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Copenhagen Design Tour 2019 with Garde Hvalsøe | Part Two


Following on from Part One, where I shared our day with Garde Hvalsøe in Copenhagen, I'm now returning with the House Visit. Walking into the Østerbro home, we were greeted by the lovely owner, designer and interior stylist Susanne Rützou. Chatting to us in her sun-lit kitchen, the Garde Hvalsøe cabinetry instantly recognisable, we learnt that the beautiful house was designed by architect Vilhelm Lauritzen, and was also once the headquarters of Garde Hvalsøe. While Susanne has carried out some minor renovations, the original kitchen and bathroom furniture designed and crafted by the Danish brand has been left as is, with just an "oil once in a while". The wood cabinetry brings so much warmth to the spaces, and because they have aged so beautifully, she never wanted to alter them. Having just come from the wood workshop where we saw the new furniture being built to last a lifetime, it was a treat to see the proof in a real-life home! 

Susanne's home features a wonderful mix of vintage and auction finds, along with a huge collection of books, lots of lush greenery, and pieces from her travels. Layered and interesting, the open-plan kitchen and dining leads through to a large yet cosy living space where sun streams through the huge windows. Built-in shelving is filled with books, art and objects, and frames the doorway to a charming bedroom. Painted in a warm grey, this room features cabinetry that runs the length of one wall, with an eye-catching display of artworks above, and beautiful herringbone flooring. 

The original Garde Hvalsøe bathroom looks stunning, don't you think? 

Susanne describes her home as having 'tactility and soul'. I couldn't agree more!

Photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

This post was created in collaboration with Georg Jensen & Garde Hvalsøe. I only work with products I love and all opinions are my own. For more information please visit my About Page.

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