Copenhagen gallery owner Tina Seidenfaden Busck is a master at the unexpected mix: in her world, stripes collide with florals, Noguchi lanterns mix with grandmotherly table lamps, Aalto stools are paired with Victorian fainting couches—and it all manages to look extraordinary.
Back in 2011, Tina opened The Apartment, her influential design showcase set in a restored early 18th century apartment styled as living quarters, all of it for sale. The setup changes frequently—in 2014, we featured Ilse Crawford’s Residency at The Apartment. What remains a constant is Tina’s penchant for pairing pattern with pattern and the rarefied with the homey. More recently, she took over a second apartment in the same building in Copenhagen’s Christianshavn and dubbed it The Residence. Available to rent, it has two bedrooms, a drawing room, dining room, and bright kitchen, all furnished with things that caught Tina’s roving eye. If you like what you see, you can buy it—Tina’s online gallery is open for business and she has much more waiting in the wings.
Photography courtesy of The Apartment DK.
Shown here, The Residence dining room, which doubles as a work space. The windows overlook a canal and church spire.
Case in point, The Residence’s red bedroom cloaked in a floral by English grande-dame wallpaper designer Marthe Armitage. “To complete The Apartment feeling, we had the mattresses reupholstered in a striped textile (actually the same Tapet Cafe stripe as the wallpaper in the toilet),” says Tina. “We have antique or vintage American quilts on the beds; I love how the craftsmanship materializes in these pieces.”
What’s next for Tina? “I am constantly trying to push the limits for what a boutique is and can be. Soon—as soon as the Covid-19 crisis allows—we’ll open a new gallery in Christianshavn, returning to the the feeling of a private residence, only in a much more maximalist style than we’ve ever done before.”