I just returned to the office from a trip to Copenhagen spent reporting a handful of stories for the magazine and scouting future projects. A highlight of the trip was my visit to HAY, a fantastic store dedicated to contemporary Danish design that's set in a historic building overlooking Strøget, the city's main pedestrian thoroughfare. I spent more than an hour in the store in a kind of happy design daze, gawping over the lovely sofas, chairs, rugs, tables, and miscellaneous gifts and gadgets. Here are some photos from my visit. I'll share some of my other favorite Copenhagen discoveries online over the next couple weeks.
Here's a view of the main floor of the store, a spacious and airy atelier filled with all manner of wonderful things.
The shop overlooks the city's main shopping street, with pretty paving and high-end shops tucked into grand historic buildings. This is the view from one of Hay's windows. It's a strenuously charming city even on the grayest day.
Sections of the shop are arranged like rooms in an apartment; wouldn't you like to move right into this tableau?
This room is dedicated to smaller items, from leather iPad cases to ceramicware to colorful fabric-covered storage boxes.
A broader view of the main floor, captured from the staircase.
I bought my friend a set of these bright and graphic dishtowels, designed by the Dutch duo Scholten & Baijings.
I love these simple but striking spiky metal candleholders by the French design company ENO.
These wool "Pinocchio" rugs would cheer any room. Previously I'd only seen the multi-color version, but they're also available in an Orange and a Coral/Black combination as well. So sweet!
Two easy plywood pieces from Danish furniture purveyor Hay—the Ru Chair, by Shane Schneck, left, and the Shanghay Chair, by KiBiSi, at right.
I love this soft silicone Unfold Lamp by Muuto; sold flat, it pops up when you take it out of the box.
The perfect gift for hipster parents, I mean kids: The Sneaker Coloring Book.
The only problem with Hay: I had sofa tastes, but a paper-tape budget. (I did buy a roll of this hot pink paper tape!).
The fun continues upstairs; here's a view of the second floor.
A cluster of powder-coated steel DLM tables, by local designer Thomas Bentzen. Check out the handy handle for toting it around.
Here's a close-up of the staircase leading from the shop entrance to the street—check out all the intricate architectural details.