Few people symbolize the story of Dragør better than jewellery designer Marianne Svendsen, whose family roots and craft are closely intertwined with the town itself
It might be the world’s most personal showroom: When you visit Marianne Svendsen’s jewellery store, Nanné, you are also literally entering her own home. The ground floor of this traditional 19th-century house is adorned with all manner of handcrafted gold jewellery and other decorative designs, some of them for sale, some of them family heirlooms for display.
You’ll find her house in Dragør, a coastal town roughly 12 kilometres south of Copenhagen. It’s known for its picturesque city centre of yellow houses which have stayed virtually the same for several hundred years. Even for a city crammed full of history such as Copenhagen, that’s a rare feat, and the town boasts close to 100 listed buildings. This has made Dragør a cherished excursion spot for people looking to get out of the city – as well as a serious contender for the UNESCO World Heritage list in recent years.