The definition of “hygge”

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Hygge’ is a Danish import and one of 2016’s hottest buzzwords, having caught on quickly after Helen Russell, journalist and Londoner expat in Denmark, published her best-selling debut novel, The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country, in 2015. Though the word has been around in Denmark since the 18th century, it has only recently begun to spark interest worldwide with a slew of books being published on the subject in the last year alone.

This is from the a new article in American Express Essentials where I have written my definition of the word among 7 other so called life style experts (I’m quite flattered).

 

“Hygge is a state of mind rather than a situation or activity. The word describes a feeling within me when I sit around a table laughing and talking to good friends, or when I play with my daughter and we’re both having fun and enjoying every miniscule moment. The good feeling can’t be forced and only appears when you’re doing something enjoyable. Spending a Friday night on the couch with my favourite candy, wine and movie is also hygge.

“Hygge is where the heart is, so if you’re at a place where you feel comfortable, it can appear. My boyfriend and I love to spend time at home, so we’ve created a home with things that makes us feel good and happy. For instance, we’ve painted our walls in dark colours; we’ve decorated it with inviting furniture, wall art and green plants. And when we have guests over, they can feel the atmosphere as well.

“To create hygge, do things you enjoy the most and create an environment that’s conducive to pleasure and togetherness. Candlelight, fine wine and good food on a dark and stormy night can all help.”

Read the whole article here.

Som dansker ved jeg godt, hvad hygge er, men det er der mange udlændinge, der ikke helt forstår – altså hvad betyder ordet, og hvordan skaber man hygge. Jeg er blevet interviewet af American Express Essentials, der ville høre min opskrft på hygge. Læs artiklen her.

 

Colorful and simple…

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Meet Anne Malling and her colorful and simple universe of illustrations. In her work she focuses on her love for everyday life and pleasures and centres her work on the themes of friendship, love, community, tolerance and humility. Malling loves the absurd, the funny and the offbeat. She says: “My main aim with my art is to bring joy and happiness to people.” I really love the simplicity in the illustrations that comes in so many colors and shapes – I don’t know about you, but they make me smile…have a nice weekend!

Mød Anne Malling og hendes farverige og enkle illustrationer og grafiske plakater, hvis motiver udspringer af en kærlighed til hverdagen og det almene, og kredser om temaer som fællesskab, venskab og universalitet. De er tegnet med en forkærlighed for det skæve, sjove og absurde og her er både stilstand og aktivitet, langsommelighed og vildskab  -og masser af håb og drømme! Anne arbejder både i hånden og digitalt og er desuden meget optaget af printprocessens betydning for det endelige tryk. Jeg er vild med hendes illustrationer, der har et enkelt, varmt, sprødt og humoristisk udtryk. Jeg ved ikke med dig, men de får mig til at smile…god weekend!

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Moebe

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Sometimes it is difficult to describe what it is you like about a certain brand – a certain look or style. At Northmodern I discovered the new design constellation MOEBE which is a scandinavian design brand based in Copenhagen, consisting of cabinetmaker Anders Thams and architects Nicholas Oldroyd and Martin D. Christensen. Earlier I have written about the beautiful mirrors designed by Nicholas Oldroyd and now he has joined forces with Anders and Martin creating the elegant and timeless brand MOEBE. Take a look and see if you are as impressed as I am.

Nogle gange er det svært at beskrive med ord, hvad det er, du er vild med ved et brand eller stil. På Northmodern opdagede jeg den nye designkonstellation MOEBE, som er et skandinavisk design brand med base i København, bestående af møbelsnedker Anders Thams og arkitekterne Nicholas Oldroyd og Martin D. Christensen. Jeg har tidligere skrevet om de smukke spejle af Nicholas Oldroyd, og nu har han teamet op med Anders og Martin og skabt det elegante og tidsløse brand MOEBE. Tag et kig og se om du er ligeså imponeret som jeg er.

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Design by MoebePhotography: Chris Tonnesen Styling: Ida Lærke
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Design by Moebe Photography: Chris Tonnesen Styling: Ida Lærke

A Copenhagen design map

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We have so much great design in Denmark and a walk throug the streets of Copenhagen can be very inspirering. Expedia has just launched a virtual guide for Copenhagen and Aarhus that gives you a overview of design stores, galleries and showroom worth a visit.You can take a look at the guide here.

Vi har så meget fedt design i Danmark, og en tur gennem de Københavnske gader kan være meget inspirerende. Expedia har lige lanceret en virtual guide over København og Aarhus, hvor du kan få et overblik over designbutikker, gallerier og showrooms, der er et besøg værd. Se guiden her.

Final touch in the living room

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Living room done! What a great feeling as it has taken some time to find out what would work in the two rooms next to the open kitchen. We have painted two walls and bought a bar wagon from Gubi, my favorite pendel from Flos and some more art from talented Nanna Riis Andersen. That’s about it and for now I don’t think we need anything else. We wanted some cosyness or Danish “hygge” and I’m pretty pleased with the result.

Stue tjek! Sikke en dejlig følelse, for projektet med at gøre de to rum ved siden af det åbne køkken hyggelige har taget lidt tid. Vi skulle lige finde ud af, hvad der fungerede i rummene og finde de helt rette ting at proppe derind. Det er blevet til et barbord fra Gubi, min yndlingspendel fra Flos og noget mere kunst fra talentfulde Nanna Riis Andersen. Det er i virkeligheden det – nå jo foruden de to vægge, vi har malet – men nu tror jeg også, at vi er færdige. Vi ville gerne skabe lidt hygge, og det synes jeg, vi har fået.

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Classic Stelton

LS_cylinda-line_2For my birthday last year I got a water jug from Stelton’s famous cylinda range. Ever since I have longed for more pieces from the beautiful line of practical yet stylish design made by our very own Arne Jacobsen. We have finally got our bar wagon from Gubi so now we are in need of an ice bucket and this one would be perfect. I hope to find a vintage version on one of the many flea markets this summer. Do you like the simple design as much as me?

Sidste år fik jeg en fin fødselsdagsgave i form af en vandkande fra Steltons Cylinda linie, og siden da har jeg ønsket flere produkter fra den smukke og stadig praktiske serie designet af vores helt egen Arne Jacobsen. Nu har vi endelig fået et barbord fra Gubi og mangler derfor en isspand. Her ville seriens eksemplar passe perfekt ind, og jeg håber at kunne finde en vintage version af designikonet på et af sommerens mange loppemarkeder. Er du lige så vild med det stilrene design som mig?

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Eye candy…

Normann_Copenhagen_Daily_Fiction_23Friday I took Ava on a trip to Normann Copenhagen to celebrate the launch of a new collection of designs for day-to-day use such as notebooks, gift wrapping, stickers, pencil sharpeners, scissors and much more. There are actually more than 200 small designs to choose from and it all goes under the name Daily Fiction. Normann has teamed up with the Copenhagen-based design agency Femmes Régionales to create a conceptual universe where all aspects down to the last detail are thought through. Maybe I don’t need another notebook or pencil but I really like the cool paterns, colors and style this serie brings into the world of design.

I fredags tog jeg Ava med en tur ind til Normann Copenhagen for at være med til fejringen af en ny serie af små hverdagsdesigns fra notesbøger til gavepapir og blyanter. Der er faktisk mere end 200 designs at vælge imellem i Daily Fiction serien, der er resultatet af et samarbejde mellem Normann og designbureauet Femmes Régionales. Daily Fiction er lige så meget et gennemtænkt designkoncept som det er en decideret kollektion, og det bliver da også kun udvalgte butikker, der kommer til at forhandle den. Måske har jeg ikke lige brug for endnu en papirklips eller en notesbog, men jeg er ret vild med mønstrene, farverne og stilen på Daily Fiction, og så er der jo ikke nogen vej tilbage. Normann kalder det en slikbutik for voksne, og det er jeg tilbøjelig til at give dem ret i.

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