COLOUR SPLASH APARTMENT
Text & Photo Appeal Magazine/Nicoline Olsen styling Hanne Vind
Looking for a splash of colour? Then you have to visit Jette Tosti and Rasmus Drucker Ibfelt. They live with their two children Herbert 11 and Villum 8 in an apartment located at Frederiksberg close to the centre of Copenhagen. We visited them on a hot day in June and had a talk about how two very creative people, both graphic designers, make solutions for their home.
WHO LIVES IN THE APARTMENT
Rasmus Drucker Ibfelt, 45 years old. Partner and creative director at e-types, www.e-types.com, @rasmusibfelt.
Jette Tosti Ibfelt, 50 years old. Graphic designer and partner in JE; SU graphic design, www.jesu.dk @jettetosti.
Herbert Tosti Ibfelt , 11 and Villum Tosti Ibfelt , 8 years old.
Jette and Herbert
A LOVING HAND
The couple bought the apartment three years ago. The former owner had lived there for over 30 years, so it is fair to say that it needed a loving hand. At first, they needed to rearrange the floor plan.
"We need two children's rooms, and therefore the bathroom was moved into the former girl's room next to the kitchen, and then the old bedroom was split up to make a room for each of our kids. The three living rooms ensuite were opened up, so we could make a bedroom in one living room facing east and overlooking the most beautiful old chestnut tree. In fact, you can only see the sky and the trees when lying in bed, so I can almost imagine myself in the country. The old kitchen and aisle were merged into a new kitchen. In the "new" department, we chose to make white polyurethane floors, and in the "old" department, we got new parquet everywhere except in the dining room where there was already parquet. The radiator cover was almost ordered - quite classic - in white but then our smart carpenter Martin from Think Wood, made a sprawling say about how fantastic it would look in brass, and our attention was caught. He made a visualization, and we said amen. It is made of black MDF with glued brass plates and fits beautifully with walls, ceiling and floors. Somehow it is timeless - it is both modern and old in its expression." Jette tells.
The ceramic pomegranate is a souvenir from Venice, and the sculpture is made by Marianne Krumbach.
After an inspiration trip to Milan, Jette came home with a desire and courage to do something about the white colour of the walls, which was chosen as a temporary solution after rebuilding.
THE COLOUR PALETTE
"It is difficult to choose colours for a room that you have not lived in yet. However, I was very inspired by the way the Italians use colours and how they manage to tie it all together, although there are many colours in play. Sus, with whom I have a studio, also gave me the excellent advice to take some of the colours from the outside, inside. For example, the colour of the ceiling is actually inspired by the tiled roofs and red houses we view from our living room. It was quite a wild feeling to paint the ceiling darkly - a bit like closing the sky over us - but I do not regret it for a second. I like all the colours and their interplay - the warmth it gives the room: that there are just a few colours in the painting that go back to the ceiling that a stripe in the carpet matches the sofa - without it being too matchy-matchy, but everything corresponds with each other." Jette says.
Warm colours in the livingroom together with designer furnitures and art - artwork by Farshad Farzankia. The beautiful lamp in the middle of the room is made by designer Vibeke Fonnesberg Schmidt. Ceramics and design books together with homemade paper art. Bookcase by carpenter Martin from Think Wood.
TIGHT GRAPHICS AND A TOUCH OF SOUTHERN HEAT
The overall goal of furnishing the apartment has been to create a home that reflects who Rasmus and Jette are by containing a bit of a tight graphics and a touch of southern heat. It is also essential to the family that it is a nice place to stay and that their guests feel welcome - both adults and children.
"Art plays a huge part in our home. There is a mix of print, lithographs, posters, paintings and sculptures by both famous and unknown artists and colleagues. Art can be a significant size to agree on, but fortunately, our taste is quite similar, so there are not many pieces in our home that we are not both happy about. Our criterion is that it must tell us something, commence thoughts and emotions or have a history like the wild boar, that is an old shadow play figure that we have brought home from Bali. It is not enough that it is just beautiful to look at. Another thing that takes up a lot in our homes is vases. It is difficult for me to let a beautiful ceramic vase pass my nose, so I have gradually built up a good collection of both new and old jars. Some times I have to sell some at the flea market either because there are just too many or because I suddenly don't find them fitting in anymore. Jette.
The dining room is both containing a big table where the whole family meets for dinner and chat and a little office in the corner where Jette sometimes works. The dinning table and the chairs are from one of Jette and Rasmus favourite design brands Please Wait to be Seated.
THE BLUE BEDROOM
"Our cabinet wall is another Thinkwood masterpiece tailored to the wall with Ikea cushions and cabinet doors from Thinkwood. It turned out blue because I really like blue and because it is a neutral colour that is both nice to look at when you wake up and before falling asleep. It is pretty beautiful because it also changes expression according to the light outside. We chose to make two notches, so the cupboard wall was not so massive to look at, and then two different storage spaces also emerged."
IT’S ABOUT “HYGGE”
The yellow bench in the kitchen and the burgundy in the dining room are also made by Thinkwood. The yellow colour is chosen because it lights up among all the white and because there are a lot of yellow details in the pictures above that bind the look together. The burgundy bench is more neutral so that it fits the dark-covered parquet floors. The benches are practical as extra seating when the family has guests, and the one in the kitchen works well as a "hygge-bench" while someone is cooking.
The kitchen is designed by Flemming and Martin Lindholdt together with Jette and Rasmus on the sidelines concerning materials on doors and countertops. The oxidized brass sliding door on the shelf helps give the otherwise warm wooden kitchen a little industrial touch and roughness. Yellow art work in wood by Kristine Engelbrecht.
Photographic art work by Sus Borgbjerg