), Mette Barfod (Editor at RUM) and Anne Lohse (Editor at Eurowoman).
Quality and diversity are key factors for the products exhibited at blickfang Copenhagen 2012, for example fashion designer Freya Dalsjö’s debut collection (pictured) appeals to strong, self-conscious women, whereas Jean//phillip’s men’s wear attracts attention for its use of minimalism and exquisite materials.
Takes Design to a Higher Level
“In our globalized design world an exhibition format like Blickfang, where designers and manufacturers sell directly to the consumer, is an extremely progressive concept,” says Spanish designer Jaime Hayón.
“Lots of products lack personality and are frankly quite boring. When you have the opportunity to meet the designer in person and learn more about the design process it elevates the fair to a higher level.”
Jaime Hayón designs for world-famous brands, like Bisazza and Fritz Hansen, and advises Blickfang in creative matters.
Event: blickfang Copenhagen 2012 When: Friday 9 November 4-10 pm, Saturday 10 November 12 noon-9 pm and Sunday 11 November 11 am-7 pm Where: Øksnehallen, Halmtorvet 11, 1170 Copenhagen V Price: DKK 90/Students DKK 70
More about Blickfang – and Avenue Hotel Find more information about the cutting-edge design fair and shopping experience, blickfang Copenhagen 2012, including the list of designers. Avenue Hotel is a preferred partner of blickfang and will host an exclusive blickfang Party on Saturday 10 November 2012 9 pm-01 am.
To celebrate the ten year anniversary of fashion magazine, DANSK, Danish Design Centre has organised the exhibition “10 Years of DANSK – A Decade of Danish Fashion”, cherry-picking highlights from Danish fashion of the past decade.
Creative entrepreneurs, Kim Grenaa and Uffe Buchard, founded the international fashion magazine, DANSK, ten years ago. To celebrate the anniversary Danish Design Centre has organised the exhibition “10 Years of DANSK – A Decade of Danish Fashion”, cherry-picking highlights from the Danish fashion history of the past decade.
The Special DNA of Danish Fashion “We hope the exhibition will further the understanding of the recent Danish fashion history in the general public, and that it will give a clear impression of the special DNA which characterises Danish fashion at the moment,” say Kim Grenaa and Uffe Buchard, founders and editors of DANSK Magazine.
DANSK Magazine helps create a platform for Danish fashion internationally as the bi-annual publication is distributed on six continents.
Highlights from the Last Decade of Danish Fashion In the last decade Danish fashion has experienced tremendous growth and success. The exhibition, “10 Years of DANSK – A Decade of Danish Fashion”, cherry-picks highlights ranging from the emergence of great new brands over the international rise to fame by select Danish models to Kim Grenaa and Uffe Buchard’s more recent brainchild, DANSK Fashion Awards.
Event: 10 Years of DANSK – A Decade of Danish Fashion Where: Danish Design Centre (DDC), H C Andersen Boulevard 27, Copenhagen K When: Till Friday 23 March 2012 Price: DKK 55
“Playtype is thought to be the world’s first physical shop selling typefaces,” reports MONOCLE in its October issue. Read the trend-setting magazine in our lounge, or visit Playtype in Værnedamsvej, a pleasant ten minute bike ride from Avenue Hotel.
“The world has been using typefaces for hundreds of years – but only now has the first bricks and mortar shop started selling fonts. e-Types, the Copenhagen branding company behind the move, is hoping it’s the start of something big,” writes the lifestyle bible MONOCLE in its October issue.
The World’s First Shop selling Typefaces “Sometimes, it’s important to do something which doesn’t make sense.”
Rasmus Ibfelt, partner and strategic director of the Danish digital foundry and brand agency e-Types, explains the rationale (or lack thereof) behind the new shop, Playtype, to the readers of MONOCLE.
e-Types opened Playtype, its seasonal shop, last December, selling 200 or so fonts as well as a small range of products, such as mugs and t-shirts, featuring two of its typefaces.
Playtype is thought to be the world’s first physical shop selling typefaces, MONOCLE reports.
Playtype has great success selling mugs and t-shirts, featuring two of its typefaces. Tourists preferring products with the Scandinavian letters ‘Å’ and ‘Ø’, partner at e-Types, Rasmus Ibfelt, tells MONOCLE.
Visit Playtype or enjoy MONOCLE Visit Playtype at Værnedamsvej 6, a leisurely ten minute bike ride from Avenue Hotel, or the store’s Facebook-page to get their latest updates
Sneak a peek at the October issue of MONOCLE or enjoy the trend-setting magazine in front of the cozy fireplace at Avenue Hotel.
Design By Us is an untraditional and imaginative Danish design company who derive their inspiration from current trends and personal values, adding a solid dose of humour and curiosity. Their first retail shop is located a leisurely ten minute bike ride from Avenue Hotel.
The trailblazing Danish design agency, Design By Us, opened their first retail shop on 1 September. Here you will find their entire collection as well as quirky one-offs and vintage finds.
Design By Us has designed the eye-catching key rack at Avenue Hotel as well as several designer items for Avenue Shop 24/7.
Imaginative Design with Humour and Curiosity Design By Us is an untraditional and imaginative Danish design company who derive their inspiration from current trends and personal values, adding a solid dose of humour and curiosity.
The design team develop interior and shop concepts as well as furniture. For the first time ever you will find their entire collection in one space, along with quirky one-offs and vintage finds as they see fit.
The visionary design team at Design By Us has conceived the eye-catching key rack especially for the reception area at Avenue Hotel, as well as designer items, like drink trays and ‘do-not-disturb’-signs, for our Avenue Shop 24/7.
Design by Us at Avenue Hotel The inventive design team at Design By Us has created the striking key rack especially for the reception area at Avenue Hotel, as well as designer items and funky souvenirs, like drink trays and ‘do-not-disturb’-signs, for our Avenue Shop 24/7.
Visit the New Design By Us Shop Design By Us is open Monday to Friday 10 am-5 pm.
Visit Design By Us’ Facebook-page to get their latest updates and be tempted by their most recent vintage acquisitions.
And check out Design By Us’ new shop at Rentemestervej 43 in Copenhagen NV, a leisurely ten minute bike ride from Avenue Hotel.
Marianne Brandi, Creative Director at DAY Home, loves Avenue Hotel because of the homey atmosphere created by General Manager Mai Kappenberger and her friendly team.
Marianne Brandi is the Creative Director of the successful Danish lifestyle brand DAY Home. She is a regular guest at Avenue Hotel and blogs about design and other subjects which inspire her at the design magazine RUM.
Marianne Brandi has kindly agreed to share her insights on taste, design and Copenhagen with us.
You Could Call it Relaxed Elegance
“The philosopy of DAY is to create daily couture for your wardrobe or for your home,” says Marianne Brandi, “…you could call it relaxed elegance.”
“At DAY Home we always work with the seasonal colours,” she adds, “but I find that a monochrome B & W universe is very interesting and modern, especially if you add a single acidic or burnt colour.”
Tips on Marianne Brandi’s Blog “On my blog at the design magazine RUM I write about anything which interests me,” says Marianne Brandi.
“I am not SO into modern design, so I mostly write about food, shops, new ideas and intitiatives at DAY. Like our new concept stores in Lyngby and Århus, we are very proud of those.”
"DAY Home is daily couture for your home," says Creative Director Marianne Brandi. Be inspired by the casual elegance at their new concept stores in Lyngby and Århus.
Marianne Brandi’s Favourite Stores in Copenhagen
“Fil de Fer in St. Kongensgade is so beautiful,” says Marianne Brandi.
“Everything in the shop is beautiful. Fil de Fer really stands out as a unique interior experience.”
“Green Square on Amager is my favourite …,” she continues.
“Seven warehouses with something for every taste. I cannot leave the place without finding something I like. You should dedicate at least a couple of hours for your visit.”
“Othilia Decor is really a showroom,” Marianne Brandi finishes, “but when Othilia is there you can have a chat with her about the comfortable Italian furniture from Meridani. Othilia has incredible taste and imports some amazing stuff.”
Avenue Hotel is Cosy and Homey
“I love Avenue Hotel because of the young, friendly and very helpful staff,” says Marianne Brandi.
“Also I feel at home at Avenue Hotel. The hotel is decorated by my good friend Mikael Mammen, who is amazing at creating a cosy atmosphere. General Manager Mai Kappenberger and her team at Avenue are fantastic at making the atmosphere even more homey …”.
“I Love My Brain” the pay-off says on the bike helmet from the company Nutcase.
Andreas William Hansen totally agrees: “You have to be crazy not to use a helmet when you bike around the city.”
He adds, “It’s the one part of your body which cannot be replaced and you cannot live without.”
Andreas William Hansen prefers the classic bike helmet from Nutcase (DKK 499)
One in Three Copenhageners Bicycle to Work Andreas works part time as a night porter at Avenue Hotel, while finishing his studies in economics and finance. In his spare time he’s a keen mountain biker and he naturally belongs to the group of one out of three Copenhageners who bicycle to work or school.
We’ve gone round the corner from Avenue Hotel to the local bike shop Batak to look for interesting bike accessories to inspire you for the next time you go shopping for souvenirs in Copenhagen.
“The bike culture in Copenhagen makes quite an impact on a lot of our guests,” Andreas tells me.
“Especially the Americans are impressed by our infrastructure. They just don’t have bike lanes like ours back home.”
You can change the cover on the bike helmet from Yakkay (DKK 750)
Fashionable helmets from Yakkay “I remember when these came out a couple of years ago,” he says about the fashionable helmets from Yakkay.
“They kind of made it OK for everbody to wear helmets, and they are cool as you can actually change the cover if you get tired of it.”
The fashionable Yakkay helmets have replaceable covers
... a teenager would probably go for the graffiti version (DKK 499)
Edgy Graffiti Helmets
Andreas adds: “Personally I prefer the more classic bike helmet from Nutcase but I think a teenager would go for the edgier graffiti version of the helmet.”
The 'I-Bike-CPH'-t-shirt is Andreas' favourite souvenir
Andreas’ Favourite Souvenir
However Andreas’ favourite souvenir is not for sale . It’s an ‘I Bike CPH’-t-shirt, which is part of the window display at Batak.
“The ‘I-Bike-CPH’-t-shirt would make a great souvenir. Also it’s very easy to pack and bring home,” he says.
Store-owner, Martin Batak, politely explains: “It was given to me by the City of Copenhagen to promote Copenhagen as a city of bicyclists.”
He adds, “You are not the first who wants to buy it though.”
The Little Red Roadster is a great gift for kids (DKK 1,099)
Great Gifts for Kids
“That would be a great gift for my niece. She turns three in a couple of days,” Andreas exclaims when he sees the Little Red Roadster from Radio Flyer.
“It reminds me of the little scooter I had, when I was a kid…”.
Claudia Bhimra likes the pretty Bike Cap which keeps the seat of her bike dry (DKK 125)
Gift Ideas for Teenagers
While buying gifts for little kids is a piece of cake, teenagers can be a bit more difficult to please. So I joined forces with Claudia Bhimra (aged 14) and Lucas Bhimra (aged 12) in order to find cool bike accessories for their age group.
“The Bike Cap is quite pretty and it makes a nice change from the plastic bag that most people use to cover their seat, when it’s wet,” Claudia says.
Lucas Bhimra prefers the Cup Holder for hot chocolate (DKK 150)
Lucas goes for the cup holder: “It’s a great idea that you can have a drink while you bike around the city,” and adds with a sly smile, “I’d probably use it for hot chocolate instead of coffee though.”
What are Your Favourite Souvenirs from Copenhagen? Did you find a great souvenir last time you were in Copenhagen?
Or at another destination?
Send us your ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.
We’ve aquired a couple of the sought after ‘I-Bike-CPH’-t-shirts and we will reward the three best ideas with a t-shirt each, so remember to add whether you’d prefer S-M-L or XL.
Ideas should be received by 1 March 2010. The winners will be informed directly by e-mail.
Copenhagen aims to become the best city for bicyclists in the world
More About ‘I Bike CPH’ The people behind the ‘I Bike CPH-campaign inform us that you can actually buy their popular t-shirts at the information desk at the City Hall in Copenhagen. The information desk is open Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm. The t-shirts cost DKK 70 and are available in black or white.
All prices are in Danish kroner, inclusive of Danish VAT.
Andreas’ bike is his own, Claudia and Lucas’ bike is a ‘Johnny Loco’ available at Batak.