Nordic Living: Inside the shared home of Danish design-entrepreneurs
Home tour with the founders of eniito.com
The married couple behind design hub eniito.com, Thomas and Ina Luise Brixen, live with their 3-year old daughter in a 120 m2 beach-house from 1961 in Copenhagen-suburb Mosede Strand. Their home is, just like their business, a testament to a passion for Scandinavian design.
The house is an old summer cabin, located on a quiet street near the coastal line with great beaches and forest areas. The couple took over the house in 2014 and in just two months they tore it down almost to the ground and build it back up exactly the way they wanted it. Thomas, especially, did a big part of the renovation himself.
As founders of eniito.com – an online design marketplace dedicated to new Scandinavian designers – Thomas and Ina work with Scandinavian design every day and it shows in the interior of their suburban home. Every room in the home displays classic Scandinavian furniture and interior accessories in combination with the creations of new and talented designers from the Nordic countries.
Bringing work home
A lot of the designers that Ina and Thomas collaborate with are represented in the couple’s home. “I guess you could say that we tend to bring home work, but we only work with brands we really like, so to us it’s natural to have their designs in our home. Both of us have been in love with the Scandinavian style of design for most of our lives, especially the relatively unknown but very talented designers. They do not receive the attention they deserve. We want our home to express uniqueness and authenticity and their designs capture that vibe.” Ina says
A home to really live in
Thomas and Ina’s infatuation with the Scandi-style is closely connected to the aesthetics of this niché of design. The clean lines, the bright colors and the minimalism, which are typical for Scandinavia, appeals to them and their wish to create a home with a unique and authentic aura to it. However, appearance is not everything and other factors are even more important to the couple. “Aesthetics aside, what really matters to us, is design that is functional, high-quality and build to last. Our home is not a showroom for Scandinavian design. It’s a family-safe-haven that can be lived in. We value solid craftsmanship, solid materials and functionality and that is what you get with Scandinavian design. It’s simple. we want design that copes with the wear and tear of an active family life and we want our daughter to be able to have friends over to play, without worrying whether this or that will fall apart. To us, our home is a place to live not a place to look at.” Thomas says.
Working within the field of design, means that the Thomas and Ina are constantly influenced by new tendencies and impressions. Even though they are “quite happy”, as Ina expresses it, with the state of their home, all the inspiration they get from work everyday leaves them with an ever-growing wishlist of design items for their home. Here’s a sneak peek of Ina’s and Thomas’ top 5 items they want to aquire in the future. Even their daughter Mathilde has a top five – talk about the apple not falling far from the tree.
Ina’s Top 5
Thomas’s Top 5
Mathilde’s Top 5
Pictures by René F. Hansen