The stereotypical perspective of hygge looks like comfy clothes, tea, a delightful book, and some biscotti to go with your coffee. I’d argue that what’s more important than these lovely accessories is creating a hyggelig home – furnishings and home accessories included.
If a light bulb is going off for you, join the club. Until I read The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way To Live Well by Meik Wiking, I didn’t realize that either. It turns out that accessories such as lamps, plants, and a beautiful chair, all bring a certain quality to create a hyggelig home.
The home life of a Dane is imperative on how to live a hyggelig lifestyle. When you come home from a good or bad day, your home should always be there, waiting to comfort you. This ideology is something that Hut K tries to create for every customer that walks in.
Hut K is a furniture and lighting shop located in Winnipeg’s Exchange District and provides high-quality furnishings and lighting to any hyggelig home. They individually customize their shop floor with brands from all over the world and range in price so everyone can get in on the #hyggegoals, as one would say. (Or is that just me?)
I was able to chat with Georgia Prins-Coy from Hut K. She’s the design and sales consultant for Hut K, but beyond the title, she’s kind, funny, and embodies a lot of what Hut K, and hygge, are. The beautiful layout of Hut K is partially due to her experience in interior design as she helped to create the floor layout for the store.
An important note that stuck with me during our chat was the concept of mass production vs. specialty pieces (ones that Hut K provides). Even though we are living in a world of IKEA and outlet malls, she notices that the design community, especially here in Winnipeg, is growing.
“It’s a small community here for design, but I think more and more of this community is coming together and creating better things for Winnipeg, even in the last ten years the scope has changed.”
Design and specialty pieces are essential to the Danes, and it warms my heart to know that it’s starting to emerge in a market like Winnipeg’s. Meik Wiking, from The Little Book of Hygge, notes of the situation where there was a Kähler vase that was a special, limited edition. When it came out in 2014, over 16,000 Danes tried to buy it, and it quickly sold out. There was an uproar for this vase, and there was a significant public backlash towards the company for not making enough vases.
TL;DR – Don’t get in between a Dane and his/her vase. Hopefully, that same pandemonium will happen in Winnipeg (it could happen!)
When we got to talking about hygge, Georgia noted yoga and cooking as some of her favourite hyggelig things to do:
“I think after a long day, I like to go to yoga, so I find that’s super nice to take some time for yourself, even if it’s just for an hour. Even coming into a job like this, I’ve never had a 9-5 before, and it’s different… I’ve been finding that making time for myself is harder to get now, so getting to that yoga class is nice to just be with myself and my thoughts. I also like making dinner and being around friends and family that are super supportive and loving.”
Special thanks to Georgia and Hut K for letting me come by, chat and play around with some photography!