Every fan of Scandinavian design must know about Danish homewares brand Tine K Home, founded in 1999. We’ve featured their products and seasonal collection several times already, mostly because we simply love what they do. It’s with great pride that Tine Kjeldsen, co-founder of the Tine K Home, agreed to answer a few of our questions -We truly enjoyed getting to know the woman behind the name, and we’re sure you’ll do to!
Where did it all started?
At a young age I was already decorating my room by myself. It was very natural and easy for me to see what colours and style fitted together and when I was 22, I opened an interior shop and had a huge success. At that time I went to Paris at Maison et Objet twice a year to select the articles I wanted to sell in my shop. Often, I was asked by other shops in Denmark if they could buy from me, but at that time I didn’t have a wholesale company. Then there came a period were all interior was pale pink and blue which I thought was too romantic. Therefore my husband suggested that we should do our own interior line with the colours and style that I liked most. That’s how Tine K Home started in 1999 with lots of striped cushion, quilts and futons.
How would you describe your style?
Timeless Nordic with a twist of the Far East
Any special projects at the moment?
I think every day brings new projects and I love it.
Last week I was in Paris where we exhibited our collection. This week, I have two photoshoots with interesting people. The ones who are here today just launched a genius project; an iPad Interior Book called New Style Generation. Next week brings a journey to Vietnam to confirm the Spring 13 collection – and to see new factories.
Best thing about being a designer:
I’m not an educated designer, but the best thing is that I can follow my heart and what I think is beautiful – and not need to follow the trend.
Autumn – for sure.
You, in three words:
Creative, hard working and for sure happy for life and what every day brings.
What inspires you?
Traveling, and a walk on the beach.
“I’m at my most creative when…”:
My mind is free and I relax. It can be in front of the TV when the kids are watching Disney – it’s hard for me to just sit and do nothing – then I take a little notebook and start to create.
Best thing(s) about Scandinavia:
The long light summer nights.
Best design piece you purchased?
I don’t have any special design piece – I almost carry all in our own collection.
Best address-book secret/favourite shopping spot:
In Paris: Merci
In North of Copenhagen: I Rosens Navn a combination between a flower shop and interior shop
In Mumbai: Le Mill and Bungalow 8
In London: Liberty
On your wish list:
New windows for the whole house
What can’t you live without?
The family daily life we have – which makes so much sense when you have been away for a week.
Scandinavian tradition(s) you love:
Christmas tradition where the whole family get together for many days and eat, drink and have fun.
Favourite travel spot:
So many but for sure Paris, London, Saigon Vietnam, Mumbai India, for summer holiday Corsika.
You, in five years:
Still here in front on the computer answering questions from around the world in between travelling, fairs and photo shoot.
P.S. I will launch my latest collection of original paintings very soon! If you'd like to find out more, get on my waitlist and I’ll send you a sneak peek soon.