Brdr Krüger opens its first standalone space in Copenhagen
Marrying the Rococo style of the building with the 133-year-old company’s timeless designs
After five generations of exceptional craftsmanship, design studio Brdr Krüger is creating a new home for itself in Copenhagen’s city centre with its first standalone store, found in the heart of a heritage and design-dense district.
Located on Bredgade 28, next to the historic Odd Fellows Mansion, creative director Jonas Krüger has set out to marry the Rococo style of the building with the timeless designs of his family’s 133-year-old company. ‘I was looking to bridge this grandeur and luxurious feeling and all the surrounding history with our DNA and history,’ says Krüger, to which he tasked Danish duo Marcus Hannibal and Louise Sigvardt of Bunn Studio. ‘We wanted to interpret what it was back then and then elevate from there, rather than replicate it or be too ornamental,’ adds Hannibal.
Analysing both the history of the building and of Brdr Krüger as a company, Bunn set out to create a space that merged a gallery with a home, and the magnitude of the Rococo architecture with the groundedness of Danish humility. ‘There were these layers in time that we were trying to connect while interpreting the DNA in relation to the space,’ explains Sigvardt.
Using Flügger’s Style History Colour Map – developed for the National Museum and based on historical Danish architecture – Bunn set out to use a colour palette from the specific period. You can immediately see this expressing itself across the space, from the soft yellow wall panels designed with a nod to the classic ornamentation to the material uses of sandstone and limestone, which speaks to the surrounding locality of the architecture.
The showroom’s heritage comes to life through quirky features such as the playful layered curtain installation, and a peephole looking up to the Odd Fellows Mansion – circular in its celebration of the motion of creation in Brdr Krüger’s work as a woodturning company. The warmth and softness of the shapes they produce is evident throughout the space, complemented by small wooden knick-knacks and studio creations that add to the homeliness and pull from Brdr Krüger’s workshop setting.
Tools used by Krüger’s father and grandfather are also on display, poetically reflecting the enduring qualities of wood that can last generations. Wall art by Farshad Farzankia overlooks pieces such as the Phoenix sculpture, which Farzankia and Krüger developed for this year’s Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition, as well as upholstered Arv chairs, originally created with Studio David Thulstrup for Noma. Illuminated by Danish lighting company Nuura, Brdr Krüger’s works are exhibited across eclectic settings in this new space, as the showroom further entrenches the status for one of Denmark’s longest-standing design studios. §