The modern Nordic homes in the year of 2015

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As we are about to exit the first month of 2015 it’s time to start looking to what the year will bring. This is a look at the modern Nordic homes and where it will evolve. What color is trendy? What decor style is popular? And what is the next big trend? Well, what is a modern Nordic home?

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Modern Nordic colors

As with seasons – colors come and go. The favorite amongst the northerners right now is grey, the Nordic choice for the basics. But the hottest color to be will be a dark warm red. The world-renowned color company Pantone has just revealed the color of 2015 last month. It is called ‘Marsala’ named after a liquor. According to Pantone ‘Marsala’ will be the most trendy color world wide this year in both furniture and interior. Marsala is an earthy tone of wine red and is a grounded color of elegance on it’s own and with a satisfying richness to it. Both nature and earth are the inspirations for the color that origins from Sicily, Italy, where the wine liquor comes from. The color could be called the umami of the colors as it is a ‘fulfilling meal’ in a sophisticated and satiating way (Source: Pantone).

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In general we’ll se a lot more red and copper-orange as 2015 rolls out. The hues of the red scale will mix in well in those Scandinavian homes and make it more interesting than just the basic pale palette of white, beige and grey (Source: and

modern nordic home lokal handcrafted copenhagen

The deep dark greens and blues we saw this fall continues into the new year. It creates a calm and cosiness in the homes. The courage to change up the style more during the year comes as we see an economical prosperity. As the seasons will change so will our homes and as the white Scandinavian nights closes in the homes will transform with small changes (like bedspread, pillowcases, vases). So welcome the colors into your decor with a upholstered bright furniture or a painted wall in dark dusky color to break away from the norm.

Minimalistic Nordic Bauhaus

The trendy modern Nordic homes has been rather minimalistic for a long time and is still dominating. The new here is the contrast that is added with the arty and geometric Bauhaus-style. Decorative details or a dark color will be an element to contrast the otherwise clean peeled white walls. Minimalism is still a focus but added something extravagant to renew the look of the nature style with the Nordic woods to make it more elegant.


Marble and metals are strong elements from the Bauhaus period. Copper was the big thing in 2014 and we are far from done with it although brass is taking over as the number one metal. The warm glow matches very well with the otherwise rather cold tone Nordic style is know for.
White marble is clean and elegant and goes well to break a minimalistic Scandinavian home. The green and red marble is very ‘nature’ and together with brass it raises the stylish elegance of a room decorated with light or darker woods, leather and other nordic materials.

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New trend – 3D printing

One of the new trends that clashes a little with the philosophy of CPHmade is the new possibilities the entry of 3D printing brings. This new modern technology will revolutionize the way we think of creation. As 3D printing will become more and more common it will be easier for the consumers to simply(fied) just print their furnitures in the future.


The chinese firm Yingchuang New Materials Inc. has gone all the way with printing entire houses. But the printers required to make this scale are huge (about 6 meters tall 40 meters long and 10 meters wide) so probably not for the everyday consumer (Source: To print something in it’s entirety will probably be a little demanding to do at home, and not as easy as the whole 3D printing may sound. At times less is more. As an example Keystones from studio Mina-Maeda in Milano has made a white plastic construction you can print at home. It will hold a table together without any further parts (Source: Bo Bedre).


For sure – we have not seen more than the first snowflake on the tip of the iceberg which 3D printing with accelerating haste will become. Although this is very smart we all know that a trend needs a countertrend. This is why 3D printing hardly will be the knock-out of handcrafted furniture. On the opposite it wouldn’t be unthinkable that 3D printing will be a factor in an increase in the demand of unique handmade quality furniture in organic materials as people grow tired of the ‘copy+paste’ trend. Check out one of the best in Copenhagen to make Nordic handmade furniture here.

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Photos from: Bobedre, Ferm Living, Monomade,, Lokal, Ask Emil, Droobski og Pantone.

To see our last trend report go here.

The CPHmade guide to Crafts Fair Copenhagen 2013

The late summer in Copenhagen means fairs and fashion. As Copenhagen recently finished up on Copenhagen Fashion Week, Defining Scandinavia it’s time for yet another fair. This time it’s open for everyone, and the admittance is FREE of charge.

If you didn’t find the time to visit the Defining Scandinavia, we’ve got good news for you! The annual event the Crafts Fair in Copenhagen is  just around the corner, and tomorrow, Thursday, you can experience contemporary design in cosy, classic surroundings on Vor Frue Plads.
Throughout the exhibition, you’ll find some of the most talented craftsmen Denmark has to offer and, of course CPHmade is strongly represented.
As 7 (!!!) CPHmade members are represented at this fair, we’ve made things easy for you, and made a little guide of “Must-see” stands on the fair.

We’ll start off in in the jewellery section, where you can meet Emquies-Holstein, Karina Hunn and Mads Heindorf.

Emquies Holstein

The goldsmith duo Emquies-Holstein, who have gained quite some attention from Danish fashion magazines lately, have brought a variety of their fantastic jewellery to this fair.
Jewellery from Emquies-Holstein is craftsmanship at an extremely high level, and all the astonishing pieces from Emquies-Holstein has that luxurious feeling you’d want in a piece of jewellery.

Hunn Jewellery

The never not-workking jewellery designer, Karina Hunnerup, is also ready to show you examples of her hard work on Crafts Fair 2013.

Hunn crafts and designs jewellery from a poetic, and graphically light point of view. Every piece designed by Ms. Hunnerup is crafted in hand, and is the result of endless hours of refining precious stones into perfectly shaped accessories.

Make sure to find your way to Hunn Jewellery’s stand on the CRAFTS Fair.

Mads Heindorf

To those of you who may not now the jewellery designer Mads Heindorf, we can assure you that he is the real deal.

Mr. Heindorf is blessed with an unique talent for designing raw, yet sophisticated jewellery for both men and women. He creates his very own collections, and is constantly exploring and seeking the very best, and he usually combines eye-catching details with rough surfaces to create a fine balance and contrast between the sophisticated and raw look.

In the ceramics section, we suggest you that you’ll find your way to the stands of Tina Maria Bentsen, Signe Schjøth and Signe Emdal.

Tina Marie Bentsen

The busy ceramist Tina Marie Bentsen, who was also participating at Defining Scandinavia, is ready to present her creations at the Crafts Fair 2013.

Ms. Bentsen is usually known for her clean and minimal designs, with quirky details. But Ms. Bentsen’s designs are not all crafted from the “usual” shapes you’d expect of ceramics. For instance she’s quite famous for her three dimensional cloud-mobile, which we have a keen eye on.
if you’re not able to visit the Crafts Fair, check out our selection of Tina Maria Bentsen products in our WEBSHOP.

Signe Schjøth

Ms. Signe Schjøth used to work as an acknowledged ceramic artist at major exhibitions, and her creations exudes a playful imagination.
Ms. Schjøth’s talent, and artistically visual approach to ceramic designs, is one of the main reasons her works of art are exhibited in venues like The National Arts Foundation. Make sure to find your way to Ms. Schjøth’s stand.

In the accessories department, CPHmade is represented by Monomade and Emdal Colorknit.


May we strongly suggest that you make your way to Monomade’s stand.
Monomade is a Copenhagen-based interior design company, who seek to combine simplicity and elegancy with a with contemporary design. The results are simple, geometric shapes crafted in exquisite materials by hand.
If you can’t make it to the Crafts Fair – you can check our selection, where you can buy Monomade products.

Emdal Colorknit

Finally, we most definitely recommend that you find your way to Signe Emdal’s stand as well. Emdal Colorknit is an absolute expert when it comes to transforming digitally created visuals into the most fantastic knitted scarves you can imagine.
Most recently, Emdal Colorknit collaborated with the National Gallery of Denmark on a special edition of the “Wearable Hug”, and now Emdal Colorknit is ready with a new collection of stunning scarves, which she is ready to show you on the Crafts Fair.

Member News monday

We’re back from the summer holidays, and of course we’re ready with some news from the CPHmade network.
This week we’ll come across an invitation to a Reception, High-end jewellery featured in Eurowoman and IN, Place de Bleu in Los Angeles and a NEW member of CPHmade.

INVITATION: Monomade Summer Reception


The hardworking architects from Monomade is celebrating the opening of their new creative office space on Rentemestervej.
This Friday, Monomade will host a reception on their rooftop terrace, and you’re all welcome to join the festivities from 16.00. We bet that drinks, food and a DJ will be the perfect way to start off your weekend!

Monomade // Reception – From 16.00
Rentemestervej 39, floor
2400 Copenhagen NV

Emquies Holstein – Features in Eurowoman and IN

The refined and contemporary goldsmith duo, Emquies-Holstein, has been featured in quite a lot of fashion magazines. You may recall that their astonishing “Whole” pendant was featured in Costume’s April issue. But it isn’t just Costume who have discovered the fantastic jewelry from Emquies-Holstein, and in the recent issue’s of EUROWOMAN and IN you’ll stumble upon some of the easily recognizable jewelry from the dynamic duo.

Place de Bleu – A Tale in the Promised is about to unfold

The fantastic home accessories from the socio-economic business Place de Bleu has teamed up with the shop Hurra-Hurra. The shop is based in Los Angeles, and we’re absolutely pleased to see Danish design being distributed to the Promised land! Stay tuned for more info on this interesting collaboration.

CPHmade Guided Tours featured in the Copenhagen Post

During the summer we’ve had quite the success with our initiative CPHmade Guided Tours. Collaborations with some of the best hotels in Copenhagen, and a strong support from customers has truly made CPHmade Guided Tours a success.
During the summer, we have made new friends at the Copenhagen Post. On a sunny day in May we invited a journalist from the Copenhagen Post to join us on one of our CPHmade Guided Tours, and now we’ve just realized that the initiative is featured in Copenhagen Post’s Summer Guide. We’d like to thank the Copenhagen Post for the kind words. The full article can be found right here in our “Press Department”.

DesignRitter to join CPHmade.

It’s been a while since we last had the opportunity of introducing you all to a new member of the CPHmade family. But today, we’re pleased to inform you that DesignRitter is now a part of our humble network.
DesignRitter is founded by the designer and interior architect David Ritter, which specializes in individual home solutions from a sustainable point of view.
From his small(!) workshop on Prinsesse Charlottes Gade, DesignRitter crafts and design a wide range of small furniture and accessories for the home.
The materials used for these designs are strictly chosen by their sustainable abilities, making materials like oriented strand board (OSB) and old europallets a DesignRitter favourite.
Stay tuned on the CPHmade blog for news about DesignRitter in the future.

Emquies-Holstein and MONOMADE at Trapholt

GREAT news from our dear members Monomade and Emquies-Holstein!

The two members from CPHmade have been selected to participate in TRAPHOLT’s annual Whitsunday Market! Emquies-Holstein and Monomade has been handpicked to participate in the Whitsunday Market, alongside with 36 of the very best craftsmen in Denmark.
With architectonic finesse, the two architects Kira Snowman and Uffe Topsøe-Jensen crafts beautiful home accessories by hand, and the results are simple geometric shapes crafted in exquisite materials. Monomade promise you all that they will bring a wide selection their eye-catching collection to the Market!

As if one CPHmade member represented at Trapholt’s Witsunday Market was not enough, we are proud to inform you that you are also able experience the exquisite jewellery from Emquies-Holstein at the market.
The dynamic goldsmith duo has gained quite a lot of attention the last couple of months for their edgy jewellery designs. The hardworking goldsmiths are driven by a passion for individual storytelling, unique design and uncompromising craftsmanship, which just in a few years has turned the astonishing jewelry by Emquies-Holstein into acclaimed conversation pieces. Go see for yourselves at the Trapholt Whitsunday Market.

The Whitsunday Market takes place on the 19th and 20th of May, in Trapholt – Museum of Modern Art. Trapholt is one of the largest and most popular museums in Denmark outside of Copenhagen.
Situated in the south of Jutland with an astonishing view of Kolding Fjord, Trapholt first opened the doors back in 1998. Ever since, Trapholt has been acknowledged by its astonishing and contemporary collection of modern art, design and furniture design.
If you find yourselves in this area, make sure to swing by Trapholt for a celebration of craftsmanship!

Trapholt’s Whitsunday Market
Æblehaven 6

19th & 20th of May
Admission: FREE

Monomade and Bungalow5 hand in hand

monomade and bungalow5

monomade and bungalow5

The blogger team behind Bungalow5 recently came up with a great creative idea called Art N Print. To frame this idea they got in contact with Monomade (CPHmade member) since art is too great not to frame! Hence a passionated friendship developed and the productive duo combined Art and true craftsmanship. The first creative wave consists of 3 different Art N Print creations – these are limited editions. All beautiful presented in Domino Smoked Frames by Monomade. We love when things made in Copenhagen can present a new story, connect people and take craftsmanship, design and art to a new level.

Spacial piece of art in motion

The mobile from Monomade is made of simple geometric shapes/elements, hung in a balancing system of threads and sticks. Despite these simple instruments, a complexity appears through the motion design.

The mobile itself creates new configurations, when the elements are moved around by changes in the airflows,
and the play of the lines makes beautiful graphic formations of shadows in the room.
The construction of the mobile is made of brass sticks, and the geometric elements are made of smoked oak and brass.

CPHmade says: Go with the (air)flow!

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Monomade in 2400 NV

Monomade has just moved to new premises. What a great start to the new year – we look forward to visiting as Monomade hosts the next CPHmade member meeting later this month.

Drawn to our attention

With attention to detail, skills in craftsmanship and production ability we again found a great member to enter  and enlighten our high-end network and consumers around the world. Monomade make a range of products within the living segment. Stay tuned for further in-depth presentation.