A Danish Home Full of Vintage Treasures

As a London girl - I've always felt comforted by the fact that Copenhagen is just a short hop over the Öresund bridge from Malmö. Not only does it give me that big city feeling I sometimes crave, it also opens up a world of Danish design and vintage finds! It's like living in two cities (and countries) in one! One of my latest finds is Finderi, a secondhand shop owned by Josephine Ilmi Johansen selling a trove of vintage treasures. Josephine also works as an interior designer, stylist and writer, offering her services through Autent. It's little wonder her own home is full of the most amazing finds from across the eras, beautiful artwork and intriguing details.

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"I rarely hunt for anything in particular, so I often end up surprising myself with the objects I'm drawn to."

This little teak side table and original Hans Wegner sofa (that blue velvet is divine) were recently sold through Josephine's shop. Keep an eye out for similar on Etsy*.

These classic Arne Jacobsen Series 7 chairs* are possibly my favourite dining chairs of all time - I especially love the light tan leather! Would you also be quite happy to sit and dine on these bad boys each day?!

"Rather than chasing any certain trend or designer, I tend to just trust my initial gut feeling about a piece of furniture, pottery or art; I reckon that if I love it, It's by definition my style and I don't pay much regard to whether other people 'get it' or not."

How beautiful is the pink and dark teak wood combination in Josephine's kitchen?! I love the brass accent (thanks to a Bumling pendant light* by Anders Pehrson which has been transformed into an extractor hood!) and touches of emerald green velvet too (source similar cushions here*).

"Generally speaking, I'm attracted to round and odd shapes, great handcraft, vibrant colours and objects that seem to have a personality of their own."

And Josephine's tips for adding vintage finds to the home?

"In styling, as in most aspects of life, diversity is key. Combining objects that aren't an obvious match often creates absolute magic and adds a very personal touch. My go-to tips:

1. Incorporate elements from different design eras and movements
2.  Be bold with your styling in terms of mixing materials, colours and shapes."

Quarella worktops are a rising trend in Scandinavian homes and make a refreshing change from light grey marble - it's a super durable surface too!

Aaaaa, I do love this home, it's so personal!  Does it also make you want to head to Copenhagen and go searching for secondhand Danish treasures?

If you do,  make sure you stop by Finderi!

For more Danish home love this bright and sunny Monday - I'm taking a peek around this home and studio of a photographer, the fabulous home of a Danish interior designer and A Danish oasis in Cannes - come and join me in the archive! You can also check out Josephine's feed on instagram here.

Have a great start to the week!

 PS I'm sneaking off early today to watch Sweden in the world cup - heja Sverige!

Photography: 6, 7, 8 Anitta Behrendt for Alt Interior. Remaining by Josephine Ilmi Johansen.


  1. Struggled in finding the address, no info on either her web page or facebook, but it looks like the shop has closed and will only exist as a webshop now.

    1. Awwww, you are indeed correct. I hope the web shop opens soon!

  2. That dining area is the best spot. I think I would spend hours drinking tea and reading. So lovely.

    1. It's perfectly placed in the window for people watching on the streets of Copenhagen below too!

  3. The little teak side table looks awesome next to the blue Hans Wegner Sofa.

  4. I love those two pieces together too - spot on!


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