A new guesthouse opens in the historic centre of Copenhagen

Quiet in the middle of the noise from the bustling shopping street below, The Darling, an intimate, design-focused guesthouse established in 2020, brings the very best of classic Danish design and contemporary art to overnight guests.

With a view towards the verdigris spires of the neighbouring Helligåndskirken church, The Darling allows guests to relax in seclusion while staying in the heart of the city. The calming, one-bedroom 100m2 space offers all the comforts of home – albeit one of luxury, as it is brimful of Danish design icons of the 20th century.

The interior design is influenced by the respect for materials and craftsmanship that define the Nordic region, where furniture is simple yet functional and beautiful, and made to last as long as possible. Here, Poul Kjærholm’s iconic designs form the striking interior, adding to the sense of refinement in the private apartment-style lodging. The Aura Walnut edition of the PK80™ Daybed is centrally placed in the living room as a restful piece on which to lounge or read by the window. The designer’s monumental marble-topped PK54™ dining table is the focal point in the adjoining dining room, equipped to also to host events and private dining arrangements. Its circular grey-brown top and contrasting square metal frame are balanced with butter-soft leather PK9™ chairs, the embracing shape of which was inspired by the sandy silhouette of Kjærholm’s wife on a day at the beach. 

Dotted throughout is a mixture of other iconic pieces from Fritz Hansen’s collection – from the PK33™ three-legged canvas-cushioned stool to the sleek PK71™ nesting tables, a precursor to his larger and more complex tables, and the PK61™ lounge table, one of Poul Kjærholm’s most minimalist works. Each carefully curated to give guests the feeling of a warm embrace, The Darling also offers guests a new way to experience the rich legacy of exceptional Danish design.