The one thing that made me fall in love with Denmark was how everybody (and not just designers/architects) cared about design. It's the one thing that changed my mind last year: to invest in my home as much as the Danes do. While I was in architecture school and during my early post-graduation years, I did not really see the point in investing in my home because I was working a lot. If I'm not in my school studio, I'm at my work studio. I hardly spent any time at home. Now that I'm older and moving into my big (New York City standard) new place, I decided to put some priority in my little urban cave.
I decided to have a long term philosophy to go with my lifetime shopping investments. All of my home belongings, as much as possible, must be designed by architects. I know it's a little tricky and not to mention very expensive to do this, but I thought that everything would not be bought in one shot. Patience, luck and persistence are key elements in this ownership journey. It's also fun to hunt for discounted items and to go thrifting every now and then. It's part of the thrill. I be will sharing some of my finds along the way.
New Norm Dinnerware by Menu with Norm Architects
Gone are my Ikea plates. Hello, Normware. I will start lovingly calling them my little Normwares. The different minimalist bowls and plates were designed by Copenhagen based firm Norm Architects. I was able to obtain my new plates and bowls form their official North America site where they sometimes have little (or rather big) sales going on. I managed to get them for around 70% off, which is an absolutely great deal considering their normal price. Collect them all in different sizes and colors. Like Pokemon.
Santiago Flatware by Alessi with David Chipperfield
I never knew how difficult it is to pick out flatware. Unlike plates and bowls, flatware does not necessarily break. The only way you can get rid of them is by losing them or selling them. It's like a lifetime commitment. Another integral factor is the price. I really can't see myself buying a 5-piece set for around $200 USD as of now. Toyo Ito's Mu and Jean Nouvel's from Georg Jensen flatware were the ones that I really wanted but didn't really want to drop one grand for a sufficient number of cutlery. I found that the London based architect's Santiago set the most affordable out of all the architect-designed flatware. I'm not too sure about the 3-prong fork though. I don't necessarily love it but it will do for now. I also have Arne Jacobsen's flatware but it's not really the most functional set to regularly eat with unless you're in a strict small quantity diet. Inspiring to look at but eating with it is just a struggle.
Arne Jacobsen Cylinda Line by Stelton
This was a product of thrifting and I'm quite proud to own this. It will stay in my dining room table just because. It's probably going to last forever just like my flatware so you're going to see this quite a bit if you know me in person. Most newer Arne Jacobsen dinnerware are made in China, so it's important to look for the older manufactured ones so that they are indeed made in Denmark.