Dinesen opens colourful Aarhus showroom designed by David Thulstrup
In a project that unites some of the finest of Denmark’s contemporary design scene, Studio David Thulstrup has just completed a brand new showroom for specialist timber flooring manufacturer Dinesen and cabinetmaker Garde Hvalsøe. The new space is located in Aarhus, within one of the east Jutland city’s most recognisable buildings, the historic Mejlborg.
Thulstrup worked with Hvalsøe’s unrivalled expertises and Dinesen’s well known fine product to create an interior that resembles a home. Composed of six rooms, this domestic-style design is an ode to high quality and refinement. There’s Dinesen’s trademark long solid plank floors, bespoke kitchens, cabinetry and details that link the original building’s heritage character with new, modern design.
’The ground floor space was once a very chic restaurant with dark wood paneling and intricately painted glass ceilings so it’s not a typical showroom. I wanted to find the essence of how to treat these rich heritage features to create experiences as well as bring in the history of this landmark building but with cool contemporary touches,’ says Thulstrup.
The Danish flooring company partnered with cabinetmaker Garde Hvalsøe in this new showroom. Photography: Irina Boersma
Each room has its own, specially mixed colour tone. Tinting Dinesen wood with the company’s eco-friendly method, creating a play on its signature natural-look planks, Thulstrup opted for a kitchen and dining room in light minty blue, yellow for the lounge and dressing room, a meeting room in mustard and an office enveloped in dusty purple.
‘To create a sense of arrival I made the entrance really dark by painting the walls the same colour as the woodwork and treating the flooring with a customised dark stain,’ says Thulstrup.
The showroom’s basement has its own story to tell. Here, the Dinesen design team created facilities for an archive of materials, which will be open to architects and designers to visit. Products from companies such as Dinesen, Kvadrat, Petersen Tegl, Sorensen Leather, Zurface, Weber and Surface Cph will be represented here. This way, this project goes beyond the role of the traditional showroom, allowing for space for exploration and discovery, experimentation and creation, hosting from exhibitions, to workshops, talks and meetings. §