Funkis house by Lumière Bricoleur

Danish design studio Lumière Bricoleur unfold their latest interior curation project in Rungsted, North Zealand, while wrestling a steel and glass staircase. Photography by Jenny Sundby.


Situated within lush surrounding landscapes, treetops towering around the property, the house, originally built in 1969, belongs to the second generation of funkis houses that arose after the first World War as a branch of Scandinavian modernism.
The architectural style of funkis houses centered around functionalism, and can be seen as a counteraction to excessive ornamentation within the architecture of the time. Everything is reduced to basic cubistic geometry.
Today, some of the remnants might seem quaint, but as we’ll learn, they can also be quite charming when you embrace them; if you are up for the challenge.
“The centerpiece of the house is this steel and glass staircase, which drove us mad initially. We don’t love glass, or steel. Not in the context of interiors, as they often give a cold vibe. However, in this case, there was no way around it. We had to deal with it, and when we finally embraced it, our eureka moment arrived. Instead of going against it, we leaned into it, utilizing great design pieces that incorporates these materials in poetic ways. That’s when everything starting falling into place” Morten Ravn, Lumière Bricoleur The natural light flows effortlessly through the home, even refracting into prisms on occasion, all due to the staircase, flanked by danish design pieces from the likes of Poul Kjærholm, Verner Panton and Kasper Thorup. On each level there’s easy access to the garden, where the house wedges into the terrain.
“Sometimes when you do interior design, you feel like a general on a battlefield, there’s a war going on between good and bad taste, and the good guys have to win. There’s no two ways about it. In this case after accepting the challenge, we assembled our troops, consisting primarily of Scandinavian design and art, assisted by an array of carefully chosen exotic plants. We went to war with the glass and steel staircase, and I believe we emerged victorious” Nikoline Henningsen, Lumière Bricoleur.

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