After the success of Atelier September, Danish chef Frederik Bille Brahe’s Copenhagen café, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, the contemporary art museum of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts called on owner Bille Brahe to bring the vacant cafe space back to life. His answer: Apollo Bar & Kantine, which opened this past April.
Housed in the 17th-century Danish Baroque palace of Kunsthal Charlottenborg, the cafe space was empty and mostly gutted, save for plastic painted walls and old laminate tables. So Bille Brahe and Rune Bruun Johansen, a longtime friend and antiques dealer, set out to redesign the interior with statues borrowed from the museum, Danish midcentury furniture, and a color palette inspired by the academy library. Here’s a look.
Photography by Mikkel Adsbøl courtesy of Apollo Bar & Kantine.
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