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“You can’t run away from who you are”: the Copenhagen home of Marianne Brandi and Keld Mikkelsen

Today I bring you the Copenhagen home of fashion designers, Marianne Brandi and Keld Mikkelsen, the duo behind Day Birger et Mikkelsen. Since its first appearance in the December 2012 edition of Lonny magazine it has made the rounds of my interior blogs and pinterest boards. It is not difficult to see why. The interior of this 19th century house is decorated with restraint and taste. It is layered and teases the senses, yet still understated and minimal.

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I love its classic elegance. There is nothing trendy or overtly fashionable, yet still feels modern and interesting. The room, I think, works best is the living room which mixes vintage, contemporary and antiques including a Beni Ourain carpet, an array of silk cushions, huge pot plant, empty gold frames stacked onto of the original fireplace and the iconic mid-century three-arm floor lamp by Serve Mouille while in the corner Keld’s collection of guitars are on display.

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The other to-die-for features are the gorgeous oak floor boards inlaid in the Versailles pattern and stained in a matt black, as well as the white walls with black detailed windows.

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If it were mine I couldn’t help adding a few more bold splashes of colour like a canary yellow chair. Nevertheless, there is a certain calm elegance about the monochrome  scheme. As owner Marianne Brandi says, “You can’t run away from who you are. This home is representative of us”.

Do you like it the way it is or do you want to razz it up a little?

Lonny Magazine December 2012

Photography Gaelle Le Boulicaut

[22 February 2013. I was contacted by the photographer today and asked to remove the photographs from the site, which  I have naturally done. You can still see this amazing house by going by looking at Lonny Magazine, December 2012 available free online here.]



3 Comments Post a comment
  1. sue #

    i do love this space, though it feels a little too grown up for me personally… the photo with the suitcases stacked up & the study are my absolute faves… i think i would add a little whimsy somehow to lighten the mood… ;)

    February 8, 2013
  2. kate #

    Sue, I know what you mean it is a bit grown up. I love the elegance of it and serenity. What would you do to lighten the mood?

    February 9, 2013
  3. sue #

    good question! i’d want to avoid playing with the colour palette too much as that’s obviously key to this look, but maybe one or two little elements of surprise in that area to jolt it a little… & i think i’d swap out the lighting for something more playful & unexpected & play with the scale of those pieces. too.. i’d also be tempted to put a rug under the dining table to break up the expanse of black & change out the knobs on the kitchen cabinetry to something a fraction less traditional… other than that, it’s obviously striking & beautiful just as it is!

    February 14, 2013

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