To me, love which isn't just kissing and touching or eating for survive, is the desire not to die and a kind of heroic dream in the exhausted life.
I'm always fond of this quote from Duras. It reminds me that life is beyond just living -- exquisiteness matters.
When we were in Copenhagen, I couldn't help but thinking of her words again. Surrounded by design pieces that give attention to every detail in our livings, I suppose such pursuit of quality in even the minimal routines, is the heroic dream in the exhausted life.
Behind HAY's ingenious and surprising designs lies humors and interesting thinking: HAY designers are never told what HAY's collection needs at the time. Instead, they are given a full creative freedom to move forward the things that they like.
It indeed needs such liberty to bring out the witty side of life.
Probably the most well-known Danish design studios, HAY has an perfect showroom / store in central Copenhagen. Its clean, modern aesthetics and photo-readiness reminded us of the LINE Apartment in NYC. I'm dying for a huge window like this, facing the vivid neighborhood and taking in the soul-healing sunshine. No doubt, this is the dream place to work and to live.
CasaShop is another store for design goods that we surprisingly discovered when wandering in the university neighborhood. You'll expect lots of Danish design here of course, but can also find furniture and lighting from Italy and Spain. We were in love with the cool pastel tone in the store. Because it's more compact (compared to HAY), it gave me an illusion that I could actually buy everything home. (I tried then my credit card was broke.)