Although many of us have had to reschedule our travel plans for 2020, we want to share news of a rare and special event for lovers of Midcentury architecture, history and Danish design culture happening this Spring. On April 27, for one day only, the functionalist yet playful house Poul Henningsen designed in 1937 for his family on the outskirts of Copenhagen will be open to the public.
The event is hosted by Realdania, the private philanthropic organisation that acquired the building in 2014 and brought in conservation architects Drachmann Arkitecter to ‘safeguard the building for the future’ two years later. The result is a faithful restoration of the house Henningsen called ‘the ugliest in Gentofte’. The free-spirited designer, best known for his radical lighting designs still made by Louis Poulsen, rejected the conservative stone, brick and timber of the local vernacular in favour of concrete, steel and a daring interior palette that includes bespoke erotic wallpaper designed by his brother-in-law Albert Naur.
So if you’re going to be in Denmark in April, why not do as we’d love to do and sign up here to experience first hand the architecture of one of the most charismatic of the Danish Modernists.
Not going to get there? You can always take a virtual tour and read more about the fascinating Poul Henningsen house restoration by Drachmann Arkitecter at Dezeen.
Photo credit: Jens Markus Lindhe