[ENG] - Housed in an iconic and historical building that dates back to 1937, The Standard is located in central Copenhagen. Right next to Nyhavn, straight across from Noma and overlooking the Royal Opera and Christianshavn. It is a 65m long and 10m wide rounded rectangular construction. It was created by architect and royal buildings inspector, Kristoffer Nyrop Varming (1865-1936), who was also behind a large number of other famous buildings in Copenhagen such as the Niels Bohr Institute.
After an intense process, the space has now been re-born as “The Standard” - a name that pays tribute to the history of the building and also signifies the vision and ambition of it’s new owners. Today, this art deco building, stands as a perfect example of International functionalism for its time. It was originally used as customs chamber, later as tickets office and waiting hall for passengers boarding the ferries to Sweden.
The interior of The Standard has been completely transformed and stands completed as a mix of modern, understated Nordic with subtle details and International touches that all together provides a unique ambience. It is an eclectic mix of soft lines, natural light, exclusive materials, classic designs and brand new icons. Gamfratesi has carefully chosen everything to underline the building’s history, iconic look and vision. The architects great grandson, Søren Varming has even designed the graphic identity.
In the same way as the interior The Standard is no short of ambitious gastronomic ventures. It boast no less than three world-class restaurants; from Verandah - a contemporary gastronomic Indian restaurant and Almanak - a modern Danish restaurant serving informal breakfast, lunch and dinner to Studio - the ex-noma chef, Torsten Vildgaard’s New Nordic gourmet restaurant.
To top it all off, the jazz club, bearing the name of the entire project - the Standard, is a bold addition to the famous jazz scene in Copenhagen. The space will be run with a new format of two or more shows daily, only resembled in the larger jazz capitals of the world such as New York or Tokyo.
“Jazz is a language with many dialects and accents and being a great jazz artist means being a great storyteller and a being possessed of a passion to share those stories with others, eloquently and through mastering the language of jazz. At The Standard, we will be looking to bring in dynamic, vibrant and engaged jazz artists who best fit this description.” - Niels Lan Doky, Music Director & Co-founder
The interior of the jazz club along with the Indian restaurant Verandah was also designed by GamFratesi. This unique project also marks the exciting launch and initial statement of one of GamFratesi latest designs for Gubi - the Beetle chair which is used in the project - along with many other designs from the award-winning design duo. In particular for this space, GamFratesi designed an extension to the new Beetle series - a bar chair that allows for comfortable dining at the bar or relaxed seated performances on stage in the club.
“Our work is balancing between the traditional and surprising. Often it takes just a small detail to achieve or break an expression, and we are very curious about that. We work strictly with the Scandinavian approach to crafts, simplicity and functionalism, but there always happens to be a strong emotion to concept and story behind each work. Contrasts are often the center of our inspiration.” - Enrico Fratesi
The Indian restaurant, Verandah, sister restaurant to the famous Michelin star restaurant ‘Trishna’ and ‘Bubbledogs’ in London, is a perfect example of GamFratesi’s design vision. The restaurant serves Contemporary Pan-Indian cuisine, using seasonal and regional ingredients. It has a total of 80 seats, primarily the new Beetle chair, in the restaurant, bar and lounge. It mixes modern understated Nordic/European designs with subtle Indian elements and classic references. The space has plenty of natural light and green plants has been used throughout to emphasize the natural element.
“Traditionally in Indian houses, the verandah serves as an outdoor living room. Guests are often received in the verandah. It's a place where families and friends get together, and the lifestyle on an Indian verandah are often associated with the country’s colonial era. The light and airiness of our space evokes a reminiscence of such an atmosphere.” - Verandah, mission statement
At Gubi, we like to define ourselves as collectors and believe that a successful interior isn’t complete unless it reaches a particular level of eclecticism and character. Just like our designs it should feel personal, be innovative of it’s time, have iconic status and preferably also challenge the ordinary in some way. The Standard possesses all of these qualities - It is a space that offers contemporary cutting-edge cuisine with respect for tradition, houses top jazz musicians that courageously mixes the known with the unknown, the old with the new.
At Gubi, we’re very proud to be part of yet another prestigious gastronomic project. This time it is the venture from food entrepreneur and co-founder of Noma, Claus Meyer and his partner, the world famous jazz musician, Niels Lan Doky. Together with the Danish-Italian design duo, GamFratesi, they recently set out on a journey to transform a former custom house in Copenhagen into a “new cultural and gastronomic landmark” with three world-class restaurants and a jazz club. The space is fitted throughout with Beetle chairs & and a brand new bar chair version along with other beautiful Gubi designs - it is a project that sets new standards for the Copenhagen dining scene.
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