A few minutes’ walk from Kongens Nytorv and The Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen live the beautiful couple Trine (26) and Torben (31), who are both musicians. In a stunning late 19th Century tiled building stands their 83 square metre apartment.
Trine and Torben are both part of the musical project Jørck and are currently working on their third record. As soon as you enter the apartment, it is hard not to notice that music plays a huge role in the couple’s life. From the bright living room with double doors you can see straight into the music room with its wall full of guitars. There are instruments and amplifiers scattered around the apartment. In the living room hangs a huge black-and-white poster of the artist Patti Smith and the bookshelves are filled with music literature.
“Patti Smith is an artist who inspires me greatly, both as a person and visual artist. She is like a sacred icon to us" comments Trine.
Trine and Torben started creating their new home about a year ago. Prior to that, they used to live in a studio flat that was meant to contain all the functions of a compact living space. Now that they have a few more rooms they really enjoy having the opportunity to create a different character in each room. Torben prefers their home to have a bit of a Rock´n´Roll vibe, while Trine has a fondness for feminine and French bohemian details. On top of that, Torben likes contrasting colours, pop art and the artist Roy Lichtenstein, whilst Trine finds beauty in bright and delicate nuances.
“So it is no secret that is has been a bit of a challenge finding a mutual stylistic agreement, but most of the time it has been a fun journey together” Trine recalls with a smile.
Trine’s favorite spot in the apartment is the kitchen, where a shimmering light shines in through the windows. From From the kitchen sink you can spot the lush green backyard. By the old wooden table, Trine loves spending her time composing song lyrics, reading the newspapers and drinking coffee. The couple are inspired by popular culture in all its form such as books, music and odd creative personalities. Torben is particularly inspired by 60’s pop art and mod culture, both in the way he dresses and decorates.
Beside the kitchen lies the bedroom. The couple have chosen to place the bed directly on the floor to get an airy and modest feel to the bedroom. On a clothes hanger from IKEA hangs a mixture of leather jackets, shirts and sequin tops. The display of garments of punky boots and suede shoes standing beneath makes it easy to grab an outfit when they are in a hurry.
A large basket works as a perfect storing place for scarves and bags. In the ceiling hangs a white lamp from the Danish brand Le Klint, designed by Poul Christiansen. In the spacious window Trine has picked out her favorite perfumes that form a tasteful still life.
The basis of the decor in the apartment is pure and simple white walls, polished wooden floors and plentiful natural light, combined with warm wooden materials and Danish design furniture. Trines favorite piece of furniture is an office chair, designed by Danish Arne Jacobsen, that used to stand in her grandfather’s office in Nyborg. She also loves her Spanish chair in old worn cognac coloured leather, designed by Danish Børge Mogensen, which she inherited from her aunt. In the center of the living room stands Torben’s favorite piece of furniture, a round dark wooden dining table.
“It is important to us that the objects that surround us carry a history that makes the room feel stimulating and alive. We’re both passionate about the idea of a home filled with pictures, books, vinyls and strange paraphernalia that inspire reflection. Right now our home is still a bit too minimalistic, but we’re looking forward to collecting some more books, records and pictures that will create the personal feel that we are after” says Trine.
One of the couple’s future plans is to finish the music room. They want to build a low bench under the guitars and move the sofa to the living room. They also dream of filling a wall with books and records and placing a great reading chair below it. Moreover, they are trying to figure out a solution to the arrangement of the stereo that is currently placed on the floor. They dream of a revamped bathroom, but that will probably have to wait.
In the block surrounding the apartment you can find several cozy cafes and decor shops. One of the spots that Trine highly recommends you visit when you are in the neighborhood is Beau Marché, a shop filled with vintage furniture that also has a beautiful secret backyard where you can get served a glass of wine.
On her way home, Trine frequently visits the local florist.
“I love fresh flowers and try to stop by the shop as often as I can. I can’t get enough of it! The irony is that Torben is a bit allergic to fresh flowers, so he keeps moving them around to avoid them… I’m thinking I should probably start buying potted plants instead. They don’t produce as much pollen, and they are much cheaper in the long run” Trine adds with a little laugh.
To listen to music project Jørck: www.joerck.dk/JRCK/MUSIC.html