Cosy, colourful and riddled with cafés and stunning architecture, Copenhagen moves gracefully on its own, far removed from the hectic pace of other major capitals on this side of the globe — it is the home of “hygge”, after all. With its glittering canals, its bakeries and museums, and a predominant cyclist population, Denmark’s capital touts a much more relaxed way of life which can be seen as truly enviable for any high-strung Hongkonger. Born and bred Hongkonger Vivian Hung has been traveling to Copenhagen regularly ever since she started working for a distribution company for Nordic designers in 2015.
Always fascinated with gorgeous design (you’ll find swoon-worthy shots at her Instagram feed @vivivianhung), Hung cut her teeth as a buyer for local lifestyle brand Kapok. She started her own Scandinavian furniture design agency, Wool , in 2017. Wool Studio is named for the material’s ubiquitous nature in modern furniture and fashion, linked to an industry that prizes thoughtful design and craftsmanship, transcending time and trends. Similarly, Hung started Wool (which also shares the pronunciation for ‘object’ in Chinese) with a manifesto to ‘buy less but better’, aiming to infuse thoughtfulness and good design into the details of each day — an ethos shared with much of Scandinavian design itself.
Based in a two-storey studio and café in Sai Ying Pun, Hung represents an eclectic array of Scandinavian furniture and design brands and introduces them to retail stores and interior designers in Asia. Hung shares with us her favourite design destinations, cycling trails, and the best new bakery in Copenhagen.