Didder Rønlund

Didder Rønlund
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One of the first Danish journalists to specialize in fashion, this octogenarian writer has seen it all, and then some.

[B]How did you get to where you are now professionally?[/B]

By non-stop for 66 of my 83 years.

[B]Do you rank Copenhagen among the world's creative capitals? Why/why not?[/B]

Yes, if not in size certainly in drive. It houses outstanding architects, furniture designers, authors, artists, silversmiths (think George Jensen) and a fast growing fashion world of both established and up-and-coming designers. We have the the Tivoli garden, highly prize winning gourmet restaurants and two new impressive houses for opera and theatre on the waterfront. So world leading or not, Copenhagen is definitely coming along

[B]The W* shoot is all about Copenhagen shopping – what are your favourite Copenhagen stores?[/B]

The By Malene Birger and Chanel boutiques

[B]What object/piece of furniture in your home could you not live without?[/B]

My old English writing desk, a gift from my late husband.

[B]Who/what is inspiring you most right now?[/B]

Working with the Danish Fashion Institute´s young and very competent group of women.

[B]What advice do you wish you'd been given 10 years ago?[/B]

Slow down, little old lady, slow down.

What's your secret/favourite indulgence?

I don’t drink and I don’t smoke, but I love good chocolate. My favourite in the whole world is homemade and comes from my local shop.

[B]If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?[/B]

80 years more and a better health!

[B]What's the one thing you'd never change?[/B]

The love to the 4 most important people in my life: My daughter and my grandchildren.

[B]How do you relax?[/B]

By taking a break, closing my eyes and clearing my mind.

Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.