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Utterslev Mose Brønshøj

Utterslev Mose in Brønshøj on the outskirts of Copenhagen is where I go every day to blow away the cob webs, get away from my computer, and get a bit of exercise. It’s a lovely natural area, a minute from my flat. Joining me are joggers, parents with kids and probably more than one designer looking for creative inspiration on a design issue. It’s remarkable how often I’ve solved a creative problem with the time, space and beauty of mother nature at her finest to inspire me.

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Brønshoj Copenhagen

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Brønshøj Utterslev Mose

Utterslev Mose Brønshøj

Utterslev Mose Brønshøj

Emil Nolde at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

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This photo is copyright of Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

The summer exhibition at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is a retrospective of Emil Nolde’s best work. He is one of my own favourite painters and Louisiana is one of my favourite art galleries. I found it an exhilarating and inspiring experience and can highly recommend it. It is on until the 19th of October.

Here is more on the Emil Nolde exhibition from Louisiana’s own website, and here is an article I wrote on Louisiana Museum of Modern Art which includes information on getting there.

There’s an extensive and fascinating resource on Emil Nolde on Artsy.net at www.artsy.net/artist/emil-nolde

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This photo is from the Artsy.net website.

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Beautiful back streets of Copenhagen

Copenhagen has lots of fantastic classic and modern architecture. However the beautiful back streets of Copenhagen have a charm of their own. The combination of mixed architectural styles, tight spaces and different colours and the Scandinavian light makes for a wonderful aesthetic experience, best described as ‘hyggeligt’.

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The Arne Jacobsen hotel Copenhagen design experience

If you are visiting Copenhagen a great experience for design enthusiasts is a cup of coffee and bit of cake in the cafe of The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel. The hotel, designed by the great Arne Jacobsen, is a wonderful piece of architecture adjacent to Tivoli Gardens and the main train station (Hovedbanegården) in the centre of Copenhagen.

As well as being the architect, Arne Jacobsen designed the interiors and used his famous Swan and Egg chairs.

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The cafe entrance is off of Vesterbrogade,  and feels like you are in a 1960’s Instagram filter. I always half expect to see a young Sean Connery in the corner, chain smoking and flirting with a beautiful, peroxide Russian spy, called, well something with a terrible double entendre. The service in the cafe is old fashioned classic style, it is criminally quiet in the afternoons, and getting a window seat is not generally a problem.

The view from the other side of the street is Hard Rock Cafe Copenhagen, which for  some unknown reason is always packed with tourists.

A quick trip through the lobby of the hotel ‘to visit the rest rooms/toilets’ lets you get a look at the Jacobsen Egg chairs and other Jacobsen designed details. There is also a bar in the hotel’s foyer area should you need a martini cocktail…

The most famous example of Jacobsen’s chairs – for anyone British at least – is from the photo with Christine Keeler who is best known from ‘The Scandal’ or ‘The Profumo Affair’. You can read a great article on it here at the V&A’s website. This is their picture.

Christine Keeler Jacobsen chair

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View from the cafe. The young Sean Connery and Svetlannalickalov, just out of picture, having a fag…

If you are looking to stay in the hotel, one bedroom remains in the original condition from 1960, and that is room 606 which you can book.

You can read a bit more here from Wikipedia on the hotel. And here on the great Arne Jacobsen.

The sad death of Marius the giraffe from Copenhagen Zoo

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A sad day for Marius the giraffe, but a good day for dark edged content providers

There is no such thing as bad publicity, as the saying goes. Judging by my Facebook News feed lots of my Danish friends have been to Copenhagen Zoo in the last few days with their kids. (At the time of writing it is three days since Marius the giraffe was put down). And while I don’t think for a second the zoo were involved in a publicity stunt, the negative reaction doesn’t seem to be affecting the zoo, in fact possibly the publicity is having a positive effect. Minus the death threats for those involved obviously…

Black humour content creation

So in terms of content creation, some stories are particularly good for black humour. So, first of all I did not kill the giraffe. Secondly, I am sorry Marius the giraffe is dead, and thirdly, this video here from the UK’s Channel Four news goes along way to show Copenhagen Zoo’s point of view, and how poor Channel Four news is judging by this interview. (I live in Copenhagen)

So I had a little fun. Apologies to the companies involved. Please get in touch if you want this content removed. And thanks to my friend Brian Erritsø Olsen for allowing me to use his genuine photo from the lions eating Marius the giraffe.

Copenhagen Zoo lions eating giraffe cartoon

 

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Life as a Brønshøj web designer

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Working and living in Brønshøj as a web designer has it’s advantages. Close enough to the City Centre by bike for meeting my city based web design clients, plus with the beautiful natural area of Utterslev Mose close by, not to mention the rather magnificent Brønshøj BK (Danish first division football team) on my doorstep.

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Brønshøj BK have the most fantastic stadium. Where I grew up in Scotland I followed Highland League football, and it reminds me of one of their stadiums. Which is not an insult. It’s the combination of relaxed atmosphere, and passionate locals in a one stand stadium. Plus the small bars dotted around the pitch, the very definition of hyggeligt! A beer will cost 18DKK for a bottle, and the draft is 30DKK. Entrance is 70DKK.

The stadium recently had new floodlights added which have added even more to the great atmosphere. Getting to Brønshøj stadium is relatively easy using public transport from the city centre, bus 2A from the main station or main square will take you very close. Just ask the driver or another passenger where to get off.
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If you fancy a beer after the match before heading back into the Copenhagen city, there’s Staalvand, a modern, bohemian cafe bar at Brønshøj Torv, and Gert’s Vinstue, a proper Danish pub.

Here is a link to an excellent article by a Swansea supporter on his visit to the stadium, entitled Lost in Brønshøj.

 

 

Torvehallerne KBH, Nørreport market

Copenhagen marketTorvehallerne KBH, the Nørreport market, situated a few hundred metres from Nørreport Station in central Copenhagen is a vibrant, modern international market well worth a visit should you be visiting Copenhagen. It’s only a couple of years old, built in two modern halls, and features delis and restaurants with high quality food and drink from around the world.

The coffee is great and there is something to eat for every taste.

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Cafe Klimt Copenhagen

Cafe Klimt, great burgers and a nice atmosphere

Cafe Klimt Copenhagen

Photo lifted from Cafe Klimt’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cafeklimt

Cafe Klimt is a nice cafe, bar restaurant in central Copenhagen, a few minutes walk from Nørreport Station. Named after the Austrian artist Gustav Klimt,  it’s been a successful establishment since the mid nineties.

It’s a relaxed, casual cafe, with a youngish clientele. In particular, they do a great burger. Thoroughly recommended. Homemade and 250g with all the trimmings. You can  see the rest of their menu in English here.

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Denmark’s National Gallery -Statens Museum for Kunst

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Statens Museum for kunst. Well named and bloody awful!

Denmark’s National Gallery is a bit of a let down. Despite it’s Danish name being very amusing if you have an eight year old’s sense of humour, it’s a disappointing gallery. I wouldn’t say don’t visit it, only make sure you visit Louisiana Museum of art which I’ve written about here, and The Carlsberg Glyptotek which I’ve written about here, first.

There are a few nice paintings featured, Matisse, a Modigliani, but they are very thin on the ground, in a very large gallery. The highlight for me, and from which the poor quality of the rest of the collection stands out even further, are the Emil Noldes. They are sensational.

Of course art and art galleries are subjective. You may love the place… I would just say don’t think as it is Denmark’s National Gallery that it is the one to visit.

 

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