Paustian transforms 19th-century bank into Copenhagen showroom - architecture and design

Paustian transforms 19th-century bank into Copenhagen showroom



Ornate gold columns and chequered marble floors nod to the past life of Danish furniture brand Paustian's latest showroom, which has opened in a building renovated by Aarstiderne Arkitekte.
The Paustian showroom takes over a now-defunct bank that dates back to 1868. It has been designed by the brand's in-house design team in collaboration with Danish architecture practice Aarstiderne Arkitekter to celebrate its decadent historic features.

Located in Strøget, a pedestrianised shopping area at the heart of Copenhagen, the store comes as part of the brand's move to be more accessible.
It joins three other showrooms dotted across Denmark: one in Østbanen, which occupies an old train station, another in Aarhus which is located inside an 18th-century mansion, and the flagship in Nordhavn, which is set within a building designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon.
"With Paustian Strøget we wanted to create an inspiring design universe closer to the customer," explained Frantz Longhi, CEO of Paustian.
"The store in the 1987 Utzon building in Nordhavn is a design destination and tourist attraction because of the architecture and the curated mix of iconic design and furniture we show there, but it is a bit outside of the centre of Copenhagen," he told Dezeen.

The new central branch features an expansive ground floor punctuated by the bank's original gold pillars, which rise up to a mottled, vaulted ceiling. Veiny marble structural pillars, mahogany wall panelling a...
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