This quirky little corner shop of artistic curiosities in Copenhagen is a family affair, being the creative centre and retail outlet for Martin Aalykke Kristiansen and Stine Maria Aalykke, their daughters Sofia and Ida, and their magic cat Balou. Sometimes when people tell you they have a magic cat it requires further investigation into the nature of the animal’s magic powers, and maybe a call to the authorities, but in the case of this whimsical brood we think it’s best to just shrug in acceptance and move on.
CAN, in the Tullinsgade area of Denmark’s capital, sells the colourful and charmingly naïve results of mum and dad’s art and design business. They’re inspired and helped out by the younger clan members, and there’s a palpable family feel to the business, which is both a shop and a gallery where folks are welcomed to drop by and say hello. As a sideline, Martin has a considerable collection of collectible vinyl of the pre-1994 vintage. Groovy, baby.