A few photos taken around Copenhagen…
When the sun is shining, the city looks so beautiful. There is always something colourful going on.
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On my weekend mountain retreat to the Austrian Alps, I decided I would do one fun thing for myself which was to visit Kristallwelten, the Swarovski Crystal World museum (and original site of the business). Swarovski was founded in 1895 in the Austrian village of Wattens by Daniel Swarovski. Wattens happened to be about 30 minutes away from where I was staying.
Exhibit by Arik Levy
Crystalline interpretations of famous buildings around the world.
I was not sure what to expect on this visit but I knew it would involve a lot of shiny and pretty objects. The Swarovski Crystal Worlds is comprised of 14 underground chambers of crystal exhibits and art installations. You enter the museum through a Giant’s head and proceed to walk through the caves of bling. The museum was designed by the multimedia artist, André Heller, and the space does a beautiful job highlighting crystal through a variety of famous artists’ art, design and jewelry.
It was a really cloudy day (and off season) so the lush green mountain backdrop I was hoping for was not quite there yet.
This is the Giant- When the weather is nice he turns into a fountain and water streams out of his mouth.
An extremely large and heavy chandelier made of crystal in the main entrance of the museum.
A floor to ceiling wall of shimmering crystals.
Me in a reflective, crystal room.
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I’ve tried my best to cover as much of Copenhagen by foot as possible. So far, I think I’ve done a decent job. If you are scratching your head wondering why doesn’t she bike? Isn’t Copenhagen a biking city? Don’t 1/3 of all Copenhageners ride a bike to work? The answer is yes but I prefer to take in the city on my two feet. While biking is a faster, more efficient option of getting from point A to point B, you miss what’s going on. The streetscape passes you by. When you are biking, you are biking and have to pay attention to other bikers, cars and pedestrians. This way, I take my time, pop in and out of places as it pleases me and really observe what is going on.
This weekend, I was craving an outing- something outside of the city but not too far. I decided to pay the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art a visit to view their Pop Art exhibition which is on until June.
One (35 minute) train ride away and you find yourself in the small town of Humlebæk. The trip itself is quick and easy. Once you step off the train, you feel like you are truly in the country- or in the forest (there are a lot of trees in the area).
We arrived just before lunch so eating was high on the priority list before we took in any Andy Warhol, Rauschenberg, or Roy Lichtenstein. The museum has a very nice cafe that serves sandwiches, coffee and tea, and pastries. They also have a buffet but we were too early for that.
We settled on a vegetarian and salmon rugbrodsmadder (rye bread open face sandwich) for sustenance and grabbed a seat on the patio overlooking the museum’s sculpture garden, the Øresund strait and Sweden. It was a bright and sunny day without a cloud in the sky.
Sandwich #1 Terrine of root vegetables, cabbage, cream of carrot- yes there are mini potato chips on top of my sandwich (for extra crunch?)
Sandwich #2 Smoked salmon from Daniel Letz, celery, pickles
The patio of the Louisiana cafe
The sculpture garden and view of the water while we ate.
Apparently the Louisiana Museum has undergone 7 extensions and renovations- here is a look at two of their buildings from the park in the centre of the building.
A bit of Pop Art- what a great exhibit. I love seeing the works of Warhol, Lichtenstein, Hamilton, Eames, Panton and Sottsass. Some of the pieces I recognized and have seen before at other modern art museums around Europe and others were new to me.
Particularly the work of Verner Panton- this was a cool piece. You entered an enclosed space that was outfitted with warm coloured lights and mirrors to give it the feel that the room was going on forever.
The museum itself is a stunning building (set of buildings). The architects used a lot of wood, and glass so you feel like nature is around you at all times. This is a picture of one of the long corridors that connect the buildings/exhibits.
The art is not only inside the building. There is a sculpture park on the grounds of the Louisiana and when it is nice outside, like it was this past weekend, the grass is filled with people sunning themselves. There were quite a number of kids attempting to roll down this hill without success. Each attempt resulting in a vertical position. It was fun to watch.
Across the water, you are looking at Sweden- I was amazed by how clear and blue the water is.
Before we called it a day, we headed down to the museum shop for a peak. You can find plenty of Danish and Scandinavian design pieces as well as posters and a substantial collection of coffee table art and design books.
As we walked back to catch our train back to Copenhagen, we stopped by Brødsnedkeren, a great bakery that serves homemade waffle cones and ice cream. We each got a cone for the train ride back.
Starting the last week of April, my flat will be packed with visitors until the end of July. I am sure I will be making a trip back to the Louisiana soon enough and look forward to my next visit.
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I am really enjoying the simplicity of Bristol, UK based Rachel Foxwell‘s vessels.
They are multifunctional, colourful and can be used as bowls, vases, dishes or canisters.
If anyone is planning on attending the Made London Design and Craft Fair in October, Rachel will be showing there.
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Today’s post is dedicated to a very cool annual art festival that kicks off this weekend (for the entire month of May) in Brighton (UK), called the Artists Open Houses. One of my favourite studios that is a participant in the Artists Open Houses event, and which has curated an impressive collection of typography, prints and letterpress pieces, is called Unlimited Editions.
Unlimited Editions it a true treasure trove for all things typography and print related. If you can’t hop on a plane to visit their studio and store in Brighton, they do ship most items around the globe. I am in love with their linen backed London route master bus destination blinds (unfortunately these signs are not for shipping and you do need to get to Brighton to make this purchase).
Julia Trigg‘s Signals- 1935 typographic ephemera print:
And….. of course prints by Unlimited (the husband and wife team behind the store/design studio)
Which print do you like? Is anyone attending the Brighton Artists Open Houses this year? Be sure to leave me a comment below. I would love to hear from you. Have a nice weekend.| 1 comment
I just returned home from watching a hilarious live performance of Shakespere’s Commedy of Errors broadcast by the National Theatre at a cinema in Prague. While I was gone, I received this lovely photo from a friend.
I loved it so much I thought I would share it with you all.
The Black Roses poster by Comme de Garçon is circa 1995.
photo via Anothermag
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