Afternoon in Copenhagen
A couple of things I noticed while in Denmark: 1. Scandinavians speak much better English than I do. 2. The bikes. 3. The women. 5. The prices. Maybe that is part of why Copenhagen has been listed this year as the worlds “most livable city,” Danish pay upwards of 50% taxes and yet are the world's most satisfied citizens. Cue the healthy bike-riding and not so much car-driving. 6. The creativity! The Danish' sense of feng shui was evident back in the 19th century- houses were actually designed around the layout of the furniture in the house. Even before they had running water and electricity the Danes were decorating their spaces true to couch size. Living simply is simply the modus operandi.
We had driven across Denmark after a photo shoot in Germany's Mosel Valley, and by the time we arrived in Copenhagen we had to turn back south. In our afternoon whirlwind, I fondled some fierce Scandinavian design pieces, was nearly plowed down by multiple bicyclists, saw an actual chair exhibition (Hans Wegner, a pioneer of Danish design, naturally, pretty much invented every chair we sit on today- the luck!), and I won't tell you how much I paid for a hamburger (in Copenhagen's defense it was on the waterfront, when we usually seek out the under-the-radar spots). Next time!
I hope that some of this Scandinavian aesthetic filters down to Germany, only because everything felt so- aligned.