Running from the 31st of August to the 2nd of September is CHART; a creative cross-disciplinary fair showcasing contemporary art and design from galleries across Scandinavia.

CHART Art Fair is the centrepiece of the ambitious program, highlighting 20th and 21st-century art from 32 Nordic-based galleries. These pieces will be presented in the gallery rooms and courtyards of Copenhagen’s historic ivy-covered Kunsthal Charlottenborg.

CHART is expanding their reach this year by designating the complementary CHART Design Fair its own space at Copenhagen’s Den Frie Center for Contemporary Art. Here, 12 established and experimental design galleries display their innovative and collectable objects.

Interspersed throughout is the inaugural CHART Social; existing at the cross-section of the two fairs and across the spectrum of performance, music, architecture and gastronomy. This non-profit program includes a series of talks organised by ArtReview, in which some of the world’s most influential curators and art industry insiders will discuss the idea of artistic ownership.

In this sixth edition, CHART’s emphasis on crafting creative alliances between galleries and across disciplines remains paradigmatic of Nordic collaboration.

Christian Puglisi’s Seed Exchange Feast

As part of Copenhagen’s Cooking & Food Festival, culinary innovator Christian Puglisi – of Copenhagen’s Restaurant Relæ, Mirabelle and Manfreds – invited four international chefs to join him in crafting a six-course meal.

James Lowe from London’s Lyle’s, Lennox Hastie from Australia’s Firedoor restaurant, Will Goldfarb from Room4Dessert in Indonesia, and Jakob Mielcke from Copenhagen’s Mielcke & Hurtigkarl were chosen because they share Puglisi’s commitment to nurturing produce from the soil up.

On the 24th of August, guests had a front row seat to the culinary conversation between the five pioneers, who are each shaping sustainable gastronomy in different corners of the world.

All ingredients were sourced from the Puglisi’s Farm of Ideas; a sustainable agricultural initiative located in Lejre that supplies the produce for his Copenhagen establishments. The meal was served at the long-tables of Puglisi’s Restaurant BÆST in Nørrebro and was presented with wine pairings selected by Federico Orsi from Italian winery Vigneto San Vito and Daniel Milan from Denmark’s Vexebo Vin.

Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival: Frederiksberg Harvest Feast

The Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival kicks off today with the Frederiksberg Harvest Feast; the long-standing keystone of the festival. Leafy Frederiksberg Allé is closed off from traffic to make way for a 500 metre long-table and 1400 diners, all armed with their own crockery and utensils. The three-course meal is set by a different chef depending on your placement in the dining stretch, but all have a similar allegiance to sustainability and seasonality that are the motifs of Danish cuisine. The communal dinner has not only become the festival’s tradition but a city staple, and is emphatic of Copenhagen’s unique blend of urban ingenuity and country kinship.

Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival

Copenhagen’s annual Cooking & Food Festival is about to get underway, with 100 food-centric events scattered across the 10 days between the 24th of August and the 2nd of September. ‘Breaking the New’ is the festival’s 2018 theme – indicative of the Danish culinary metamorphosis that has taken place over the last 15 years, situating the country firmly at the vanguard of the international gastronomic scene. The program is an amalgam of the high and low: from a hotdog competition between seven top chefs to high tea at the newly renovated Radisson Collection Royal Hotel. The festival’s bailiwick is the innovative transplanting of Denmark’s best fare into unlikely settings – tapas in a converted copper tower, a three-course vegan meal in an underground gallery. Throughout the festival, Oak will be unfolding those events that perfectly coalesce food and space.




Oak and 3 Days of Design at Moltkes Palæ

On the 25th of May, as part of Denmark’s annual 3daysofdesign event, Oak is participating in the ‘Dine, Drink, Daze and Dream’ exhibition at Copenhagen’s beautiful Moltkes Palae.

A former royal residence, the space has been curated by design studio All The Way to Paris and will display furniture from established and emerging designers. Hosted by DI, the free event will be a celebration of the creative class and their relationship to space.

Anna Winston, Oak’s  Contributing Design Editor, will moderate a panel discussion with Peter Bundgaard Rutzou from Space Copenhagen and Peter Eland from Norm Architects. They will discuss place as a resource for inspiration, as well as how space can be designed to foster both concentration and retreat.

The designers will reflect on the creation and evolution of their own work spaces and how they channel this same energy into developing interiors for their clients. The homes, studios and workshops of architects, artists and designers – so often shrouded in mystery – will be unfolded.

Celebrating Vol.09 at the FvF Friends Space

To mark the launch of Volume 09, The Creative Spaces Issue, Oak co-hosted an event in collaboration with Freunde von Freunden.

The event was held in FvF’s beautiful Friends Space in Kreuzberg, Berlin’s creative hub. We celebated with a two part discussion of creative spaces with artists Sophie Erlund and Henrik Strömberg and later on writer Saskia Vogel and architect Sigurd Larsen discussed place in translation. Danish food project Rødder provided guests with a superb selection of their modern Nordic fare and Copenhagen-born micro-brewery, Mikkeller, supplied the refreshments.

Held in a space FvF established to congregate a ‘global creative community’, it was an event that epitomized the new issue’s celebration of the spaces that incubate Nordic creativity.

Inside the volume, legendary artist Olafur Eliasson reflects on the collaborative studio that is his ongoing artwork. Fine jewellery designer Sophie Bille Brahe takes us on a tour of the hidden gems of Copenhagen that inspire her work. In this way, The Creative Spaces Issue presents both the spaces that we craft to foster inspiration, as well as the spaces that make us.

Many thanks to FvF for hosting the event and Rødder and Mikkeller for their support.

Nordic Traces Podcasts

Oak’s new series of podcasts, Nordic Traces, brings the magazine to life through inspiring discussions with creative leaders featured in the new issue. To mark the publication of Volume 8: Breaking New Ground, Oak’s editor-in-chief Karen Orton interviewed chef Christian Puglisi alongside craft beer brand founder Mikkel Borg Bjergsø at Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen, speaking about Puglisi’s pione-ering Farm of Ideas and the Mikkeller craft beer phenomenon. We also hosted a discussion between artist and architect Caroline Sillesen together with food designer Bo Lindegaard – co-founder of experimental food agency, I’m A Kombo.
Listen to the podcasts here

Book launch Huse i Tisvilde

Book launch of the new book Huse i Tisvilde, Art Direction by Oak Publishing. The book invites us inside some of the beautiful and unique homes in Tisvildeleje, a distinctive old fishing town in Northern Sealand, Denmark.




Oak x Rudo Aperitivo

Last night we enjoyed a perfect evening of Italian aperitivi and conversation at Rudo in Copenhagen to launch Oak vol. 07. Thank you to Rudo and all of our friends and collaborators for a great party!

Celebrating Vol.06 at the FvF Apartment

To mark the publication of Volume 06, The Global Local Issue, FvF hosted Oak and a mixer of their communities in the FvF Apartment in Berlin.

Inside the Global Local issue you’ll find both Noma founder Rene Redzepi reflecting on taking NOMA on the road to Tokyo and Sydney and Italian chef Massimo Bottura repurposing food waste in the ‘10 Ideas to Change the World’ piece. It’s a publication that looks at both sides of the coin: from Nordics, like photographer Lina Scheynius who have settled elsewhere in the world to the reverse, international creatives who have laid down roots in the Northern countries.

Thank you FvF for hosting the event and to Rødder for the Nordic catering, Bøgedal and Skandinavisk.

Read more about the launch here


OAK X aesop

Oak volume five, The Love Issue, was launched in Copenhagen on Friday the 29th of April at a reception at the beautiful Aesop store on Værnedamsvej.

Thank you to all who stopped by, not least the many contributors who helped celebrate this labour of love. You can order The Love Issue here.

Oak x Broste / Midsummer
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