Objects of Design #346: The Cargo Trike

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monochrome interiors HQ of Butchers and Bicycles in Copenhagen

This a story of a bicycle. But before you start complaining that I’ve gone completely off message (and God knows I can barely ride a bike never mind own one) it is also the story of what may be the most beautiful office you will ever see. Certainly today. Possibly even this week.

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This is the headquarters of Butchers & Bicycles, a Danish company located in the meatpacking district of Copenhagen – hence the butchers – who have just launched a new cargo trike – hence the bicycles.

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Now I was sent these very lovely pictures by the press department of Junckers whose black velvet textured oak was used on the floor and for the planters. They know me so well as they instantly knew I would be powerless to resist such Scandi loveliness. Coincidentally I had seen a piece about the trikes earlier in the day and made a note to investigate because I loved the images of the office so much.

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If you want to know more about the bike there is a rather charming little video here and a detailed article on We Heart . You may as well read it there as I know nothing about bikes and will only want to copy what they have written.

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The workshop is in a 19th century building which has been decorated by the Danish rule book. It’s monochrome and architectural. There are candles for hygge and lots of natural textiles – check the rug by the pile of logs in the image above.

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Most of the furniture comes from the Danish company &Tradition. Jakob Munk, the co-founder of Butchers & Bicycles said they did masses of work on the building.

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“It was built in the 1870s as stable buildings for cattle that were for sale in the nearby meat auction house. Before we took over, the building we are in was used for food production (falafel) for many years, and the premises looked (and smelled) quite funky. We poured 16 tonnes of concrete on the floors, re-did all plumbing and electricity, cleaned and painted right up to five minutes before the first guests arrived for the launch party on Nov. 28. Hectic, tough and really fun as well.”

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I did ask if I could move in and Jakob said that I would have to join the queue. I know, charming!

“We have gotten that question quite a few times now, and we only have the one sofa in the photos. But come over, and we’ll find a spot for you – we love company.”

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This is a pinterest lovers dream and if you like monochrome then check out my board here

And for anyone who came in looking for the bikes, he said this: “We are working very hard to make the trikes available abroad during spring/summer 2014 – and there is quite a lot of interest from the UK market, so as soon as we find the right business-partners that can guarantee the same service level as we do from our own showroom and workshop, we are there.”

If you fancy a little more Danish loveliness then check out my Pinterest board



Kate Watson-Smyth

The author Kate Watson-Smyth

I’m a journalist who writes about interiors mainly for The Financial Times but I have also written regularly for The Independent and The Daily Mail. My house has been in Living Etc, HeartHome and featured in The Wall Street Journal & Corriere della Sera. I also run an interior styling consultancy Mad About Your House. Welcome to my Mad House.

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