Helena Christensen chooses Thorvaldsen Museum (above right). She and Camilla Stærk both count Karen Blixen’s House (above, left) among their favorites. See what rounds out their other Danish picks below.
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Their 13 Favorite (Danish) Things—Camilla Stærk + Helena Christensen Share Their Picks
Photo, above left: courtesy Karen Blixen Museet; above right: courtesy Thorvaldsens Museum, photographer Jonals Co.
Karen Blixen’s House, Rungsted [above]
(Karen Blixen, known by her pen name of Isak Dinesen, is the author of the memoir, “Out of Africa,” about her life in Kenya, and is one of Denmark’s best known writers. Both Stærk and Christensen cite Blixen’s home as one of their favorite places in Denmark.) “Her house is near the Louisiana museum. It’s also called Rungstedlund. It is her childhood home that she returned to die in. It is exactly as it was when she lived there. They use the same bouquets on the tables.”
Photo: courtesy Karen Blixen Museet
“This is an open-faced sandwich on thin black rye bread. You eat it with different toppings. It is the first lunch I have when I go home. I like the pickled herring with raw egg yolk and onions, the pickled beet root and radishes.”
“I love Danish furniture and this street in Copenhagen is full of antiques from the 1930s through 1950s and 60s. I love that.” (Two favorite designers are Poul Kjaerholm and Kaare Klint, especially his leather safari chair).
Café Victor, Copenhagen [above]
“I always go here when I am in Copenhagen. It is like a Parisian brasserie – like Balthazar Café in New York, but smaller. It is a place I went to when I lived in Copenhagen and now when I go back it signifies that place in time.”
Photo: courtesy Café Victor
“This is one of the oldest bars in Copenhagen. It’s known for being a jazz bar. I used to go there with my dad. It is beautiful in a historic way.”
The silent film studio at Nordisk Film complex
“The oldest silent film studio in the world is in Copenhagen. I did a look book there. It is in the suburb of Valby.” Asta Nielsen was a famous silent film star from Denmark. Karl Lagerfeld was inspired by her.
“This is an art museum in the north, on the coast. It’s part of Zealand and you can see Sweden across the Oresund Sound. They have amazing Giocomettis and Calders. The physical building and gardens are stunning. It is the most beautifully-placed museum in the world.”
3 photos: courtesy Louisiana Museum of Modern Art