Norwegian Designer Kristine Five Melvær investigates the subject of object communication, bridging the disciplines of product design and graphic design. The result from this emerging design talent is Nordic cool -reinvented.
Inspired by the Cobbler’s Lamp from the 17th Century, the Liquid Light series is part of the Still Life project. Liquid Light is a birch wood plate holding a glass carafe and a brass socket for a candle. When the carafe is filled with liquid and the light is lit, the carafe works as a lens that amplifies the light, giving a glowing light, creating the perfect evening atmosphere.
The Liquid Light series by Kristine Five Melvær Design. Photos Erik Five Gunnerud.
Bloom is a series of three table lamps inspired by forms from the nature. Like big drops, the shades may be associated with buds, fruits or water, while the seams in the construction are reminiscent of fibers. The steel structures have different heights, which contribute to the organic feel.
The Bloom lamps by Kristine Five Melvær Design. Photos Erik Five Gunnerud.
The Spring lamps stretch towards the ceiling like living flowers, the tallest measuring two metres. When the lamp is turned on, the flesh-toned textile changes from opaque to transparent, giving the impression of a glowing forest.
The Spring lamps series by Kristine Five Melvær Design. Photos Erik Five Gunnerud.
Like fruits or plant bulbs, the Obelix vases look like they are growing upwards, telling the growth story of the flowers inside. The quality of the lacquer creates rough and smooth surfaces mimicking the skin of plants, fruits and vegetables. The juicy colours and brave stripes make the vases stand out with or without flowers.
The Obelix vases by Kristine Five Melvær Design. Photos Erik Five Gunnerud.
The design by Kristine Five Melvær is exhibiting for the first time during the Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2013, taking place this week. See moe at kristinefivemelvaer.com
The Norwegian artist Kjetil Haaland is to exhibit at the Piers Feetham Gallery in Fulham, London from the 29th April to 11th May 2013, after successfully exhibiting his paintings in Norway, Italy, Germany, Holland, England, USA and Monaco.
The Italian newspaper Il Tempo, described Haaland’s style as “Details as an Inspiration”.
Among Haaland’s latest paintings, inspiration is drawn from the architecture of the Mediterranean and of European cities and the history of sports. When it comes to the city pictures the different building facades are given special attention, often seen as reﬂections of the windows of the stores. Over the past years he has concentrated on reﬂections from areas of London.
See Window Reﬂections and other of Haaland’s paintings at the Piers Feetham Gallery 475 Fulham Road, London.
There’s a growing community spirit in the various of villages that makes London. Chatsworth Road in Hackney being one of them. Once one of London’s roughest areas, Chatsworth Road, is just a bike ride from Shoreditch, a short walk from Homerton’s Overground station and with lots of green spaces, including Hackney Marshes.
Chatsworth Road has now a dedicated website providing members of the community with lots of useful local information, as well as a local newspaper. There’s information about everything from shops and services to social events and happenings in the area. Visit chatsworthroade5.co.uk
If you sign up for a membership, which currently is £1 on an annual basis, you’ll enjoy discounts in local shops, you may vote for committee members, your ideas for the area will be heard and last but not least you will experience a safer neighbourhood.
One of passionate members of the Chatsworth Road community is the Norwegian photographer, Jørn Tomter. He is also a local resident and lives in E5 together with his wife Kimberley and two young children. As a passionate but also highly creative member he has a constant stream of ideas for improvements. One way to improve the area is to support local business and also make sure the Sunday market is vibrant and attractive. But Jørn Tomter thought there’s more to it as well and wanted us to meet the locals. With an intriguing art project called I Love Chartsworth Road he’s portrayed the residents of Chatsworth Road. The effect is quite striking, especially when placed together. There’s no doubt! It’s the individuals getting together that makes a thriving community.
We popped into Cooper & Wolf in 145 Chatsworth Road, where Jørn is exhibiting the portraits. He also uses the busy eatery (with Swedish specialties on the menu) as a work space, typing away on new ideas, whilst sipping black coffee (typical Norwegian style way to drink coffee).
Here is a round up, a Scandinavian Times Out on what’s on in London this weekend with a Scandinavian flair. Information is sourced from various of newsletters, invitations and from the Scandinavian embassies.
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It’s finally weekend! As the weather forecast for London is not very promising, we thought you might would be tempted to see an exhibition or a film?
Norwegian Photographer Stian Andersen’s A-ha exhibition at Strand Gallery
The Strand Gallery, 32 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6BP
This is your last chance to see the exhibition of Stian Andersen’s A-ha Photographs at Strand Gallery. The exhibition includes a series of stunning black and white images of the band’s intimate and iconic moments.
Open all days from 11am – 6pm. Entry is free. Last day Sunday 17th March.
Swedish film Persona by Ingmar Bergman in Barbican
Cinema Department Barbican Centre, Silk Street London EC2Y 8DS
Ingmar Bergman’s celebrated film Persona will be shown at the Barbican as part of “Art and Science on the Brain”. The film will be followed by a Screentalk. At 4pm, 16 March 2013 in Cinema 3 (Beech St). Tickets available at barbican.org.uk
Brunch at Nordic Bakery in Soho / Marylebone
It doesn’t get more Nordic than at the Nordic Bakery. The black coffee full of flavours, the crispy sweet cinnamon buns freshly baked on the day, smoked salmon on rye bread… Just enjoy a lazy morning, from 9am and onwards, the Scandinavian way at nordicbakery.com
Don’t you just love it too… Peeking inside other people homes!? Not because you are nosy but really just because you are on a constant search for inspiration for your own home?
Well, I’m certainly picking up ideas on how to improve my own home by visiting other people homes. However, as you can only invite yourself to so many people… Best thing, and far more relaxing, is to browse through inspirational homes online.
There’s a Swedish blog that are a constant stream of delightful home and style inspiration, My Scandinavian Home. The blog is a niche blog carefully curated by Swedish blogger Niki, featuring Scandinavian homes around the globe.
And as a lover of the typical Scandinavian style; functional, minimalistic and natural -I love every post that’s published.
Here’s a small selection of the various homes that’s been featured so far on My Scandinavian Home:
Home of family home in Ystad, Sweden, as seen here
Lovely Swedish sitting rooms, here.
With Summer fast approaching it’s time to turn the attention to our outdoor space, wether you have access to a french balcony, terrace or garden. It’s all about soaking up those vitamin boosting rays as soon as the sun’s out.
We’ve made a quick list including a few ideas on how to make your outdoor life top notch and most enjoyable!
The Hee Chair by HAY
The Hee Chair by HAY from Moleta Munro is a versatile piece of modern furniture, available in several vibrant and contemporary colour. The stackable Hee Chair, in a rubber coated metal finish, is with it’s linear and contemporary form rapidly gaining status as an iconic Danish design classic. Price £145.
Homemade Garden Table
Why not make your own garden table to your specific measurement? Buy table legs from Ikea, like the VIKA MOLIDEN underframe £20. Lots of companies speciases in reclaimed wood. Above illustration is from reclaimed.uk.com
The Eva Solo Bird Feeder
The Eva Solo bird feeder from Moleta Munro is a not only a contemporary design piece but also a popular feeding place for the small birds in the garden. The hand-blown glass is easy to hang using the accompanying hanger. Price £39.00
New textiles from IKEA, cushions and throws
For interior and style on a budget, there’s always IKEA. The SPRINGKORN fleece throw is soft and snug. Perfect for adding a touch of colour and to wrap up warm on chilly evenings. Machine washable. Price £7. And why not add some unexpected prints? A fun pink flamingo cushion or a coctail sipping lady is perhaps exactly what you need? Price £3.
Go Green – Grow your Own
Last but not least, grow herbs in pots, home-grown ones taste better and cost less. It will not only look and smell nice in your outdoor living space but also be an invaluable ingredient in your cooking (and drink mixing) long after summer has gone!
Tip: Paint dull ceramic pots in desired colour(s). It’s all about those little details.
My mum raised four children, ensured daily routines as well as taking us on fun and exciting adventures. “You never stop being a mum” she says, and makes us feel loved and supported still today. She’s beautiful, witty, smart and creative. And perhaps most importantly, she’s never given up on us nor herself. I’m blessed with a mum that’s a true inspiration!
Motherhood is filled with joys and challenges, ups and downs, and tears and laughter. With this in mind, Mothersday is about taking a step back and appreciate mums for their constant efforts. Who will you be celebrating today?
British-Danish filmmakers Sarah Gavron and David Katznelson’s documentary about a village in North West Greenland is soon to be released in UK Cinemas. The film reflects the dilemmas of a typical small community. However this one just happens to be in one of the remotest spots on earth… Shot over the course of a year in Northern Greenland, the documentary is a portrait of village, surviving against the odds in an isolated community of 59 people.
Photo: still from Village at the End of the World
Village at the End of the World is a documentary about the small village Niaqornat in North West Greenland, with a tiny population of 59 people. The film reflects the dilemmas of most small communities all over the world. It follows a year of the life of the village focusing on four main characters: Lars, the only teenager in town, Karl, Lars’ father and the most respected hunter, Ilanngauq, the outsider who moved to Niaqornat for love, and Annie, the oldest lady in Niaqornat who can’t imagine living anywhere else.
Village at the End of the World is far more than a nature documentary about the Arctic. It’s a story of the people in the remote settlement, revealing their resilience, wit and determination. You’ll see their lives across the arctic seasons, as they fight to keep their traditions, battle with the dangers of thinning ice, whilst finding an identity in the modern world.
In UK cinemas on 10 May 2013. Watch the official trailer
Fat (or shrove) Tuesday is in Norway celebrated as Fastelavn this Sunday the 10th February 2013. It’s not so much a religious celebration, it’s more a carnival and a feast. So if you’d like to get started baking some fastlavnsboller, wheat buns stuffed with lots of whipped cream, you can find my best recipe here!
If you can’t bother baking, get the utterly yummy ones from Bageriet London. They have a layer with marzipan too! Available at the Scandinavian food shop, Totally Swedish, in Marylebone.
And speaking of getting fat. As long as you can resist having these creamy buns every day, I don’t think there’s any reason to worry about being unhealthy!