The Aesthetic Omnivore Visits: Denmark

When thinking about Danish architecture the most familiar images that immediately come to mind are the sleek, modern homes designed by noted architects such as  Arne Jacobsen, Poul Henningsen, and Piet Hein filled with their now iconic furniture together with the must-have furnishings by fellow countrymen Verner Panton and Hans J. Wegner. But venture into older residential areas of Jutland and you'll soon come to find a different yet very characteristic kind of Danish design: charming cottages with hand-thatched roofs, rounded gables and thick plaster walls harken back hundreds of years.   While seemingly the antithesis of the minimalist mid-century looks currently en vogue, their rustic and rough-hewn exteriors belie a quiet sense of order, symmetry, and overall simplicity which remains a consistent element in Nordic design.

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