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Illums Bolighus, Copenhagen

(4.5/5 based on 140+ 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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TripAdvisor
  • Since my first visit to CPH in 1970s I am visiting this store. Although nowdays there are not many furniture as previously, you can buy gifts, bathroom amenities, christmass and easter decorations. Yo...  more »
  • Let me disclose that we actually visited the Illums Bolighus store in Stockholm. We spent one or two hours wandering around enjoying the gorgeous designs. I fell in love with their "sit stools". Retur...  more »
  • It's a large department store, full of aristocratic clothes and functional design things. Exquisite experience for all with love for quality, good taste and luxury.  more »
Google
  • A store to my liking. Neither packed nor crowded. The employees didn't seem busy at all and quite many in numbers, but unobtrusive. You'll find anything you might need for your home.
  • There are plenty of great stuff there, I love their idea of home deco, clean and lively, however most items are quite pricy.
  • Illum is much like Magasin but mediocre. It is better to walk the streets. The rooftop is worth a visit though.
  • A great place to shop. The food department in the cellar is extremely good.
  • If you are into Danish design then this is the place to visit for a bit of "retail therapy". Don't be put off by the hordes of tourists in the street outside. This is a high end stuff with plenty beautifully designed Danish furniture as well as a few reasonably priced items to buy as gifts for friends.