Danish Modern at its best, the Ro Chair by Fritz Hansen, is launched. Currently exhibiting with a seperate pop-up showroom in conjunction with the Clerkenwell Design Week in London.
The Ro chair designed by Spanish designer Jaime Hayón, in subtle shades and elegant lines, provides a space for relaxation. It’s like a comfortable curved shell shielding from and giving a break from everyday stress.
© Go Scandinavian visiting the Fritz Hansen Pop-up Showroom in St Johns St at the Clerkenwell Design Week
About Fritz Hansen, also known as Republic of Fritz Hansen is a Danish furniture design company. Designers who have worked for Fritz Hansen include legends such as Arne Jacobsen, Poul Kjærholm, Hans J. Wegner, and Piet Hein. Fritz Hansen also collaborates with contemporary furniture architects including Hiromichi Konno, Cecilie Manz and Kasper Salto.
Room Copenhagen and Holscher Design in partnership with colour expert Pantone are developing a collection of colorful products under the Pantone Universe name. The design and product development are involving the the world-renowned Knud Holscher Design studio. The lates news is the Pantone Universe Cup by Room Copenhagen.
The cup, with a light matte whipped-cream white and a Pantone-colored smooth interior, are suitable as everyday drinking cups and as an elegant alternative to a drinking glass. All you have to do is to choose your favourite colour! Price £13.99
With Superfront, you have the chance to invest in a high quality furniture at a sensible price. Swedish company Superfront makes fronts, handles and legs for all of Ikea’s existing cabinet bases, extending to many base products from Ikea.
Nine surface designs, nine legs, eight handles and and twelwe different colours are currently available of your choice.
Renew your existing Ikea kitchen or an old wall lined with Ikea closets. Tweak a sideboard or even a bathroom cabinet from their line. And it’s environmentally friendly, the whole concept of upcycle rather than waist.
All Superfront products are made in Sweden. Customise your cabinet into a one off unique design piece on superfront.com
Scandinavian crime fiction has enjoyed tremendous sucess in the past years, proving the darker sides of Scandinavian life combined with realistic characters has struck a chord with international audiences. Authors like Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell, Camilla Läckberg and Jussi Adler-Olsen have conquered the crime fiction market, and with the help of successful tv-productions like ”The Killing”, ”Borgen” and ”The Bridge” the future of Scandinavian crime fiction is anything but grim.
© Jo Nesbø photo by Hakon Eikesdal
Norway’s best-selling author today is Jo Nesbø, who perhaps is best known for his portrayal of Harry Hole, the anti-heroic Oslo-based policeman who unconventionally and with little regard for police procedure solves crimes in Norway’s capital.
To whet your appetite take a look at this teaser from ”Police”: The police urgently need Harry Hole. A killer is stalking Oslo’s streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated, but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical. But this time, Harry can’t help anyone. For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the centre of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry can’t protect anyone. Least of all himself.
Author Jo Nesbø has described the literary process of writing the Harry Hole series as “A universe that is hard to be in. It gets ever darker, and being there all the time is something I can’t bear.”
© Den Sorte Diamant, Copenhagen. Photo by Karsten Bundgaard / Det Kongelige Bibliotek
Nesbø will discuss his world-famous literary character on June 10th at the architectural wonder and part of the Royal Danish Library; “Den Sorte Diamant” (“The Black Diamond”, well worth a visit in itself) on Copenhagen’s waterfront.
For those of you able to attend tickets are available at billetlugen.dk
The much-awaited 10th sequal ”Politi” (”Police”) will be relased in Norway on June 6. The English translation will be available from September 12th 2013. Preorder “Police” from Waterstones
Note: This article is by guest blogger Ingrid Hårstad, a Norwegian freelance writer based in London.
The world-renowned Spanish designer Jaime Hayon has worked together with Republic of Fritz Hansen to create today’s answer to tomorrow’s easy chair. A chair where you can find room for your inner space and take a break from the hectic bustle of everyday life. The chair is called Ro and will be launched at Clerkenwell Design Week in London.
Time for reflection is a luxury in today’s world. We are all busy and always short of time to create a moment for quiet contemplation. The new easy chair springs from a desire to create a piece of furniture that offers an opportunity for reflection in our busy lives. However, Ro is much more than an easy chair. It’s a 11⁄2-seater where you can relax, change positions and have your newspaper, computer or child next to you and create a new comfort zone.
The design of the shell is elegant and simple, pleasing to both the eye and the body and offers the promise of tranquility in both its visual expression and its comfortable functionality. Furthermore, the form of the shell gives you the choice of being part of what goes on in the room or relaxing in your own private space.
Fritz Hansen’s design brief to Jaime Hayon was “… to create a comfortable seat for one person”.
Clerkenwell Design Week takes place in London 21 to 23 May 2013
Covent Garden in London, an area situated centrally in the West End, is a former fruit and vegetable market. Nowadays it’s become a popular shopping and tourist destination with a great selection of shops and restaurant. As of recently also including Nordic additions to the fashionable area; The award winning Swedish bakers Daniel Karlsson and Sven-Gunnar Appelgren has opened a new bakery store in Rose Street, Bageriet.
After working in the bakery of Stockholm’s most famous high-end department store NK, Daniel Karlsson moved to London in 2007 with dreams of setting up his own bakery store in the UK capital. With work experience from Ottolenghi and Melrose & Morgan, Daniel sat up his own company, Bageriet. Birthday cakes, traditional Swedish cinnamon buns, Semlor cream buns, crisp-rolls, biscuits, desserts and pastries was hand made for the Swedish Embassy and a host of restaurants and stores across London including TotallySwedish and Stockholm Deli. Daniel’s business partner, Sven-Gunnar is passionate about bread baking and for the past five years has worked at the Ottolenghi restaurants in London’s Notting Hill, Kensington, Belgravia and Islington as well as the fashionable restaurant The Wolseley.
In combining their expertise, Daniel and Sven-Gunnar aim to bring quality and originality to their newly launched operation as Daniel explains: “We want to provide the best fresh bread, pastries and traditional Swedish open sandwiches in London.”
Prinsessetårta, equally important to the Swedes as the Victoria Sponge is to the English, a delicious Marzipan cake is one of Bageriet’s specialties and definitely a must-taste.
Visit Bageriet, 24 Rose Street, London WC2E 9EA
The UKs first ever expo celebrating Scandinavian crime & thriller fiction & film is to be launched in London this June.
The Nordicana Show is a 2-day celebration of Scandinavian crime & thriller fiction and film, in association with Arrow Films’ Nordic Noir label the leading UK distributor of Nordic Noir on DVD and Blu-ray, and the global literary network English Pen.
Nordicana will play host to the stars of the hugely popular BBC Four TV series’ and best-selling authors with panel discussions, signings, exclusive screenings, talks, retail stands, books, DVD and Blu-ray, food and drink and much more.
The venue for this unique event will be the landmark Farmiloe Building in Clerkenwell, of the finest victorian architecture, was completed in 1868. The venue features an italianate palazzo-style frontage, executed in portland stone and polished aberdeen granite. Located in London, at the Smithfield end of St John street and a two-minute walk from Farringdon station.
Buy your tickets online, at nordicnoir.tv
If you didn’t know already, there’s a Scandinavian Kitchen, called… Scandinavian Kitchen(!) in Great Titchfield Street, near Goodge Street tube station. A bright red shop front makes sure you can’t miss it, along with crazy sales boards outside implying insane stuff about Scandinavians… But never mind the sillyness. Because the Swedish / Danish husband and wife team that runs this gem of a shop and café means business. The coffee, open sandwiches and cakes are seriously delicious. And the shop stock most products that in an instant would heal any Scandinavians homesickness. However if you are not Scandinavian, this would be your chance to explore the Nordic countries through food served in a café with a friendly vibe.
Photo 1 via Flickriver Photo 2 © twentysomethinglondon.com Open Sandwich from Scandinavian Kitchen
Scandinavian Kitchen is open all days, in 61 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 7PP.
Nora offers Norwegian female professionals a place to meet, socialise and network in London. With monthly meetings with everything from guided tours in the city centre to interesting speeches the members always have something enjoyable to look forward to. The non profit organisation is open to new members, annual fee for 2013 being only £25. This covers light refreshments etc on the meetings. Additional fee may apply on certain events such a wine tasting and the Christmas dinner.
Nora creates an informal meeting place for Norwegian women abroad, where all are most welcome.
© Nora i London. From Nora’s April meeting, a London guided gaslight tour
© Nora i London. From Nora’s May 2012 meeting, a evening pre celebration of 17.mai
I’m of course a member of Nora. I find it really interesting, both to meet new and old friends but also the variety of events you normally would not attend on your own. It’s a great way to explore London together with other fellow Norwegian women. I highly recommend giving it a try. You can come along to one meeting to see if this is something for you.
The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 14th May 2013. Follow the Nora blog to find out more.
Offering a stunning snapshot of the world in 2012, the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition will present international contemporary photography from both professionals and amateurs in the fields of fashion, travel, wildlife, landscape, portraiture and current affairs. The opening weekend of the exhibition coincides with the World Photo London photography festival. As well as the opportunity to take a first look at the exhibition, visitors can participate in talks, debates and workshops hosted by expert photography practitioners over the weekend opening celebrations. See more about the awards at worldphoto.org
The Danish photographers Jens Juul and Klaus Thymann are shortlisted for the prestigious 2013 Sony World Photography Awards in the categorys ‘Portraiture’ and ‘Fashion and Beauty.
© Klaus Thymann, Denmark, Finalist, Fashion & Beauty, Professional Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
©Jens Juul, Denmark, Finalist, Portraiture, Professional, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
See more about the photographers and their work at klausthymann.com and jensjuul.com
The photographs can be seen at Somerset House in London from 26 April to 12 May 2013.
Opening hours: Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays 10am-6pm Wednesdays & Thursdays 10am-9pm Saturdays & Sundays 10am-7pm. Tickets: £7.50 (£5 concessions) at somersethouse.org.uk