A TALK WITH METTE BRØNDGAARD
"The previous owner of our apartment had modernized it too much for our taste, so we ended up doing a complete renovation and recreating a lot of the original features," Mette says. However, what attracted Mette and Rasmus the most was the possibility of expanding and changing their home as the family moves through life. "It's the most charming thing about our home," Mette notes and continues: "For instance: Our downstairs neighbour is 85 years old and keeps three living rooms ensuite and a small bedroom. The couple upstairs has teenagers living at home, so they need more bedrooms and have decorated accordingly.
We saw an opportunity for a home to grow with us as a family, which really appealed to us. We can stay here forever." This kind of sustainable thinking permeates the interior as well – what goes in stays in. Every design solution is thought to be long-term; every piece of furniture is more or less for life. For instance, Mette and Rasmus have chosen to put in a handcrafted kitchen that ages beautifully and decorated the children's room with Oliver Furniture pieces designed to expand as the children grow, so it's unnecessary to buy new ones.
Honest and long-lasting materials are key because a certain amount of patina is inevitable in a home with children. "It can seem very polished in pictures, but when you take a closer look, you'll see a lot of our furniture has scratches and marks. Like the H. J. Wegner chair in the living room with my daughter's nail marks in the shape of a little sun. Yes, we choose our furniture carefully, and they bring us a lot of joy, but they are meant to be used," Mette says and continues: "This is something that often surprises people: That kids are free to roam as they please here – within reason, of course. When we're not amidst a global pandemic, our home is always filled with people. Our daughter goes to school right across the street, and she knows she can always have friends over."