Meet Sebastian & Christian

Meet the guys behind the popular wine bar Ved Stranden 10 and the restaurant Admiralgade 26. They met over wine in 2005 and started their partnership with the winebar Ved Stranden 10. They came from different backgrounds, but have a common understanding of essentials when it comes to the best things in life.

Sebastian studied philosophy and modern literature and founded his import business "österreich vin" on Esplanaden in 2003. Christian has a background in the military - coupled with studies in arts and humanities besides a long track record in the restaurant world. Together they run Ved Stranden 10, Admiralgade 26 and a small clothing company called Standard & Rose - Fabrics. So without further ado heres our conversation with them:

"Sincerity in all forms; craftsmanship, the joy of repetition and giving people the opportunity to feel at home."

We at Goods like both Ved Stranden 10 and Admiralgade 26 a lot! So, can you tell us about how you started out?

Like everything else which is worthwhile in life, we started with a kiss, in the most platonic sense of the word, with congeniality and appetite. Besides, both of those places seemed manifestly important and nearly impossible at the beginning (phrase borrowed from Dr. Edwin H. Land, Polaroid)...and they proved to be. Well, at least nearly impossible and maybe modestly important.

Your newest place Admiralgade 26 has quite a Japanese influence - why is that?

We went to Tokyo in 2015 while the people from Noma were out there. We discussed the trip thoroughly and agreed that going to Tokyo for lunch was the only reasonable thing to do. We arrived at the 38th floor straight from the airport and started on what turned out to be a 36 hour lunch with jet lag. In retrospect, we were actually surprised that it proved to be not only reasonable, but also a very defining experience for us. We had a feeling of belonging in Japan, despite, at the same time, having that clear impression of being complete strangers that most foreigners encounter. We also went to Kyoto and stayed at the Roykan Tawaraya. An experience that actually answered many of our questions regarding hospitality and how to handle such things; the craftsmanship and patience and meticulousness great service entails, but also design and the ambition to create high quality, but unpretentious surroundings, this inspired us to think of the human aspect as the potential main driver of our endeavours (rather than straightforward commercial content and profit), the sense of history and proportion, how to eat a proper, dignifying meal in the age of social media and how to re-invoke sensibility and presence etc. etc. etc Those questions and their Japanese responses ended up shaping Admiralgade 26 and are somehow embedded into the fabric of the place. We even ended up working with the concept of Tokonoma, so Japanese and Danish culture turned out to be much more related than we assumed. Sitting in a Wegner chair at a traditional hotel in Kyoto seemed very natural and the Japanese influence at Admiralgade 26 should feel the same.

We also really like the interior of the place, how do you link the interior with what you serve? Is there a link?

Yes, there is a connection of course, the bridging is an idea and concept of quality or, maybe to put it more precisely; sincerity. Sincerity in all forms; craftsmanship, the joy of repetition and giving people the opportunity to feel at home. Our interior and what’s on the plate, not to mention in the glass, transports a set of values, a perspective on the world and of being in it, and is, as such, not only a means of well-being, but also of inspiration, criticism, and perspective. The most direct connection between food, wine and interior unfolds on our movie nights when the servings turn out to be echoes of the movie we have chosen. The most recent one, Paolo Sorrentino’s La Grande Bellezza, was accompanied by Minestrone, Pasta all’amatriciana, Saltimbocca alla Romana, Sea urchin and Maritozzi, served on silver plates with the outmost decadence, cocktails and wine at your discretion - as the invitation put it.

We’re obviously happy to have you as customers at Goods. What is it you think we do well at Goods?

We like the location, which is very convenient, close to a future subway and good parking... just kidding. The location is nice, but a clothing shop that is well curated is a huge privilege to be in, especially in this age of fashion and fast food.

What’s your take on clothing? Do have any specific ideas about what you want, how are you different from each other and do you have any favourite brands?

We want our clothes to last by all standards and we might be a little too old for yet another pair of sneakers anyway. Christian in particular. At the end of the day you just need a Mackintosh to get you home, right?

Would you like to recommend something?

Adolf Loss’ essay “A Praise of the Present" in “Why a Man Should be Well-dressed” captures most of it. Besides, as our world famous friend Yuki puts it with everlasting depths: No drugs, always condom!

"We want our clothes to last by all standards and at the end of the day you just need a Mackintosh to get you home"

Photos by Robin Skjoldborg

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