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Illums Bolighus, Copenhagen

Categories: Gift & Specialty Shops, Shopping
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4.5/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web
"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. Lastly, Illums Bolighus opened in 2015 in Mall of Scandinavia in Stockholm.
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  • Illums Bolighus is very tourist-y and is aimed at people with money to spend. Where else can you find a $12,000 Danish Design dining room table, extravagant linens and unique Georg Jensen jewelry unde...  read more »
  • I purchased an Arnie Jacobsen watch at Illums Bolighus in Copenhagen September 2, 2016. It turned out to have a defective movement (determined by a local watchmaker), and Illums Bolighus has IGNORED n...  read more »
  • Whether looking at furniture or scarves, one cannot help but to marvel at the wonderful design. This store is a feast for the eye. Wonderful furniture, china and home design items. 
  • A great store full of many beautiful things and lots of great Danish design. Often go here just for a look, or to show visitors the store. Just wish my wallet was a little bigger to buy more from here.
  • A mecca for Danish design selection and, inspiration. Truly the worlds best homeware selection. I could have spent the whole day there.
  • Nice place with lax security
  • A great place to shop. The God department in the cellar is extremely good.
  • Danish design Mecca you find alternative styles and idea. Definitely worth the visit. Can be expensive for some items.
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