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Danish design has been in the vanguard for decades. We've all come to know and love the classic traits that have made this style an international force. While in Copenhagen, I paid a visit to the Danish Design Center, Denmark’s knowledge centre for design, and was able to see some very cool exhibits. One of my favorites was Denmark by Design, an exhibit showcasing the development in Danish design from 1945 to 2010 and how it has become an integrated part of our everyday lives and mindset. The exhibition also explores the new generation of designers and companies that will design the decades to come and maintain Denmark's position as a leading design nation. The pieces were displayed by decades in a very clever way, giving a clear scope of the extensive contributions by Danish designers to modernity. I enjoyed everything about it, particularly being surrounded by so many iconic pieces of furniture I love and use in my everyday life, like Arne Jacobsen's Egg and Ant chairs and the Pantone chair by Verner Panton.

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These Walls Can Talk

Traveling is a way for people to keep abreast of other cultures and their history. It's all about getting in touch with their past and present. On my trip to Budapest last Fall, I had the chance to learn more about Hungary's two terror regimes: the Nazi during WWII and the 40-year communist regime. One of the most impressive sites I visited was the Terror Háza Múseum, or the House of Terror Museum. The museum is a monument to the memory of those held captive, tortured and killed in this building. While presenting the horrors in a tangible manner, it also intends to make people understand that the sacrifices that were made for freedom were not in vain. Fully renovated inside and out, the building manifests power and has a rather monumental presence. The external façade, the internal design and the impeccable look of the exhibitions are the works of Hungarian architect Attila F. Kovács. I was extremely impressed, and touched, to see how exceptionally they presented such a horrific and disturbing subject matter. Unfortunately, I was not allowed to photograph many of the interior galleries, but I urge you to take a peek at some of their photos here. Although reluctant at first, I'm glad I went to this museum. It made my visit to this stunning city even more significant. I definitely recommend it.

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A British head turner

After a two-hour train ride from Amsterdam we arrived in Antwerp, Belgium. This charming city has always been on my list of destinations since it's known to be a Mecca for up-and-coming fashion designers who are influencing the couture scene. While strolling down the cobblestone street near the Hotel Banks (where we're staying) I came across The MoMu, the Fashion Museum of Antwerp. Immediately I went in, and to my surprise they were hosting an exhibit of the largest collection of Stephen Jones' hats outside of his native Britain.

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In the kitchen

The Museum of Modern Art

If you’re planning to visit New York in the next six months, you must make time to visit the Counter Space: Design and Modern Kitchen exhibit at The Museum of Modern Art.  It’s a wonderful display that takes you through the twentieth-century transformation of the kitchen as heart of the home, and its changing technologies, aesthetics and ideologies. The exhibit has four different themes: The New Kitchen, Frankfurt Kitchen (a new acquisition by the Modern and highlight of the show), Visions of Plenty and Kitchen Sink Dramas. So start planning your trip as the show runs through March 14, I highly recommend it.

Read the exhibit's review in The New York Times.