IKEA have opened a pop-up store on Strøget - the famous walking street in Copenhagen. They have a coffee stall, a good flower stall and even a DJ and you can see a selection of furniture and light fittings from the Swedish company.
The store space is between tenants and has oddly exposed concrete walls and the remains of lighting and so on from the previous company where most fittings have been stripped out but actually the groups of IKEA chairs and tables look remarkably good … much better than in the IKEA store. The place was certainly crowded with a lot of curious people so it had a real hum and the lesson seems to be that piling it high and really doing little more than putting storage on display is not necessarily the best way to show furniture … that is absolutely fine when people know what they want and are just in a store to pick up and purchase what they need but not so good if you are looking for a bit of inspiration but actually not good at encouraging you to buy what you didn’t even know you wanted.
IKEA, Østergade 36 (Strøget or The Walking Street) … open until 2nd April
The Christmas Fair at Designmuseum Danmark in Copenhagen is over two weekends - the 2nd to the 4th and the 9th to the 11th of December 2016. There is a large marquee in the garden courtyard with traditional food and drink - gløgg - from Klint Café. Organised with the Danish Crafts and Design Association, the fair has a wide selection of work by some of the best designers and makers.
Designmuseum Danmark, Bredgade, Copenhagen
This is a smaller venue than for FindersKeepers but Designer Space has a similar mix of designers and makers with furniture, ceramics and paintings and prints and there is a similar crowd ... maybe not quite as young and carefully fashionable but lots of young couples and young families and kids … Danes start taking an interest in this sort of thing at a frighteningly early age.
The building is fascinating as well - a good example of industrial archaeology now with a new role - the Old Pumping Station is south and west of the main railway station in Copenhagen, at the south-west corner of the Meatpacking District and just down the tracks from Dybbølsbro Station … in fact the rail tracks pass on either side of the building.
There are stalls inside the main hall and outside in the yards at either end of the buildings and of course there are stalls for food and drink.
Designer Space continues tomorrow Sunday 4th September
Kunsthåndvæker Markedet - the annual craft fair on Frue Plads in Copenhagen - will open on the 11th August and continue on the 12th and 13th.
Frue Plads is the square across the north side of Vor Frue Kirke in the centre of Copenhagen.
Organised by the association for crafts - K&D or Danske Kunsthåndværkere & Designere - there will be more than 130 stalls at the market. The list of major designers and makers from across Denmark who are showing their work is strong for ceramics and glass and jewellery but there will also be work by basket makers, textile designers and graphic artists.
This is an amazing opportunity to see and to buy some of the very best craft work from Danish designers and makers.
Kunsthåndvæker Markedet, Frue Plads, Copenhagen
Thursday 11 August 12.00 -19.00
Friday 12th August 10.00 - 19.00
Saturday 13th August 10.00 - 16-00