You can take a girl out of Denmark, but you can’t take Denmark out of the girl. And this incredible apartment in London is proof! Originally from Copenhagen, Christina Thaisen lives in a former jam factory just off Bermondsey Street with her boyfriend and son. Formerly a fairly run-down industrial area, Bermondsey is a vibrant little village in London where a hip crowd mingles in cosy pubs and independent eateries. I chatted with interior designer and shop owner Christina to find out more about life in London, the inspiration behind her beautiful home and online interior shop
What took you to London?
I moved from Copenhagen to London 5.5 years ago. I moved here to live with my Danish boyfriend, who moved to London for work. I used to think it was only for a short period of time but now we both call London home and we wanted to start a family here.
Above; “Our dining chairs are
What do you like most about living in Bermondsey?
I love living in Bermondsey: there are independent shops, great restaurants, cosy coffee shops and lots of different markets – basically, everything you need! Our area has a local feel to it, which makes it really homely.
Your apartment has incredible bones, can you tell us more about the architecture?
The jam factory is known for being one of the most outstanding industrial conversions to be completed in London in recent years. It was converted by Ian Simpson Architects in 2002, but the building originally dates from 1902 when it was constructed as a factory by Sir William Hartley’s famous jam company.
Your home is beautiful! Do you work with design?
I have an MA in Art & Visual Culture. I work with interior design through
5 quick questions!
What do you miss most about Denmark? The snow in winter time. There’s something magical about it and it’s very rare to see snow in London.
Favourite Danish word? ‘Velbekomme’ is a good word! It’s used when telling someone to enjoy their meal. There isn’t a word for it in English, so the English have adopted ‘bon appetite’ from France, I would say the Danish equivalent is just as good!
Mid-century or modern day? Oh, that’s a tough one because I love the mix! If I have to choose, I would say modern day as I think it’s important to support new designers instead of putting old designs back in production again (which makes it very hard for new designers to break through).
Secret London design tip?
Thank you so much for welcoming us into your home and telling us more about your life as a Dane in London Christina!
I love the emphasis on items made with care and built to last throughout Christina’s home. What a great approach, don’t you think?
Is there anything that stood out to you in Christina’s lovely home?
There’s a ton more Great Dane home tours to be found
Only a day left until the weekend – we’re nearly there guys!
PS If you haven’t already, I’d be so grateful if you could take a moment to answer
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