It’s time for another home tour and, inspired by the contemporary Suffolk farmhouse which I featured back in January, I’ve decided to share another beautiful house from Danish design gurus Norm Architects.
Set in the seaside town of Vedbæk, to the north of Copenhagen, it was originally built in 1853 and retains many period features, including exposed rafters and a stunning staircase which sweeps up to the first floor. Throughout, Norm Architects have paired them with modern elements such as concrete mantelpieces, pristine white walls and embedded ceiling lights. They’ve also added a new extension to house the kitchen and dining area, with walls of windows that let daylight flood into the once-gloomy interior, plus a glass floor that provides a peek down to the basement (now a wine cellar) below.
The contrasts don’t stop there. The styling blends rustic elements with industrial touches, and there’s a wonderful variety of textures on display. The floors range from striking geometric tiles in the entrance hall to hard-wearing polished concrete in the living area and smooth wooden boards in the bedrooms above, while the kitchen offsets sleek white units with grained wooden worktops. There are even a few splashes of decadence, the most eye-catching being the mottled golden wall and hand-carved stone basin in the bathroom.
The furniture and accessories bring together a range of natural materials and earthy colours, with lots of wood, leather and wool, as well as occasional flashes of brass and copper. This being Denmark, there are of course plenty of modernist design classics dotted about, too: Hans J Wegner’s ‘Wishbone’ chair, Charles and Ray Eames’ ‘DSR’ chair, Verner Panton’s ‘Flowerpot’ table lamp. My favourite items are Jaime Hayon’s ‘Catch’ chair, Sami Kallio’s ‘In Between’ chair and ‘Hoof’ table and Space Copenhagen’s ‘Fly’ sofa, all designed for &tradition and already Scandinavian icons in their own right. There are even a couple of pieces created by Norm themselves, including their stool for &tradition and ‘Bottle’ grinder for Menu.
Other details that add interest are a glass display cabinet showcasing a beautiful collection of ceramics, a cluster of monochrome lights dangling low over the staircase, and clever built-in wall nooks stacked with logs and books.
The result is a home that’s minimalist and airy, yet also cosy and relaxed – my perfect kind of space! What do you think? Which elements of this house appeal to you?
Photography by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen for Norm Architects