It’s home tour time. I am bringing you to Aalborg, Denmark third largest city. Vibeke and Jesper owns of one of my favorite Danish brands, Skagerak. More welcoming and warm-hearted people is hard to find, which I also grant a huge part of their recent success of making Skagerak a International renowned brand. Before you head over to buy new amazing garden furniture have a look inside Vibeke and Jesper’s breathtaking home and find out more about Vibeke in my interview with her.
Please introduce yourself?
I`m Vibeke Panduro, Brand Ambassador and part owner at Skagerak. Mother of two teenagers and married to Jesper Panduro.
When and why did you move here?
We moved in 2 years ago, after 5 months of renovation. In July 2017. We wanted to make life simpler for our family. The Skagerak office is now in walking distance of our home and the kids bike to school. We ride our bikes to pretty much everything.
What changes did you make before moving in?
The basic changes involved excavation of the basement, new windows, wall and ceiling renovations, new kitchen and two bathrooms.
What didn’t you want to change?
We basically wanted the house to look like it was built with our renovations. Making classic new choices and respectful changes and updates.
What objects hold a special meaning for you?
Inherited older furniture and special gifts and art. I think art brings something special to a home.
How do you choose which items enter your home?
We go to art exhibitions and we often “test” our own new designs, but other than that we don’t buy much. Function, design and love means a lot. If you don’t love it, don’t buy it.
I do still buy ceramics and other small interior items when I travel. That will never change.
How has your style evolved over the years?
In our first home we brought together furniture and style from the past, and started our family. Very simple loving living. Getting involved with Trip Trap, later Skagerak meant lots of inspiration and learning from so many talented designers and craftsmen and style over time evolved.
Travelling all over the world and going to fairs in Europe, has been a great inspiration to me, but also visiting private people homes during photoshoots and styling assignments.
Which materials are important to you?
We are wood people, and love the honest material, but materials alone don’t do it. There must be craftsmanship and design added to make materials matter.
When are you happy at home?
Having breakfast with the family in our kitchen corner, and having Sunday dinner and game nights with friends and family. There is something about gathering for a meal that makes me happy.
What do you think makes a welcoming home?
First the people, and next personality and history in your home decor. It is nice when things are not just white, grey and black, but have a story to tell and a life lived.
And I have learned from a friend to always offer a drink within the first 10 minutes of their stay. A nice and effective way to make friends feel welcome.
What’s your favorite oldest interior piece and what’s your favorite latest purchase?
Our oldest interior pieces must be our wishbone chairs from 1967, inherited from my mother. We love those chairs for the history, materials and the design and the craftsmanship.
My latest interior must be our round dining table. Specially designed for us by designer Chris Liljenberg Halstrøm. A long wait and process, but worth it.
Which interior piece are your dreaming about owning?
Michael Anastasiade’s Tube Chandelier.
If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be?
Anywhere close to my loved ones. But I’m not a fan of January or February and the dark short days, so I picture us living in Italy or even Vietnam part of the winter when that time comes.
Next travel destination?
Japan… again. And Bornholm for the summer of course.
Favorite travel destination?
Vietnam for the food, people and sun. Japan for the food, people, nature and craftsmanship.
New York for the big city vibe and endless possibilities.
If someone is visiting Aalborg for the first time, which places would you recommend?
Breakfast tea at café Penny Lane, a visit to our very own Alvar Aalto art museum and lunch in the basement overlooking the museum park. A walk in the old parts of Aalborg and ending the day at Street Food, The Light House overlooking the harbor. Maybe a night swim at the gorgeous open air pool also by the harbour.
3 favorite Instagrammers?
Maja Vase – @majachocolat
Mikkel Karstad – @mkarstad
Leonora Christina Skov – @leonorachristinaskov