Home Tour with Amanda Lilholt in Copenhagen
Today we want to introduce you to the beautiful home of the talented designer Amanda Lilholt in Copenhagen. We discovered Amanda through Instagram and immediately fell in love with the unique furniture she creates. Almost all the furniture you can see in her place is designed and made by her. We were so impressed and hope you guys will enjoy this home tour as well. Find out all about Amanda in our interview.
1. Hi Amanda, please introduce yourself :
My name is Amanda Lilholt, I’m 29 years old and live in Copenhagen in an old apartment on 130 m2 in Østerbro. The street is an old artist street where artists, designers and architects used to live. I studied furniture design at The Royal Danish Academy Of Fine Arts and graduated in 2016. I established Studio Amanda Lilholt in 2015 and have been working for myself since then and full time after I graduated. I grew up on a small island in the middle of Denmark called Samsø. Because of that nature has a huge impact in my work and my personal life. I love the city, but I also need to escape to the nature now and then to reflect and to stress off. I love good food, wine, music, friends and to travel.
2. In which room do you spend most of your time?
My bedroom, but it doesn’t count when you are sleeping 😉 but my bedroom is important to me, it has to be clean and functional so I can relax in there. Otherwise its hard to say where I spent most time, I move around a lot and it depends on my mood and whether im working, relaxing, hanging with friends, play music and so on. Each room has its own atmosphere, but I often feel that im in many of my rooms at the same time as I can see all the rooms all the time because of the floorpan in the apartment, so I at some point feel that im in every room at the same time. I like to sit in my sofa and look through the rooms of the apartment enjoying the light.
3. What’s your favorite oldest interior piece and what’s your favorite latest purchase?
My favorite piece is my office chair in steel and leather. Its a heirloom from my mother. My grandmother got it from her mother when se turned 18, then she gave it to my mother when she turned 18 and my mother finally gave it to me when I turned 18. And if I’m having a daughter she’s suppose to have it when she turns 18. I haven’t made a purchase for long, but I just build a brass cabinet in my bedroom and I totally love it. It was an idea that I brought to live in two days and it’s actually working pretty good.
4. What’s your favorite book or which book do you read at the moment?
At the moment I read “ The Eye” by Nathan Williams and a danish book called “Èt liv. Èn tid. Èt menneske” which means, one life, one time, one human. By Morten Albæk. Very interesting book about the meaning in our lifes and how to make them meaningful.
5. Does Art play a role in your life?
It depends on how you describe art. Sometimes I think it can be very formally and uptight to be in the world of art. But I admire and love objects, materials, music and nature which is true art for me. So the art industry itself is not important for me, but its important for me to surround myself with things I get inspired by.
6. How would your dream living situation look like?
I’m actually loving my living situation at the moment, as I do what I love the most; create furniture, bring them to life and sell them to costumers. But my dream situation would be to have a team where we together could create everything from furniture to concept making, interior projects and so on and maybe located in a big building in the country side away from the city with space enough for ateliers, workshops and a showroom.
7. Which interior piece do you want to buy soon?
I actually doesn’t buy many interior pieces as I usually make the objects myself. And I concentrate more on selling my own furniture then on buying 😉 So right now I don’t´ have any wishes. However I LOVE the rattan and oak chair by Pierre Jeannette and that might probably be my next purchase.
8. Would you tell us a few of your favorite design shops?
I can recommend the “Frama Store” in Copenhagen, founded by Niels Strøyer. I love this old space filled with goods. The apparatus showroom in Milan is amazing and im totally in love with every piece from them. And the wonderful space of Oliver Gustavs studio in Copenhagen. His showroom is breathtaking filled with beautiful pieces.
9. If someone would gift you a second flat or house where would it be?
On my childhood island – Samsø. I grew up there in the most fantastic house made by my mum and build by my parents, friends and local craftsmen. We kept the house as we moved to Jutland, and used it as a summer residence and I used to go over there and stay for days or weeks to be inspired and concentrate about work.. My parents got divorced and sold it last year, so one of my big dreams is to find a piece of land over there and build my own house.
10. What’s your next travel destination?
I’m going to Berlin to celebrate New Year with friends and then I’m going to Paris in April next year with my girlfriend.
11. What’s your all time favorite travel destination?
That might be New York – I love the pulse and the feeling of endless possibilities over there. And I love how people are so open minded. When it’s said I totally love any destination with sun, ocean and beautiful beaches. I’m not made for this cold scandinavian weather.
12. What’s your favorite music/song at the moment?
I’m obsessed with Freya Ridings at the moment, I like her melancholy; sing and song writer vibe. And then im playing Leon Bridges new album quite often right now as well.
13. If someone visits Copenhagen for the first time, which places would you recommend to go to?
Botanic garden is amazing, Glyptoteket, and the Design Museum Denmark and its backyard. Then I would recommend to visit Christianshavn and walk from there to Refshaleøen, which is an amazing breathing space not far from the city and you will go through Christiania and pass Noma on your way.
14. Tell us 3 of your favorite Instagram accounts:
1. “Christiane Spangsberg”, she’s a danish artist and I really like her paintings, she is during shows all over the world and people have compared her with picasso.
2. The “Human lovers” account, a bit silly, but I like the aesthetics in the pictures and the love message in them.
3. “Pibsen” a danish Art Collector with a gallery in Copenhagen called Sunday S Gallery, I love his aesthetics and choice of showing art and design and his way to take art down to a level that everybody can take part of.