A new Kadeau
This is something different. It’s on a gorgeous looking restaurant.
Kadeau is the story of a restaurant that is tied to the island of Bornholm in the middle of the Baltic Sea. The crew and head chef Nicolai Nørregaard have build both a Nordic Michelin-star restaurant as well as a food embassy for an island that is fighting to survive as many rural areas are in Europe. The three friends are now running a series of restaurant, all closely associated with the foods and the nature of Bornholm. They have been called the embassy of their mother island, they’re a gastronomic calling card re-establishing the struggling Island in the cultural conscience of the Danes and creating an international awareness of the beautiful Island that is otherwise overlooked as a destination and a special habitat.
But last month they achieved something completely different – but nonetheless very admirable. The reopened a refurbished version of their Michelin-starred restaurant. And what a place. I must admit – it’s one of the most beautiful examples of a both modern and classical Nordic design. Simply bloody beautiful. If you’re in Copenhagen – foodie or not – go by just to check out the restaurant as a showcase of great interior design. It’s showing how the Scandinavian design and architecture tradition can live on.
In the fifties and sixties, the Danish design scene shaped the modern world. There was a unique language of simplicity and great craftsmanship, the use of woods and leathers and durable materials that would remain classical and ooze of quality decade after decade. Indestructible yet light materials, shaped by human needs, traditional and functional in one expression. But it is also a dead language. Its masters like Wegner, Jacobsen and Juhl are all gone. And today Scandinavian design has become associated with affordable functionality, like IKEA is pushing around the globe.
But the Kadeau restaurant has brought that language back, working with the design team from OEO, they have made something that is both modern and distinctly Nordic. It’s simply one of the most beautiful restaurants in the city. The place is constructed in wood and copper, with open fire, a both modern and very intimate feeling. It’s warm without being heavy. It’s a gem and a destination – before you even get the first dish.