3 Days of Design 2024: An AD PRO Essential Guide

Scandinavia’s premiere design festival 3 Days of Design began with a quartet of Danish brands—Anker & Co., Kvadrat, Erik Jørgensen, and Montana—10 years ago. Last year, its anniversary iteration took over the entire city of Copenhagen, and the 2024 edition looks to be even bigger, with hundreds of brands and twice as many events spilling out of the city’s storefronts, showrooms, museums, and restaurants. Most events are open to the public and are set to take place June 12–14.

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New to the event? Or thrilled to return to one of the world’s most inspiring design locations? AD PRO’s got you covered, with all the must-sees and should-do’s at 3 Days of Design 2024, as well as hot tips on where to rest and restore amidst the buzzy fair.

What to Know About 3Days of Design

All events are free, but visitors are encouraged to download the 3DD app and register via a QR ticket system for more seamless access to all the fun. Getting from event to event is also a breeze: Copenhagen is one of the world’s most bike-friendly cities—and it’s quite walkable too. (Check the fair’s Design Walks program for specially coordinated tours.) For further jaunts, the city’s metro system allows for easy transfers between districts—although taking a boat from neighborhood to neighborhood is an even better way to see the sights.

Where to Eat, Drink, and Stay

The UNESCO World Capital of Architecture is the living heart of Scandi chic, so you might as well stay at a historic MCM landmark: Arne Jacobsen’s 1956 SAS Royal, said to be the world’s first design hotel and refreshed in 2018 by Space Copenhagen as the Radisson Collection Royal Hotel, Copenhagen. Meanwhile, Swedish architect Gert Wingårdh’s Nobis Hotel is an elegant respite just off of Tivoli Gardens, and the newly renovated Villa Copenhagen emits quintessential Danish ease within the city’s former Central Post & Telegraph Head Office.

For cozier surrounds, check into Hotel Sanders, an antique-layered retreat by Brit firm Lind + Almond. Or for a bit more future-focused, try the houseboat hotel Kaj, floating just minutes from the Opera House.

Foodwise, start your day with the city’s beloved bakeri culture. Brave the crowds for an early-morning cardamom bun at the landmark Juno the Bakery and the crisp kouign-amann at Andersen & Milland. Come lunchtime, score a sandwich at Lille, which slices up a revelatory rye bread fit for a picnic Smørrebrød feast on the water, or stop by Selma, where the menu changes with the season. Then top off your evening with a glass or two at natural-wine hot spot Pompette.

Design Happenings Not To Miss

Out and About

Kick off 3 Days of Design at Frama’s community dinner celebrating its collaboration with Toogood, featuring bites by Apotek 57’s Chiara Barla and wine from Barcelona’s The Natural Wine Company, then head to Vipp, which will celebrate its 85th anniversary with a courtyard barbecue at the Vipp Garage HQ. The following evening, on June 14, Hem will host a House Party to preview fall collabs with Fabien Cappello, Louis Poulsen will fête 150 years with a first look at the manufacturer’s retrospective book with Phaidon and a cocktail party in its own courtyard, and Muuto’s will reveal its design competition.

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