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Design Scout: Danish Design

Scandinavian style pairs nicely with our Nonstop From Washington guide to Copenhagen.

In honor of this month’s Nonstop From Washington guide to Copenhagen, we’ve set our style radar to Danish detection mode. Didn’t know Denmark is world-renowned for the sleek, minimalist look that defined ’60s mod? Consider this edition of Design Scout a crash course in the most important pieces.

Royal Copenhagen Fluted Mega Serveware
Every piece produced by Royal Copenhagen—officially Royal Porcelain Factory, founded in 1775 under Queen Juliane Marie—is still hand-painted and marked with an individual serial number. While the national brand is known for its dainty blue trim, we think the modern “Mega” look—which supersizes and off-centers the old style—works much better in 2010.

$110 to 160 at neimanmarcus.com

Odense Poster
This delightfully graphic homage to Hans Christian Andersen’s Danish hometown and “Ugly Duckling” fable was originally painted by legendary artist Viggo Vagnby.

$35.65 at dkglobal.dk

Stelton Pitcher
Designer Erik Magnussen’s sleek, streamlined beverage canister speaks to every tenet of true Danish aesthetic. Though typically sold in a bevy of bright colors, we prefer this transparent version for showing off fun summer beverages.

$39.95 at scandinaviandesignhouse.com

Copenhagen Salad Servers
George Jensen’s legendary silver can cost upward of $200 for a single set—yikes. Try starting off with a smaller purchase everyone can enjoy, such as these modern-minded serving tongs.

$95 at georgejensenstore.com

The Yolk
A pint-size reproduction of Arne Jacobsen’s iconic egg chair for the little one in your life.

$585 at littlenest.com

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Sarah is the Editor-in-Chief of Washingtonian Bride & Groom, and writes about weddings, fashion, and shopping. Her work has also appeared in Refinery29, Bethesda Magazine, and Washington City Paper, among others. She is a Georgetown University graduate, lives in Columbia Heights, and you can find her on Instagram at @washbridegroom and @sarahzlot.