Design destination: Copenhagen

Copenhagen is full of Scandinavian design inspiration. From stylish rooms, elegant lighting and pared-back furniture, Katie Law takes a look at where to shop for iconic furniture and homewares by up-and-coming designers
You only have to tune into an episode of Borgen to see the importance the Danes give to design, with stylish rooms, elegant lighting and pared-back furnishings. Visit Copenhagen and you'll see the evidence everywhere, from the beautiful bicycles (everyone rides one) to the street lighting. Even the municipal park benches are a stunning design number.

Design destination: Copenhagen
On walls, even bikes, the Danish eye for design is evident to Copenhagen

With air fares from as little as £22 one way, now is the time to visit Copenhagen for a big dose of style: there's so much to see and barely a high street brand in sight.

Design destination: Copenhagen
Four floors of the best in Danish design at Illums Bolighus
It takes an hour and a half to fly from Gatwick and whatever people tell you, Denmark is not as expensive as you think it's going to be. Even if you don't buy anything, enjoy gathering big ideas while walking around the dozens of design shops. You'll want to chuck everything out when you get home and start again — with the bare minimum.

Where to find your inspiration
Illums Bolighus, Amagertorv 6 (
Four floors of the best Danish design and the ultimate index to the big names. Panton, Jacobsen, Poulsen, Hansen and more have their own zoned room sets. Inspiring.

Hay, Oestergade 61 (
This is the place to find the work of up-and-coming Danish designers — including furniture, textiles and lighting — showcased in bright and airy surroundings across two floors, opposite Illums Bolighus.

Design destination: Copenhagen
Find the work of up-and-coming Danish designers at Hay, in Oestergade

Design destination: Copenhagen
Poul Henningsen's Artichoke pendant light at Louis Poulsen
Carl Hansen, Bregdade 21 (
A temple to good taste and simplicity, the furniture and lighting store is in Bregdade, a road lined with design and little antique shops, at the top of which is the Design Museum.

Louis Poulsen: Gammel Strand 28 (
You'll see Poul Henningsen's iconic Artichoke pendant lights everywhere, but this is the place to come for the best selection of lighting.

Retro Villa: Badstuestraede 17. (
Tiny and tucked away off the main shopping drag, you'll find rolls of original Sixties and Seventies wallpaper here. Retro Villa is typical of the small, independent shops you can find in Copenhagen's side streets.

Blindes Arbejde: Valkendorfsgade 3 (
Brushes, brooms and baskets made by the blind and partially sighted, who also serve in this traditional one-off shop.

The Design Museum: Bregdade 68 (
A brilliant whistle-stop tour of the history of Danish design, housed in an 18th-century former hospital with a fabulous shop, gardens and café.

Design destination: Copenhagen
A bunny chair, £2,600, from playful store Normann Copenhagen (left); brightly coloured rubber washing-up bowls at Normann Copenhagen
Normann Copenhagen, Østerbrogade 70 (
A big display of the more playful side to Danish design, from furniture to fashion, including rubber washing-up bowls and value-range cutlery. A fun, lively store.

Where to eat
Fiskebar: Flæsketorvet 100 (
Set in the former meat-packing district, this fashionable seafood eaterie serves new-wave Danish food; think foraged. From £30 a head.

Where to stay
Hotel Alexandra, HC Andersens Boulevard 8 (
The best rooms are decorated in the styles of famous Danish designers. If you can, stay in the Verner Panton suite, painted in eye-popping Seventies orange and dark blue, with furniture to match. From £200 a night.

Retro Villa
Vintage wallpapers from the Sixties and Seventies at Retro Villa

Where to shop in London
* Skandium: Marylebone, Brompton Road;, Selfridges, The Republic of Fritz Hansen, 13-14 Margaret Street, W1;
* Twentytwentyone: 274-275 Upper Street, N1, and 18c River Street, EC1;

More information
Easyjet flies Gatwick to Copenhagen from £21.99 one way (
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