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Illums Bolighus, Copenhagen

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"Imagine, no counters and formalities, the future - and it is gorgeous - is arranged in displays you could practically move into. It is the only shop in the world which can truly call itself the mome of modern living"

The Travel writer Temple Fielding on Illums Bolighus in the 1950s

Illums Bolighus was founded in 1925 under the name of BO. The man behind the venture was Danish entrepreneur Kaj Dessau, who was blessed with a strong aesthetic sense as well as a flair for business. Working with his artistic consultant, Brita Drewsen, he created a concept that had never been seen before: a store with furnished interiors, where textiles and furniture interacted with art. Drewsen and Dessau’s exceptional foresight and feeling for quality during the 1930s has since played an important role in the status achieved by Danish interior design internationally.

After the store was taken over in 1941 by the Illum, Berg and Trock-Jansen families, who also owned the A.C. Illum A/S department store, it was renamed Illums Bolighus A/S. The present building, which with underplayed extravagance stands out on busy Amagertorv as an extremely stylish and classical edifice, was designed in 1961 by Kay Kørbing, architect and Member of the Architects’ Association in Denmark. Illums Bolighus no longer has links of any sort with the Illum department store.

Illums Bolighus is now owned by an investment group headed by the store’s Managing Director, Henrik Ypkendanz. Since his appointment in 2001, the store has enjoyed positive development in turnover and increasing profitability. It is therefore a source of great satisfaction to Henrik Ypkendanz that he is now co-owner of the successful interior design store.

The trendsetting and visionary display windows of Illums Bolighus have always been a feature of the store, which has kept up with social development ever since it opened in 1925. Its business concept is illustrated by an attractive and inspirational shopping environment that is always at the leading edge of development.

In addition to its Amagertorv store, Illums Bolighus also has shops in Copenhagen Airport. Futher, Illums Bolighus opened the first branch abroad in 2006 in Oslo, Norway. Additionally, Illums Bolighus has Flagship Stores in Bergen, which opened in 2013, a shop in Stockholm and one in Malmø, that opened in 2010 and 2012, respectively. Illums Bolighus also opened in 2015 in Mall of Scandinavia in Stockholm. Lastly, Illums Bolighus opened a store in Lyngby and in Hamburg in 2016.
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  • August 16, 2017
    I wish I had more time to spend shopping in Illums Bolighus! The variety and selection is unparalleled; the staff is friendly and accommodating; the location is perfect.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Five floors of decoration with all Danish design furniture and objects that we can dream to offer. Quality, a competent but welcome a budget because the Bill is rising quickly. A lot of ideas to beautify their home sweet home.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Great shopping with lots Of great design. I could easily spend lots here and will keep going back for inspiration as Well.  more »
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  • June 27, 2017
    Cult place of Danish design, simply spectacular. It's a pleasure to spend some time wandering inside
  • March 6, 2017
    five stars for a retail store?? in this case yes! no museum needed here to see Danish design. we ended up spending a good two hours here!
  • April 4, 2017
    Illums bolighus is one of the most respected and known interior boutiques in Northern Europe. The first of it's kind opened in 1925 but then named as BO and with complete interior sets of furniture, fabrics and art. In 1941 it was bought by the owners of the larger department store Illum, and in that row got the name they still have today, Illums Bolighus, though it was sold again in 1985 and today has no connections with Illum. The mall is a beautiful store to walk around in and everything has got it's perfect spot. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Become a member! The only thing that makes me not fully satisfied is that this store doesn't feel like a store for everyone. Of course, it's design, but I rarely go in there for shopping as long as I don't know what I specifically am going for.
  • June 30, 2017
    Wonderful place, to much to look at 😁 I like the store.
  • May 9, 2017
    Nice collection of Danish design. Pricey but as expected.

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