Poul Henningsen, a renowned Danish architect, is believed to have been the owner of this Copenhagen home. Norm Architects gave a new look to the house and created bright and open rooms that now feature dark and tactile bespoke furniture.
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This unique and historical villa in the Danish capital suffered a big disaster by a fire in 2014. So the owner of the home asked Norm Architects to give a new look to the house and restore it. The team made an amazing job and created an outstanding family home for three that enhances features of the original interior, including its paneled walls, parquet flooring and low paned windows.
Previous stories about the home, tell that the property was previously owned by the architect, designer and critic Poul Henningsen, already featured these iconic lighting products.
“The house being a former home – or summerhouse – of Poul Henningsen wasn’t my initial motivation to buy the house,” said the owner, “but coincidentally I’ve been collecting his lamps for quite some time, so you’ll find them around the house.”
The building was truly damaged by the fire in 2014, and the entire structure had to be significantly rebuilt from top to bottom. The renovated home is the perfect fit for a modern family life, with open-plan living spaces and a clear and simple muted material palette providing a neutral backdrop for carefully chosen furniture.
“With a clean and minimal approach, the classic elements of the house have been restored and elegantly combined with contemporary details, making for timeless interiors and generally warm aesthetics,” explained Norm Architects.
“The dark mid-century teak furniture and minimal marble plinths create beautiful contrasts,” the studio added, “boasting a clean and subtle elegance against the plain, white walls and dark inbuilt kitchen elements in saw-cut smoked oak.”
A central staircase featuring open treads made from solid oak extends all the way through the building, from the basement to the upper story. Skylights at the top of the stairwell allow natural light to filter down to the lower levels. Brass taps in the kitchen and bathrooms introduce a warm and tactile element to the otherwise monochrome interior palette.
Norm Architects previously applied a similarly pared-back approach to the interior of a house in Norway that it described as the “epitome of hygge”.
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