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Houzz at a Glance
Who lived here: Danish artist Bjørn Wiinblad (1918-2006). The Blue House is owned by the Bjørn Wiinblad Fund. Wiinblad’s longtime chauffeur and right-hand man, René Schultz, is responsible for its day-to-day care, as well as for guided visits.
Location: Kongens Lyngby, about 9 miles north of Copenhagen, Denmark
Size: About 7,500 square feet (700 square meters) over two floors, with a drafting room, workshop and private residence
Visit the Blue House: The shop and workshop are open to visitors Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to midnight, March 1 to Oct. 31. Guided tours of the rest of the house are available for groups of 16 or more and must be booked ahead of time.
Bjørn Wiinblad is one of the most successful Danish artists in recent history. He is most famous for the distinctive ceramics he designed for Nymølle and Rosenthal, found today in homes around the world. He created everything from dinnerware to furniture, fountains to sculptures, and he furnished and decorated hotels, restaurants and cruise ships.
His style is about as far from typical Scandinavian minimalism as can be: colorful and adventurous, packed with detail and elaborate ornamentation. Some might say it’s “too much.” The same words could be used to describe the Blue House in Kongens Lyngby, outside Copenhagen, which Wiinblad bought in the early 1960s and set up to be both his workshop and home. He lived there until his death in 2006.
Houzz visited the residence, which has been preserved exactly as the artist left it and is open to the public for guided tours thanks to the sponsorship of the Danish Rosendahl Design Group (not to be confused with Rosenthal, the German porcelain company for which Wiinblad developed many of his designs).
The Blue House was far from a quiet artist’s oasis during Wiinblad’s time, according to chauffeur and aide René Schultz, who started working for him in 1978.
Wiinblad was fully active in the creative process and controlled the decision-making, Schulz says. He oversaw whatever was happening in the drafting and painting rooms, here and at two other workshops he had in Denmark. Wiinblad ceramics are still painted and produced in the Blue House, though not at the rate seen during the height of his career in the ’60s and ’70s.
“He was always working, day and night, and he slept probably one or two hours a night,” Schultz says. “It sounds incredible, but it is true.”
“He was not at all recognized by the design elite, and hardly anyone in the Danish design world would socialize with him. They saw his style as opulent and categorized him as somebody who could only draw pointed noses and colored surfaces,” Olsen says.
Although he had few friends among the Danish design elite, he was very popular in other high-society circles. “He socialized with Queen Ingrid and important ballet dancers like Vivi and Flemming Flindt,” Olsen says. “You could also find international celebrities among his friends, like Liza Minnelli, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Erica Jong. He went to parties with the Danish prime minister, Jens Otto Krag, and others from the political establishment and he personally knew members of the Iranian royal family. He knew people from all walks of life.”
The painting on the wall shows a 29-year-old Wiinblad in 1947, playing the flute. The artist had quite an ear for music, Schultz says.
Wiinblad was such a keen collector that many antiques shops would let him have first refusal whenever they had items they knew he might find interesting. “They liked to have him as a client because if Bjørn wanted something, he never asked about the price, he just wanted it,” Schultz says.
The clock (not pictured) has been hanging in the dining room for 30 years. “The clock has never stopped working, but that was not what he was interested in,” Schultz says. “He just needed to own that clock regardless of whether it worked.”
“He drank very little alcohol himself because he worked so much that he did not have time to get tired or rest,” Schultz says. “So the wine was always watered down. When the welcome drink was Champagne, it was served with cucumber pieces in the glasses, so that the cucumber would absorb the bubbles. He could not stand the bubbles in the Champagne.”
The numerous rooms, corridors and secret nooks behind concealed doorways are all packed with antique furniture, precious works of art, Chinese porcelain and thousands of books, including several first editions, and even Charles Dickens’ ink pot. The items are a testament not only to Wiinblad’s discerning eye as a collector, but to his exceptional wealth.
The artist’s wealth is further underscored by the fact that the Blue House was only one of his homes. For many years he lived primarily in Switzerland but had several homes in Denmark and Germany; a residence in Salzburg and elsewhere in Austria; an apartment in Rome; and, at one time, two apartments in Marbella, in the south of Spain, and an apartment in Paris.
“He was earning extreme amounts money,” Olsen says. “He was very wealthy. Yet at the same time, he spent incredibly large sums and he was very generous. He shared his money, his possessions and his wealth. This also meant that when he died, nothing was actually left of it. He was a truly clever businessman but never a money grabber.”
“On the other hand, in every residence he had a studio, so he was able to work no matter where he was,” Schultz says. “He always listened to classical music. He was definitely not interested in either politics or religion. He did not believe in anything as much as himself.”
“But he never traveled with clothes,” Schultz says. “When he needed something new he called the tailor, Mr. Olsen, and ordered seven identical suits, in order to have the same wardrobe in all his homes. He was always a super stylish and nicely dressed gentleman.”
“Bjørn Wiinblad’s design is so interesting because it is totally unlike anything else. He has his own style. Every work is completely full: There is never an undecorated corner, and every drawing contains many stories,” says David Andersen, creative director of the Rosendahl Design Group, which is reproducing Wiinblad’s designs under the Bjørn Wiinblad Denmark name.
Cutting board: Bjørn Wiinblad Denmark
So far, two of Wiinblad’s most iconic works, Rosamunde and Felicia, have been reproduced, on everything from cups and vases to oven mitts, cookie jars and candleholders. “The new Wiinblad items are especially popular in Denmark, Sweden and Germany,” Andersen says, adding that more products are coming. “There is an extremely large backlist and thousands of options,” says Andersen, himself a great lover of Wiinblad’s style, in part because it is simultaneously serious and comical.
Tiered tray: Bjørn Wiinblad Denmark
One of the special things about working with Wiinblad’s designs, Andersen says, is that a large number of customers are familiar with his work while the new, younger fans have no idea who he is.
But he sees a risk in ending up with Wiinblad overload: “His design is so overwhelming and always on the border between sweet, fun and innocent and the edge of bad taste,” he says.
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