{City Files}:: Liebe

by Tina on March 10, 2011

in City Files, Copenhagen, Denmark, photography

Walk into most designer shops in Copenhagen and chances are good that you will find products by Liebe.  Though you might be tempted as I was to assume that Liebe is a large corporate run business, the truth is that Liebe is actually a locally run business by Susan Liebe, one of the sweetest and most talented Danish designers.

Some of her most recognizable products are these adorable ceramic plates…

But that is hardly all you will find in her shop.  Discover beautiful ceramics in every shape and size… from birds…

to treasure filled cups and vases…

And beautiful candlesticks as well.  (Something that I have grown to appreciate more since moving to this moody and gray country.  Not that I mind… I am happy to light candles and understand hygge {cozy} in a whole new way!)

After explaining to Susan how much my readers enjoy little peeks into studios, she was so kind as to invite us back through the most picturesque courtyard and into her creative space.

While she apologized for the mess, we marveled at the shelves lined with beautiful ceramics…

And tables lined with works in progress.  I think most of us creative types would agree that a little mess is a sign of good things to come!

Susan explained that while some of her designs are now made in Portugal and Vietnam, many of them are still produced locally.  Though much of her time is consumed with taking care of her rapidly growing business, her favorite place to come is still her studio where she can sit and enjoy the simplicity of clay in her hands.

I have thought about that a lot.  Sometimes I think we as artists or creative types can get so busy trying to make a business of our craft that we lose sight of the joy that got us started in the first place.  It was a good reminder to me to stop and enjoy my creative time more because I think it is very easy to slip into thinking about “getting it done” rather than celebrating those moments of quiet inspiration.

Well, as you can see, I enjoyed my visit to the Liebe Shop very much.  I walked away feeling refreshed and reflective from my time with Susan. I also loved how she paired her own designs with those of her other favorites.  I felt that adding in products from other designers only added flavor to her own and gave them a wonderful context for clients to enjoy.  I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have a hard time imagining how a pretty jar or a candlestick might look in my home, so I’m always appreciative of a shop that helps give wings to my imagination!

So, tell me, what do you think?   Didn’t you love peeking into Susan’s studio and her beautiful ceramics and shop?  Anyone else appreciate her modern products paired with sweet vintage finds?

Liebe: Kompagnistræde 23, 1208 Copenhagen K, +45 33 93 18 46

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Juliette R. March 10, 2011 at 4:24 pm

I think it’s such a great mix! Totally appealing. I love that her name means “love” and “dear” in German – perfect name for that shop!


peggy March 10, 2011 at 5:40 pm

I love Anna Liebe… I could buy everything and her web shop is very tempting …all the time.
A must visit for everybody going to CPH 🙂
Hope you are doing fine dear Tina.


Petey March 10, 2011 at 8:31 pm

I love it when you share these peeks inside. It’s so beautiful and appreciated.


Heidi March 11, 2011 at 8:56 am

I just love her little cellar shop – I have already bought to of her retro signs but plan to get more as I just love her style. The cool thing is that you can put in special orders for custom made door signs and more – I just adore that. I also love the retro kids things she has in her shop 🙂


Bethany March 11, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Gorgeous… I am such a sucker for pottery, that shop looks like so much fun to prowl around!


Twiggs March 12, 2011 at 9:23 pm

oh my friend, i have loved it very much! her studio looked amazing and her work is stunning! such cute little pieces! they could really bring some joy to any room!! and how good to know that some designs are made here! 🙂 what a coincidence! have a great weekend! twiggs


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