There are scores of great design stores in Copenhagen. Not too surprising with its history of great designers from the 50’s and 60’s….Jacobsen, Wegner, Henningsen, Juhl, to name a few. One of the stand-out stores is Hay, whose mission it is to recognize the illustrious past, but also to present contemporary Danish design for the future.
Located nearby the upscale Strøget district, Hay is a place of respite from the crowded tourist laden streets outside. A second floor loft, reached by an ancient elevator, the space has pale wood floors and high ceilings…the perfect uncluttered environment for the streamlined Scandinavian furnishings we know and love.
Homewares are displayed on painted factory carts and the cashier sits behind a wall of metal rectangles in shades of gray and white.
If I could have fit it in my suitcase, I would have taken home one of the small metal side tables with the handle…one of many innovative products at Hay that are evidence that Danish design is still on the forefront.