Ger­man de­signer Se­bas­tian Herkner, whose stu­dio is known for an eclec­tic range of fur­ni­ture, light­ing and life­style prod­ucts, loves Copen­hagen for its food and de­sign in­spi­ra­tion

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en­mark’s cap­i­tal is one of the cities I love most in Europe. From my home­town, Of­fen­bach, it’s a two-hour flight, just right for a nice week­end trip. I want to dis­cover real life when I travel. I pre­fer to ex­plore a city on my own and to avoid the touristy at­trac­tions. I rent a bike to get around. There are a lot of in­ter­est­ing ar­eas near the har­bour, the city cen­tre and the up-and-com­ing meat­pack­ing district. I of­ten buy some­thing to eat and a bot­tle of wine, and ride my bike to the wharf to watch the ships roll in.

I love to visit Kun­sthal Char­lot­ten­borg, the of­fi­cial ex­hi­bi­tion gallery of the Royal Dan­ish Acad­emy of Fine Arts, and the Dan­ish Mu­seum of Art and De­sign. These places are al­ways good for in­spi­ra­tion, es­pe­cially since I like to in­ter­act with fine art. On a sunny day it’s fan­tas­tic to go to the beach—there are many beach clubs in the city—to watch the waves. I like how the wind sur­rounds me as I look to­wards Swe­den, watch­ing the birds and smelling the salt of the sea. I also love to visit the dif­fer­ent city parks to re­lax and read.

On Satur­days, I would go to ex­plore the the street food mar­ket at Tran­gravsvej. In the Chris­tian­shavn neigh­bour­hood you’ll find the ex­cel­lent restau­rant Kadeau, whose food is in­spired by the spe­cial­ties of Born­holm, an is­land in the Baltic Sea. The cui­sine is amaz­ing. I would have an aper­i­tivo at Lou Lou on Ny Øster­gade in the city, a new place with a nice menu. I like spend­ing my af­ter­noons there en­joy­ing a French 75.

You can find a lot of won­der­ful shops in Copen­hagen tout­ing Scan­di­na­vian de­sign, like Tor­tus or the huge de­sign depart­ment store Il­lums Bo­lighus. Hay, &Tra­di­tion, Storm and Acne Archive are also worth a visit. Etage Projects is a fan­tas­tic gallery with lim­ited edi­tions by unique de­sign­ers.

Out­side Copen­hagen, maybe 30 min­utes by lo­cal train, you can find one of the best mu­se­ums. The Louisiana Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art is set on a cliff on the coast. The art is show­cased in sev­eral pavil­ions that fit har­mo­niously into the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment. On sunny days, you’ll ap­pre­ci­ate the lovely view of Swe­den from the ter­race of the cafe. It’s worth stay­ing the whole day.

ART­FUL EYE Se­bas­tian vis­its the Dan­ish Mu­seum of Art and De­sign (top) and the gallery of the Royal Dan­ish Acad­emy of Fine Arts (above) for in­spi­ra­tion

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