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.