In a city where the average temperature can be as high as 40C in winter, one can be forgiven for thinking that Copenhagen is a bit cold.
But the city has become so popular that it’s almost become a fashion destination.
But the city’s design and architecture has taken on a new meaning thanks to the likes of designer and fashion blogger Jana Stenbeck, who has been designing the city since 2004.
She recently launched her own fashion magazine called Chineset, which she describes as a “comprehensive collection of beautiful, quirky, and often surprising interior design images.”
It’s a project she’s been keen on since she was a child, and one that she has been working on ever since.
“I think in Denmark, design is an art form, it’s like an art, it can be very abstract, it is not like a painting,” Stenbell told me over the phone from Copenhagen.
“I started this blog as a child and as a teenager, I was obsessed with fashion.
I just had a fascination for the clothes, and this was a way for me to express that love.”
Stenbeck started her blog with the intention of creating a “curated, visualised, and curated guide for Copenhagen residents and visitors” to their homes.
The aim was to encourage residents to discover the city, and the buildings they live in, and to make their homes more beautiful.
“There is something really important about living in a place that looks good and that is beautiful,” she said.
Stensbeck has been collaborating with Danish designers to create their own products for the magazine.
“We started with a collection of chinese designs that I love.
I have a collection that has been on my wall for over a decade, so I wanted to create a collection with Danish design,” she explained.
The first piece of clothing she designed for the Chineserettes blog was an all-black suit that she and her husband bought at a thrift store for a grand total of $20.
“The suit is really sexy, and it’s got all these little details, like the leather belt that holds it on,” she told me.
She’s since been making other pieces of clothing for the site.
Her next project is a white button-up shirt that she created for a friend in Copenhagen, a piece that is inspired by the cityscape of Paris.
“The shirt is meant to be a bit of a counterpoint to the chinese city,” she shared.
Stenbell said that, like other design-oriented bloggers, she was inspired by her family, but that her inspiration came from “all the things that we did as a family”. “
I wanted it to be more neutral, like a blazer with a French collar, with white buttons, but I also wanted to incorporate a bit more of the traditional elements, like traditional Danish design, like Danish embroidery.”
Stenbell said that, like other design-oriented bloggers, she was inspired by her family, but that her inspiration came from “all the things that we did as a family”.
“Our family has been in the city for many generations, and so we’ve had a love for it,” she recalled.
She added that she also wanted the piece to reflect the city as a whole. “
Because it’s not just about the people living in the neighbourhood, it has a huge influence on the people who live in the neighbouring houses.”
She added that she also wanted the piece to reflect the city as a whole.
“To me, this is a way of representing the entire city.
So I thought, ‘why not make this as a piece of design that’s part of the fabric of the city?'””
Because this is the city of the future.”
The second piece of furniture Stenbel designed was a white satin dress.
It was inspired in part by a traditional Danish style, but also from the home of her parents, and her brother, who lived in Copenhagen as well.
“It’s the kind of thing that I would make for my dad,” she reflected.
“He always has it and wears it. “
I thought it would be really appropriate to have it here in Copenhagen.””
He always has it and wears it.
I thought it would be really appropriate to have it here in Copenhagen.”
Stensbeks design has been a huge success.
In a time where there’s been a massive influx of young people, Stenbeks designs have seen a huge response.
This particular piece has been so popular, she has already sold hundreds of dresses for the blog.
“You can see that people love it, they want it, because it’s so beautiful,” Stensbeck told me of the piece.
“But it’s also really