with minimalist yet delicately contrasting interiors that are flooded with natural daylight, norm architects has restored a historic villa in copenhagen, denmark. the original building, which is said to have been inhabited by renowned danish architect, designer and cultural critic, poul henningsen, was devastated by a fire in 2014. in spite of this, the modern home still references its past, with high panels, parquet flooring, paned windows, teak furniture and retro PH lamps.


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the most significant change from the original design has seen the ground floor, which was once configured of small divided rooms, be transformed into one big living area. featuring norm architects’ bronzed brass handles for reform atop a light gray stone island, the minimalist kitchen is subtly separated to the living room by a large cabinet in dark stained oak. here, classic elements have been restored and elegantly combined with contemporary details, such as the contrast between the dark mid-century teak furniture and marble plinths.

 

 

with windows on all sides, the norm architects’ restoration follows a clean approach, where natural daylight floods the interior. the central staircase, which also helps to divide the kitchen and living area, actually creates a dynamic sense of openness. its floating steps of solid oak compose a flow between the basement, ground floor and top floor, with skylights placed above.

 

the house being a former home – or summerhouse – of poul henningsen wasn’t my initial motivation to buy the house, but coincidentally I’ve been collecting his lamps for quite some time, so you’ll find them around the house.‘ says the owner. 

 

 

 

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