Between bare walls and discrete marks of time, an old apartment in Copenhagen has been restored with the same care and curiosity as archaeologists looking for tales from the past, with the same attention to the small, crucial details.

The run-down apartment in the Copenhagen suburb of Fredericksberg was a professional challenge for architects Justine Bell and Jonas Djernes, who saw an opportunity to create a home where they could fulfil their interest in the interaction between origins, functionality and aesthetics.

This is how you can create the looking your own home…


1. Swatches from left: Conchita in glass R342/sheet, Douglas Jones FSC European Oak, Legno Rustic 15/5x220x2200 R955/m2, Oggie Rain grey marble tile R1 311/ m², WOMAG 2. Silo small vessel R649, Country Road 3. Posh pillow in velour rust R450, 4. Lux pillow in leather Hermes Bronze and Andie Stone R1 699, 5. Asclepius 2016 gouache, ink on paper by Katrin Coetzer 290x230mm R4 845, Salon 91 6. Medium vintage iron tray R595, Weylandts 7. Carpet kilim multi boho 160x220cm R2 399, @home 8. Costura sofa R50 577, Créma Design

We would consistently use natural, honest, materials such as wood, stone or copper.

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