For this international edition of RUM, we would like to advocate something as banal, obvious and – within the world of design – essential as the art of collaboration.
It’s a simple constellation between people and yet such a vivid force of creativity and unified human energy, and in the past year we have truly come to appreciate the company of others and the sharing of thoughts and ideas. We have visited some of the many creative people around us and spoken to them about their collaborative creative process and how it strengthens their work, among them the Danish art collective SUPERFLEX, who actively work with the concept of collectiveness and cross-disciplinary collaborations.
On the cover is one of the fantastic homes we feature in this issue, an apartment in Stockholm, where interior designer Louise Liljencrantz has worked her magic with warm mahogany against light, cloudy colours. Also, we invite you into the Copenhagen home of Danish chef Bo Bech, where immaculate craftmanship, showstopping art and a spectacular view compete for your attention.
We visit architect Poul Høilund, co-founder of architectural studio Norrøn, and feel enlightened by his experimental approach to his home as a garden as well as his unique pieces of objects and furniture – a result of his close collaboration with a handful of artists.
In this issue of RUM we are celebrating colours. Colours in interiors are what umami is to food. That savoury, fifth element, which makes all of the other ingredients come together, this according to one of eight creatives we visited in this issue to find out how they employ colour as a primary driving force in their work.
The cover of this issue is, of course, a case in point, graced by founder of File Under Pop, Josephine Akvama Hoffmeyer, who has always worked with colours in a bold and inspiring way. We take a look inside her beautiful new showroom.
As always we invite you inside truly amazing homes and nowhere is the magic of colours more evident than in a private 400 square metre family residence from 1912 in the Carlsberg area in Copenhagen, where interior architect Nadia Olive Schnack has helped the owners return their new home to its former glory.
We also talk to designer Margrethe Odgaard, who has dedicated her life to capturing the language of colours as well as the impact they have on us – a journey that began some twenty years ago. “We need to understand the nature of colours before we start using them. Colour is the emotional part of a structure,” she notes.
We are heading inside the archives in this issue of RUM – spatially as well as spiritually. In RUM’s universe, archives are an inescapable source of inspiration. We visit creatives who work with archive material or are in the process of producing it themselves. The archive at Georg Jensen, as one of the treasuries we pay a visit to, is according to its chief creative officer Nicholas Manville of the utmost importance for the company to truly understand its’ contribution to design over the past century. And at GUBI Creative director, Jacob Gubi Olsen explains what it’s like to work with the archives and heirs of some of the world’s late, great designers.
Showcasing incredible homes is one of the most important cornerstones of RUM’s DNA and in this issue the Copenhagen-based Bülow-Askari family invite us inside their wholly unique house, which is the result of a very personal process.
We also take a trip north to Stockholm, where the Swedish fashion house Acne Studios have made their new headquarters in a 1972 brutalist building. Creative director Jonny Johansson tells us about the work on the building, which alongside original features has centred on close collaborations with a number of international artists.
In our big interview we talk to Mette Hay, who for the past 20 years has left her mark on Danish design history as one half of the global design success HAY.
The Scandinavian art scene is currently going from strength to strength and in this issue of RUM International we have tried to include as many art world players as possible whom we admire. You can meet gallery owner Nicolai Wallner in his incredible listed home north of Copenhagen designed by the architect Arne Jacobsen and the art collector and head of Sotheby’s Denmark, Nina Wedell-Wedellsborg, whose enthusiasm for art is truly contagious. We’ve also met up with Tove Storch, a rising star in the art world. And we’ve followed one of the great female talents of Danish art, Evren Tekinoktay, in the lead-up to her exhibition If 6 was 9 and visited her in her atelier as well as in her home.
We talk to Louisiana’s visionary director of 20 years, Poul Erik Tøjner, whom we’ve interviewed for this issue about the magic of Louisiana, and we continue north from Louisiana and across to Sweden to Wanås castle, which is surrounded by one of Europe’s most incredible sculpture parks. In this issue the Wachtmeister family, who manage the Wanås Foundation, have exclusively invited us inside their private home and shown us how they live with art.
The waters that surround Denmark are filled with around 70 populated islands, each with its own unique history, spectacular nature and intriguing people.
To most, island life is synonymous with summer in Scandinavia. This is what we’ve wanted to capture the mood of in our eight international edition of RUM. We’ve travelled across Denmark to Møn, Seierø, Ærø, Bornholm and Fanø and found wonderful hidden treasures for you in the shape of beautiful homes, passionate creatives, awe-inspiring nature and cultural experiences.
Spring is a very special time of year in Copenhagen. With rain and long, dark days winter here can seem almost endless and as soon as we get a tiny glimpse of spring and sunshine we become quite elated, brimming with energy. At RUM we are celebrating spring in our seventh international edition by focusing on everything that’s bursting into bloom and flowering, not only literally but also in the creative spheres within art and design, along with the new talent we believe are worth keeping an eye on.
The Nordic countries are shrouded in cold and darkness for more than half the year. The year’s closing issue of RUM International honours this blackness and we embrace the melancholy mood of the season as a creative premise that defines and drives the Nordic soul. From the wistful solitude of artists like Vilhelm Hammershøi, inspired by the gulf between darkness and light, to modern filmmakers like Lars von Trier, renowned for his deeply dark dramas, Nordic Noir has become known beyond the borders of the northerly countries. But how is it reflected in our interiors and in our minds?
The fifth edition of RUM International fuses interior design with fashion and art, where strong silhouettes and sculptural designs mark a new era of creativity and talent. We visit a colourful Copenhagen crowd — including a designer, an architect, a florist and a furniture dealer — in their inspiring homes and workspaces to talk to them about their visions, passions and love of their city, currently on the rise as a new cultural playground. We chat with one of the individual’s behind Copenhagen’s monumental upswing: Marie Nipper, director of Copenhagen Contemporary, the city’s impressive new art space that recently reopened its doors in the historical shipyard on Refshaleøen, imparts her belief that art makes us whole as humans, and tells us that one of the founding ideologies of Copenhagen Contemporary is our common need to spend more time together instead of living behind screens. She celebrates the Danish art spectator’s more courageous and curious approach to the art world – two adjectives we hope are imbued in the pages of this magazine.
The spring 2018 issue of RUM International is two magazines in one and destined to be a collector’s item. One magazine is a special 68-page tribute to Jørn Utzon in the centenary year of his birth while the other is the fourth edition of our acclaimed Scandinavian edit of design and interiors.
In RUM X Utzon100 we celebrate the creative genius and deeply humanist approach of the Danish architect whose masterpiece the Sydney Opera House changed the image of a nation and whose other works left an indelible mark for their originality and vision. ‘I like to be on the edge of the possible,’ Jørn Utzon said. The energy, ambition, scope, and, not least, inspiration expressed in that statement are echoed in the pages of this special magazine which contains never before published archival material that gives a fresh insight into how his travels informed his work.
For RUM No. 4 ‘Space Matters’ we get an exclusive tour of the New York apartment of Bjarke Ingels, one of the new generation of Danish architects making his mark on the world. He shares his thoughts on making a home for himself and for others, what he calls creating a framework for our lives.
We also meet six creative Copenhageners discovering how they express their personalities in their own extraordinary homes and we showcase the latest in furniture, ceramics and sculptural objects with a minimalist Nordic idiom. Plus acclaimed photographer Jette Jørs turns her lens on the country haven she and her husband Brian Kirk have created for themselves and we hear how three generations of the Griegst jewellery family live happily under one roof amidst a mix of Baroque, Oriental and modern style. And we travel to Water Mill, Long Island where Robert Wilson has created an artistic playground that is home to a mindboggling collection of design and art spanning 5000 years.
The theme of the latest issue of RUM International is The Scandinavian Edit and we reflect on what makes the Nordic way of living so special. Drawing on our global community of contributors we visit six creative people in their homes and studio spaces in Stockholm and show inspiring and atmospheric homes from Copenhagen to New York.
We also profile the new face of Balenciaga, the model and documentary maker Emma Leth, the architect and designer Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen of hot Danish firm Norm Architects and we get an exclusive preview of creative consultant Oliver Gustav's new design gallery housed in a former art museum in Copenhagen.
The second edition of RUM International is full of fantastic residences, inspiring designs, and all the exciting furniture news.
We bring a feature and interview with a creative Danish couple from the fashion and advertising world who transformed their 1960s house into a modern, which references American, Indian, as well as Japanese architecture. It makes most passers-by do a double take. Step inside a unique home, which is the result of a very personal process.
We pay a visit to a family whose historical, seven-storey townhouse features a breath-taking view of Copenhagen's towers and steeples. And we travel to Lake Como, Italy, where four generations of the Sarattis, a family of designers, gather in their atmospheric summer residence.
Apparatus, the successful American lamp duo, recently decorated their enormous showroom in New York, and RUM was invited into their dazzling world of art, lighting design, and vintage furniture.
We bring interviews with three of today's cool female artists, Ana Kraš, Cathrine Raben Davidsen, and Evren Tekinoktay, and pay a visit to their studios in Manhattan, central Copenhagen and Østerbro, respectively.
The big international issue of the magazine RUM is now available. In it you will meet several creative Copenhageners who live in, work in and are inspired by the spaces in the city and the casual and cool atmosphere that defines Copenhagen. We invite you to visit jewellery designer Sophie Bille Brahe, the design duo Mette and Rolf Hay, the photographer Noam Griegst, designer Stine Goya and lionized fashionista Pernille Teisbæk among others. You will also find our own personal guide to our favourite hangouts in the city. We turn the spotlight on our Nordic design heritage and give homage to the masters of the past and share with you what pieces of furniture we believe are the classics of the future and which talented people we believe in.
In RUM we also look towards other horizons. As a special treat exclusively in RUM we would like you to join us in a unique visit to the artist Donald Judd’s iconic home and studio in New York.