For a design addict, Copenhagen is a city that you can’t afford to miss. As a lover of Danish furniture and home goods, the experience can be a little overwhelming! I went to Denmark with a shopping agenda, so with shipping rather expensive and many of our purchases fragile – think 50 wine glasses, platters, and ceramics – it was a test our carry-on allowances! When shopping in Denmark, remember to get a tax refund form and to have your receipts stamped at the airport to collect upwards of 20 percent back on your purchases! It is certainly a nice discount.
The temple of Danish design, Illums Bolighus, is a destination you can’t miss. Centrally located on Copenhagen’s walking street, the Strøget, the stock at Illums Bolighus runs the gamut from Scandinavian glasses, cutlery and plates, to furniture, lighting and textiles. Featuring products from designers such as Orrefors, Holmegaard, Eva Solo, Georg Jensen, Normann and Fritz Hansen, it should be the first stop on any design trip.
While the prices are typically the same, another major department store, Magasin, also carries a sizeable selection of Scandinavian design items. During my trip, Magasin was offering an extra 10 percent off for foreign tourists, making it advantageous to make our purchases there.
Unfortunately, Retrograd, a store focusing on vintage design home goods from the 1950s and 1960s was closed during my trip, but it is worth checking out for what appears to be an extensive selection of hard-to-find design pieces.
The furniture store Klassik, located just of Kongens Nytorv, concentrates on perfectly preserved vintage Danish furniture. While a bit expensive to ship, it is literally a museum of the most exquisite design pieces and is well worth a visit. The area is packed with antique stores specializing in Danish modern.
Hay, also located on the Strøget just across from Illums Bolighus, is a great shop to check out a very cool selection of Danish housewares.
Enjoy the experience and let loose. Purchasing design items in Copenhagen is almost always cheaper than buying elsewhere.