Conversation with Tina Seidenfaden Busck

We were recently delighted to add The Apartment Residence to the BoutiqueHomes collection because it epitomizes everything we love about travel, design and the idea of “home”. Located in the Christianshavn district of old Copenhagen, it’s the brainchild of long-time collector Tina Seidenfaden Busck – a magical space that combines all the best qualities of a hotel with the curated feel of a gallery… and the fun of a store. 

Tina Seidenfaden Busck

A Copenhagen native, Tina Seidenfaden Busck grew up exploring museums and galleries with her art-collector father. After working for Sotheby’s in London for several years, she returned to her hometown and in 2011 created an apartment gallery space within the 18th-century building she lived in. The Apartment, as it was dubbed, was intended to house the art and design objects she had collected over the years — a constantly-changing design destination, full of vintage pieces from the 20th century plus works by emerging and established contemporary designers like Ilse Crawford, Jessica Ogden and Muller van Severn. But when visitors started inquiring about purchasing the objects, it morphed into a gallery/store hybrid.

At the end of 2018, Tina took the idea one step further, opening up the space for overnight stays and exclusive events. The resulting space is now called The Apartment Residence, and it’s uniquely vivid and unconstrained, a playful space that overflows with imagination and irreverence but avoids being intimidating. The textiles, patterns and colors intentionally don’t match, yet they sit together with great ease, and the space is filled with objects that tell stories.

The idea for the residence was simple (but exactly what we design-lovers all dream about): stay the night, enjoy the collection, then take some of it home with you. Our curiosity piqued, we reached out to Tina to find out more about her story… and discover what’s coming next.

Your style is very unique. How would you describe it?

Tina Seidenfaden Busck: “My style and sense of aesthetics is constantly evolving as my taste changes. I’m always drawn to nature, especially grand floral gardens, and folk art holds a special place. I always stay true to finding a few key items and working around them. I buy something because I like it. All that I do is intuitive, and somehow the pieces come together and work really well.

“I find inspiration everywhere, even when I am on holiday. This is the nature of a collector, I cannot switch off! I live for the hunt. It becomes a way of life.”

How did you come up with the idea for The Apartment?

TSB: “Having specialized in contemporary art and design for Sotheby’s London and Copenhagen for 10 years, I wanted to create a more intimate setting where design could come to life and where my clients could come to see art and design pieces. The Apartment was set up to feel like a private home, but back then (2011) it was not possible to move in.

“The concept has evolved from almost ‘per appointment only’ intimate gallery shop to now being an intimate stay-like-a-local home-stay experience. The idea of bringing The Apartment’s individually-minded design sensibility to an even more intimate level led me to further developing it into a distinctively personal accommodation concept, a natural extension of The Apartment’s founding principles. I’ve spent the past decade acquiring incredible art pieces and objects from stellar designers we’ve worked with over the years with this project in mind, and I couldn’t have done it without my friendships with the people behind these designs. Now you can truly be at home at The Apartment Residence.

“The Apartment is currently housed in a pop-up gallery, central Copenhagen, and I am working on finalizing a brand new Apartment gallery shop, which is due to open first half of 2020 in the same building where The Apartment Residence is housed.”

How do you choose objects?

TSB: “I travel monthly to scout for pieces – many from Italy, France and Sweden, most dating back from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, and I especially like to mix my vintage finds alongside contemporary classics. I draw immensely on nature, especially grand floral gardens, for inspiration. I update continuously, several minor changes each month such as changing pieces of artwork on the walls or furniture.”

Is everything for sale?

TSB: “We go out of our way to make this possible; however with the new Apartment gallery shop opening early 2020, we like to encourage visitors to shop from this rather than The Apartment Residence itself.” 

What kind of events do you host at the Apartment?

TSB: “We welcome small exclusive events as the privacy and comfort of the Apartment Residence lends itself perfectly to intimate dinners for example, or casual business meetings. I like to think the environment is refreshingly different and will leave you feeling inspired.”

To give you an idea of what to expect from this inspirational space, we’ve added some of Tina’s finds below (all are available for sale). To experience the curatorial whimsy of Tina Seidenfaden Busck for yourself, we highly recommend a stay at the Apartment Residence.

Italy, 1950s. Murano table lamp in pale amber glass.  €1,290


Jules de Balincourt, USA, 2018. “Island People”: screen print on satin paper. €1,690


Simon Gate, Sweden, 1917. Set of schnapps glasses and carafe for Orrefors-Sandvik. €880


Livia Cetti, USA, contemporary. Tissue and crepe-paper flowers. €350-490 each
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