Above: Overgaard & Dyrman workshop

Denmark more or less equals good design. There’s a whole lot of great designers in the country and countless businesses that do their best to export that good design to the world. One of the great things about visiting Copenhagen is that you can see that great design by yourself. 3daysofdesign event made doing just that a lot easier in the past few years. Designers and businesses open the doors of their studios and workshops for the public for three days every spring. There are dozens of places you can visit and numerous events you can attend. They even have a free bus and boat that you can use to get from one location to the other.

uno form showroom

Above: uno form showroom

nyt i bo store

Above: nyt i bo store

File Under Pop studio

Above: File Under Pop studio

Hay store

Above: Hay store

Heidi attended 3daysofdesign this year and we’ll show you some of the things we saw in the coming weeks and months. For a start here’s a promotional video from this years event and some photos we made. It goes without saying: we highly recommend visiting Copenhagen between May 24th and 26th next year when the next event is scheduled.

So, I’m not sure if you noticed, but Heidi was missing for a few weeks. Travelling around Scandinavia. Now that we’re back and we gathered our thoughts it’s time to share some wisdom with you.

The first thing is Swedish fika. You gotta love a country that has a special word for a moment to slow down and appreciate the good things in life while drinking a cup of good coffee accompanied by a delicious pastry. Yes fika is all that. You can do fika or have fika. You can do it alone or with friends, at home or on a train. It doesn’t matter as long as you are able to take some time off and enjoy the moment.

Coffee & pastry

I guess for Swedes, fika is nothing special, it’s just a moment in a day, but I’m really enchanted by the tradition. It seems a simple coffee break just got promoted and became a lifestyle. That is fika. And it’s great.

For a more scientific explanation of fika see video below.