Friday, July 30, 2010

'Less is more' Copenhagen

It still amazes me how spacious other cities are compared to Copenhagen. In Copenhagen, the less is more.

DANISH DESIGN & FURNITURES

Denmark itself is a small-sized country with its 5.5 million population, it's like a singe province [aimag] of Mongolia! And so its apartments in the big cities are small, like really small - the toilets are amazingly tiny sometimes [some take a shower on their toilet!], i thought it was only dormitories, but no, some apartments at Vesterbro have the tinniest restroom ever, so a big bathroom is a complete luxury. i have seldom found a bathtub in the apartments, only at houses sometimes. Well, my point is, Danish homes are very small. But ofcourse Danes like space, so they tend to buy less furnitures for a great amount of price [for its quality that are completely worth though]. Danish design is simple, but amazingly friendly and comfortable to human body and very simple and very very very simple - I LOVE IT! and never let sizes and quantity fool you! Quality > Quantity [always!]



Well known designers are Arne Jacobsen, Børge Mogensen, Finn Juhl, Hans J. Wegner, Kaare Klint, Ole Wanscher, Poul Henningsen (aka PH-lamp guy), Poul Kjærholm, Verner Panton, etc. Prices are crazy: The Wishbone Chair of Hans J. Wegner for instance cost approx 3500kr (620$). You may see their masterpieces on this website (very simple aren't they?):

http://www.danish-furniture.com/designers/arne-jacobsen/

DANISH ARCHITECTURE

First days i was here in Copenhagen, the curtain-less apartments shocked me a lot. I was on the penthouse, so i could basically see everything my neighbors were doing! My room also didn't have a curtain, so sometimes me and my neighbors would wave to one another. it was bit uncomfortable at first, but i got used to it. Denmark is very sun-less, dark and gloomy, so i understood they want as much natural light in as possible.

Copenhagen has many ancient buildings, my university's main building itself goes back to 1479! So basically most buildings look like castles, and harry potter reader, myself, once thought i was finally in my own Hogwarts! :D But you must have seen from the video above that modern buildings are just amazingly good with good district heating and cooling, CO2 reduction and with amazing view, bringing people close to nature and greenness as much as possible. I really wish UB stop building awful-cheap-unsafe buildings on tinniest children's playground! UB should learn and keep the tradition of keeping the city view, height level and walking roads, and and and and elder's and children's playground/parks! It's very important to be environmentally friendly and healthy for people to live, especially for the next generations to boom! It's very sad and unfortunate UB is on fast-track of buildings, because the more 'crap' we build, the harder it will be to fix them.

Moving our capital to Khar Khorin sounds amazingly miraculous - our generation will not live to see that project, but i DO believe we DO need another new and fresh city. i hope we'll plan the new city properly and friendly to people and environment! There are amazing technologies [affordable] we can use to build our new apartments!

DANISH HOLIDAY

I had an opportunity to go to other islands in Denmark thanks to my mother's wonderful danish friends this summer. I had a pleasure to sail and swim in the most beautiful ocean and sea, and tan in the white sand beaches, just like in this beautiful video made below. It was so nice to see the most oldest city (Ribe) to 100% wind-powered Langeland (they produce more electricity than they can consume, so they sell it to other cities!), to a world famous LEGOland, to a Givskud zoo and safari where you can drive next to the giraffes and lions, to Fano where the sea is drawn back so that you can collect sea-shelves, and Tonder near the German border. Danish old houses were really adorable. Danes often have their summer houses on these different islands, and they cost approx 2-3 million kr. and i must say the souther i went, the strawberries were getting more delicious and yummier, and so was the Danish accent. It is very nice to come here for a holiday, whether in the city or the wild - it's your choice!



Although i'm not an expert at interior designs or furniture designs i happened to know a lot, thanks to Copenhagen's moving life, where i have become a real nomad, moving from apartment to apartment and see various kind of furnitures on the way. i moved 5 times since i came to Denmark! Amazing experience, i almost became an expert at moving. But i had to share the Danish design, furnitures and architecture on my blog, because they are world-famous and very high-class, and completely worth it if you can afford them. Scandinavian designs have and are inspiring the world and me more and more.

Well, see you again folks! Let me know if you liked the post!
Best,
B.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

First Mongolian Cashmere Shop in Copenhagen















"Life is too short not to wear [Mongolian] cashmere". I think Coco Chanel forgot to say Mongolian, so i decided to put it midst her quote. The reason why i'm citing is: cashmere is one of the Mongolian three main exports; and it is soft, beautiful, warm, yet light, easily wearable and viewed as the best and most valuable cashmere in the World (google and check if you don't believe, we are very famous for it); and/but most importantly i have come across to a Mongolian Cashmere Shop in the hearts of Copenhagen! Right next to a Nyhavn street, at Store Strandstraede 7, DK - 1255, KBH K, where i work - a very famous touristic-hell-of-a-good-location! When i first saw it, i stood outside with wide eyes for some time in disbelief, thinking: is it Goyo, Gobi and Buyan or something? I was so excited, kind of literally ran like a freak to the shop. It was two floored place, full of cashmere, Mongolian paintings and clothes. But it wasn't Goyo or Gobi, instead it was called MONGOL TEXTILE [operating since 1934!]. When i first walked in, an old shop woman stared at me and said instantly: Are you Mongolian? and ofcourse i said yes (Mongolians can tell whether someone is Mongolian or not) - my cheeks are very Mongolian :)

She and her designer daughter supposedly ran the place, and we talked, talked and talked. There were customers, but we continued talking. I told her how smart is to open a shop, selling a cashmere top for 900-2000kr (180-400$)! It seemed like she doubled the price and added the transportation cost, and i mean she has to, with that location, i thought she must have been paying a big amount of rent and tax. She toured me around her clothes and said she'd give me a discount if i buy something, and although she said that to every customer, i thought it was very sweet. But nevertheless, when she started asking about my life and where i used to study at high school, she ended up becoming my friend, S.Tengis' grandmother. I laughed really hard and she gave a hug instantly and invited me for dinner sometime. Small world!



Anyways i was very proud to see that shop in Copenhagen and i hope it would thrive and succeed! Although it was open, it will officially open in November, inviting the President of Mongolia (i'm not sure Mr. Elbegdorj is coming though, although she said they're good friends), Mongolian Honorary Ambassadors from Germany and Sweden (the only Mongolian embassy in Scandinavia and Nordic countries. If i have to renew my passport i have to go to either Berlin or Stockholm!), etc. I happened to get invited as well, and i'm very much looking forward to it.

It is always so refreshing and delightful to see Mongolians succeeding abroad. I hope we'll keep up a good reputation and eventually bloom and boom economically even further!

I have added photos of the shop! They kindly asked me to model for their winter 2010 collection and here they are. While photoshooting, Mongolian Ensemble Khan Bogd came to Denmark to perform, and they've played a little part of their album for us.



Please, don't laugh, but big congrats to the Cashmere Shop in Copenhagen!

Best,
Batzul