22 January 2018
One of Denmark’s dominant lifestyle bloggers, Cathrine Widunok Wichmand, is behind the blog rockpaperdresses.dk where she shares her colourful life as well as tips and tricks for everything from interior design to outfits. Cathrine shares her admirable, beautiful home in an old film factory at Frederiksberg with her husband Adam and dog Frida.
Cathrine Widunok Wichmand
What atmosphere are you trying to create with your photos?
For us, the kitchen is the heart of the home. This is where we spend our time at home – except when under the covers. We work in the kitchen, entertaining guests, cook, talk over everything large and small. We make plans and dance on the floor and, occasionally, on the table. The kitchen needs a high ceiling, room for life, be practical, be smartly utilised, and comfortable. The kitchen is both a work zone, a party zone and a cooking zone, and that atmosphere is hopefully captured in the photos.
Why did you choose these Nordlux light fixtures in particular?
We live in an old film factory, and the lights over the dining table I fell for because of their slightly rustic, industrial look. They have a certain weight about them with their metal and glass screens – they’re solid work. The marble light fixtures are clean, classic and beautiful. Again, the weight – they have that heftiness about them. I really like alternating between materials such as glass, metal, stone, leather and wood. For me, the mix adds depth and an opportunity to make my expression deeply personal. You even get a tactile experience. It makes me want to touch it with my fingers, and that is what good design can do – make you curious.
What do you emphasise when you decorate with light fixtures?
That there are enough of them! I once read that you have to have a minimum of five light sources in a room for the best experience. That, I think, is true. We live in a country where it is dark much of the time, and therefore it is important to have proper light sources. The right lighting can, in addition to playing an important aesthetic part in a room, also set the mood. Over the course of an evening, I switch five different lights in the kitchen on and off. Those above the kitchen worktop, the ones above the cooking island, those above the dining table, the one by the armchair and those by the cookbooks. They change the room completely when they are turned on.
What trends in light fixtures and lighting characterise 2017?
We see a lot of natural materials. Metals will continue to be in; metal sockets, metal shades. They can cast a soft golden light in the room and appear luxurious. Wooden light fixtures which add warmth and fit well into the Nordic decor, and then marble continues to be triumphant, but in new and more varied colours, like the dark green marble.
Are we daring enough when we decorate with light fixtures and lights in our homes?
We can be guilty of just picking the ones other people have. But then that is how it is with trends and tendencies – we follow them to a greater or lesser extent. Then we all have need of an architect light, a feather light, a Copenhagen light. But compared to many other countries I visited, we care very much about the right lighting. Again, perhaps that is because we live in a country where it is dark more than half the time. We barely notice that it is getting light before it gets dark again. We have taste and we would not dream of slapping a fluorescent light on the ceiling. We could be even better at venturing into the big light fixtures – chandeliers, lights which dare take up a bit of space in the room; “Boom, here I am!”.
New light for the old film factory