THE DARLING IN COPENHAGEN
CATERS FOR A NEW WAY OF TRAVELING
The newest addition to the Copenhagen hotel scene is a single room hotel filled with Danish art and design, created by the duo behind the magazine Dansk.
Opening Darling hotel in the midst of autumn lockdown 2020, the idea is to cater as much for the tourists as for the locals, who can book the apartment for private events and dinners. The interiors and the art work are carefully selected to represent the danish design scene - the only non danish brand at Darling is Swedish Dux.
”The Darling is a guest house which houses quite a lot of opportunities. You can obviously stay at The Darling, but you can also rent the 100m2 apartment for small events and private dinners,” explains Jens Løkke, who run DANSK Magazine and Darling Creative Studio with Uffe Buchard.
”We have collaborations with a number of amazing local restaurants that can prepare a meal for up to eight people in our state of the art kitchen by Københavns Møbelsnedkeri.”
TNE You have invited a lot of art into the interior, why is that?
JL Just like the furniture, all the contemporary art is Danish to emphasise the story. We have stayed in numerous hotels where we have fallen in love with the art on the walls. The problem, however, has always been that it has been almost impossible to buy the art. This is where The Darling is different as all the art pieces presented are for sale. You don’t have to stay in the guest house in order to purchase the art work as all pieces are presented on the website. This means that the art collection at The Darling is in constant change and keeps surprising new and returning visitors.
THE DARLING HOTEL
The Darling is a single residence design guest house in the heart of the historical centre of Copenhagen. Filled with Danish art and design, it aims to showcase the best of Danish and offer a space that can cater as much too to tourists as to locals. Book your stay at thedarling.dk
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TNE Looking at the way we currently travel and work, The Darling offers a perfect ”safe retreat”, was that the thinking behind the concept?
JL The small guest house setup with personalised pre-arrival concierge service, the flexibility of hosting meetings, dinners and small events is definitely a great opportunity and a much needed alternative to the large ‘sleep factories’ which many hotels are today. You could say The Darling is a rebellion against these. We have curated a visual and aesthetic experience for people who value much more than a bed to sleep in.
”The small guest house setup with personalised pre-arrival concierge service, the flexibility of hosting meetings, dinners and small events is definitely a great opportunity and a much needed alternative to the large ‘sleep factories’ which many hotels are today. You could say The Darling is a rebellion against these.”
TNE You run a magazine and a creative agency in Denmark. What is the current climate amongst Danish design and fashion brands?
JL Fashion is struggling. The need to dress up is almost non-existent. Some brands will collapse, other will use the situation to change their business. It’s different for most interior brands, at least in Denmark, as they have experienced growth during the pandemic. People have prioritized and upgraded their homes. The same counts for the art scene, which is also experiencing an increased interest from existing but also new buyers. If we should learn one thing from lockdown 2020 it should be that we actually don’t need that much stuff.