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 we opened Sophia Rose Antik New York, started by Karin's daughter, Pia. Sophia Rose Antik continues in the tradition of Danish & European Antiques. Based in Cold Spring, N.Y., we offer interior decorating services for a wide range of projects, drawing on the beauty and grace of historical aesthetics, the Scandinavian flair for combining form and function, and a talent for creating dynamic synergies between traditional and modern. We have access to the finest architects and contractors, as well as custom design from all over the country. With years of experience in working with people, Pia brings unique attunement to each clients needs in order to help create the space they envision.
And out of our own inventory we are pleased to offer to you the sheer pleasure of antiques for everyday living. We combine our heritage pieces with some of the finest and most gorgeous modern textiles available. We have a selection of lovely accent pieces, and delightful home décor imbued with rich color and playful florals. Our paintings are each carefully chosen to offer a window into a moment of time, a glimpse of nature, a particular reverie, a sense of light and heat, or sea and sky. Whether you are drawn to the sleek clean lines of early 20th century Danish furniture design, or to the majestic gilded griffins of Neoclassical style, we hope you will find in our inventory something to love.