Monthly Archives: October 2015

Peeking in the mirror
from another angle

Inspiration comes in various forms. To some it appears as a lightning bolt. To others it arrives as tide sneaking its way onto land. In the case of Norwegian musician Thomas Dybdahl it is the grandness of nature and the humdrum of everyday life that often spark his brightest ideas.

The Great Escape

Nature has always been close to home in the Scandinavian hinterlands, but now more than ever the endless Nordic woods are working their magic on the modern city dweller.

A man of many lives and rooms

It is always thrilling to move behind the scenes of another person’s creative processes and discover the impetus behind his or her creations. Studying the spaces and routines that nurture an artist or a craftsman can be a key to understanding not only the product, but also the creative approach itself.

Hard as Oak

Of all the trees in Scandinavia, the hardy oak is king. It has fuelled the ovens of medieval villages, carried the city of Copenhagen on its wooden pillars, and served as the building blocks of the Royal Danish Navy. Today oak is coveted as the go-to material in anything from hardwood floors to designer chairs. The reason is this: it never surrenders!

Beauty of The Harbour

The young French artist Julie Fuster’s atmospheric photographs and dreamy writings can currently be viewed […]

North meets South

Rym Tounsi and Zied Youssef, founders of the Tunisian design company House of Rym, have […]

LET’S GET LOST

Located in the province of Nordland, close to the glacier Okstindan, the Rabot Cabin is […]

DREAMING REALITY

Who is he, this mysterious little boy sitting in the staircase staring right at you […]

THE ART OF A MEAL

When the chef brandishes his knife and composes a meal in a perfect balance of sweet and bitter, bright and dark, soft and crispy, he is not unlike an artist evoking feelings, memories, experiences, and attitudes with his brushes. Five culinary artists present five meals – and the stories behind them.  

Svalbard: Life in the modern-day Arctic

A cluster of freezing cold islands originally inhabited solely by polar bears, the arctic fox, and sturdy reindeer, the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard has enthralled adventurous explorers since it was first discovered 400 years ago. But do not expect modern-day Svalbard to be an arctic Wild West.

WELCOME TO THE REST OF YOUR LIFE

Nina Persson is equal parts cat and chameleon, Tinkerbell and Pippi Longstocking. The Swedish singer of The Cardigans and solo artist in her own right does not take life for granted; rather, it is something she intends to guide in precisely the direction she wants.

Melancholia

The ground lies exposed and scarred after the storm’s devastation, the frost has sunk its teeth into the naked branches, and an inexplicable sadness runs like a subtle undercurrent through most days. While some fear the Scandinavian winter darkness, others are drawn towards the melancholia and the fathomless black.

White

Is white a colour? Ask a scientist, and the answer will be about wavelengths, light receptors, and optical illusions. Ask an artist, a writer, or an anthropologist, and white is the colour of fresh milk and floating clouds. Of honesty and sacrifice. Of innocence and new beginnings.

SVENSKT TENN

Founded in Stockholm by Estrid Ericson in 1924, Svenskt Tenn began as brand producing Swedish […]

SØREN ROSE

In 2008, after a long history working with other creative endeavours including starting a casting […]

STOKKEAUSTAD

Designing and developing objects and spaces is the mission behind StokkeAustad, an Oslo-based design studio […]

SPACE COPENHAGEN

At any given time there can only be one best restaurant in the world, and […]

SANNA ANNUKKA

Finnish-British designer Sanna Annukka spent many childhood summers in her mother’s home village of Paltaniemi […]

OEO

Creative Director Thomas Lykke and CEO Anne-Marie Buemann head Danish design studio Oeo, the pair […]

MARGRETHE ODGAARD

Before founding her own studio in 2012, textile designer Margrethe Odgaard worked for seven years […]

LOUISE CAMPBELL

Danish furniture and lighting designer Louise Campbell started her own studio in 1996, just a […]

LARS BELLER FJETLAND

“Humans benefit from daily interaction with natural materials.” So says young designer Lars Beller Fjetland, […]

KLAUS HAAPANIEMI

You will not find a trace of that well-known Nordic minimalism here. The design and […]

HOLMBÄCKNORDENTOFT

Sebastian Holmbäck and Ulrik Nordentoft met at the Danish Design School in the 1990s. After […]

CECILIE MANZ

Danish designer Cecilie Manz is one of the leading furniture designers of her generation. She […]

ÖRSJÖ

Over 65 years of manufacturing expertise support the reputation and designer roster of Swedish lighting […]

SKAGERAK

Skagerak is a family-run furniture company based in Denmark, also manufacturing their designs under the […]

NIKARI

In the serene and beautiful Fiskars village in the southwest of Finland lies wooden furniture […]

IITTALA

Iittala began as a glass factory in southern Finland in 1881, and now over 130 […]

GUBI

With an insatiable drive to rediscover bygone furniture icons, Danish Gubi call themselves the treasure […]

MUUTO

It is no coincidence that the concept of change is at the forefront of Muuto’s […]

The Weather Diaries

For nearly two years Swedish power duo Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer travelled the most remote and desolate regions of the far north to investigate the creative spirit of fashion designers working far away from the commercialism and normal conventions of the European fashion industry.