Ten interiors with classic and contemporary Danish design


Danish design is known for its use of wood, clean shapes and simple silhouettes. In this lookbook, we bring together ten interiors from around the world that feature both new design and iconic furniture from the Scandinavian country.

A hotel in Los Angeles, a barn converted into a home in Canada, and an apartment in Copenhagen are just a few examples in this lookbook of beautiful Danish-designed interiors.

Pieces by mid-century modern Danish designers like Finn Juhl are mixed with more recent designs from brands like & tradition and Skagerak to create interiors that blend classic and contemporary.

This is the latest roundup in our Dezeen Lookbooks series that provides visual inspiration to designers and design enthusiasts. Previous lookbooks include retro green bathrooms, heavy textured restaurant interiors, and welcoming desks with interiors you might live in.

Photo is by Jeff Cate

Hudson Woods House, USA, by Magdalena Keck

New York interior designer Magdalena Keck’s design for this Catskills, New York home blends Japanese minimalism with mid-century Danish modern design and American craftsmanship.

A Finn Juhl table and chairs are featured in the dining room, where they sit in front of a balcony offering panoramic views of the surrounding nature. A brass pendant light goes perfectly with the brown wood of the furniture.

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Audo by Menu and Norm Architects

Audo, Denmark, by Menu and Norm Architects

Danish brand Menu has teamed up with studio Norm Architects to create The Audo, a hotel in Copenhagen’s booming Nordhavn district.

Here, the two companies mixed soft green and beige colors with wood, stone and glass details to create an interior of timeless charm. Furniture from Menu, which uses the hotel as an exhibition hall and headquarters, is mixed with modern artwork and dried flower arrangements.

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Interior of the Fano House by Knud Holscher

Fanø House, Denmark, by Knud Holscher

Architect Knud Holscher’s design for a summer house on Fanø, an island off the southwest coast of Denmark, is complemented by interior design by Staffan Tollgård Studio, which filled the house with fabrics natural tactile and evergreen design pieces.

In the living room, the CH25 armchair in wood and cord-woven paper by Danish designer Hans J Wegner is matched with a Flowerpot lamp by Danish designer Verner Panton in a shiny beige shade.

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Penthouse M by CJH Studio
Photo is by Cathy Schusler

Penthouse M, Australia, by CJH Studio

This penthouse on the Australian Gold Coast has been designed to have a calm interior as a “complete juxtaposition” with the typically “ostentatious” houses seen in the area. Instead, CJH Studio chose white and neutral colors to create a timeless design.

Two rice lamps by Spanish designer Jaime Hayon for Denmark’s & tradition create a decorative focal point in the living room, where they are framed by the translucent curtains covering the picture windows.

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Bright and airy meeting room
Photo is by Andrew and Gemma Ingalls

Alsace LA, US, by Home Studios

Interiors at the Alsace LA hotel in Los Angeles feature Mediterranean influences, warm wood tones and vintage items. In its meeting room, soft, bulbous armchairs by Danish brand Gubi rest on a hand-woven Moroccan rug.

Lots of green plants, lights and furniture in friendly curved and circular shapes create a welcoming interior with an organic feel.

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Maison PH by Norm Architects

House in Copenhagen, Denmark, by Norm Architects

This Copenhagen house is said to have once been the home of famous Danish architect Poul Henningsen, who designed the iconic PH lamp.

Norm Architects used some of Henningsen’s lights, which the home owner collects, in his design for the interior, and complemented them with modern pieces such as the JWDA table lamp from Menu.

A block of solid marble makes for a sleek, minimalist coffee table, around which is mid-century modern dark teak furniture.

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The Barn of La Firme
The photo is from Ulysse Lemerise

La Grange, Canada, by La Firme

An abandoned shed was turned into a house by studio La Firme, who took it apart and rebuilt it at a new location on a farm property in Mansonville, Quebec.

Inside, furnishings include Wegner’s classic Wishbone chairs, eight of which sit around a dining table in the spacious living room.

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Photo is by Billy Bolton

Mayfair Apartment, United Kingdom, by MWAI

This spartan apartment in London’s Mayfair district has been designed to resemble a hotel suite and offers a number of space saving solutions.

In the 37 square meter house, striking modern design pieces were used to create a lot of impact in a small space. These include the Georg stool from Danish brand Skagerak, with its recognizable wool cushion held in place by a leather strap.

Inspired by “Nordic sensuality and Japanese minimalism”, it adds interest to a clean interior.

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Vibo Tværveh cabin in Nykøbing Sjælland, Denmark, by Valbæk Brørup Architects
The photo is by Torben Eskerod

Vibo Tværveh, Denmark, by Valbæk Brørup Architects

This barrel-vaulted cabin in a Danish forest lets its materials speak for themselves, with a spectacular living space clad in pine wood.

Two large black pendant lights, called Suspence and designed by Italian-Danish designer duo GamFratesi for furniture brand Fritz Hansen, hang above a relaxing living space.

The lights provide a graphic contrast to the wood and harmonize with the large black steel brackets that run the length of the cabin.

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Photo is by Eric Petschek

Donum Home, USA, by David Thulstrup

Danish designer David Thulstrup brought a touch of his homeland to his renovation of Donum Home (image above and above) in Sonoma County, California.

The rooms were decorated in neutral colors and earthy materials, including oak and rattan screens that Thulstrup himself designed.

Louis Poulsen’s classic artichoke lamp hangs above a dining table, adding a sculptural feature to the otherwise sleek interior.

This is the latest in our series of lookbooks providing visual inspiration curated from Dezeen’s image archive. For more inspiration, check out previous lookbooks featuring welcoming office interiors, retro green bathrooms, and heavy-textured restaurant interiors.


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