Scan Magazine, Issue 96, January 2017

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Scan Magazine  |  Design Profile  |  Hygge By Berlin



Creating hygge through doodling Hygge – that infamous Danish word and feeling that is so hard to explain, yet is a quintessential part of Danish culture. Christel Berlin has made it easy to create a bit of hygge in your home through her sweet, fun and lovingly created animal drawings.

by Hygge by Berlin and find yourself immersed in the feeling, have a chat with Berlin, and take a piece of hygge home with you.

By Josefine Older Steffensen  |  Photos: Hygge By Berlin

In April 2016, Berlin opened her shop Hygge by Berlin in the centre of Copenhagen after appearing on Nybyggerne II, a Danish programme where families compete to redecorate a house into the most beautiful home. “It was after that I decided to start my shop, because if I can redecorate a house in six weeks, I can probably also run a business,” Berlin says with a smile. She became known on the programme for being able to create hygge, which means a feeling of cosiness, and it is this trait she uses both in her shop and in her drawings. “My drawings are very organic and because they’re basically just squiggles, they become quite soft and flowing.”

The process Each drawing takes four to eight hours to create using fine-tip pens, before being printed on recycled paper. “Each drawing is an expression of how I felt at the time, 18  |  Issue 96  |  January 2017

and I think people find it easy to identify with the animals or see the resemblance of someone they know in an animal’s expressions,” Berlin explains. She can be found in her shop most days, where she is happy to make a drawing unique by adding a splash of colour to it. The shop is the essence of hygge, where you can find her drawings as well as recycled furniture and home accessories from other Danish artists.

Anna Christel Berlin

“I love the shop because it gives me a chance to actually meet my customers,” she says, and her energy and laugh are infectious. “2017 is bound to be an exciting year where I’ll be developing my drawings and brand further, while at the same time looking out for new ideas and collaborations.” If you are looking to discover what hygge is on your trip to Copenhagen, then drop

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