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.

 

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Let’s go outside

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I have already bought the first flowers for the terrace and can’t wait for the time when we will have the door to our garden wide open all day. However, preparing for the summer season makes me want to change our outdoor furniture! I don’t think it’s going to happen but if we should, I would choose the cool Palissade collection from Hay. The series is designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.

Jeg har allerede købt de første potter og planter til terrassen og kan ikke vente til den tid, hvor terrassedøren kan stå åben dagen lang. Jeg får desværre rigtig meget lyst til at udskifte vores gamle havemøbler med nogle nye, hvilket bestemt ikke kommer til at ske denne sommer. Men hvis det nu var, så ville jeg købe den nye Palissade serie fra Hay, der er designet af Ronan og Erwan Bouroullec.

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Bricks…

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Well, our all white kitchen is okay, but oh boy I would love to have a brand new one like the new series Bricks from Designa. It is designed by Malene Ejsing Nørgård, who is a furniture designer, but has been working for Designa for some years now. I like the way the design makes it possible to place the bricks differently. In that way it becomes visually beautiful.

Jeg er okay tilfreds med vores hvidt i hvidt køkken, men hvor ville jeg dog gerne have et helt nyt af slagsen som f.eks. den nye serie Bricks fra Designa . Serien er lige lanceret, og er designet af Malene Ejsing Nørgård, der er uddannet møbeldesigner, men har arbejdet for Designa i nogle år. Jeg er vild med muligheden for at sammensætte forskellige brikker eller “mursten” efter eget valg, så du får præcis det mønster og funktionalitet, der passer dig. Så er det ikke bare lige skuffe og skabe, men mere visuelt lækkert.

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Classic…

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Do you remember the Krenit bowl? I have quite a few of them in my home and love the iconic shape. What I didn’t know was that Herbert Krenchel in 1966 designed a natural extension of Krenit range of bowls – a jug. Normann Copenhagen has launched the jug in 2 sizes and 8 colors so there is a chance you will find a favorite. Have a great weeekend!

Kan du huske Krenit skålen? Jeg har i hvert fald et par stykker derhjemme, og jeg er vild med det ikoniske og tidsløse design. Hvad jeg ikke vidste var, at Herbert Krenchel i 1966 designede en naturlig forlængelse af den populære salatskål, nemlig en kande som Normann Copenhagen nu har sat i produktion. Den kommer i to størrelser og otte farver, så mon ikke du kan finde en favorit. Ha’ en dejlig weekend!

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”I’ve always been engrossed, almost in love with objects and materials of a high quality. As a counterpoint to the soft and curved forms of the time, I gave the Krenit jug a razor sharp feel, which is expressed by its refined lines,” Herbert Krenchel

So simple…

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Good design can sometime be so simple. That’s what makes it so good. You might sometime think “why haven’t I thought of that?” or “I could have made that”. But then again you couldn’t because it requires so much creativity – for instance in regard of using new and different materials. Take these iconic designs of animals made by design company DNDC. The series Wild is made of laser cut acrylic and captures well known lines of animals making the design suitable for both grown ups and kids. I think they are quite nice.

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Godt design kan sommetider være så simpelt og udspringe af en enkel designproces. Så kan man tænke “hvorfor har jeg ikke tænkt på det” eller “det kunne jeg også lave”. Men det kunne man jo så alligevel ikke, da det kræver en masse kreativitet og kunnen, f.eks. i forhold til at bruge nye og anderledes materialer. Tag f.eks. disse fine, ikoniske skildringer af vilde dyr designet af firmaet DNDC. Serien Wild består af laserskåret akryl som på en helt enkel måde forestiller vilde dyr, hvilket gør designet både voksen- og børnevenlig. Jeg synes, de er ret så fine.

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