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Contents february 2010

6 Editor in Chief Torben Nielsen


18 5 Editorial

Editor PERNILLE MUNK CHRISTENSEN/ Layout Frances Yuan Jinsong Print Datagraf Advertising K athrine Engberg / [+45] 4326 1112 Cover Princess Marie and Prince Joachim

6 Royal gala show in Hong Kong 8 Conductor of the symphony orchestra 12 News in brief

arriving at “Expo 2010 – Royal Danish Fashion Show” in Hong Kong in november

4 Merzbachers’ colourful collection 1 in Louisiana

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7 Manufacturer programme for 1 China launched 8 World exhibition promotes 1 Danish values 21 Events 2 2 Offering and auction schedule 2009/10 25 Copenhagen hotels 26 Contact Kopenhagen Fur


Telephone: Mr Frederik Ahrensberg +45 4326 1142 Ms Sisse Wrobel +45 4326 1143 Mr Kim Nielsen +45 4326 1167 Mr Kurt Bach +45 4326 1168 Ms Lisbeth Thode +45 4326 1169

Fax +45 4326 1144/ +45 4345 4093 E-mail:

Editorial The ability to adapt

Photo: Helle Moos

The global financial crisis seems to be reversing slowly. There are incipient signs of improvement in most countries, although we have still far to go before the global economy is back on the same level as for a few years ago. In large parts of the world, consumers are still very cautious despite historically low interest rates, rising public spending and decreasing taxes. Economic activity has ceased to fall, but the light at the end of the tunnel is not yet so bright that we really believe the crisis is over. And there is perhaps a good reason for that as the financial crisis was perhaps a sign of more than a crisis in the financial system. The crisis was perhaps a sign that the world economic order is changing. Large significant countries like Brazil, China and India are emerging. U.S. and Europe are similarly plagued by very large underlying economic imbalances. We can take our own industry as a good example of what is happening. In Europe, manufacturers and fur farmers are subject to a wide range of adjustments which are probably justified, but which overall make it extremely difficult if not impossible for the industry to survive in international competition. Cost level is high and tax pressure significant, which compared with the eternally rising costs of environmental initiatives, working environment, animal welfare, social obligations, energy, etc. in conjunction with increasing administration as a result of a very tight control by public authorities mean that altogether it gets increasingly difficult to offset rising costs by increasing productivity. We are losing competitiveness in all areas. Most industries are in the same situation and therefore European economies lose dynamics, growth stalls, consumers tighten their belts, and the domestic market is suffering which gives further impetus to the downward spiral. The emerging countries are not yet plagued by these problems why the world economic balance is upset. Life is lived forward-looking but we

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The fur industry has survived for millennia because it has constantly adapted itself and seen new opportunities. There is no evidence that this ability to adapt has been lost. understand life backwards. And this very fact makes it often very difficult to accept and thus implement the adaptations of companies and organizations that are needed to survive in a dynamic world. In the autumn, Danish television broadcast a totally manipulated transmission on animal welfare at Danish fur farms. The transmission had no political consequences, but notwithstanding, the broadcast was totally misleading; it has nevertheless forced us to focus on how we can avoid similar broadcasts in future. Over the past few years we have worked on the development of a very advanced operating system for the fur production which will be implemented on the Danish fur farms this year. We must so to speak accept that the surrounding community requires that all parts in the chain are professionalised. At the same time the fierce international competition makes requirements for continuous improvements in efficiency and quality. Kopenhagen Fur has therefore signed several cooperation agreements with major manufacturing areas and retail centres; all with a view to strengthening

the parties’ competencies. Similarly, industry associations face new times. In some countries, the fur industry is so weak that it would perhaps be useful to seek the cooperation of the general organizations. Europe should no longer be seen as an area of 25-30 independent countries. More and more decisions are now made in Brussels and both farmers and trade organizations must accept this. And finally, the economic balance of power has - even in our industry - moved eastward. It should of course also be reflected in the industry’s international way to organize itself. Fur farmers are in the process of adapting to the changing times. At present a small working group is preparing proposals to reorganize the IFTF. The fur industry has survived for millennia because it has constantly adapted itself and seen new opportunities. There is no evidence that this ability to adapt has been lost.


Royal gala show in Hong Kong The show was part of the big trade- and industry drive in Danish fashion and design in Hong Kong. HRH Prince Joachim and HRH Princess Marie of Denmark and a number of Hong Kong celebrities were present at the event sponsored by Kopenhagen Fur.

Qi Qi, Nina Lam, May and Wilson Woo and Olivia Lee Davies were some of the Hong Kong celebrities on the guest list along with 300 other guests at Kopenhagen Fur’s gala dinner and fashion show in Hong Kong in November that celebrated the trade and industry drive in Danish fashion and design in the region. The consumption of luxury goods has defeated the financial crisis in Hong Kong and last year it went up 20 per cent. - The mentality in China and Hong Kong is generally different from the western world concerning the consumption of luxury goods, says Kopenhagen Fur’s Managing Director Torben Nielsen. - Analyses show that the need for showing economic prosperity grows in times of crisis which the growing demand for luxury goods reflects. Therefore, it is important for Danish fashion and design to seize the moment and exploit the unexploited opportunities on the Hong Kong market, says Torben Nielsen.


“One of the world’s most recognized flower artists Nicolai Bergmann decorated the bouquet for Princess Marie with fur flowers” Children’s fur At the fashion show creations from Danish designers such as Benedikte Utzon, Louise Amstrup, TOKLUM, E & L LUNDQVIST, Whiite and Soulland were on the catwalk. As a surprise, the brands had each created a children’s fur coat which HRH Prince Joachim and HRH Princess Marie of Denmark were very impressed with. Fur for children is the latest trend on the international market. - People were most excited about children’s fur. Especially the accessories; It opened their eyes for fur in other

shapes than coats, says Event Manager of Kopenhagen Fur Christina Jürgensen. According to her, the evening was a huge success: - It was one of the biggest events in Hong Kong. Celebrities, successful businessmen and the press from Hong Kong and China were present. Never have I been at such an exclusive and thoroughgoing event, and we succeeded in showing that fur can appear as anything from beautiful flower decorations on the tables to accessories, Christina Jürgensen says.


From left to right, Patrizia Christensen, Marketing

Children’s design by E & L by Lundqvist

Director of Kopenhagen Fur, HRH Princess Marie, HRH Prince Joachim, Managing Director of Kopenhagen Fur Torben Nielsen.

One of the world’s most recognized flower artists Nicolai Bergmann decorated the tables with fur flowers.

“People were most excited about children’s fur. Especially the accessories; It opened their eyes for fur in other shapes than coats.” february 2010


CONDUCTOR OF THE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Ms Rikke Dalsgaard has a wide experience of change management and international business development, but started in her new position as Chief Sales Officer at Kopenhagen Fur without any knowledge of matters concerning skins. She will now lead a group of very competent employees in order to equip Kopenhagen Fur for the future. BY HEIDI CECILIE LORVIK Photo HELLE MOOS



“ We are simply forced to be the most efficient. Otherwise we cannot make it in the tough international competition. ”

Rikke Dalsgaard (47) is always carefully prepared, even when it comes to taking a chance. When she chose to quit her job as Group Marketing Director in leading Danish telecom company TDC, it was without a new job opportunity at hand. However, it granted her time to spend with her family, something that was not possible on a large scale earlier. Her husband did the same, and for six months they went round the world with their 14 year old daughter. After six months abroad, Rikke Dalsgaard was ready to join an organization again, preferably of a certain size. The Kopenhagen Fur ad just felt right: - To work with the entire value chain, from farmer to global buyer, on a strong and traditional Danish foundation, is a privilege for the few. I had to apply for that position, Rikke Dalsgaard says. Especially the continuing process of change that Kopenhagen Fur is constantly

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involved in attracted her: - Only one thing is kept holy at Kopenhagen Fur: the cooperative idea and the faith that the cooperation between equal people and companies fortifies. Everything else can be discussed. We are simply forced to be the most efficient. Otherwise we cannot make it in the tough international competition, Rikke Dalsgaard says. FROM SERVICE TO SALE In connection with Sales Director Erik Neergaard’s retirement there have been some thoughts on the future structure of the international sale. This has resulted in a new Sales Organization in which three formerly independent working areas are now combined; The Skin Supply Department, the Quality Department and the Customer Department. Kopenhagen Fur’s office in Beijing is also part of the Sales Organization, and to ensure

a continuing professional and smooth handling of the auctions in Copenhagen, an auction group of very experienced employees has been established. - What was right yesterday might not be right today and perhaps not at all right tomorrow. Kopenhagen Fur must adapt itself to changes in the surrounding society, Rikke Dalsgaard states. It is noticeable that the general trend is towards fewer fur breeders who tend to run larger businesses in a more professional way which is why the way the organization helps the farmers to strengthen their businesses must be changed. The surrounding society makes more and more political demands on how to run the farms, be it environmental or welfare issues, and Kopenhagen Fur plays an important role in providing the right tools for the farmers to deal with these issues. The organization is very strong on IT-related issues such as breeding, skin


“I see my role as the conductor of a symphony orchestra. Every single musician in the orchestra possesses great professional competences, and it is my role to make the orchestra play in order to make the talents blossom and create greatest possible value for Kopenhagen Fur.”

statistics, feeding analysis etc. - I am convinced that these types of systems will be of more importance for the individual farmer in the future, because the demands on efficiency, quality and farm management are growing, Rikke Dalsgaard says. CHINA AND RUSSIA TAKING OVER There have been some significant changes for the customers as well. The fur industry used to be centred on Europe and North America, but today China and Russia are taking over. In recent years, Kopenhagen Fur has made a serious effort in China. Not only is China the world’s largest consuming country, it is also the world’s largest fur manufacturing country. Without question, China is Kopenhagen Fur’s most important market. Since 1996 Kopenhagen Fur has its own office in Beijing which today counts six indispensible employees since success in China depends heavily on a fundamental knowledge of Chinese culture and business traditions. Kopenhagen Fur’s partnerships in China already counts cooperation agreement with leading education centre Tsinghua University and a wide range of certified fur retail centres in China. Now the time has come to include the large fur production centres. PROFESSIONAL COOPERATION The main part of the fur production in China is carried out in six fur production areas. The Sales Organization is now implementing the strategy, and


Kopenhagen Fur has signed four cooperation agreements, the last two to be signed in February. The purpose of the agreements is to ensure a continued, professional and commercial cooperation with fur manufacturers in these areas. - The agreements attract much attention from the official China, because we are helping the Chinese furriers to become even more competitive by strengthening their understanding of international business and by adding further value to the products via fashion knowledge and new techniques. We hope that the Chinese manufacturers learn to appreciate our fine skin qualities, says Rikke Dalsgaard, who looks forward to carrying through these changes in a Sales Organization that counts 36 employees with some 650 years of experience. CONDUCTOR OF THE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - I see my role as the conductor of a symphony orchestra. Every single musician in the orchestra possesses great professional competences, and it is my role to make the orchestra play in order to make the talents blossom and create greatest possible value for Kopenhagen Fur, says Rikke Dalsgaard. Ms Rikke Dalsgaard has a wide experience of change management and international business development, but started in her new position as Chief Sales Officer at Kopenhagen Fur without any knowledge of matters concerning skins. She will now lead a group of very competent employees in order to equip Kopenhagen Fur for the future.


Why some animals are considered more valuable than others Human beings find some animals cute and some plain gross. Human minds use a hierarchy shaped by feelings and cultural symbols when deciding which animals they like and which they don’t. Chairman of the Danish Council for Animal Ethics, Peter Sandøe, questions the man-made hierarchy. By Mick Madsen Photo by Pelle Rink

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News in brief

Kopenhagen Fur sponsors famous choir The Danish Radio Girls’ Choir gave a concert in The Danish Church in London in November partially sponsored by Kopenhagen Fur.     The church was filled with people all present to hear girls choir and see them perform. - I was very impressed. They moved around in every corner of the church singing Danish Christmas carols and classic songs, says head of Customers Department Brian Tufvesson from Kopenhagen Fur.  

Sorting Courses 2010 Kopenhagen Fur Academy has again arranged a sorting and a sorting and auction procedure courses. The trainees will gain in-depth knowledge of the principles of sorting raw mink skins as well as considerable practical training when choosing the 3-week course.

The choir, that was established in 1938, consists of 40 girls aged 16-21. Countess Alexandra, the patroness of the choir, accompanied them to London. The choristers were all wearing red fur hearts by Kopenhagen Fur during the concert. The big Christmas tree in the church was decorated with fur as well.

The sorting course takes place: 18 to 22 January 2010 The sorting and auction procedure course 2010 takes place: 24 May to 17 June 2010 You can register to participate in the courses online on on the Auction site under About Kopenhagen Fur/Sorting Courses. You are also welcome to contact the Customer Department on phone no. +45 4326 1444, fax no. +45 4326 1449 or mail to

Offices to rent at Kopenhagen Fur Kopenhagen Fur rents out offices to auction customers. They are renovated and feature telephone, television and Internet connection. For the time being there are no offices available, but you are welcome to enter the waiting list by contacting Ms Anne Lunn, Customer Dept., phone +45 4326 1443 or


Registration Auction customers visiting Kopenhagen Fur with a visa should remember to register when arriving at the auction house. It is very important for future applications to have registered previous visits to the auction house because the embassies and Kopenhagen Fur hold a record of customers’ visits. Furthermore, in order to be able to service you, please register your attendance on our website www. under ‘GO TO AUCTION SITE’, ‘Auctions’, ‘Auction services’. Please inform us of: your estimated arrival date and time at Kopenhagen Fur, the time you will start inspection, and if you need a sampleman, the time the sampleman should start work. Furthermore, you can also order your hotel room or/and rent a car at special rates through Kopenhagen Fur. We thank you for observing the above and look forward to seeing you at Kopenhagen Fur.


Kopenhagen Fur in the Ice City

Double Top Lot sold for the first time For the first time ever, a male Top Lot was for sale at a Kopenhagen Fur auction. The buyer of the 50 Glow Velvet Kopenhagen Purple quality skins was Mr. Kam Lam from K C Enterprises, who was surprised to find male skins as a Top Lot. He bargained well and bought the skins for 450 DKK per skin. - Male skins are not only for the Russians, he said and revealed that the skins most likely are going to be used in some promotion garment. Mr. Kam Lam also bid for the female Top Lot that consisted of White Velvet skins, but he had to let it go to Mr. Tony Yu, who took the female Top Lot on behalf of Wai May Fur & Fashion Co. Ltd. at a price of 400 DKK per skin. Mr. Yu has been a Kopenhagen Fur customer for more than 20 years, and the December Top Lot became his second Top Lot buy in Copenhagen. The skins are likely to be used for a promotion garment, he said.

Exhibition stands at Kopenhagen Fur During the auctions Kopenhagen Fur rents out a number of exhibition stands which are placed between the inspection area in Hall 1 and the restaurant. The exhibition stands are rented out on a ‘first-come-firstserve’ basis. If you are interested in renting an exhibition stand, please contact Ms Anne Lunn, Customer Dept., fax +45 4326 1449 or

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Harbin International Fur City (HIFC) was in December awarded Kopenhagen Fur Certified Boutique by Kopenhagen Fur. The ceremony was celebrated by a joint fashion show and the appearance of Hong Kong celebrity Ms. Michele Lee along with over 400 guests and 12 of the most important media in the region. The certification is only another proof of HIFC’s leading position in the local market. Invested by KC Fur of Hong Kong, HIFC’s modern façade stands out in a prime location for affluent residents. The inside is covered with trendy decorations and a convenient floor layout. This makes it easy for customers to check out the high quality fur styles presented by around 20 international and Hong Kong brands, including KC Fur and Denis Basso. According to Mr. Zhang Mian, managing director of HIFC, sale at the centre is expected to double this year to 10,000 coats: - Business is extremely good this year. Some manufacturers are stocked out, he says. Rikke Dalsgaard, CSO of Kopenhagen Fur, was very impressed by the city and HIFC: - It is obvious that consumers here go for quality and fashion fur, which is exactly what the partnership between Kopenhagen Fur and HIFC can deliver. No doubt, HIFC is one of the best fur retailers in China. Through the cooperation Kopenhagen Fur will train HIFC sales staff and carry out joint promotions ensuring a more interesting future for both customers and companies.

Wireless Internet access In order to access Kopenhagen Fur’s wireless network, you need to type in a code to the network GUEST. The access code is AUCTIONxx2010 and it will be valid for the entire season 2009/10. Please note, that it is no longer necessary to type in a proxy server address in the browser.


“Louisiana has wonderful surroundings with the ocean and colourful flowers in spring.”

Merzbachers’ colourful collection in Louisiana Kandinsky, Nolde, Matisse, Miró, Hockney, Kusama. They are all masterpieces from the Merzbacher Collection. In spring more than 100 of Swiss Werner and Gabrielle Merzbachers’ colourful pieces will be placed on view in Danish Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. By heidi cecilie lorvik

From 5 February to 13 June 2010 more than 100 pieces from the Merzbacher Collection will adorn the walls of Louisiana Museum of Modern Art at the exhibition ‘Colour in art’. The pieces have been selected with colour as the cue and in dialogue with a number of works from Louisiana’s collection. - The exhibition is a true horn of plenty and we had the exceptional chance freely to pick out pieces from one of the worlds finest private art collections, says curator at Louisiana Helle Crenzien.   The Merzbachers’ astounding collection of art is one of the biggest


private collections in the world and reveals the variety of ways in which colour has been used by European artists in the 20th century. The heart of the collection began 30 years ago, but its roots go even further back to Gabrielle Merzbacher’s grandfather, Bernhard Mayer, who was an affluential fur merchant in Zurich. He began purchasing modern paintings from famous artists like Cézanne, Picasso and Van Gogh that the Merzbachers later inherited.   - When I first saw his paintings I thought “if I ever become successful, I will collect paintings.” And so it



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When you collect art, I guess you collect by your own character. The art express who you are.


became a passion, says Werner Merzbacher. Personality reflecting paintings He was born in Germany in 1928, but like so many other Jews, his life changed dramatically after Kristallnacht. He was sent with a children’s transport to Switzerland by his parents, who later on died in Auschwitz. Werner Merzbacher stayed in Switzerland for 10 years and got his education with the help of scholarships. In 1949 he emigrated to the United States where he met Gabrielle Mayer and entered the firms New York furriers and Mayer and Hoffmann. His difficult childhood had a deep impact on which genre of art he liked. - When you collect art, I guess you collect by your own character. The art expresses who you are. When I was young I bought more sombre and political paintings. Now I really appreciate colours, Werner Merzbacher says. Sharing success and passion Werner Merzbacher and his wife


“I think Kopenhagen Fur is the most successful auction house in the world. There is a mutual respect and I always enjoy coming here.” returned to Switzerland in 1964 and Werner Merzbacher became sole owner of the international fur traders Mayer and Cie. Ever since he has played a big role in the fur trade and he has been a valued customer at Kopenhagen Fur for more than 50 years not missing one single auction as far as he can recall. Werner Merzbacher’s great success enables him to seriously purchase his

passion of colourful paintings. He likes to share this passion with other people and is very happy to exhibit his paintings in Louisiana which he thinks is one of the most beautiful museums in the world with its nature surroundings. - I really appreciate if other people enjoy my paintings. That is the reason why I lend them out for exhibitions, Werner Merzbacher says.   


Manufacturer Programme for China launched

“When we help our business partners to grow, Kopenhagen Fur will grow too.”

Over the past two months, representatives from Kopenhagen Fur’s sales organization have been visiting customers and manufacturers throughout China, presenting the possibility of new business opportunities between Kopenhagen Fur and the manufacturing areas. This initiative was followed up by signing ceremonies in November with Chinese manufacturers and Mr. Torben Nielsen, CEO of Kopenhagen Fur, together with Mrs. Rikke Dalsgaard, CSO of Kopenhagen Fur. The first signing took place in Haining where Kopenhagen Fur and Haining China Leather Market signed a future-oriented agreement for the advancement of local fur industry in the region. Three years ago Kopenhagen Fur and Haining China Leather Market formalized cooperation on training of sales staff, sharing design resources, and conducting joint marketing campaigns. In autumn 2008 they staged a fashion show of Haining styles in Copenhagen for European audience and media. This time the new agreement targets the manufacturers. Kopenhagen Fur will organize education locally in Haining, as well as in Kopenhagen Studio

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in Copenhagen and at the Tsinghua University-Kopenhagen Studio in Beijing, for entrepreneurs and senior management of fur companies. The education will not only give participants thorough understanding of the auction procedures in Kopenhagen Fur, but will also introduce them to modern marketing, branding and general management knowledge. - The post-financial crisis era will be even more competitive than before. It’s not enough to be competitive in quality and price, said Mr. Torben Nielsen, CEO of Kopenhagen Fur. - The fur manufacturers must enhance their competitiveness through design, marketing and general management. Accordingly, this is the focus areas where we will work together with the Chinese manufacturers. When we help our business partners to grow, then Kopenhagen Fur will grow too. Haining China Leather Market is the largest fur coat retail and wholesale centre in the world, housing over 300 well-equipped fur shops. Last year a total of 150,000 fur coats were sold, and two thirds of them were made of Kopenhagen Fur skins. The business opportunities

within this area are great. As an example, the turnover on the day before the signing ceremony was 70 million yuan (approx. DKK 60 million). Haining China Leather Market expects to copy its combo market model in selected cities of China. The first one will be unveiled in northern China’s Liaoning Province, a 170,000 square metre market holding 300 fur shops and 200 leather shops. Further, a coming new market in Haining will add 200 new fur shops to the Haining area, i.e. a total of 500 new fur shops by Haining China Leather Market next year, meeting a demand of 250,000 fur coats. Beijing is on the radar, too. The company has completed restructuring into a holding company and is scheduled to complete a listing on the Chinese stock exchange in January 2010. Mr. Ren Youfa, chairman of the board of Haining China Leather Market, warmly embraces the new agreement. - The new cooperation agreement extends the partnership into education and services for manufacturers. It comes at the right time and will help our local industry to grow further.


WORLD EXHIBITION PROMOTES DANISH VALUES When Kopenhagen Fur participates as a national partner at Expo 2010 Shanghai, it is partly to emphasize its engagement with the Chinese design industry and cultivate valuable contacts, and partly with the expectation that Expo will ultimately provide a greater understanding of Danish values and hence competitive advantage in the lucrative Chinese market. Expo Shanghai 2010 is the world’s largest exhibition ever, and the Danish Government’s contribution to the exhibition is record high. According to Torben Nielsen, Managing Director of Kopenhagen Fur, Denmark’s presence at Expo is a valuable long-term marketing and he is a keen supporter of the massive Danish Expo participation. - We expect that the Expo in the long term will focus on the cultural and commercial values that are the basis for


many Danish companies. It is values that Denmark can be proud of and which the government should promote. For they can certainly give Danish industry an edge in the highly competitive Chinese market, says Torben Nielsen. Kopenhagen Fur is a global company with its main focus on the Chinese market. To take a share in the rising Chinese influence on international design, Kopenhagen Fur has establishhed Tsinghua Kopenhagen Design Studio, a design education platform that on one hand gives young Chinese designers a thorough introduction to the Danish design tradition and on the other hand gives Kopenhagen Fur a valuable insight in Chinese design. - In China there is no time for complacency, as many international companies are targeted by the Chinese order books. We are therefore delighted


Despite the competition, we expect a record number of visitors to the Danish pavilion especially because of The Little Mermaid. H.C. Andersen is already a popular figure in China, and the mermaid has already created many headlines in the Chinese media.

When Kopenhagen Fur participates as a national partner at Expo 2010 Shanghai, it is a.o. to emphasize its engagement with the Chinese design industry and cultivate valuable contacts. that we can help build awareness of Danish knowledge, technologies and capabilities - and thereby also highlight our own operations in China. World Expo in Shanghai will of course also be a good opportunity to cultivate contacts with Chinese designers and other key players

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in the Chinese fashion industry, explains Torben Nielsen. Mermaid as ambassador - The Danish fur industry has been adept at using design as a leverage in China, says Finn Lauritzen, director of the Danish Enterprise and Construction Authority. - It is exemplary how they have managed to mix Chinese preferences with Danish design traditions, while it is no coincidence that more countries than ever participate in the Expo in China, where economic growth is in stark contrast to the crisis in the West. But despite the competition, we expect a record number of visitors to the Danish pavilion especially because of The Little Mermaid. H.C. Andersen is already a popular figure in China, and the mermaid has already created many headlines in the Chinese media, says Finn Lauritzen.


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Events in copenhagen FEBRUARY auction 2010


Midsummer night’s dream


Nordic Concerts Johannes Brahms’ violin concert and Richard Strauss’ ‘Also sprach Zarathustra’ Performed by Dresden Statskapel, Fabio Luisi and

Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream was

Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin)

composed of Shakespeare’s great work about love, jealousy and grief. The work contains one of the

〉 3 February

best-known classical music pieces ever, Wedding

〉 DR Concert Hall



The Concert is performed by the Danish National Chamber Orchestra together with the Danish National Vocal Ensemble and mezzo soprano Anna Bonitatibus.


The Rake’s Progress By Igor Stravinsky

〉 5 February Exhibition

MIRÓ - I work like a gardener

〉 DR Concert Hall

The immoral millionaire heir Tom Rakewell is


obsessed with wealth. He falls into the arms of the devil himself, who prepares the way for the young

ARKEN’s exhibition focuses on the last twenty

man’s decline into poverty and madness. The

years of Miró’s life when increasingly he was

demonic-comic opera was composed in 1951 as a

experimenting with the medium of sculpture. We

melodically extravagant paraphrase over the styles

are introduced to the artist’s wondrous universe

of classical composers, with a Stravinsky twist.

through painting, sculpture and drawing.

The Rake’s Progress is performed in English with

All works are on loan from Fondation Maeght in

Danish subtitles.

Saint-Paul-de-Vence in southern France that owns a unique Miró collection.

〉 9 February

〉 Until May 2010

〉 www.operaen.dK

〉 The Opera House, Main stage 〉 Arken 〉 Opera

Pelleas and Mélisande


Julian Rachlin on viola and violin



Debussy’s impressionist love triangle can once Louisiana has been given the unique opportunity to

again be experienced at the Opera House.

take its pick of one of the world’s very finest private

Pelléas and Mélisande is performed in French with

collections of art, the Swiss Werner and Gabrielle

Danish subtitles.

Merzbacher’s rich collection. The works have been selected with colour as the cue, and in a dialogue

〉 5 and 7 February

with a number of works from Louisiana’s collection

〉 The Opera House, Main stage

together forming an exhibition of colour in art and

〉 www.operaen.dK

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony # 1, Bela Bartók:

the many discussions of colour up to the present

Bratsch concert, Franz Waxman: Carmen fantasy


and Camille Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo

The exhibition will feature more than 100 works –


including nine Kandinsky works.

〉 4 February

〉 Until June 2010

〉 DR Concert Hall

〉 Louisiana Museum



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Guy Joosten’s critically acclaimed staging of


Kopenhagen Fur Auction schedule and Offering 2009/10

Kopenhagen Fur Offering 2009/2010 In the season 2009/2010 Kopenhagen Fur

marginally, while Silverblue will rise by ap-

Platinum, Burgundy, Ivory and Quality A.

expects to offer a total of 17.9 million mink

prox. 12%.

The qualities I and II will also be offered.

skins which is reduced by approx. 600,000

The great demand for the Velvet quality has

Purple, Kopenhagen Fur’s top quality, will

skins on last season’s figures. The Danish

had the effect that a large part of the mink

be offered at the auctions in February, April

mink production will decline by approx. 4%.

production has been diverted to this type

and June, and top lots will be sold at all

Pearl, White, Sapphire, Pastel and Cross

while the production of longhaired mink

three auctions.

mink will be reduced most, but also Black is

skins is being reduced.

Types and Sizes to be offered at the indi-

declining in number. The number of skins

For each of the five scheduled auctions

vidual auctions 2009/2010 appear from the

in Mahogany, Brown and Glow will increase

there will be a varied offering of the qualities


Sizes Males Black Mahogany Brown Glow Silverblue White Pearl






30-00-0 30-00-0 30-00-0 30-00-0 30-00-0 30-00-0 30-00-0

40-30-00-0 40-30-00-0 40-30-00-0 40-30-00-0 40-30-00-0 40-30-00-0 30-00-0

30-00-0-1 40-30-00-0-1 40-30-00-0-1 40-30-00-0-1 30-00-0-1 30-00-0-1 30-00-0

50-40-30-00-0 50-40-30-00 50-40-30-00-0 50-40-30-00-0 50-40-30-00-0 50-40-30-00-0 50-40-30-00-0-1

30-00-0-1-2 30-00-0-1-2 40-30-00-0-1-2 40-30-00-0-1-2 To be announced To be announced To be announced






1-2 1-2 0-1-2 0-1-2 1-2 1-2 1-2

0-1-2 0-1-2 0-1-2 0-1-2 0-1-2 0-1-2 1-2

1-2-3 0-1-2-3 0-1-2-3 0-1-2-3 1-2-3 1-2-3 1-2-3

00-0-1-2 00-0-1-2 00-0-1-2 00-0-1-2 00-0-1-2 00-0-1-2 00-0-1-2

1-2-3-4 1-2-3-4 0-1-2-3-4 0-1-2-3-4 To be announced To be announced To be announced

Sizes Females Black Mahogany Brown Glow Silverblue White Pearl

In other types, the different sizes will be offered at the relevant auctions when a reasonable number of skins is available.



Auction Schedule 2009/2010 Kopenhagen Fur is pleased to announce the auction schedule 2009/2010: December 2009 Inspection: From 18 December Sales: 20 to 21 December

April 2010 Inspection: From 7 April Sales: 12 to 16 April

February 2010 Inspection: From 2 February Sales: 6 to 9 February

June 2010 Inspection: From 11 June Sales: 17 to 22 June

Selling days

December 20-21

September 2010 Inspection: From 5 September Sales: 11 to 16 September

February 6-9

April 12-16

June 17-22

Sept. 11-16 In total













Mink (1,000 skins) Black Mahogany Brown























Golden Pearl White


25 200

















Black Cross






Var. cross











Blue Iris





Jaguar Palomino

20 130







Var. mutations



Total mink














Other skins (1,000 skins) Chinchilla

Rex Rabbits














We reserve the right to make changes.

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Radisson SAS Scandinavia Hotel Denmark’s largest hotel is a good starting point for a stay in Copenhagen. The centre of the city is only a 5-10 minute walk from the hotel, and the airport is a 15 minute drive away.

The hotel’s fitness centre has an indoor pool, sauna, squash courts and a spa.

Scandinavia hotel was built in 1973 and has 26 floors. All 500 rooms and 42 suites enjoy fantastic views of Copenhagen. The rooms are equipped with TV, minibar, trouser press, a.o. All rooms and public areas have free, wireless internet access. scandinaviahotel-copenhagen

The hotel offers free parking when you book via Kopenhagen Fur.

The hotel houses several restaurants and the only casino in town: Casino Copenhagen. The restaurants cover a journey around the world, from Japan (Restaurant Kyoto), Thailand (the Blue Elephant), a Western restaurant (The Dining Room) and the hotel’s own restaurant (Mama’s & Papa’s).


Phone +45 32 50 30 90 CPH Fur magazine januar 2009 1


Rentalstations in all major cities and airports in Denmark. Economy cars, stationwagons, vans or luxury cars.

09/12/08 11:53:51


copenhagen hotels We urge you to make your hotel reservations as early as possible.


Cat. Address Telephone

Norlandia Star


Colbjørnsensgade 13,

1652 V

+ 45 3322 1100

Comfort Hotel Europe


Colbjørnsensgade 11,

1652 V

+ 45 3321 3333

Du Nord


Colbjørnsensgade 14,

1652 V

+ 45 3331 7750

Kong Frederik


Vester Voldgade 25,

1552 K

+ 45 3312 5902



Vesterbrogade 23-29,

1620 V

+ 45 3378 8000

Clarion Hotel Copenhagen


Molestien 11,

2450 SV

+ 45 7012 7373

Glostrup Park


Hovedvejen 41,

2600 Glostrup + 45 4396 0038



Toldbodgade 24,

1253 K

+ 45 3374 1414

Hotel Mayfair


Helgolandsgade 3 ,

1653 K

+ 45 7012 1700

Scandic Glostrup


Roskildevej 550,

2600 Glostrup + 45 4343 4200

Radisson Blu Falkone


Falkoner Allé 9,

2000 Frb.

+ 45 3815 8001

Scandic CPH


Vester Søgade 6,

1601 V

+ 45 3314 3535

Scandic Hvidovre


Kettevej 4.

2650 Hvidovre + 45 3686 0400

Scandic Sydhavn


Sydhavns Plads 15,

2450 SV

+ 45 8833 3666

Radisson Blu Royal



1611 V

+45 3342 6000

Radisson SAS Scandinavia* (F)

Amager Blv. 70,

2300 S

+ 45 3396 5000

Hilton Airport - 5 stars


Ellehammersvej 20,

2770 Kastrup

+ 45 3250 1501

Marriott - 5 stars**


Kalvebod Brygge 5,

1560 V

+ 45 8833 9900

Scandic Webers


Vesterbrogade 11B

1620 V

+ 45 3331 1432

Skt. Petri - 5 stars


Krystalgade 22,

1172 K

+ 45 3345 9800

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*We have signed contracts with SAS Royal Hotel also. **Copenhagen Marriott Hotel

Hotel rates Cat. A



Cat. B



Cat. C



Cat. D



Cat. E



Cat. F

Dkk 1200-1400

Cat. G

Dkk 1400-1800


Contact Kopenhagen Fur E-mail: Phone: +45 4326 1000 fa x: +45 4326 1126

Management Torben Nielsen Managing Director

Rikke Dalsgaard chief Sales officer

Inge Ă˜stermand Secretary (Management)

+45 4326 1042 (secr.)

+45 4326 1202

+45 4326 1042

Customer department

Cashier Brian Tufvesson head of Customer dept.

Birgit friis Secretary

Laila webler Cashier

+45 4326 1401

+45 4326 1431

+45 4326 1413

Annette hindborg Accounts and invoicing

Anne Lunn Accounts and invoicing

+45 4326 1440

+45 4326 1443


Beijing Office

Area Managers

Paul Pedersen Chief auctioneer, planning

Per Knudsen Chief auctioneer, execution

Weixian Chen head of China office

Andrej Rumjancev Area Manager, Russia

+45 4326 1203

+45 4326 1208

mob. +86 135 0118 1720

+45 4326 1103

Stig Reinhold Sales manager, auctioneer

Klaus Harlev Auctioneer

Lisa Yu assistant, China

Leo Boutis Area Manager, Greece

+45 4326 1209

+45 4326 1415

mob. +86 139 1156 8019

mob. +30 693 242 5858

Kasper S. Reinbacher controller, Global fur finance, Auctioneer +45 4326 1422

Quality depa rtment

qualit ydepartment@

Chris Cui assistant, China mob. +86 139 1093 7964

Skin Supply department



Bjarne Rasmussen head of Qualit y dept.

Ole B. Larsen Head of skin supply dept.

Kathrine engberg Front office manager

Lis elleby Receptionist

+45 4326 1342

+45 4326 1207

+45 4326 1112

+45 4326 1280

MArketing department Patrizia v. Christensen Marketing Director +45 4326 1102


Christiane Rautenberg Accounts and invoicing +45 4326 1442

Communications department natia linneman retail Marketing Manager

Sander jacobsen Communications manager

Søren Jespersen Media Manager

+45 7213 5013

+45 4326 1063

+45 4326 1289


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