New Showroom in Aarhus

Dinesen and Garde Hvalsøe´s new showroom is situated in an old, Gothic Renaissance style building from 1898 in Aarhus. Here Studio David Thulstrup has created an exciting home style design, playing up the buildings heritage features and added edgy contemporary elements. – The ground floor space was once a very chic restaurant with dark wood paneling and intricately painted glass ceilings so it’s not a typical showroom. I wanted to find the essence of how to treat these rich heritage features to create experiences as well as bring in the history of this landmark building but with cool contemporary touches, David Thulstrup, the principal of Studio David Thulstrup says. Dinesen and Garde Hvalsøe share a passion for wood, craftsmanship and design and have collaborated on many projects in the recent years. It was natural to use Dinesen’s diverse range of solid wood planks and Garde Hvalsøe’s craftsmanship in unexpected ways for the many bespoke designs in the project. Thulstrup has styled the six rooms space like a home by using color as a defining link between the old and the new, where each room is painted in a uniquely mixed tone taken from the decorative ceiling. Photo: Irina Boersma.


Built in 1898 on the Aarhus harbor front in the historicist Gothic Renaissance style, the famed city building was a social hub in the early 20th century. David Thulstrup has created a stunning showroom for the Danish flooring company Dinesen and cabinetmaker Garde Hvalsøe, playing up its heritage features and adding edgy contemporary elements.

A monolithic staircase is made entirely of Dinesen Douglas pine and leads down to the basement. With it’s simple and strong architectural form, the wooden staircase element makes a powerful entry point against the dark entrance.

The showroom space is divided into six rooms. Thulstrup has used color as the defining principle that links the heritage and the new together. 

A bespoke feature are freestanding light boxes using Kvadrat Soft Cells and Philips lighting which adds a bold contemporary touch as well as solving the challenge of how to light the rooms without disturbing the heritage ceilings.

All the floors were replaced with a mix of Dinesen’s wide planks and parquetry in Douglas, oak and ash and Garde Hvalsøe cabinetry and furniture for kitchens, dressing rooms and bathrooms is showcased. Garde Hvalsøe made a freestanding unit for the kitchen from huge floor planks.

Thulstrup chose furniture in contemporary shapes and finishes. Custom pieces include a minimalist 18-seater table made of Dinesen Douglas planks in tomato red, a metal daybed and a coffee table made of folded metal with a yellow-zinc opalescent coating. – I was trying to create a reflection of how I work, being modern especially in the materials like metals and furniture, but also mixing in older but not iconic pieces, Thulstrup says. He has designed it as a “living house” which will be used for events such as dinners in the kitchen or around the long table.