Select Shopping | Give your home an ethnic touch
The most ordinary household items, the ones that we use all the time, should be the ones we don’t get bored with. It’s important to surround ourselves with things that are both useful and easy on the eye.
African Touch Inspired by the southern African dazzling colours and patterns, African Touch’s products are imported and mostly handmade in Africa. They support local workers and their families. They offer textiles, ceramics, furniture and even African art and jewellery – all in brilliant, vivid colours and shapes that will still fit into almost any home. You see elephants and giraffes and other animals everywhere! Plus African Touch promotes recycled goods, so it’s earth friendly and quite charming.
Frederiksborggade 20, Cph K; Open Mon-Fri 10:00-18:00, Sat 10:00-15:00; 3336 1000; www.africantouch.dk
PLINT This tiny shop is filled to the brim with colourful kitchen and table utensils, which can double as decorations. They present an array of cups, bowls, tin coffee and biscuit cans, and virtually anything you need to have a happy, original, and useful kitchen. In addition to that, you can find small and curious items to decorate the table. Everything is nicely patterned, but uniform, so you immediately know a set when you see it.
Købmagergade 50, Cph K; Open Mon-Thu 10:00-18:00, Fri 10:00-19:00, Sat 10:00-17:00, first and last Sun 12:00-16:00; 8785 0000; www.plint.dk
Central Cottage Industries Emporium Upon entering a whiff of incense sticks and oils will bring to mind mystical India. You will not get spiritual advice, but you can get almost everything else and take a bit of India home: from intricately patterned furniture, through to textiles and silks, ceramics and wooden dishes, and incense. The wooden figures are amazing. Everything is, of course, imported from India.
Købmagergade 44, Cph K; Open Mon-Thu 10:00-18:00, Fri 10:00-16:00, Sat 10:00-16:00; www.cottageemporium.in
Posterland Once all of the horizontal surfaces are successfully decorated, it’s time for the vertical ones. Posters may not be everyone’s favourite thing, but Posterland offers really good quality ones. Frame it, and it already looks more classy. The shop has two whole floors, and the selection is really wide: films, celebrities, humour, and loads of painting prints, listed alphabetically. It’s rather an amazing collection.
Gothersgade 45, Cph K; Open Mon-Thu 09:30-17:30, Fri 09:30-19:00, Sat 09:30-16:00; 3311 2821; www.posterland.dk