serene dream
Living Etc Magazine|February 2021
Architect Danielle Siggerud’s relaxed Copenhagen home celebrates the beauty of natural materials and tactile surfaces.
Amy Moorea Wong

DINING AREA

The rosewood chairs were bought from a dealer in Milan and thought to be by Tobia or Carlo Scarpa. ‘I was intuitively drawn to them,’ says Danielle.

Table, Klassisk Living. For similar vintage chairs, try 1stDibs. Light, Louis Poulsen. Art (behind table), Paco Knöller

LIVING SPACE

Danielle is drawn to sculptural forms and the curves of the furnishings reflect the shape of the window niches. The doors open onto a view of the harbour.

Linen sofa, Ikea. Coffee table, Isamu Noguchi. Portrait sketch on the wall by Danielle

‘It’s a big thing creating your own home. It’s about trying to identify the core of who you are,’ says architect Danielle Siggerud. ‘When we moved, my husband and I spent a huge amount of time discussing how we wanted to live.’ The result is somewhere between the laid-back luxury of a hotel and a set of individual apartments, with the couple’s home spread across four open-plan floors of a town house in a 200-year-old listed naval building on Copenhagen’s harbour. ‘We mostly use the first two floors on a daily basis,’ says Danielle, with the second and third floors dedicated to sleeping, guests and functional spaces. ‘So, despite its size, the house feels intimate.’ With Danielle’s family in Norway, room for visitors was vital and the guest rooms include a living area and kitchenette. ‘Because the house is quite open – we don’t have a lot of doors – it was important for us to be able to withdraw and have people here without always noticing,’ says Danielle.

After moving to Copenhagen in 2008 to study architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Danielle worked with John Pawson in London and for a property development company before establishing her eponymous firm in 2016, as she turned 27. ‘I knew early on I wanted to run my own practice,’ she says. ‘I needed to take the leap before I was too moulded by another architect or company.’ Now Danielle directs a ‘small and busy’ studio, working on projects currently including a Notting Hill town house, several homes in Copenhagen and a wellness retreat on the Danish coast.

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THE OWNERS

Architect Danielle Siggerud, her husband Mathias, a property developer, and their almost one-year-old daughter Nora.

THE PROPERTY

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