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.

The Lunch – Host

A small gathering of OAK friends at the Copenhagen restaurant Höst.

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.

Northern Lights

The elusive Scandinavian sunlight is a constant source of great happiness, deep frustration, and permanent longing for the inhabitants of the north.

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.

A conversation with Siri Hustvedt

Coincidence as phenomenon and dramatic engine is perpetually present in Norwegian-American Siri Hustvedt’s oeuvre and in particular in her break-through novel What I Loved.

House of Dolls and Flying Daggers

In 2004, when The New York Times film critic A.O. Scott reviewed the action movie […]

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 […]

MONTANA

Montana is a Danish family-owned furniture company founded in 1982 by Peter J. Lassen, who […]

KINNASAND

Kinna is a locality in southern Sweden that lends its name to Kinnasand, a textile […]

GÄRSNÄS

Despite the fact that they have been around since 1893, Gärsnäs considers itself a young […]

ARTEK

In 1935 in Finland, four young visionaries announced a radical philosophy for design that fell […]

REPUBLIC OF FRITZ HANSEN

Danish cabinetmaker Fritz Hansen founded his furniture production company in 1885, and in the first […]

SKULTUNA

Established in 1607 by King Carl IX and running without pause for over 400 years, […]

ROYAL COPENHAGEN

Every Dane can recognize them: the three wavy blue lines on top of one another, […]

ASPLUND

Swedish Asplund was founded in 1990, and for the 25 years since they have been […]

FOGIA

For thirty years Swedish furniture company Fogia has worked with the top names in contemporary […]

KARAKTER

Though a newcomer to the Danish design scene, Karakter is on a mission to become […]

LIVING GEORG JENSEN

Danish Georg Jensen (1866-1935) took a risk when he founded his silversmith company in 1904. […]

&TRADITION

Tucked away on central Copenhagen’s Paper Island – a repurposed industrial area teeming with creative […]

BRDR. KRÜGER

For almost 130 years Copenhagen-based brand Brdr. Krüger has been celebrating and defining Danish heritage […]

MENU

In contrast to the austere sensibilities some Nordic designers develop from living in the hallmark […]

Meet The Idiots

Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier sent shock waves through the film industry when he introduced the world to Dogme, a filmmaking manifesto aimed at a back-to-basics storytelling.

Öland – East of the mainland

The climate of Öland is known for affecting both humans and their natural surroundings.

THE MAN WHO REFUSED TO GIVE UP

Since Danish movie director Anders Walter was a little boy he has practised getting rejected. In 2014 he won an Oscar for his second short feature, Helium – a film made out of defiance.

Oak x Broste / Midsummer

Oak X Menu at höst

A JAPANESE BUTTERFLY IN FINLAND

Minä Perhonen has been called Japan’s answer to Marimekko, but it is not only design mastermind Akira Minagawa’s predilection for patterned textiles that has earned the brand that title.

Guardians of the birds

Close to the Arctic Circle in Norway lies the UNESCO-protected archipelago of Vega, consisting of more than 6000 small islands. On one of these, the isolated Lånan, the eider ducks and their guardians reign.

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.

The Meticulously Slow Art Form

From fairy tale author H.C. Andersen’s ground-breaking paper cut-outs in the 1860s to today’s contemporary art scene, the humble material of paper has undergone a fascinating development.

Rolling applications

Whether you are based in Copenhagen or abroad, we are interested in candidates and collaborators […]

Scents and sensibility

Kille Enna got acquainted with the life of a chef the hard way, and since then she has done it the animal way: by instinct. She’s not afraid of anything. Only of not daring.

Being René Redzepi

From high school failure to best chef in the world: no one, least of all himself, could have predicted René Redzepi’s trajectory.

Waiting for spring

The Scandinavian winter may be long and cold, but beneath the fragile surface of glittering ice, spring is patiently waiting to germinate and present itself in colourful profusions of flowers.

Into the wild

The world-renowned Swedish restaurant Fäviken is nestled in an estate so far from anywhere that only decidedly dedicated diners will experience its transformative powers.

Braveheart

Danish Hollywood actress Connie Nielsen grew up in a very religious household and was a lonely outsider in the village before she broke free and went the only way she could – out of there.

The Next Big Thing

She is young, talented, and has that certain combination of a quirky beauty and flair for melancholic lyrics that makes international music critics rave about fame and fortune.

Bornholm

Way out in the Baltic Sea lies Bornholm, a rocky island made up of medieval churches, decaying castle ruins and glorious sandy beaches.

ROSKILDE – Festival of hearts and music

Since its early hippie beginnings in 1971, Roskilde Festival has grown to become a national treasure of Denmark, a global symbol of tolerance and community in an increasingly square world, as well as a rite of passage experience for many a rebellious teenager.

Picturing Helena

Helena Christensen, Danish supermodel and photographer, has transformed what could have been a short-lived appearance on the catwalk into a successful career still in motion.

B&O Play

B&O Play is the playful and upbeat little sister of legendary Danish electronics company Bang […]

Hurricane Girl

Unless your idea of a pop star is that of a whirlwind with a ponytail who swears like a trooper, Karen Marie Ørsted does not quite fit the common expectations.

Gamfratesi

A sofa inspired by the formal expression of a Japanese haiku poem, a lamp motivated […]

Note Design Studio

Stockholm-based Note Design Studio was founded in 2008 as a collective that works within architecture, […]

Andreas Engesvik

After six successful years at design company Norway Says, Norwegian designer Andreas Engesvik decided to […]

Afteroom

There is more than just the hands of clock that tell us time is passing; […]

Dinesen

Every plank of wood in Dinesen’s production factory has passed through ten pairs of hands […]

Next generation

Classic designs appear to be at home no matter where they are; they can exist in many places at once, in many lives and rooms, spanning time through an intuitive use of materials and forms.

A journey from Lofoten to Nordkapp

For centuries the journey to Nordkapp in Norway, the far and windswept end of mainland Europe, has been one surrounded by mythic awe.

Omø – AN OCEAN OF FOOD

Long celebrated for its beneficial properties, seaweed has since the 1600s played an integral part in Asian culinary traditions. Today the Scandinavian ‘foodie’ destination of Denmark has at long last also awoken to the great potential of one of the Earth’s oldest living organisms.

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Oh, melancholia

Danish electro-pop diva and singer-songwriter Oh Land has had a meteor-like career since her debut album in 2008.

Kvadrat

Gorgeous curtains, colourful wall hangings, or a well-made couch – these are some of the […]

Marimekko

When a designer begins working to express a concept, there is always a flicker of […]

Frama

Founded in 2011 by Jase Kotan, Niels Strøyer, and Driton Memisi, Frama is a Copenhagen-based […]

Living with colour

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