Kinfolk in Copenhagen
The close dialogue between the architect and the clients are how Norm Architects work. – We try to combine our universe with theirs. Much like human well-being, the essence of our work is found in balance between richness and restraint, between order and complexity. Our vision is to look beyond sight. We want to create spaces that feel good in every way, Norm Architects explain. – The brief for the Kinfolk space was to create a collaborative space where friends and partners could come together to share ideas and showcase their work and an office space that had an informal, elegant and homey atmosphere. The space consists of 3 zones. The front end of the space facing the busy Amager Torv in Central Copenhagen with a full facade of big glass windows visually inviting the streets of Copenhagen inside. This part of the space is public and functions as a gallery and space for gatherings. The second part of the space is the work area that is attached to the gallery. The back of the space is more separate and private. It is disconnected from the semi-public and public areas – both stylistically and physically. While the gallery and office areas are spacious and connected into one open space plan, the back rooms are more classic Copenhagen style with small rooms and wooden moulding and millwork.
The interior is minimalistic with carefully consideration of every detail, well suited for the Kinfolk slow living. The walls are rendered with a plaster called Kabe, a Japanese type of wall used in temples and teahouses. The bench running along the glass in the front space has cuchions with Sørensen Leather high-end Nubuk aniline. The soft sand colored draping are from Kinnasand, and the comfortable lounge furnishing from Paustian has a Kvadrat / Raf Simons upholstery. The reception area is designed to be more like a dining or living room, with a round table in the middle and shelving on the wall. The office area is furnished with tables designed by Norm Architects and produced by the Danish design company Paustian in Dinesen oak, as in all the wooden elements. In addition, the space also features a smoked oak kitchen designed by Norm Architects for Reform. – The combination of the stringent tables, the earthy walls, the original wooden moulding, soft sand colored draping and contemporary design pieces, creates an elegant, sophisticated and crisp workplace that in our opinion fits well with the Kinfolk and Ouur brands, Norm Architects says. – Culture, history, Scandinavia, Japan and modernism fused in a subtle, understated way that fits the cultivated sensibility of the people working there and the young creatives that are their audience and collaborators. The Ouur clothing brand is founded by the Kinfolk team and releases an apparel collection twice a year with seasonal designs.