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My Copenhagen: Henning Kern


Danish jewellery brand DyrbergKern was founded almost 30 years ago, when Gitte Dyrberg and Henning Kern combined their unique creative chemistry. The duo has spent the past three decades creating jewellery and watches for modern, confident women. Each piece is designed in Copenhagen, created from the best materials sourced from around the world and assembled by hand with exceptional skill and care. CEO and creative director Henning Kern tells us why Copenhagen is his creative home

Isabella Redmond Styles
Isabella Redmond Styles,

‘I love it here. Copenhagen has been voted the best city in the world to live, more than once. I took the step about 10 years ago of moving to Islands Brygge, an up-and-coming, cool area close to the harbour.

‘In Copenhagen, if you want the best of Scandinavian design, go to Illums Bolighus. I don’t need to mention they retail DyrbergKern there, do I? Adjacent to Illums Bolighus, you'll find Royal Copenhagen, where they retail renowned hand-painted china which goes perfectly with classic and modern interiors alike.

‘For avant-garde fashion, I’d recommend Storm, the coolest boutique, where you can get top collections of art, fashion and design – a true haven for design lovers like me. The department store Illum, a few steps away, offers everything the design lover needs across four large floors, including a gourmet supermarket.

‘I’m a classic guy and like classic food. Try Pastis for authentic French brasserie-style food. Sticks n’ Sushi will treat you to the best sushi in town. Another cool Islands Brygge local restaurant is Scarpetta, a modern Italian restaurant with reasonable prices and lovely comfort food. More than a few times I have brought people to Mash, a high-end steak house. Mash has a very cool atmosphere and you always meet someone you know there. Another place I like to frequent is Café Victor, a classic bistro style restaurant/bar which has been around forever. Their Danish food is perhaps still the best in town.

‘My favourite walk in Copenhagen is a stroll from where I live at Islands Brygge, passing over the Langebro bridge, which takes me straight down to the harbour. I’ll pass the Black Diamond, which is the Royal Library. From there I’d probably walk down to the beautiful Kongens Nytorv square, which houses the restored Hotel d’Angleterre, and then stroll down to Nyhavn, to all the chic cafés. And perhaps have a beer. Denmark still offers seriously good beer. In the summer time everybody gathers there and it’s crowded with people.

‘From Nyhavn you get a spectacular view over the water of Copenhagen harbour to the Copenhagen Opera House, which was a gift from Maersk a few years back, designed by architect Henning Larsen. It’s an amazing construction and a spectacular view.

‘If you are in the mood for a very nice cup of tea, go to Perchs Thehandel. They serve the best English high tea, just like they do in the UK. Not many people know of the place, but their scones are amazing.

‘As I’m a big fan of modern art, I never skip any shows at the Louisiana museum.

‘The city bikes are really cool – really cheap and they are parked everywhere for you to unlock and go! On warm summer days, drive all the way out to the north beaches of Bellevue.’

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