Copenhagen’s Frederiksstaden district is home to many of the city’s most archetypal sights, including picturesque alleys, seaside parks and the home of the royal family. Art director Jack Dahl and Kristoffer Sakurai, who manages Valentino Copenhagen, chose to build their life in this neighborhood because of its accessibility to the vibrant local culture—and the 18th-century home they found that sits at the center of it. “We love it here: It feels like living in Copenhagen, London, Moscow and Paris all at the same time,” Jack says. With an abundance of activity outside their front door, the couple designed the interior of their apartment to reflect a quieter and humbler pace of life. Jack is the founder of Homework, a studio specialising in brand expression and communication, and the duo found inspiration in the company’s manifesto: “Simplifying so the essential can shine.” They rely mostly on shades of gray and simple sleek lines to achieve this aesthetic, “but we always add a personal twist, or a little je ne sais quoi,” Jack says. Simplicity became the foundation for the renovation, and from there they removed some of the walls to give it a more modern, spacious feel and used minimalist decor to make elegant shapes. The light that filters in through the windows creates a shifting backdrop throughout the day and is one of their favorite natural features because it gives the apartment depth without having to add overpowering furnishings. Jack and Kristoffer have added a few personal pieces and idiosyncratic details to the unembellished space, including the large collection of artwork and books they keep around for visual nourishment. “They constantly tempt us with procrastination, adventure, inspiration, admiration and desire,” Kristoffer says. They both read a lot: Kristoffer enjoys historical literature, whereas Jack is more into art, fashion and interior books, as well as monographs and magazines. Aside from the couple’s library, their most prized possession is without a doubt their dog, Jackson: Since adopting the pup, the couple has experienced an even greater influx of love and comfort within their home. “It’s family,” Jack says. This story appeared in The Kinfolk Home in 2015. "We love it here: It feels like living in Copenhagen, London, Moscow and Paris all at the same time." TwitterFacebookPinterest "We love it here: It feels like living in Copenhagen, London, Moscow and Paris all at the same time." Jack and Kristoffer’s dog, Jackson, isn’t technically allowed on their Antonio Citterio sofa, but has yet to take no for an answer. Their black-and-white geometric rug is from IKEA. Kristoffer loves historical literature and always has a number of books on his bedside table. Jack keeps notes, scented candles, sketchbooks and his iPad on his side. Related Stories Interiors Issue 19 Prankster’s Paradise Is the nine-to-five grind approaching monotony? Arrive at the office early to even the playing field and invoke mirth for your co-workers. Interiors Issue 18 A View from the Porch The shapes and sizes of our homes are changing, and society along with it. Avi Friedman has come to make sense of the new era of household realities. Interiors Issue 16 My Bedside Table: The Fashion Designer Starr Hout, who cofounded fashion brand Apiece Apart with her friend Laura Cramer, talks about her evening rituals and a kid-friendly bedroom. Design Interiors Issue 15 The Community Entrepreneurs: The Food Enthusiasts Food can be used to enrich, strengthen and connect people of all societies and cultures: All you need is a passion for tasty morsels and tradition. Interiors Issue 14 My Bedside Table: The Editor The editor in chief of Milk Decoration magazine in Paris discusses what she likes to have at hand while slumbering. Interiors Issue 14 Home Tour: The Evergreen Cottage For this home tour, we look inside a festive house in a cobblestoned corner of Copenhagen.