“When I buy something it has to have permanent value and functionality,” says Mette Bonavent. “I’m not into fleeting trends and daring colours. I want quality things that last and age with beauty.”
Bonavent and her husband Kim Dolva, of the acclaimed furniture maker Københavns Møbelsnedkeri, only moved into the apartment a few months ago. They’d been living in a townhouse on the fringes of Copenhagen but missed the hustle and bustle of inner city life, and when they first saw the apartment in the Værnedamsvej area, there was no turning back. It was love at first sight – and they made an offer to the owner who had actually just acquired it. They got it so fast that the previous owner never had the chance to live there.
Everything in the apartment has been designed and built by Københavns Møbelsnedkeri, from the sofa, the dining table and chairs, closets and cabinets, to the kitchen and all the way to the bathroom.
Most of the beautiful artworks adorning the walls are made by Bonavent herself through her studio Oh So Fine – and it is very much a joint design you experience when you walk through the doors.
“The stuff in our home is for use, and that is important. Take the table, for instance. I love that we can all sit there and draw, eat and play… without having to be careful. We just polish it a bit and it’s as good as new. I love when things are handed down from one generation to the next – it gives a historical perspective and a bit more character.
“There’s a certain degree of timelessness with Bang & Olufsen’s designs – and that is what has always drawn me to the products.”