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Danish Cottage Style Charm and Japanese Zen Aesthetics

Danish Cottage Style Charm and Japanese Zen Aesthetics

Architects: Norm Architects
Project: Danish Cottage Seaside Abode
Interior Designer: Laura Bilde
Location: Denmark
Year 2018
Text by Norm Architects

Scandic-Bohemian feels and barefoot luxury is found in this renovated and modernized coastal home in a quiet and secluded corner of Denmark, where Japanese zen aesthetics and danish cottage style charm come together, boasting subtle, nordic luxury and eclectic design elements. Located in the unspoilt nature of North Zealand, just an hour out of Copenhagen, the stunning scenery surrounding the house calls for slow days spent by the sea.

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Portraying the simple beauty of things related to nature, the sensuous, natural elements play a key role in the interior of the house and the blurred lines between inside and outside. The ambition to bring nature into the space comes from a wish to reclaim a connection with nature—an ambition shared by many people in today’s increasingly digital and urbanized world. Materials in the house are natural with colors kept in soil-, stone- and wood-nuances, with a faint touch of blue and green tones in the handmade ceramics and soft linen. Various furniture, sculptures, design elements and art pieces add a more refined and international sense to the house, and the surrounding nature flows through the panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows and is further emphasized through references in colors, tactile surfaces and patinated objects.

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Boasting all-natural, rich materials, the house gives you the feeling of being in the middle of nature while inside the house. Custom interior elements make up timeless, well-tailored solutions, and understated decor reflect the surrounding landscapes, with oak wooden plinths, bronzed brass lamps, Noren (Japanese fabric dividers), objects, ceramics and art pieces collected on travels by the owners, all of which embody the same design language and earthy palette. The sculptural lamp in the entrée is custom-made for the house, made in bronzed brass like the bedroom and guestroom lamps from Apparatus and Workstead. Sculptural objects are from Artelleriet, and the living room couches are from Living Divani (designed by Piero Lissoni). A lot of the ceramics and art pieces are hand-picked and collected by the owners on their travels around the world.

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