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L:A BRUKET
Dahlman1807
Photo Rigetta Klint
English translation Dorte H Silver


In early September, as I was preparing the 3 Days of Design exhibition at Dahlman1807, I decided that among the beautiful hand-crafted exhibits, I would also try to find craft products with particular relevance to the global coronavirus pandemic.So I looked around for hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer produced by small craft-based companies that had converted their production to make this essential product, which was in critically short supply during the early spring months. Hand sanitizer that in many cases, in addition to helping prevent the spread of infection, was packaged and labelled in a way that made the bottles an attractive feature in the home or at the office instead of being an eyesore.

I turned to Bornholm Spirits, an agile distillery that was one of the first-movers in this shift. Bornholm Spirits provided a beautiful bottle, filled with disinfecting alcohol of the same high quality as their liquor. I envisioned how perfectly the bottles would match the interior at Dahlman1807. But alas, it was not to be.

Good for your hands. Pleasing to the eye. But also at risk of being imbibed, according to the authorities’ assessment of this and other, similar, products. Too attractive-looking, simply put, and too similar to the company’s drinkable products. So much for a good, rapid initiative at a time of dire need as the national stock of disinfectant was runnig dangerously low.

I have long since returned to my home, where I am now wearing slippers from Dahlman. Who doesn’t need handsome slippers these days? This new addition to my wardrobe was designed in 1942 by the architect Poul Kühl, who is said to have been inspired during a visit to India. It soon became the preferred house shoe for many contemporary architects and designers, so in a sense, I can now claim to be filling the shoes of renowned architect-designers Børge Mogensen and Arne Jacobsen! Unlike them, however, I have the benefit of non-slip rubber soles. The original slippers were all leather. A further advantage of the rubber sole is that the shoes, which are set to become my favourite indoor footwear this fall and winter, can be worn outdoors when summer returns.

And the hand sanitizer? In the meantime, the Swedish skincare company L:A BRUKET has seized the moment and launched a fragrant (scent is an area where they excel) ‘hydrating hand cleanser’ in an attractive dispenser matching their other series. The hand cleanser contains 70% organic alcohol. It is marketed as a cleanser, not a hand sanitizer, because the approval process for hand sanitizer is so slow and lengthy, according to L:A BRUKET’s Danish agent, Christian Egely.

I trust that it is effective and enjoy the lovely fragrance







PÅ DANSK - Stort og småt!



I begyndelsen af september da jeg forberedte 3 Days of Design udstilling hos Dahlman1807, så tænkte jeg, at jeg foruden at udstille smukke håndværksprodukter i almindelighed også skulle finde håndværksprodukter, som var helt aktuelle set i lyset af den globale Coronapandemi. Jeg så mig derfor omkring for at finde håndsprit. Håndsprit produceret af mindre håndværksvirksomheder, som havde stillet produktionen om til at kunne fremstille den håndsprit, som i de tidlige forårsmåneder var en mangelvare. Håndsprit som i mange tilfælde, foruden at være god til formålet (forhindre smittespredning), var emballeret og etiketteret på en måde, så spritflaskerne, i stedet for at være en irriterende klods om benet, også var gode for øjet.

Jeg kastede mig over Bornholm Spirits, som er en af de spiritusdestillerier, som havde været hurtige og omstillingsparate. Bornholm Spirits tilbød fin flaske og sprit af samme gode kvalitet som deres spiritus. Jeg så for mig, hvor smukt flaskerne ville klæde Dahlman1807s interiør. Men sådan skulle det ikke være.

God for hænderne. God for øjet, men også med risiko for at ende som en tår over tørsten, sådan vurderede myndighederne i al fald dette og flere andre lignende produkter. For pæn, helt enkelt og for lig andre af virksomhedens drikkelige produkter. Så meget for det gode og hurtige initiativ, da nøden var størst og spritdepoterne tomme.

Jeg er for længst gået hjem, i øvrigt iført slippers fra Dahlman. For hvem behøver ikke pæne hjemmesko i disse tider? Min nyerhvervelse er tegnet I 1942 af arkitekt Poul Kühl, som efter sigende var inspireret af en tur til Indien. Skoen blev siden flere af datidens arkitekters foretrukne hjemmesko; jeg går på den måde i både Børge Mogensens og Arne Jacobsens fodspor med mine nye hjemmesko. I modsætning til dem dog på skridsikre gummisåler. De oprindelige slippers var læder helt igennem. Gummisålen har den fordel, at skoene, som bliver mine foretrukne indesko i efteråret og vinteren, til sommer kan komme med på gaden.

Og håndspritten? I mellemtiden har det svenske hudplejefirma L:A BRUKET været vakse ved havelågen, de har lanceret en virkelig velduftende (duft er deres spidskompetence) ”hydrating hand cleanser” i deres som vanligt pæne emballage. Hand cleanser med 70% økologisk alkohol. Cleanser og ikke håndsprit, fordi godkendelsesprocessen for håndsprit er langsommelig, sådan forklarer L:A BRUKETS danske agent Christian Egely navnet cleanser.

Jeg satser på, at den virker, og nyder velduften!