Is there a more design-conscious nation than Denmark, or a more design-obsessed capital than Copenhagen? Sure, the Italians like a nice sofa and the French have their frocks, but in Denmark design excellence runs deeper than that. One of the country’s most inspirational qualities is its love and mastery of the applied arts. Copenhagen, in particular, has had a massive influence on the way the world builds its public and private spaces, and on the way it designs interiors, furniture, homewares and, to a lesser extent, its public architecture. The Copenhagen aesthetic is defined by cool, clean lines, graceful shapes and streamlined accessibility.