Danish House Tour: Lis and Torben' Proof that Classic Works

Danish House Tour: Lis and Torben' Proof that Classic Works

Jill Slater
Feb 27, 2008

Name: Lis and Torben

Location: Frederiksberg (Northwest Copenhagen), Denmark

Size: 1,600 square feet

Years lived in: 18 years

While in Copenhagen, I was lucky enough to gain entry to some extraordinary Danish homes. Today's house tour is a spacious apartment in a 1928 building in Frederiksberg, an independent town within the boundaries of the city of Copenhagen.

Lis and Torben moved in 18 years ago, at which point they fully furnished their home, and renovated the kitchen and the bathroom. Because they chose, almost exclusively, classic Danish designs, their apartment looks as fresh and contemporary as if they moved in last week.

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Each piece was not cheap, even then, but Lis and Torbin knew that they cared about the aesthetics of their home, the quality of their furniture, and that if they took a leap with the financial investment, it would benefit them in the end. They were happy to tell me that friends who questioned the money Lis and Torben spent at the time, are already on their 5th couch, and 4th dining room table.

For example, Lis mentioned how she loved the light of a Poulssen lamp. She understands that the designer carefully considered how the light would be angled and fall on its surrounding surfaces. In a country that experiences early nights in winter and a lot of sunless days all year-round, good lighting is crucial to one's quality of life.

Danish furniture designers are household names across this small country of 5.5 million people. They are a source of national pride and, in some small way, a part of everyone's home. For Lis and Torben, there was no question that they would go with the classics, incorporating some more traditional family heirlooms along the way.

Lis and Torben success lies in letting the beautiful architecture of the space speak for itself and then complimenting it with simple lines and a natural color palette. The stripped pine floors are original to the apartment and are cleaned with a mild soap every few months. Color comes in the form of the modern artwork that hangs on nearly every wall, created by Lis herself, friends, and some well known Danish artists.

A pleasure to behold.

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