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Travel | Perfect Weekend

Charlotte Lynggaard's Copenhagen

The creative director of jeweller Ole Lynggaard joined the family-run company in 1992. The brand, known for its organic designs, has since become Purveyor to the Royal Danish Court

November 15 2012
Vivienne Becker

I am an early riser – 6am on weekdays, 7am at the weekends – and I go round the house before everyone wakes up to take in the quietness and plan the day ahead. I live in the countryside just outside Copenhagen with my husband, Michel, the commercial director of Ole Lynggaard, our two daughters, Sofia, 16, and Laura, 14, and our son, Julius, who is 12. Sometimes, first thing, I go for a swim in the sea; I love to be around nature – walks in the woods, bike rides, a run with the dogs – and it is a very important influence on my work.

On Saturday morning we either have breakfast at home or brunch in Copenhagen. One of our favourite places is Café Viktor, an old brasserie with an atmosphere that’s so friendly and relaxed you can easily spend all day there. And the oysters are a must. We also enjoy just wandering around the city, looking at the old buildings. I particularly like the Royal Theatre [pictured], where I go to see the ballet. This winter there is a production of La Bayadère; I was thrilled to be asked to design a piece of jewellery that will be worn during the performance.

Saturday is our big shopping day, for food, clothes and objects for the home. Copenhagen is a city of contrasts, old and new. On one of the main streets, Gothersgade, you’ll find Lubarol, which stocks high-end fashion labels along with small, unique brands, as well as furniture store Atelier September, where you’re guaranteed to find something wonderful. The other end of the street, though, is very bohemian, with vintage shops.

Occasionally, instead of – or as well as – shopping, we go to the Glyptoteket art museum, which has sculptures, interesting exhibitions and a pretty indoor garden café. I also like the Tivoli Gardens in winter; Christmas time is the best, when the whole park shimmers with lights and there are small wooden houses where you can buy handmade gifts. And at teatime, we often go en famille to Conditori La Glace, the oldest confectioners in Denmark. There are two salons with original furniture from the 1890s and decor from 1924, and the cakes and Danish pastries are delicious.

As Michel and I eat in restaurants all the time when we’re travelling for work, we generally prefer to eat at home on Saturday evening, or to visit friends. As we live near the sea, I’ll sometimes buy fish directly from the fisherman’s boat, but if we do go out for dinner, Kiin Kiin is a great, slightly hidden-away Thai restaurant with amazing food.

On Sunday morning I make pastries and fruit smoothies, and the children help. Julius likes to make pancakes, and they’re very good. Then we’ll decide what to do with the day. One of my favourite places to go to is the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, about 40 minutes’ drive from Copenhagen. It has works by Picasso, Bacon, Giacometti, and a garden with Henry Moore sculptures. There’s also a design shop, a restaurant, a bookshop and a place where children can paint and sculpt, so you can happily spend the day there. We’ve always taken the children to museums; they enjoy the workshops, and finding out which has the best lemon torte – one of our main priorities.

On the way home there is a small hotel called Skovshoved, near the sea, where we might stop for an early dinner. It’s very homely, and we love the moules frites. Once back, Michel and I sit down to plan the week ahead, as come Monday morning, we’re all running around like crazy. Although I try not to think too much about work, it’s in my head all the time and, unconsciously, I’m always using the weekend as inspiration for my next design.