Scandi chic meets happy memories at a Danish fashion designer’s – flat

In the guts of east London’s ‘Little Copenhagen’, Peter Jensen has made the whole thing homely and hygge

‘I hate carpets’ Peter Jensen’s Lea Bridge Road flat. Photograph Richard Saker for the Observer
‘I hate carpets’ Peter Jensen’s Lea Bridge Road flat. Photograph Richard Saker for the Observer

It’s exhausting to consider there’s even an alleyway in east London left ungentrified, however push on thru Clapton and also you hit Lea Bridge Road, an artisanal espresso store loose zone. Though now not for lengthy. Regeneration plans forged the world as a mini Holland with segregated cycle lanes. There’ll be Copenhagen taste crossings and colourful public areas.

 

Fashion fashion designer Peter Jensen, who moved right here in 2014, is amused via the evocation of liberal European tradition. As a Dane he’s used to the British love of Scandinavian taste. “England is a industry nation and British individuals are a lot better at grabbing alternative than the Scandinavians, in order that taste has turn into a factor to shop for,” he says. “But you guys become bored simply, too. Scandi chic will die down. That obsession with hygge… now that used to be unusual. For Danish other folks, that’s a mind-set. You can’t purchase it.”

Clean design bedroom furniture courtesy of Chase & Sorensen. Photograph Richard Saker for the Observer
Clean design bed room furnishings courtesy of Chase & Sorensen. Photograph Richard Saker for the Observer

Jensen’s flat presentations his personal outlook is lovely hygge. The heat glow of candles illuminates Bjørn Wiinblad chinaware and Iittala glasses from his early life. Even his settee and bed room furnishings is Danish, courtesy of Chase & Sorensen, a furnishings store which specialises in Scandinavian design in close by Dalston.

But Jensen is simply as sympathetic to the origins of his Lea Bridge flat. It used to be constructed through Thomas C Warner, probably the most biggest landowners within the space within the 19th century, whose east London construction spree of houses for running and center-elegance households created the slate roof, yellow-brick two-storey houses that also line many Walthamstow streets nowadays. As close by homes were renovated, Jensen has accumulated discarded unique doorways to switch substandard fittings in his flat. Sanded down to expose the wooden grain, they upload to the nice and cozy surroundings of his stripped interiors. “That’s one very Scandinavian factor – I hate carpets.”

Sentimental collector Peter Jensen at home. Photograph Richard Saker for the Observe
Sentimental collector Peter Jensen at house. Photograph Richard Saker for the Observe

Jensen’s fashion label takes on a new muse each and every season. His inspiration is all the time a forceful lady, regularly cult figures, similar to swimming pools winner Viv Nicholson, or Meryl Streep or ice-skater Tonya Harding. “I feel it is going again to my upbringing. I used to be introduced up by way of ladies, and Denmark within the 1970s used to be run by way of ladies.”

Everywhere are mementos from his collaborations. Laurie Simmons’ works of art that includes his garments hold over the hearth. Julie Verhoeven’s illustrations of Barbara Hepworth, Nina Simone, Jodie Foster and Gertrude Stein, for his label’s 15th anniversary assortment beautify the corridor. A Tim Walker photograph of Jensen with style Karen Elson is at the kitchen wall.

‘The bottle is a brilliant design. Why wouldn’t I keep that’ Jensen’s Chanel No 22 empties collection. Photograph Richard Saker for the Observer
‘The bottle is a sensible design. Why wouldn’t I stay that’ Jensen’s Chanel No 22 empties assortment. Photograph Richard Saker for the Observer

Jensen is a sentimental collector. The items he lingers over are all private. The vinyl assortment he has had endlessly; the glassware is from his mum’s wedding ceremony: “My crockery is all from my pretend gran. My dad’s mum had 8 youngsters and she or he used to be in reality drained, so my dad lived with this previous woman – my pretend gran She used to be very naughty and humorous and I liked her very a lot.”; and he’s stored each and every bottle of Chanel No 22 he’s ever purchased. “The bottle is a sensible design. Why wouldn’t I stay that?”

Seeing good looks within the off-kilter has served Jensen smartly in his career – and made him a glorious house.

 

 

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