Ten interiors featuring classic and contemporary Danish design

Danish design is known for its use of wood, streamlined shapes and simple silhouettes. In this lookbook, we round up ten interiors from all over the world that feature both new design and iconic furniture pieces from the Scandinavian country.

A hotel in Los Angeles, a barn-turned-house in Canada and a Copenhagen flat are just some of the examples in this lookbook of interiors with beautiful Danish design.

Pieces by Danish mid-century modern designers, like Finn Juhl, are mixed with newer designs from brands such as &tradition and Skagerak to create interiors that blend the classic with the contemporary.

This is the latest roundup in our Dezeen Lookbooks series that provide visual inspiration for designers and design enthusiasts. Previous lookbooks include retro green bathrooms, texture-heavy restaurant interiors and homely offices with interiors you could live in.

Japandi interior in Hudson Woods houseJapandi interior in Hudson Woods house
Photo is by Jeff Cate

Hudson Woods home, US, by Magdalena Keck

New York interior designer Magdalena Keck‘s design for this home in the Catskills, New York, blends Japanese minimalism with Danish mid-century modern design and American crafts pieces.

A Finn Juhl dining table and chairs have pride of place in the dining room, where they sit in front of a balcony with panoramic views of the surrounding nature. A brass pendant light perfectly matches the brown wood of the furniture.

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The Audo by Menu and Norm ArchitectsThe Audo by Menu and Norm Architects

The Audo, Denmark, by Menu and Norm Architects

Danish brand Menu teamed up with studio Norm Architects to create The Audo, a hotel in Copenhagen’s up-and-coming Nordhavn area.

Here, the two companies mixed soft green and beige colours with wood, stone and glass details to create an interior with timeless appeal. Furniture by Menu, which uses the hotel as its showroom and headquarters, sits next to modern artworks and dried-flower arrangements.

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Interior of Fano House by Knud HolscherInterior of Fano House by Knud Holscher

Fanø House, Denmark, by Knud Holscher

Architect Knud Holscher’s design for a summer house on Fanø, an island off the southwest coast of Denmark, is complemented by an interior design by Staffan Tollgård Studio, which filled the home with tactile, natural fabrics and evergreen design pieces.

In the living room, Danish designer Hans J Wegner‘s wood and woven paper-chord CH25 Easy Chair is matched with a Flowerpot lamp by Danish designer Verner Panton in a glossy beige hue.

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Penthouse M by CJH StudioPenthouse M by CJH Studio
Photo is by Cathy Schusler

Penthouse M, Australia, by CJH Studio

This penthouse on Australia’s Gold Coast was designed to have a calm interior as a “complete juxtaposition” to the typically “ostentatious” homes seen around the area. Instead, CJH Studio chose white and neutral colours to create a timeless design.

Two rice lamps by Spanish designer Jaime Hayon for Denmark’s &tradition create a decorative focal point in the living room, where they are framed by the translucent curtains covering floor-to-ceiling windows.

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Light and airy meeting roomLight and airy meeting room
Photo is by Andrew and Gemma Ingalls

Alsace LA, US, by Home Studios

The interiors of Los Angeles hotel Alsace LA feature Mediterranean influences, warm wood tones and vintage objects. In its meeting room, Danish brand Gubi‘s soft, bulbous chairs sit on a handwoven Moroccan rug.

Plenty of green plants and lights and furniture with friendly curved and circular forms create an inviting interior with an organic feel.

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PH House by Norm ArchitectsPH House by Norm Architects

Copenhagen home, Denmark, by Norm Architects

This house in Copenhagen was allegedly once the home of renowned Danish architect Poul Henningsen, who designed the iconic PH lamp.

Norm Architects used some of Henningsen’s lights, which the house’s owner collects, in its design for the interior, and complimented them with modern pieces such as the JWDA table lamp by Menu.

A solid block of marble makes for an elegant, minimalist coffee table, around which sits dark teak mid-century modern furniture.

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The Barn by La FirmeThe Barn by La Firme
Photo is by Ulysse Lemerise

The Barn, Canada, by La Firme

An abandoned shed was turned into a home by studio La Firme, which disassembled it and rebuilt it at a new location on a farmhouse property in Mansonville, Quebec.

Inside, the furniture includes Wegner’s classic Wishbone chairs, eight of which sit around a dining table in the spacious living area.

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Photo is by Billy Bolton

Mayfair apartment, UK, by MWAI

This spartan apartment in London‘s Mayfair area was designed to resemble a hotel suite and features a number of space-saving solutions.

In the 37-square-metre home, striking modern design pieces were used to create a lot of impact in a small space. These include Danish brand Skagerak’s Georg stool, with its recognisable woolen cushion held in place by a leather strap.

Informed by “Nordic sensuality and Japanese minimalism,” it adds interest to a streamlined interior.

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Vibo Tværveh cabin in Nykøbing Sjælland, Denmark, by Valbæk Brørup ArchitectsVibo Tværveh cabin in Nykøbing Sjælland, Denmark, by Valbæk Brørup Architects
Photo is by Torben Eskerod

Vibo Tværveh, Denmark, by Valbæk Brørup Architects

This barrel-vaulted cabin in a Danish forest lets its materials speak for themselves, with a dramatic living space clad in pine wood.

Two large black pendant lights, called Suspence and designed by Danish-Italian design duo GamFratesi for furniture brand Fritz Hansen, hang above a relaxing living area.

The lights bring a graphic contrast to the wood and matches the large black steel supports that run along the length of the cabin.

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Photo is by Eric Petschek

Donum Home, US, by David Thulstrup

Danish designer David Thulstrup brought a touch of his home country to his refurbishment of Donum Home (above and top image) in California’s Sonoma County.

Rooms were decorated in neutral colours and earthy materials, including oak-and-rattan screens that Thulstrup designed himself.

Louis Poulsen’s classic artichoke lamp hangs above a dining table, adding a sculptural feature to the otherwise pared-back interior.

This is the latest in our series of lookbooks providing curated visual inspiration from Dezeen’s image archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing homely office interiors, retro green bathrooms, and texture-heavy restaurant interiors.