The scandinavian Appartment of Annette Trampedach
Like her home, Annette Trampedach is a woman of tradition, unafraid to keep pace with the times. Between her independent art house cinema, The Grand Teatret, Atelier September, her French farmhouse furniture boutique and her inspirational home, there is a constant flow of objects, ideas and light.
In what was originally a gate house to a large manor on a coastal estate just north of the Danish Capital, Copenhagen, Annette made this home over 38 years ago; but it’s style is as relevant today as it was back then.
The 18th century building had undergone several changes since its original form, which used to include an arched passage through which the coaches would ramble and rattle on their way to the main house. The passage was walled up sometime in the early 20th Century and many modernizations were made. Annette’s goal was return the house’s original form, undoing the modern updates and giving back the house many of its original features. The arches remain, testiment to the homes working past but the modern flooring was undone and the original floorboards were revealed, as were elements like the original roof structure. “Previous owners had made a lot of changes and I wanted to restore the house to how it would have looked when it was built. One of few additions is the feature fireplace, based on historic rural fire places its now a warm focal point for the homes life during the long winter months, (in the living room that was once a passage for horse and coaches), scattered with rare and beautiful finds from around the world; Sweden and France in particular.
In fact such is Annette’s passion for ancient furniture and decoration that she founded Atelier September in 1992, a central Copenhagen store, which specializes in a variety of 18th and 19th Century furniture.
Pieces move freely between her home and the store. Attachment to certain objects fade and they move on making room for new inspiration which ensures constant change and evolution, far from the image of a collector who hordes and stores. “I think its best not to have too many things- that way the light can fill the space. I love the way the sun pours into this house; it always makes me feel so good and you know how important light is to us Danes”
The quality of light is enhanced by Annette’s choice to paint the interior in a very pale shade of grey, which she says is more typical and traditional than bright white, but still reflects the sunlights natural beauty.
For Annette the houses charm is in its history.” It is the shapes and the old original paint, which I like. The natural colors and the rough wooden surfaces”. Its about comfort” she says putting a single word on her design aesthetic.
I love antiques and design pieces but a house should also be filled with good books, good art and good music. A home is after all a place to live in, not to look at.
The home is made in what was the coach house of a nearby Manor. In history the horse and coaches would pass from the street through the coach house on the way to the main house through the double doors in the middle of this photo.
The date of the buildings construction is clearly marked above the door. The building originally served as accommodation for the coachman and the gardener.