Marie Engberg’s home reflects her belief that sustainable design and timeless interiors go hand in hand.
Danish-born Marie Engberg is not a woman to do things by halves. Her belief in caring for the planet, both socially and via the designworld, has resulted in a diverse career that has seen her work for several interiors brands and, leading up to 2012, on Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. When Marie and her husband Niels Grove Jensen decided to return home from America to start a family,which now includesWilfred, five, and Nora, three, they found a characterful townhouse in a vibrant district of Copenhagen. ‘Humleby is a small village where workers from the Carlsberg brewery once lived,’says Marie. ‘Built in 1886 by architect Frederik Bøttger, the house is a fantastic piece of history in itself – everything is crooked and the rooms have soul.’ The property perfectly harmonises with Marie’s latest venture, sustainable design store Yume, which she opened with Anja Holm in 2017. ‘Personal and eclectic with a Scandinavian edge’ is how Marie describes their style, but her new home needed a gentle renovation before she could make her mark on it. Spread over four levels, the interior was outdated and lacked a sense of flow. ‘We wanted every floor to function well on its own, while contributing to the overall feel of the house,’ says Marie. So the numerous hallways and stairs were reworked,the top floorwastweaked to accommodate a master suite and dressing room, and the first floor – where the children’s bedrooms are –wassimplified. ‘Our priority was to enhance the period details by introducing colour and texture,’ explains Marie. Some of their standout sustainable pieces include the vibrant royal blue and navy Masaya Lounge Chair in the sitting room. ‘It packs a punch and I love thatthe concept behind it is as much aboutreforestation asitis aboutfurniture making. Even our plates are made from recycled yogurt pots, which prove that something considered to be rubbish can be turned into practical, beautiful items.’ Once Marie leaves her busy store, her favourite pastime is relaxing at home on the porch, petting the neighbour’s dog, or enjoying drinksin the gardenwith friends. ‘The neighbourhood is thriving,’ she says, ‘and it gives us endlessinspiration when it comes to preserving the past and creating an eco-friendly future.
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