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.


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?):


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!


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!


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