I always find it fascinating to peak inside a celebrity’s home. It tells a lot about their personality and character – The objects they choose to surround themselves with, the quantity thereof (do they subscribe to a minimalist or maximalist philosophy?), the colours, the materials, etc. This is one of the reasons why MTV Cribs was one of my favorite shows growing up (read more about the ‘why’ here).
René Redzepi is not a famous movie star nor a reality show contestant. His name probably rings a bell, especially if you are interested in fine dining experiences. Indeed, he has reached a high-standing status for his Nordic cuisine, his drive, and his will to challenge the industry. He is also known for being the chef of NOMA, the Copenhagen venue awarded Best Restaurant of the World three times, and which recently reopened in a new fabulous location. And today, we get a chance to take a peek inside his family home in Christianshavn, Copenhagen.
Being familiar with Redzepi’s philosophy, approach to food and dedication to quality, I feel that this place is a true reflection of the man: Authentic, humble, down to heart, with no-nonsense, and rooted in Scandinavian heritage.
Enjoy the tour below!
Located in a 200-year-old former blacksmith’s workshop, the place has a lot of historical charm. The exposed beams and traditional stove/furnace add to its character, while giving a cozy and rustic vibe. The crisp white walls are the perfect backdrop to the beautiful bespoke kitchen by Danish manufacturer Garde Hvalsøe. Notice the aged brass faucet and sink – Gorgeous!
The interior is refined, with an understated elegance, just like his restaurant. Fans of flea markets and second-hand stores, Redzepi and his wife furnished their home with fab finds collected throughout the years. The décor is carefully curated but in an unpretentious way. Items tell a story or have a special meaning for the owners. For instance, the dinnerware sets were designed for Noma 1.0 as well as the few pop-ups the restaurant organized in Japan, Mexico and Australia.
Another showstopper here: The stunning oak floor boards by Dinesen, some of which are up to 50 cm wide and six-meter-long. The planks were from local trees that are up to 200 years old. Impressive, right?
For more Scandinavian interiors, have a look at the inspiration gallery.
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This story was originally published on March 09, 2016. It has since been updated and republished by Catherine Lazure-Guinard.