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Kafeteria and Kunst: A New Copenhagen Cafe by Frederik Bille Brahe and Danh Vo

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Kafeteria and Kunst: A New Copenhagen Cafe by Frederik Bille Brahe and Danh Vo

June 19, 2018

There’s nothing like a good museum café, and Copenhagen is having a moment thanks to chef Frederik Bille Brahe. It started when Kunsthal Charlottenborg, the museum of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, asked Bille Brahe to bring their cafe space back to life. He did, with Apollo & Bar and Kantine, which opened last year. Now he’s at it again, this time with Kafeteria at the Statens Museum for Kunst, the National Gallery of Denmark. Designed with Vietnamese-Danish artist Danh Vo as “an everyday art piece” the café is equipped with Dinesen floors, Noguchi light sculptures, and furniture from Poul M. Volther, Nanna Ditzel, and Enzo Mari’s 1974 Autoprogettazione collection. Time to book a ticket to Copenhagen.

The room is renovated with Dinesen GrandOak wide plank flooring; statues from the Royal Cast Collection of the museum were integrated into the space.
Above: The room is renovated with Dinesen GrandOak wide plank flooring; statues from the Royal Cast Collection of the museum were integrated into the space.
Most of the furniture at Kafeteria is from Italian designer Enzo Mari’s 74 Autoprogettazione collection of DIY furniture. Autoprogettazione dining tables are accompanied by Sedia loading=
Above: Most of the furniture at Kafeteria is from Italian designer Enzo Mari’s 1974 Autoprogettazione collection of DIY furniture. Autoprogettazione dining tables are accompanied by Sedia 1 Chairs for Artek and vintage Poul M. Volther Spindle-Backed J46 Chairs. Overhead are Noguchi Akari Light Sculptures 30P, 31N, L5, and L8.

Built-in benches are designed with Kvadrat Hallingdal 65 upholstery (in color 0596) by Nanna Ditzel.
Above: Built-in benches are designed with Kvadrat Hallingdal 65 upholstery (in color 0596) by Nanna Ditzel.

The pale blue stained Kafeteria counter is kitted with Birkerød Pottemageri and dishes from Bille Brahe’s collection for Hay, the Hay Kitchen Market, including the Indian Steel Pitcher and Rainbow Plates.
Above: The pale blue stained Kafeteria counter is kitted with Birkerød Pottemageri and dishes from Bille Brahe’s collection for Hay, the Hay Kitchen Market, including the Indian Steel Pitcher and Rainbow Plates.
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Above: The extra-large Akari 120A Light is centered on the window of the 1896 J. Vilhelp Dahlerup-designed building.

A collection of palms potted in large terra cotta planters.
Above: A collection of palms potted in large terra cotta planters.

The walls and ceiling arch of the cafe have perforated white paneling. Shown here at the dining table to the right are Nanna Ditzel 6
Above: The walls and ceiling arch of the cafe have perforated white paneling. Shown here at the dining table to the right are Nanna Ditzel 1962 Toadstools in black and oiled oak.
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