"Like a village in the city,” says gallerist Tina Seidenfaden Busck of Christianshavn, the stylish, canal-bisected neighborhood of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is home to both the Apartment, her shoppable design-filled space in an elegant 18th-century residential building, and, a few floors away, the light-filled 2,800-square-foot apartment she shares with her husband and three young children.
“I love the diversity here,” she says. “You have people living in houseboats, amazing historical buildings like the home of [Danish painter] Vilhelm Hammershøi, and top restaurants like Noma and Amass, in addition to smaller shops like Lille Bakery for bread and pastries.”
That lively mix is key to her personal aesthetic, which includes an unbridled enthusiasm for color and pattern as well as an eye for great lines, transcending perceived notions of Scandinavian design as mere neutral minimalism.
LEFT: The bathroom pendant light is by Massimo Vignelli for Venini, the green marble is Swedish, and the pink sink is from Italy. RIGHT: Striped wallpaper in the hallway covers both the walls and the ceiling.
In her living room, art by Anselm Reyle hangs behind a vintage Josef Frank daybed recovered in red-and-white stripes. A green Snoopy lamp by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni sits on a Børge Mogensen desk next to a first edition of the Flag Halyard chair by Hans Wegner. In the bathroom: a pink Italian sink and green-marble walls and flooring.
LEFT: In a kitchen area, the pendant light in green perforated metal is by Mathieu Matégot, and the dining table is by Eero Saarinen. RIGHT: A sculpture by artist Tomás Saraceno.
This summer, the Apartment expanded to another floor, but the new space is open to overnight guests: It’s a two-bedroom “hotel concept,” where visitors can spend a few nights in Seidenfaden Busck’s colorful village.
LEFT: The living room walls are in a paint by Farrow & Ball, the blue rag rug is vintage Moroccan, and the floor is white-washed oak. RIGHT: The exterior of the home.
Does Seidenfaden Busck draw a line between curating for a sophisticated design audience and picking pieces for her own family? At home, she says, the important thing is that it “feels lived in, welcoming, and unpretentious. Sometimes the pieces get some extra patina, but that’s what happens when things are used. It is not an exhibition space.”
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