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Kopenhagen fur june 2011



Contents june 2011

6 Editor in Chief Torben Nielsen


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Editor PERNILLE MUNK CHRISTENSEN/ Layout Frances Yuan Jinsong Print Datagraf Advertising K athrine Engberg / [+45] 4326 1112 Cover Kopenhagen studio styles presented on

6 Quality Road: Being an inspiration to others 8 News in brief

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12 The Russian return

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14 Inspirational visit to Kopenhagen Studio 15 Ambition to be the best 6 Positive start for Fur Excellence 1 in Athens 7 Great interest in new furniture at 1 Il Salone Mobile 18 Fate made furniture project come alive 1 Kopenhagen Fur supports the North 2 American fair trade 2 2 Fur conquers fashion weeks 25 Events in Copenhagen 26 Auction schedule and offering 2010/11 2 9 Copenhagen hotels 3 0 Contact Kopenhagen Fur


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Editorial furniture to fit fur

For the first time ever, Kopenhagen Fur participated at a furniture fair and the world’s largest and most important furniture fair, namely Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, which took place from 10 to 17 April. Kopenhagen Studio has long worked on developing home accessories made of fur. In connection with Expo 2010, we managed to persuade one of the world’s most renowned furniture designers, Mr. Zhu Xiao Jie from Shanghai to go into a partnership with us on the development of furniture designs based on the fur. Fur and furniture is not a new combination, but it is new to design furniture to fit the fur material. Normally it is the other way round. Mr. Zhu Xiao Jie has a major development centre in Wenzhou, and since the summer of 2010 Mr. Zhu and his team have worked intensively with Kopenhagen Studio to meet the challenge. The result is overwhelming, beautiful and bold: Furniture based on the traditional Chinese design, but with an international and very contemporary look; pieces of furniture that are sculptures as well as for practical use. For this reason we chose to present the furniture at the prestigious furniture fair in Milan. This was a real novelty and the launch of fur furniture was indeed received with an overwhelming interest.

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The result is overwhelming, beautiful and bold: Furniture based on the traditional Chinese design, but with an international and very contemporary look; pieces of furniture that are sculptures as well as for practical use. Photo: Helle Moos

The Italian as well as the international press showed tremendous interest in the furniture and throughout the week 800 guests visited our exhibition every day; one day we had as many as 1500 guests. But equally important: there was also considerable commercial interest in the new furniture and several importers expressed interest in obtaining the rights to sell the furniture in Europe.

The interest was so overwhelming that we now produce extra copies of the prototypes, so that the furniture can be exhibited in Europe and China at the same time.


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being an inspiration to others Kopenhagen Studio is only a small department at Kopenhagen Fur, but it is a small department with a big task By Marie Grabow Westerga ard

As Marketing Director and thereby head of Kopenhagen Studio, Ms Patrizia Venturelli Christensen focuses on two important fields. - Kopenhagen Studio’s main responsibility is to ensure that fur and Kopenhagen Fur receive a constant positive attention. That gives Kopenhagen Studio two key tasks;

firstly, to introduce fur to people who are not familiar with fur such as designers, politicians and celebrities, who can be advocates for fur and Kopenhagen Fur. Secondly, to make sure that there is a market for fur now and in the future, Patrizia Venturelli Christensen says. Kopenhagen Studio accomplishes the first key task by selecting and getting

access to relevant networks, inviting people to visit Kopenhagen Studio, the auction house and maybe a farm, by organizing and conducting seminars at Tsinghua University in Beijing and other universities all over the world, and by establishing contacts with designers from different countries. Performing the second key task, to ensure a market

Facts •

Kopenhagen Studio is situated in Copenhagen close to the harbour and the Little Mermaid.

Kopenhagen Studio was established in 2005 as Kopenhagen Fur’s centre for creativity, innovation and craftsmanship.


Kopenhagen Studio has 20 employees.


HRH Princess Marie (middle) visited Kopenhagen Studio

for fur now and in the future, is more complicated: - Right now fur is very popular in the fashion industry, but trends always change, and we need to cope with that. We need to be innovative and create new market opportunities for fur to make sure that fur will stay popular in the future. Accessories are a good example of Kopenhagen Studio being innovative. We started working with accessories three years ago, and now fur accessories are becoming an important segment. Certainly, this is not only due to our efforts, but, undoubtedly, we have contributed to the opening of this market. We constantly need to be in front, to be ready for the next big thing, Patrizia V. Christensen says. At the moment, Kopenhagen Studio is collecting information about the market for interior decoration which is predicted to become one of the possible new important markets for fur. Interior decoration includes furniture and small home accessories (blankets and pillows). But the effort does not stop here and the next challenge Kopenhagen Studio is taking up is industrial design: everything

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from an Ipod cover to a tea cosy. However, entering into a new field of design also means getting to know new working methods. - Every time we enter into a new field of design it is like learning a new language. It takes some time before we master that new language, but we always get it in the end, Patrizia says smiling. Knowledge to share When it comes to carrying out the projects in Kopenhagen Studio, Thomas Andersen, Kopenhagen Studio’s Product Development Manager, is the key figure. Together with his team of furriers he develops new fur techniques and ideas to accomplish Kopenhagen Studio’s tasks. - My success criteria are to develop techniques that will be used by others. We do wild and crazy things with fur, and our aim is to be an inspiration to others. But people who have been visiting us should not only think “wow”, they should think “we could use that idea!“, says Thomas Andersen. That is why many of the techniques developed by Kopenhagen Studio are accessible to everyone who wants

to make use of them. However, if Kopenhagen Studio develops a technique in cooperation with a designer he has the rights for an agreed period of time. Afterwards, the technique is free and can be used by other designers as well. Kopenhagen Studio has many guests who help spread the knowledge about the versatility of fur. - We really have a broad target group. We give introductions to fur farmers, schools, customers and designers – from design students to designers working for high-end-brands. And even though we put in a great deal of work receiving all the visitors, it is also to our advantage. We take inspiration from all the guests and develop new techniques and designs from their ideas, Thomas Andersen says. Even though he sometimes feels that he spends much time with visitors instead of working with fur all the time, he enjoys doing it. - No matter how sceptical the visitor was to begin with, I have never had anyone who was not impressed when he left Kopenhagen Studio, and that makes is all worth-while, Thomas Andersen says.


News in brief

Sorting Courses 2011/12 Kopenhagen Fur Academy offers a thorough and educational programme which gives you an opportunity to learn the specifics of the sorting and auction procedures in an international atmosphere. Sorting courses at Kopenhagen Fur 2011/12: 24 to 28 October 2011 16 to 20 January 2012 Summer course: Three weeks before the June auction 2012

Russian bought the Chinchilla top lot The Chinchilla top lot at Kopenhagen Fur’s April auction was bought by Giorgio Guida on behalf of his Russian customer VASILISA-A for 660 DKK (128 USD).

Swakara white label now available As a new initiative, swakara and Kopenhagen Fur are now offering a special label only adhering to the White swakara. When purchasing White swakara skins you are in other words entitled to get this new label, no matter what quality you have purchased. The swakara White label is an addition to the existing labelling system, thus customers can also get the regular quality labels. The swakara White label is given under the same restrictions as the regular quality label, meaning customers get one label for each 15 skins they purchase.


It was the first time that VASILISA-A bought a top lot, and Giorgio Guida explains that the skins are going to be used for a garment for a Russian politician. VASILISA-A has mainly bought fox and sable skins at the auction, but they also wanted the Chinchilla top lot, which they were lucky to get.

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top lot buyer: the top lot is very important to us

Top lot purchase to set new standards

Bourtsos S.A., the buyer of the White swakara top lot, is a wellestablished swakara retailer.

The Black swakara top lot at the April auction was sold at 1,450 DKK per skin to Mr Markos varnis from Greece with the specific purpose of improving his collection.

- This is the eight time we buy a swakara top lot, and we love the skins from Kopenhagen Fur. We are specialized in high quality material, and we are happy to maintain that position, Mr Tasos Bourtsos says. He is the son of Mr Konstantinos Bourtsos, and it is Tasos’ first time to visit the auction. He is very pleased that he can continue his father’s good work. - I am glad to finally see the auction and I am excited to take over my father’s business. The top lot is very ipmortant to us because we want the highest quality available. I want to thank my broker Ninomiya Yoshitake for his good work in the auction room. The skins from this top lot will be used for two specific garments, which have been ordered by a very a important customer in Russia, Tasos Bourtsos says.

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- I am very pleased that I got the top lot. I love swakara and it will be a pleasure to work with these skins. My plan is to work with skins of this quality in the future, Mr Markos varnis said.

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News in brief

Top lot buyer: A dream came true Lily Wang, the owner of the company Glory, bought the White Velvet top lot at Kopenhagen Fur‘s April auction for 660 DKK per skin (128 USD). Even though it is only Lily Wang’s second auction, she had a dream of buying the top lot this time. - I was here at the last auction, and a friend of mine bought the top lot, and explained the meaning of the top lot to me. And ever since I have dreamt of buying the top lot myself, so you can say a dream came true, Lily Wang says. She has had her company for nine years, and she has often used fox and rex rabbits, but she has only recently begun to use mink. For that she has created a special brand called Hawila which she is promoting in both China and Italy.

It was not the first time that Anne Sun bought skins at Kopenhagen Fur. But it was the first time that she bought the top lot, and she was very happy with her purchase of the Glow Velvet male top lot. - I have been buying at Kopenhagen Fur auctions for 11 years, so I felt that it was time to buy the top lot, Anne Sun says. Anne Sun, who is the owner of the company Beijing Witty Fur LTD, which also holds the brand Sens Elsabeli, bought the top lot for more than one reason.

The reason for starting the company was the reaction she got, when she made a couple of styles of mink.

- First and foremost I wanted the good quality skins for making a beautiful garment for my high-end fur brand Sens Elsabeli, but I also bought the top lot to honour the really good relationship I feel my company has with Kopenhagen Fur, and to show my respect for all the employees at Kopenhagen Fur’s Beijing office and Mr Torben Nielsen, Anne Sun says.

- We made two styles of mink, and the reaction was so great, that we decided to start a mink brand, and that became Hawila.

She has been in the fur industry for more than 26 years, and she always liked to use mink skins.

Even though she is very happy that she bought the White top lot, the type is not her preferred mink type.

- Mink is such good quality skins, so soft to touch and nice to wear. I like it and my important customers like it too, so I love to use it, Anne Sun says.

- My favourite is Palomino, she says laughing, and continues: But we are going to make a very beautiful garment out of my top lot, and I am very happy with that.


Top lot buyer honours relationship with Kopenhagen Fur

The broker Timothy Everest bought the top lot for 800 DKK (155 USD) for Anne Sun.


Auction dates for 2011/2012

Closing times in July and August The Customer Department will be closed on Fridays from 22 July to 26 August, both days included. To contact the Customer Department during the summer please use the following numbers:

December 2011: Inspection: 11 to 13 December Sale: 14 to 16 December

June 2012: Inspection: 13 to 18 June Sale: 19 to 25 June

February 2012: Inspection: 3 to 6 February Sale: 7 to 10 February

September 2012: Inspection: 2 to 7 September Sale: 8 to 14 September

April 2012: Inspection: 15 to 19 April Sale: 20 to 24 April

Phone no.: +45 4326 1444 Fax no.: +45 4326 1449 E-mail: Reception Please note that the reception at Kopenhagen Fur is closed for three weeks from Monday, 18 July to Friday, 5 August (both days included) and on all Fridays in July and August.

Scandic Palace Hotel Scandic Palace Hotel is situated in the heart of Copenhagen, right on the Town Hall Square, next to Strøget and across the Tivoli Gardens. This is one of Copenhagen’s best and most central locations. Scandic Palace Hotel was built in 1910 and has just completed a thorough refurbishment bringing it completely up to date. The hotel offers 160 rooms, all designed in a Scandinavian style. All rooms are equipped with, among other things, Internet access, TV, minibar and coffee/tea. The hotel also offers a fitness room, a restaurant “Brasserie on the Square” and a bar “Palace Bar”.

Special offer for Kopenhagen Fur customers: 1320 DKK for a standard room incl. breakfast and free Internet. Moreover, Scandic Palace offers dinner for 195 DKK.

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THE RUSSIAN RETURN The global financial crisis hit Russia hard, but rising energy prices and private consumption in Russian households have helped the country out of the economic stagnation. The Russian fur market is returning. BY MICK MADSEN

When the international financial crisis hit the world, it hit Russia severely. With the energy sector being the big engine in the Russian economy, it was a disaster when oil prices fell from 147 USD per barrel at its peak to 32 USD per barrel in December 2008. - Those were dark days in Russia. Many people lost their jobs, and those who had bought on credit went into trouble, says Hans Wicks, Manager of the Confederation of Danish Industries’ Moscow office. The crisis almost brought the society to a halt. The money supply is rather low in Russia. It is simply difficult to raise a bank loan, and the Russians were used to saving up for investments. - Many investments are taken directly out of the liquidity. Even large companies are financing expansion directly from earnings, because it is difficult to borrow money at the banks, says Poul Jacob Erikstrup, State Consular at the Royal Danish Embassy in Moscow.


But the tide has turned in Russia and particularly during 2010 oil prices hit the ceiling again. Now in May 2011, oil is up 115 USD per barrel, and that means surplus in the Russian budget which again means that the foundation for growth has improved significantly compared with the time of crisis. - In general, things are getting off the ground again. To some extent the consumer economy in the big cities has helped Russia out of the crisis, says Poul Jacob Erikstrup. RISE IN CONSUMPTION AND INCOME The Russian households are keen on spending money. Figures published by the opininion-research institute CEIC show that income and consumption in Russia have gone up dramatically since 1994. However, according to Hans Wicks, the financial crisis has had the effect that the Russians have become more aware of quality. - People are again optimistic and

they have money to spend. However, a considerable difference is that people are more quality conscious. They want ‘value for money’, Hans Wicks says. The new-found optimism in Russia also indicates that 2011 will be the year when Russian brokers will return to the auction rooms in numbers that will approach the 2007 levels. In 2007, Kopenhagen Fur sold 230,000 skins directly to Russian and Ukrainian customers, a number that dropped to 71,000 skins in 2009. In 2010 the sale rose a little bit to 87,000 skins. Before the April auction 2011 the direct sale to Russia and Ukraine already totalled 59,000 skins. - It is not very likely that we will reach the number of 2007, but we see a steep increase in the Eastern European and Russian areas which is also being confirmed by the Greek manufacturers in Kastoria, says Kopenhagen Fur’s Sales Director Kenneth Loberg. The auction sales are merely an


“People are again optimistic and they have money to spend. However, a considerable difference is that people are more quality conscious. They want ‘value for money’.”

indicator, since the majority of skins for the Russian market is imported from China. A better indicator is the important fur fairs in Hong Kong and Milan where the Russian buyers were absent in 2009. In 2010, the commercially important fair in Hong Kong drew 833 buyers from Russia and Ukraine with Russian attendance up 61 per cent from 2009. This year 1,022 Russian buyers visited the fair – an increase of 23 per cent compared with last year. - Today’s industry is definitely robust, and this fair is a reflection of that. Buyers from Russia and the Mainland are the driving force, Director of the International Fur Trade Federation Frank Zilberkweit said in a post event press release. Also Mifur in Milan, which sees its

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importance of being the fair defining the fashion trends, drew more buyers from the Russian and Ukrainian market. Mifur said that the fair had 22 per cent more Russian customers than in 2010. MONEY TO SPEND The Russian consumers have money to spend. Hans Wicks of the Confederation of Danish Industries in Moscow points at an interesting survey of disposable income, which shows a manager in Houston, USA and a middle manager in Moscow, respectively. The American has an annual income of 60,000 USD and a disposable income of about 7,000 USD a year all expenses deducted. The middle manager in Moscow has an annual income

of 24,000 USD. However, the income tax is only 13 per cent in Russia, housing costs are low and the Muscovite spends far less money on e.g. insurances than his American colleague. At the end of the year, the Russian middle manager thus has 12,000-13,000 USD disposable income – surprisingly much more than his colleague in Houston. - The Russians have more money in their pockets than you can imagine. They have quite a large disposable income and they enjoy spending it. The Russian consumer behaviour shows that things can not be voluminous enough. A car in the BMW 3-series is considered a small car, a lady’s car, says Hans Wicks.


inspirational visit to Kopenhagen Studio Since the February auction, top lot buyers have had the opportunity to visit Kopenhagen Studio to be inspired and become acquainted with new techniques. Chinese customer Mr Di Guofang accepted Kopenhagen Fur’s invitation to visit Kopenhagen Studio. By Marie Grabow Westerga ard Photo by Peter Clausen

Mr Di Guofang, the buyer of the female top lot at the February auction 2011, was very pleased with the new initiative taken by Kopenhagen Fur: a visit to Kopenhagen Studio. Since he could not make the visit himself during the April auction, he sent his chief designer Ms Fu Shuo Qi from his fur company Saint Vied. She was accompanied by Di Guofang’s European broker Lee Wheeler, his Chinese broker Yansong Wen and some of their guests. Some of the fur techniques and methods

were not brand-new to all of the guests. - Saint Vied has already experimented with the technique adding extra dots in different colours to a jaguar skin, and it was a great success, Fu Shou Qi says. Interesting accessories Fu Shou Qi was very impressed and inspired by the visit to the workshop. - I got many new ideas from this visit. Especially the accessories inspired me. It could be a big hit in China, because it is not too difficult to create and something many

people would wear, Fu Shou Qi says. She was also very impressed by the techniques that were shown to them. - I just want to be inspired and remember as much as I can, Fu Shou Qi said taking pictures of different styles. Altogether, the visit to Kopenhagen Studio was a success. - It has been so exciting and inspirational to be here, and I am very happy I got the opportunity, Saint Vied’s chief designer says.

“ It has been so exciting and inspirational to be here, and I am very happy I got the opportunity,” Saint Vied’s chief designer says.



ambition to be the best The male top lot buyer at the February auction has high ambitions for his fur company. Mr Lu Bicun wants his company to be the best. By Marie Grabow Westerga ard

Mr Lu Bicun has been in the fashion industry for a long time. He has been manufacturing clothes for more than 20 years, but during a trip to London in 1999 fur got his attention, and he started to use fur in his design. The company SHELIS caught Mr Lu Bicun’s attention during his trip to London, and in 2008 he became the owner of the London-registered company in addition to his Chinese company. Mr Lu Bicun believes that SHELIS can become the most exclusive fur company in the world. SHELIS has several stores in China and has recently opened a store in London. - At SHELIS we have combined the best design with the best skins like the Kopenhagen Fur top lot, to create a high-end brand. It is a very exclusive and expensive brand, which I expect great things from, Mr Lu Bicun says. To secure a brilliant future for SHELIS, Mr Lu Bicun provides for the education of his designers and employees. - My designers are taught how to use fur, so they can incorporate it in their designs. Many fur companies do not give their designers that opportunity. If you want to make high-end designs, the designers need to know what they are doing, Mr Lu Bicun says.

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“At SHELIS we have combined the best design with the best skins like the Kopenhagen Fur top lot, to create a high-end brand. It is a very exclusive and expensive brand, which I expect great things from.” A strong and good relationship with Kopenhagen Fur Even though Mr Lu Bicun has been in the fur industry for 12 years only, he has established useful contacts with Kopenhagen Fur. Representatives from Kopenhagen Fur often visit Mr Lu Bicun during their business trips to China. Last year Danish farmers went on a guided tour to China, and Mr Lu Bicun was so kind to open his factories for the many Danish visitors. The generous gesture was greatly appreciated by the Danish farmers. - I appreciate the good and strong relationship I have with Kopenhagen Fur. Danish skins are of an excellent quality, and the auction house is well respected all over the world, so I am happy to be considered a business partner and a friend, Mr Lu Bicun says.


Positive start for Fur Excellence in Athens For more than thirty years, the only major fur fair in Greece has been arranged in Kastoria; but in the beginning of April a new fair was held in Athens. The purpose was to attract more international fur consumers to Greece. By Rasmus Palsgård

- The atmosphere at the fair is good. The visitors are very interested in the garments. This fair has a high and exclusive level, Minas Kiventidis, Manufacturer of the Greek/ Parisian Calogaunis, says. The optimistic feeling is apparent at the new fair, Fur Excellence in Athens (FEA). The International Fur Fair of Kastoria, the other fur fair in Greece, is more difficult for foreign customers to reach. Therefore, the promoters of FEA hope that an international profile will help establish the fair in Athens. - The purpose is to create an exclusive fair with an easier access for foreign customers. Russians are still the main group, but we also have visitors from countries like Italy, Germany and Canada, so we are very optimistic, says Nikos Panagiotou, Manager of Fur Excellence in Athens. This year the fair has covered an area of 7,000 m2, and Nikos Panagiotou says that it will be almost three times bigger next year.


“The atmosphere at the fair is good. The visitors are very interested in the garments. This fair has a high and exclusive level.” The exhibitors at the fair have confirmed that they want to participate again next year, and more companies have confirmed their attendance as well, both from Kastoria and Siatista, which are the main fur manufacturing areas of Greece. - I have received a lot of positive feedback on the fair from the exhibitors. Most of the exhibtors will also be showing in Kastoria in May, and it will be exciting to hear their comparisons and evaluations afterwards, Nikos Panagiotou says.    


“People are very surprised to see the combination of fur and wood in furniture design, and they ask about the techniques that are developed in cooperation with Kopenhagen Studio.”

Great interest in new furniture at Il Salone Mobile In cooperation with Chinese Mr Zhu Xiao Jie, Kopenhagen Fur launches its brand-new furniture project. By Rasmus Palsgård

In the small showroom in the street Via Savone in Milan - away from the big exhibition halls -, thick bamboo branches give the visitor the impression of being in a bamboo forest. This is Mr Zhu Xiao Jie’s world premiere of his new collection of furniture, which is made of the beautiful Zingana wood. The design is unique: in cooperation with Kopenhagen Studio, Zhu Xiao Jie originated the idea of combining wood and fur in his furniture design which is now revealed in Milan. - It is very exciting to explore a new segment of design. We have experience from fashion shows, but this is our first furniture exhibition, so we are very excited about the visitor’s reaction, Ms Natia Linneman, Partnerships & Alliances Manager at Kopenhagen Fur, says. Influential design media The world’s major design media visited

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the exhibition, among them Elle Decor and Wallpaper* Magazine. - It is new and very different from other furniture design. It is refreshing to see designers who dare to go in another direction. Right now, customers want something else than mass-produced furniture; they want a unique design, and that is what you get with Zhu Xiao Jie’s design. It will be interesting to follow this project, Special Projects Director Nick Vinson and J. J. Martin, Fashion Editor at Wallpaper* Magazine, say. As Zhu Xiao Jie shows his visitors around, he is very pleased with the attention people have shown his designs. - People are very surprised to see the combination of fur and wood in furniture design, and they ask about the techniques that are developed in cooperation with Kopenhagen Studio. Fortunately, people have praised the new designs, Zhu Xiao Jie says.


Fate made furniture project come alive Kopenhagen Studio and Mr Zhu Xiao Jie met at a conference in Shanghai held by Kopenhagen Fur just a year ago. A sudden interest arose between the two parties, and today a unique design project has become a reality. By Rasmus Palsgård

His calm attitude and his bright smile indicate a well-balanced mind. As he walks around in the exhibition room showing his guests around, it is obvious that he is proud of his work. Mr Zhu Xiao Jie is the owner and manager of the Chinese furniture company Opal Furniture, and he is in Milan to show his new collection of unique wooden furniture combined with fur. At a conference in Shanghai in 2010, held by Kopenhagen Fur, Mr Zhu Xiao Jie saw some of Creative Development Manager at Kopenhagen Studio Lone Olsen’s unique skin techniques, which looked like grains. Since then the two of them understood each others minds and started the project. - Fate brought us together. Interesting things happen when interesting people meet. Suddenly I saw this great possibility of combining the two


“Fate brought us together. Interesting things happen when interesting people meet. Suddenly I saw this great possibility of combining the two materials which are a part of the Chinese spirit due to their naturalness.“ materials which are a part of the Chinese spirit due to their naturalness, Mr Zhu Xiao Jie says. Mr Zhu Xiao Jie is very true to the traditional Chinese way of living. He expresses his philosophy in his design, for example in the ‘Coin Chair’, which is made by the saying ‘Circle outside and square inside’ which symbolises his philosophy: be good to other people

and have good manners. And if you do that you should not limit your dreams and way of living. He has a strong faith in himself, and that is the reason for his relaxed attitude. - First of all, I love myself. You have to love yourself before you are able to love others, he says.


The perfect combination Mr Zhu Xiao Jie is very fascinated by the combination of the hard wood and the soft fur being the ultimate symbiosis in furniture design. - It combines the very soft and feminine expression as well as the hard and masculine. The traditional Chinese furniture design and the modern fur design meet, he says. Lone Olsen agrees. She has been involved in the project from the beginning. - His design is very true to the Chinese tradition, but very Scandinavian as well because of the pure lines and beautiful simplicity, Lone Olsen says. The next step is to present the design in Beijing in October. Kopenhagen Studio and Mr Zhu Xiao Jie expect that the main customers will come from Northern China, Russia and Scandinavia where the weather is cold most of the time. Mr Zhu Xiao Jie is looking forward to expanding the knowledge of his furniture to the rest of the world. - To cooperate with Kopenhagen Fur in this project is a dream coming true, and I feel very honoured to work together with such talented people. From now on Opal Furniture will only design furniture covered with fur, he says.

“To cooperate with Kopenhagen Fur in this project is a dream coming true, and I feel very honoured to work together with such talented people.”

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“The North American fur market was once the largest in the world, but even though other markets have become more important, we believe it is of the utmost importance to support the only fur exhibition in North America.”

KOPENHAGEN FUR SUPPORTS THE NORTH AMERICAN FUR TRADE Kopenhagen Fur was the main sponsor at NAFFEM 2011 - North American Fur & Fashion Exhibition - in Montreal which took place from 1 to 3 May. The main fashion show was attended by 400 spectators who gave Kopenhagen Fur’s creations a standing ovation. Before the show, Kopenhagen Fur hosted a reception. - People were standing like sardines in a tin. It is a great way to create networks and contacts, says

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Per Knudsen, Chief Auctioneer at Kopenhagen Fur. Managing Director at Kopenhagen Fur, Mr Torben Nielsen, was pleased with Kopenhagen Fur’s participation at the fair: - The North American fur market was once the largest in the world, but even though other markets have become more important, we believe it is of the utmost importance to support the only fur exhibition in North America, says Torben Nielsen.


“There was quite a lot of longhaired fur like fox this year, but mink and swakara are also important. There is no doubt that the designers love density.“

Fur conquers fashion weeks By Mick Madsen

Dior, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Armani, Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Cavalli, Issa, Paul Smith, Burberry, Jean Paul Gaultier, Galliano, Hermes, Kenzo, Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, J. Mendel, Issey Miyake, Valentino, Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger, Barbara Bui, Herrera, Ralph Lauren, Dennis Basso. The list of top designers who presented fur fashion during the fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris is impressive and long. Out of 369 fashion shows, representing next winter’s fashion, fur was



presented at 214 shows - or almost two thirds of the shows. - There was quite a lot of long-haired fur like fox this year, but mink and swakara are also important. There is no doubt that the designers love the density, says Natia Linneman, Partnerships & Alliances Manager at Kopenhagen Fur, who watched shows during all four fashion weeks. According to Managing Director at Danish Fashion Institute, Eva Kruse, fur has taken hold on both consumers and designers.

Dennis Basso

- Fur has been in the fashion picture for so many years now, and I don’t think it will change. The demand for colours and fur types will change, but we are not going to see a decline in consumption. It is partly because there are so many young designers who use fur. They are the ones to carry the legacy forward, and they have a different approach to the material, says Eva Kruse, and like Natia Linneman she points at the possible innovation of using the fur material as an important reason for the strong position of fur in fashion houses.




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Events in copenhagen 13-24 June 2011


Die Frau ohne Schatten Artistic Director Kasper Holten and Principal Conductor Michael Schønwandt bid farewell to the Royal Danish Opera with Die Frau ohne Schatten, the ultimate Richard Strauss opera. Die Frau ohne Schatten is the incredible and gruesome tale of an empress who cannot bear children because she casts no shadow. She has just three days to find another woman who is willing to sell her a shadow, or she will be reclaimed by her father and her husband turned to stone. But at the last minute the empress realizes that she could never be Concert

Liszt 200 years - Alice Sara Ott

happy by stealing another woman’s fertility, and she chooses to sacrifice herself and thus delivers a world held in pain and anxiety.

She is one of the world’s most exciting pianists of her

Die Frau ohne Schatten is performed in German with

generation. Aged only 23, Alice Sara Ott released her

Danish subtitles.

recording of Liszt’s piano concerto no. 1 in the fall Concert

2010. Experience her live rendition of the concerto

〉 14 June

when she gives her first concert appearance in Tivoli.

〉 The Opera

Ryan Adams


Ryan Adams is an American alto-country/rock singer-

〉 16 and 20 June

songwriter. A long-term resident of New York City,

〉 Tivoli’s Concert Hall

Adams is best known for his song “New York, New


York,” which appeared on his 2001 release Gold. Since then he has released four more solo albums and two albums with backing band The Cardinals.


He has now gone solo again and will perform with his

Il Giardino Armonico and Roberta Invernizzi

acoustic guitar. 〉 14 June

Take a leap back into the 18th century’s Naples with concertos by Sarri, Durante and Valentini and cantatas

〉 DR Concert Hall

by Pergolesi. Both the Italian soprano Roberta


Invernizzi and the Milan-based period orchestra Il Giardino Armonico are leading artists on today’s Exhibition

international baroque scene.

David Hockney: ”Me Draw on iPad”

〉 17 June 〉 Tivoli’s Concert Hall 〉

june 2011

David Hockney’s discovery of the inexpensive Exhibition

Tour de France – French Landscapes

drawing application called Brushes for iPhones and iPads opened up a different world for the English artist. Hockney has created more than 400 drawings,

The exhibition, Tour de France - French Landscapes,

first on his iPhone, and later on his iPad. Louisiana’s

will be presented as a journey through the regions

installation will include several hundreds of the works

and landscapes of France, where avant-garde artists

displayed on 20 iTouches; 20 iPads; a triptych slide

like Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley and Auguste Renoir

show directed by the artist especially for the Louisiana

settled and painted in the end of the 19th century.

Museum and several projections.

〉 Until 11 September 2011

〉 Until 28 August

〉 Ordrupgaard Museum

〉 Louisiana Museum og Modern Art




Kopenhagen Fur Auction schedule and Offering 2010/11

Kopenhagen Fur Offering 2010/2011 In the season 2010/2011, Kopenhagen Fur expects to offer a total of 20.5 million mink skins. Types and Sizes to be offered at the individual auctions 2010/2011 appear from the schedule below.

Sizes Males Black Mahogany Brown Glow Silverblue White Pearl



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

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



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

April June 30-00 40-30-00 40-30-00 40-30-00 30-00 30-00 30-00


50-40-30-00 50-40-30-00 40-30-00 40-30-00 50-40-30-00 50-40-30-00 50-40-30-00

30-00 30-00 50-40-30-00 50-40-30-00

April June


Sizes Females Black Mahogany Brown Glow Silverblue White Pearl

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

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

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

Other sizes of the above males and females

As regards other types, sizes to be offered

Black Velvet short nap 2 will be offered

will be offered at the relevant auctions when

will depend on the number of skins

at the February and June auctions. Other

a sufficient number of skins is available.


Velvet types will be offered in June.



Auction Schedule 2010/2011 December 2010 Inspection: From 12 December Sales: 15 and 16 December

April 2011 Inspection: Sales:

From 3 April 8 to 12 April

February 2011 Inspection: From 7 February Sales: 11 to 14 February

June 2011 Inspection: Sales:

From 13 June 18 to 24 June

Selling days

December 15-16

February 11-14

September 2011 Inspection: From 8 September Sales: 13 to 19 September

April June 8-12 18-24

September 13-19

Mink Black




Pearl Beige

Golden Pearl




Black Cross

Var. Cross



Blue Iris




Var. mutations

1,2 - 1,5m

4,0 - 4,4m

4,8 - 5,2m

4,8 - 5,2m

4,8 - 5,2m


Rex Rabbits

• •

Total mink

Other skins



Specific figures will be published on our website later. We reserve the right to make changes.

june 2011


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

Du Nord


Colbjørnsensgade 14,

1652 V

+ 45 3331 7750



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

Scandic CPH


Vester Søgade 6,

1601 V

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 Blu Scandinavia* (F)

Amager Blv. 70,

2300 S

+ 45 3396 5000

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

june 2011

+ 45 3314 3535

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


Cashier Torben Nielsen Managing Director

kenneth loberg sales director

Inge Ă˜stermand Secretary (Management)

Laila webler Cashier

+45 4326 1042 (secr.)

+45 4326 1201

+45 4326 1042

+45 4326 1413

Customer department

Area Managers Brian Tufvesson head of Customer dept.

Birgit friis Secretary

Andrej Rumjancev Area Manager, Russia

+45 4326 1431

Christiane Rautenberg key Account manager +45 4326 1442

+45 4326 1401 Annette hindborg key Account manager

Anne Lunn key Account manager

Ahmet Aydin key Account manager

Leo Boutis Area Manager, Greece

+45 4326 1440

+45 4326 1443

+45 4326 1441

mob. +30 693 242 5858


Beijing Office

Paul Pedersen Chief auctioneer

Per Knudsen Chief auctioneer

Weixian Chen general manager

Lisa Yu manager, customer service

+45 4326 1203

+45 4326 1208

mob. +86 135 0118 1720

mob. +86 139 1156 8019

Stig Reinhold Sales manager, auctioneer

Klaus Harlev Auctioneer

Chris Cui manager, marketing

ariel tan Customer service

+45 4326 1209

+45 4326 1415

mob. +86 139 1093 7964

mob. +86 138 1002 2921

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

Quality department

qualit ydepartment@

angela Liu Customer service mob. +86 138 1055 4761

farmer service farmerservice@


Bjarne Rasmussen head of Quality dept.

Ole B. Larsen Head of farmer service

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


+45 4326 1103

Communications department natia linneman Partnerships & Alliances Manager

Sander jacobsen Communications director

Søren Jespersen Media Manager

+45 7213 5013

+45 4326 1063

+45 4326 1289





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