Nordic Fusion


Copenhagen’s Kartoffelrækkerne neighbourhood has come a long way since the 1800s, when affordable houses were built side by side in 11 neat rows to accommodate the city’s working class. Today, the historic buildings – steps from leafy parks and a reservoir – are being snapped up by families like the Christensens, who purchased their multi-storey home with the goal of preserving its history, but adding a contemporary twist.

Danish designer Stine Langvad was called in to fill the brief and went on to create light, airy spaces not afraid to fuse old and new, light and dark. Furniture and furnishings in vibrant hues pay homage to great Scandinavian design – think Mogens Koch, Hästens, Wegner and Fritz Hansen; white spaces are transformed with framed art; and drama is added in boldly-hued feature walls. The end result is one of contrasts, with the entire home at once functional and cosy, dynamic and calming, classic and modern and, most importantly according to the Christensens, a showcase of their diverse interests and inspirations.

View the stylish apartment in the gallery below.

Rustic Charm

Built in 2010, Pender’s Barn combines traditional design elements and reclaimed materials with modern-day comforts. Located in the Crackenback Valley, New South Wales, this rustic home is both charming and comfortable. 

The open living area is perfect for warming up on a cold winter’s day. Featuring stone walls, beautiful timber floors, a fireplace that commands attention, and large glass panels and windows that overlook the landscaped gardens, visitors instantly feel relaxed and at home.

For colour inspiration, owner Sonja Schatzle just looks out the window, “I take reference from anything in the environment from tree trunks to alpine grasses.” When sourcing her paint she ensures she likes “their colour selection and  environmental considerations.”

View this beautiful home in the gallery below.

Photography by Michael Sinclair.