Mads Kornerup is the mastermind behind Shamballa Jewels. The Creative Director of the Danish brand creates jewelry that encourages you to find your inner Shamballa – the mythical Himalayan kingdom of wisdom and compassion. Worn by celebrities such as Karl Lagerfeld, Jennifer Aniston and Leonardo di Caprio, those exclusive pieces are reminiscent of places near and far, of spiritual stories ancient and new, Shamballa jewels are designed to trigger curiosity and inspire conversation. I met Mads last week in Zurich for the opening celebration of his first store in Switzerland on Bahnhoftstrasse 25 in collaboration with La Serlas.
(Shamballa Jewels are also available at TROIS POMMES Store, VIA SERLAS 29, 7500 St. Moritz and Palacestrasse 1, 7800 Gstaad.)
Your favourite city?
COPENHAGEN. I live here. It has all the comfort of a big city and also the charm of a small village with beautiful lakes and buildings. It is a very safe city to raise my children in.
Your favourite hotel?
D’ANGLETERRE HOTEL in the center of Copenhagen. It has is a beautiful building with a great deal of history. It is the oldest and finest grand hotel in Copenhagen.
34, Kongens Nytorv, 1050 København K, +45 33 12 00 95
Your favourite restaurant?
CAFE VICTOR – one of Copenhagen’s oldest cafes. I eat lunch there twice a week, great vibe and great meeting point for all copenhageners. RESTAURANT GEIST for fine food when you can’t get a reservation at NOMA. RESTAURANT PLUTO for casual meals. They have a cosy concept of small plates that can be shared by the whole table.
Café Victor, Ny Østergade 8, 1101 København K, +45 33 13 36 13
Restaurant Geist, Kongens Nytorv 8, 1050 København, +45 33 13 37 13
Restaurant Noma, Strandgade 93, 1401 København K, +45 32 96 32 97
Restaurant Pluto, Borgergade 16, 1300 København K, +45 3316 0016
Your favourite bar or nightclub?
RUBY COCKTAIL BAR on Nybrogade. They have the best cocktails in Copenhagen.
Nybrogade 10, 1203 København K, +45 33 93 12 03
Your favourite sightseeing spot?
The PARLIAMENT (FOLKETINGET). It houses the Royal Stables as well.
Rigsdagsgården, 1240 København K, +45 33 37 55 00
Your favourite park?
KING’S GARDEN. It is a beautifully planned park with an view of the imposing Rosemborg castle. I love walking there and cycle through the park on my way to work .
Øster Voldgade 4 1350 København K, ++45 33 92 63 00
Your favourite beach?
TISVILDE BEACH in North Copenhagen. We have our summer house there and spend lots of time on the beach. The beaches are clean and not too many tourists.
Your favourite shop?
SHAMBALLA JEWELS! But of course. The flagship store has been a long dream and we have an amazing space unlike any other jewellery store.
Ny Østergade 7, 1101 København, +45 33 36 59 59
Your must-have accessory?
The SHAMBALLA BRACELET. One of the most iconic designs to have come out of Denmark.
The best soundtrack for this destination?
Any music by LUKAS GRAHAM. He captures the young, new soul of Copenhagen perfectly.
The best book to read while being on vacation there?
SHAMBHALA – THE SACRED PATH OF THE WARRIOR by Chogyam Thrungpa. Copenhagen is an idyllic city that offers space for reflection and this book is a beautiful study in the search for inner and outer peace.
Thank you, Mads, for sharing your insider scoop on Copenhagen with us!
Photos: Courtesy of Mads Kornerup, Shamballa Jewels, © Morton Bjarnhof and © Sandra Bauknecht