It started with Hanna, a creative and talented Norwegian woman living in Denmark, who wanted to bring the warmth, functionality, and design flair of Nordic 'almue', or 'folk', décor to her newfound home, and to the many tourists visiting from other countries. In the 1960's, she opened a boutique in the center of the charming Danish city of Arhus, called Norsk Almue. With the help of her husband, Erik, and her elder daughter Wenja, Norsk Almue became a landmark in the business center of Arhus.
A decade later, her younger daughter Karin continued the concept in her now home in Westchester, New York, with a retail store, Almue Stuen, that offered Scandinavian gifts, clothing and home décor. Over time, she expanded the business to include antiques from Scandinavia, Russia and Continental Europe, as well as interior decorating services. Eventually, with stores first on Madison Avenue and then in Westchester, NY, Danish & European Antiques--as the business came to be called-made the classical grace and beauty of 19th century European aesthetics accessible to a wide variety of clientele, many of whom returned often to pick up another cherished piece. Items were also offered through Center 44 in Manhattan and Harborview Center for Antiques in CT. In 2010, after many wonderful years, the business closed.
In 2016 Karin's daughter Pia opened Sophia Rose Antik New York LLC. Born of Danish and Indian parents, and having lived in Copenhagen, London and New York City, Pia brings her innate international sensibility to all her design work. With years of experience working with Karin in antiques and interiors, as well as years of in depth training in the healing arts, history and theology, she offers a unique attunement to each client in order to help them create the space they envision and which is distinctly theirs. She is committed to helping clients find and create a space that speaks to their own unique self and imparts a sense of harmony with their surroundings. She brings a talent for color, form and texture together with an intuitive grasp of spatial possibilities.
In addition to working as a decorator, Pia is currently an analyst in training (on leave) from the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association in New York City, with a forthcoming book on the psyche and patristic theology. The archetypal importance of beauty inspires her work in all areas.